Saturday, March 21, 2009

e-government Taehan News archives

If you like old Taehan newsreels (대한뉴스) and similar video, check out the e-government library of such videos, downloadable as Quicktime movies. I'm not that old, but I remember seeing some of these in the movie theaters back in the 1980s and 1990s.

I'm having a little trouble uploading video to Blogspot, so click on the links if you want to see any of the following:
  1. two White kids in the 1950s check out Piwon (비원, the Secret Garden); this one is in English
  2. two bears in June 1953 about to be sent to the United States (I thought at first that they looked like two guys in bear costumes trying to sneak out of the country)
  3. Commies being arrested (I've never heard of 오렬 and can't find it in the online dictionaries)
  4. 17th anniversary of Son Kijŏng (손기정) winning the Berlin Olympic marathon in 1936 (includes street scenes of Seoul in 1953)
  5. Marking the third anniversary of the start of the "6.25 War" (the Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950); this one includes shots of the old capitol that served as the National Assembly for four decades — twice as long as its stint as the Japanese colonial government headquarters — followed by its decade as the National Museum before Kim Youngsam tore it down in a move most Koreans were opposed to but few spoke up about until too late.
There are hundreds of videos, stretching from June 1953 up until the 1990s, searchable by date and by keywords in the title or description. It's all in Korean, though.

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