Seoul / Improvement of the infrastructure during colonization period
Keith Pratt, Photo of tram in Korea during the colonization period, Old Seoul, Oxford University Press
“Passengers boarding a tramcar at the Belfry. Notice the people-catcher on the front of the tram.”
Some claimed that the modernization is a seed planted during the Japanese colonization. During the Japanese occupation, a lot of new infrastructures were implemented on the city plan of Korea, including electric streetcars, grand architecture and new forms of public facilities. Before the Japanese invasion, Korea was more like a completely closed country running the total feudalism, resisting the incoming knowledge and ideas. With the invasion, Korean was forced or began to accept the new. Together with the significant change of social condition, new infrastructures were easily put in Korea.