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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Retro DPRK Project


THE RETRO DPRK PROJECT

The Retro DPRK Project is a collection of retro images and tourist artifacts from North Korea, illuminating the era from 1945 until the fall of the Soviet Union when the DPRK was almost entirely closed to Western visitors.  

Sadly, artifacts from this period are mostly lost to history.  

Our project seeks to understand how North Koreans experienced the passage of time within the context of their unique historical and political narratives.  We believe this imaginative leap into Korea's past helps expand our own imagination about the country and understand how the North Koreans understand themselves.

Through our archives of scanned retro images from postcards and tourist guides, we hope to add colour and depth to this lost age in North Korea--- and thus, it is further hoped, provide resources to imagine similarity and agreement across the tragic divide.

Our Retro DPRK collection is cataloged by City, Region, Year and Subject such as Architecture, Transport, Hotels, Mass Games, etc.  The collection is composed of scanned North Korean tourist publications, souvenirs and artifacts collected by project curator Christopher Graper during 100 days accompanying tourists in North Korea.  Images at Retro DPRK are often exclusive and published here for the first time anywhere online.

Our Then and Now series compares recent images captured on tour with retro images from the past.

Our travelogues share artifacts found on tour and tell stories about travels in the country. 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
We hope to expand our collection and welcome submissions from those who visited the country during between 1945 and 1995.  Email christopher [at] koryogroup.com 

If the "Socialist Xanadu" has captured your imagination, we have crafted unique tour experiences to help you breathe the air of Korea's lost era.  All tours are operated by Koryo Tours and are accompanied by expert Western staff including Retro DPRK curator Christopher Graper and/or Professor of Soviet Culture Daniel Levitsky.


Email us for further info christopher [at] koryogroup.com 









  



   












Retro DPRK Archives

#juchemodernism (6) #jucherealism (4) 13th World Festival of Youth and Students (14) 1950s (1) 1951 (1) 1960s (15) 1963 (1) 1970s (73) 1973 (1) 1973 Postcard Set -- Pyongyang Military Circus (1) 1975 (25) 1976 (30) 1976 Postcard Set -- Song of Mount Kumgang Revolutionary Opera (1) 1977 (12) 1978 (15) 1980 (2) 1980 Postcard Set -- Hamhung Hungnam and Majon Beach (1) 1980s (165) 1980s Tourist Brochures -- Pyongyang Metro (1) 1981 (1) 1982 (17) 1983 (49) 1984 (12) 1985 (1) 1987 (2) 1988 (53) 1989 (27) 1990 (14) 1990s (102) 1990s Postcard Set -- April Spring Friendship Art Festival (1) 1991 (2) 1991 Tourist Guide -- A Sightseeing Guide to Korea (1) 1995 (68) 2013 (2) 2014 (1) 21st Century Juche Realism (1) 3.8 International Women's Day (1) Ancient Korea (2) April Spring Art Festival (12) Arch of Triumph (1) Architecture (100) Arts and Culture (33) BROCHURE -- 1981 Changgwang-won Health Complex (1) BROCHURE -- 1983 Songdowon (49) BROCHURE -- 1995 Yanggakdo Hotel (8) BROCHURE -- Pyongyang Indoor Skating Rink (17) Brochure -- South Hamgyong Province (39) Chollima Statue (1) Chollima Street (1) Chongchun Sport Street (3) CHONGJIN (1) Circus (5) Cuba (1) Cuisine (7) DDR / GDR / East Germany (2) Declassified Communique (1) Department Store (1) Domestic Life (1) East Coast (81) Education (15) Fashion (5) FOUND (1) Fun (7) Funfair (13) Grand People`s Study House (4) Graphic Design (27) HAMHUNG (31) Hamhung Grand Theatre (3) Hamhung University of Aquaculture (1) Hamhung University of Chemical Industry (1) Healthcare (6) Hotel (1) Hotels (27) Industry / Technology (10) Interior Design (29) Internationalism (36) Juche Tower (2) Kaeson Funfair (1) Kim Chaek University of Technology (1) Kim Il Sung (5) Kim Il Sung Square (2) Kim il Sung University (4) Kim Jong Il (1) Kimilsungia (1) Korean Film Studios (4) Korean Revolutionary Museum (1) Korean War (1) Koryo Hotel (2) Kwangbok Street (6) Labels 1970s (1) Majon Beach (6) Mansudae Art Studio (1) Mansudae Art Troupe (1) Mansudae Fountain Park (1) Mansudae Grand Monument (2) Mass Games (4) May Day Stadium (3) Metro (15) Monuments (1) Nampo (12) Night (5) Open to Tourism -- Travel with us to the DPRK! (206) Panmunjom / DMZ (1) Parades (1) Pochonbo Electronic Music Troupe (2) Port of Hungnam (2) Port of Nampo (2) POSTCARD SET -- 1960s Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (12) POSTCARD SET -- 1970s La Maison de la culture 8 fevrier (12) POSTCARD SET -- 1976 People's Palace of Culture (15) POSTCARD SET -- 1976 Song of Mount Kumgang Revolutionary Opera (13) Postcard Set -- 1978 "Song of Paradise" Revolutionary Music and Dance Tale (1) POSTCARD SET -- 1984 Nampo (12) POSTCARD SET -- 1987 West Sea Barrage (1) POSTCARD SET -- 1988 Pays de l'etude (9) POSTCARD SET -- 1990 Pyongyang (1) POSTCARD SET -- La Jeune Bouquetiere (13) POSTCARD SET -- Le secteur aux attractions Mont Daiseung (11) POSTCARD SET -- New Buildings in Pyongyang (12) POSTCARD SET -- Untergrundbahn von Pjongjang (12) POSTCARD SET 13th World Festival of Youth and Students (12) POSTCARDS (10) Posters (13) Potong Gate (1) PYONGYANG (210) Pyongyang Gymnasium (1) Pyongyang Postcard Set (11) Revolutionary Martyr's Cemetery (1) Revolutionary Opera (33) Ryongwang Pavillion (1) Ryugyong Hotel (1) SAMJIYON (1) School-Children's Palace (2) Schoolchildren's Palace (5) Skyline (8) SONGDOWON (51) Songdowon Hotel (4) South Koreans in DPRK (1) Statues (2) Taesongsan Waterpark (1) The Flower Girl (11) THEN & NOW (4) Tongil Street (1) TOUR GUIDE Pyongyang aperçu général (70) TOURISM BROCHURE -- 1990s Majon Beach "Xanadu" of the East (1) Tourism Brochures (6) Tourist Snapshots (3) Transport (41) Travelogue (2) Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (12) Videos (1) Wangjesan Light Music Orchestra (2) Waudo Pleasure Grounds (4) West Sea Barrage (1) Winter (3) WONSAN (53) Yanggakdo Hotel (8) YOUNG PIONEERS (5) Zoo (1)