Korea: Then and Now

By May 7, 2014 Events

First Australian visitors to Korea

The first Australians to ever visit Korea were missionaries led by Rev. Joseph H. Davies in 1889. They are believed to have been the recipients for the first ever passport and visas Korea has issued. They built schools, hospitals and churches, improving the social welfare in Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do Provinces. During their stay, they experienced its culture and left behind photo journals representing honest portrayals of their impressions of Korea.

Photographs of Korea from the 1890s to 1950s

The Korean Cultural Office offers an exhibition of these rare photograph images taken by the missionaries, spanning the years from the 1890s to 1950s. At first the photographs taken by the missionaries present the people and the culture of Korea as exotic, and hence, distant. However, through years of involvement and communication, the latter photographs reveal a familiarisation and deeper understanding of the culture they have come to encounter and accept.

The contemporary photographs exhibited alongside illustrate the immense growth that was undergone, possible with the support from Australians who began the modernisation of the country and gave sincere support during the Korean War. The exhibition shows how Korea has come as far as it has today.

Exhibition Opening

The opening of the exhibition will be on the 21st of May (5:30-7:30pm) and will run until the 25th of July, we invite you to come along and experience the historical remnants of our first encounter and see the images of modern day Korea. This exhibition is made possible through the support of the Christian Review and the Photo Artists Society of Korea in Sydney.

Exhibition dates: 21st May to 25th July 2014

Where: Korean Cultural Office, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Website: http://koreanculture.org.au