Until 1972, the economic situation in the Korena peninsula was not quite like the way it is now. Now, South Korea's economic power overwhelmingly triumphs over North Korea in every aspect, that it is virtually incomparable. However, North Korea was economically well ahead of South Korea until 1972.
1972, when South Korea reached 10.6 billion dollars of total GDP, was the tipping point for both nations. North Korea began its decline, and South Korea advanced and prospered endlessly.
These photos were taken from Chinese media and North Korea's Central News. Photos on the left are from 1972(or somewhere around then), and the ones on the right show recent photos. Let's see how much they have changed/developed in half a century!
More pictures below.
Source : North Korea Real Talk (주성하기자의 북한RT)
|This picture is quite extraordinary. 1970 and 21st century : they are the same, even the machines. If there's a difference to nitpick, it's that the workers from 1970 seem dressed better than now.|