[Bird's Eye View of the World Famous Kongo-San. / 圖瞰鳥大通交山剛金鮮朝勝名界世.
1931 (dated) 7.75 x 36 in (19.685 x 91.44 cm)
This is a 1931 or Showa 6 railway bureau bilingual panoramic view of the Kongo-San region of the Korean peninsula. Today this region is situated in North Korea and is centered around Mount Kumgang (Geumgangsan), 'Diamond Mountain'. Geumgangsan has played a crucial role in Korean culture since well before the Middle Ages. Poets and artists would make pilgrimages to the mountain and say it as their muse. However, since the establishment of the DMZ, Geumgangsan has been located in North Korea, making it impossible for South Koreans to visit this cultural touchstone.
Featuring text in both Japanese and English, locations throughout the panorama are identified, some of which are labeled in English. Roads and railroads are illustrated, and the train stations at Uchi Kongo Station and the Soto Kongo are both labeled, though the Uchi Kongo Station is illustrated in profile. Several other buildings are also illustrated in profile, including the Onseiri Hotel, the CHoanji Hotel, and the villages of Choanji, Shinkeiji, and Yusenji. Several mountain peaks are identified as well, among them are Soto Kongo, Bambutsuso, and Biroho.
This view was produced by the railway bureau and published in 1931 or Showa 6.
Very good. Light wear along original fold lines. Bilingual English and Japanese text on verso. Attached to original binder.