South Korea: New Life

From Pusan in the south to Panmunjom on the war-famed 38th parallel, fireworks lit up the sky and brass bands blared in the plazas of South Korea. It was the first anniversary of General Park Chung Hee's successful army coup, and it marked his junta's success in honoring the pledge it made when it seized power —to give South Korea "a new life."

Taxis & Dancers. For the first time in that year. South Korea seemed to be enjoying itself. Even tough, stone-faced General Park flashed an occasional smile as he moved...