Photo credit: Cultural Heritage Administration
Some Guksae, official state seals of the Korean Empire (1897-1910), were taken out of the country by U.S. Military during the Korean War (1950-1953), and, after more than 60 years, were finally returned during U.S. President Barack Obama’s most recent state visit to Korea.
These Guksae have an important history as they represent the Korean Empire’s attempt at becoming an autonomous country. A national seal made upon the establishment of the Korean Empire in 1897 by King Gojong (1852-1919) as well as a stamp made by King Sunjong (1874-1926) in tribute to King Gojong are included among the 9 returned seals.
A free exhibition will run until August 3, 2014 at the National Palace Museum of Korea showcasing these royal seals.
Courtesy of National Palace Museum of Korea, Cultural Heritage Administration