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.
<Special exhibition of returned Joseon Empire royal seals
: National Palace Museum of Korea
. 12, Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
: May 13 – August 3, 2014. (Closed on Mondays)
☞ Operating hours
: Weekdays 09:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:00) /
Weekends 09:00-19:00 (Last admission 18:00)
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
: 82-2-3701-7500 (Korean)
: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
The museum is located right next to the exit, within the palace grounds.
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