Ancient texts looted by France are home at last
Korea’s ancient royal protocols have returned home.
Plundered by the French military 145 years ago, and the object of two decades of diplomatic wrangling between Paris and Seoul, 75 of 297 manuscripts arrived at Incheon International Airport yesterday and were delivered to the National Museum of Korea.
They were transported in five specially made crates that controlled temperature and humidity. The other books will come in three shipments through May 27.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Choung Byoung-gug welcomed the Oegyujanggak manuscripts at the museum. When asked about the fact that the manuscripts are technically being “leased” to their homeland, and that the lease has to be renewed every five years, Choung told reporters, “Regardless of the words used in returning the books, it is practically a permanent redemption.”
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