11 Jun '11, 9am

See in pics: S.Korea honours the return of 300 royal books looted by French soldiers with a colourful welcome ceremony

See in pics: S.Korea honours the return of 300 royal books looted by French soldiers with a colourful welcome ceremony

South Koreans attired in royal court costumes participate in a rehearsal for a ceremony to welcome the return of priceless ancient royal books at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on June 10, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP SEOUL - SOUTH Korea is honouring the return of nearly 300 royal books looted by French soldiers in the 19th century with a colourful welcome ceremony. South Koreans dressed in court costumes from the Joseon Dynasty escorted the 297 books to central Seoul's Gyeongbok Palace on Saturday to the piercing sound of traditional horns. The books detail protocol for royal funerals, weddings and other ceremonies during the Joseon Dynasty, which ruled the Korean peninsula from 1392 to 1910. French troops raided a royal library on an island off Korea's west coast in 1866 and took away hundreds of manuscripts and burned 5,000 more. France agreed last year to allow the books to return t...

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