11 Jun '11, 10am

S.Korea hails return of looted books by France

S.Korea hails return of looted books by France

SEOUL: South Korea on Saturday staged a ceremony rich in traditional pageantry to welcome the return of priceless ancient royal books, 145 years after they were looted by French troops. A solemn procession of some 500 people, wearing colourful traditional court costumes, moved slowly along Sejong Street, carrying some of the books in a palanquin to Gyeongbok Palace -- the largest built by the Chosun Dynasty. After years of diplomatic wrangling, France in April and May returned 296 volumes of "Uigwe", richly illustrated records of major court ceremonies and events during the Chosun era which ruled between 1392 and 1910. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak and former French Culture Minister Jack Lang were among those gathered for the ceremony at the restored palace. "I announce the Uigue, which were looted 145 years ago, have returned home," President Lee, who was wearing i...

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