France returns another batch of Korean royal books
Seoul: A second batch of ancient
Korean royal books that had been stored in France for 145
years arrived here on Friday, two weeks after the first
shipment, under a summit deal between the two sides.
Seventy-three of the 297-volume "Oegyujanggak" books
reached Incheon International Airport at around 8:40 AM as
scheduled, according to officials. The texts featuring the
protocols of royal ceremonies and rites will be displayed at
the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. Oegyujanggak was part
of a royal library in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his French
counterpart Nicholas Sarkozy agreed in November last year to
the transfer of the royal texts that French troops looted in
1866 when they invaded Ganghwa Island in retaliation for
Koreans` persecution of French Catholic missionaries. The
books had since been kept at the National Library of France.
In March, Seoul and Paris set a concrete timetable for
the transfer of the books through working-level consultations.
The rest of the books are scheduled to be delivered in
two more batches in May.
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