France returns another batch of Korean royal books
Last Updated: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 09:50
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.


First Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 09:50

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