France Loans Back Antique Manuscripts to South Korea

Posted by admin on Nov 12, 2010

France agreed to loan back to South Korea a collection of antique manuscripts stolen in the 19th century, in a deal struck by their presidents at the G20 summit in Seoul, officials said Friday.

The royal archives of the Joseon dynasty, covering a period from the 15th to the 19th centuries, were seized in 1866 by a French admiral in retaliation for the Korean court’s alleged persecution of Catholics.

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