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10/2/2006

If you thought the Chosŏn dynasty was over, think again

Filed under: — Owen @ 4:58 pm Print

Actually, strictly speaking, 88-year-old Yi Hae-won was crowned queen (or should that be empress?) of the Great Han Empire (大韓帝國) last week, rather than the Chosŏn kingdom. The accession of Korea’s new monarch has apparently been greeted with some sarcasm from the public (off with their heads!) and some have even accused the royal descendants of just copying this whole idea from a popular current TV drama about an imaginary Korea with a constitutional monarchy (life imitating art? – never!).

In other royalty-related news, it seems that the main gate of Kyŏngbokkung Palace, Kwanghwamun, will soon be dismantled so that it can be moved 14.5 metres south of its current position. Maybe it’s just me but it seems as though the whole thing of restoring Kyŏngbokkung to exactly how it was 100 years ago is going a bit over the top. And I rather like it the way it is now, with ivy growing over the walls.

One Response to “If you thought the Chosŏn dynasty was over, think again”

  1. Andy says:

    There might be some geomancy involved. In any case, as someone who would like to see the Twin Towres rebuilt almost exactly as they were before 9/11, I can understand the feeling.

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