No Statute of Limitation on Doing What’s Right: First of Korean Royal Books Come Home 145 Years After Looting

On April 14, 2011, some of Korean royal books looted by the French in 1866 were received by  National Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea. The books were not returned but rather sent per “renewable lease” agreement based on the French law on cultural assets. As reported by Korea.net, the lease means that the books were returned temporarily pursuant on a five-year renewable loan agreement. Negotiations to reach this Solomonic agreement lasted about 20 years.  Apparently, it was reached during summit talks of the G20 Seoul Summit.


The books deal with royal funerals, weddings and other ceremonies during the Joseon Dynasty, in power between 1392 and 1910.

Comments welcomed

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s