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The Korean Legation
Photographer: Allen C. Browne
Taken: July 13, 2013
Caption: The Korean Legation
Additional Description:
Close-up of postcard on display at 15 Logan Circle

History of the Building

King Gojong of Joseon Dynasty purchased this building (15 Logan Circle) from Mr. Sevellon A. Brown (Seth L. Phelps' son-in-law) for $25,000 in 1891. (Mr. Phelps was veteran of the Civil War, a diplomat and a politician).

20 years later in 1910 Japan annexed Korea by force, robbing this building from King Gojong for only $5. However, Korea recovered her sovereignty when Japan surrendered to the US at the end of World War II in 1945. Since then, the Korean government and Korean-Americans in the US strived to regain ownership of this building as a symbol of 19th century Korean diplomacy.It was only last spring that we succeeded in buying the building back. We are now working on a plan to make the best use of this building. When the plan is carried out in the near future, this building will be reborn as a Korea-US friendship museum. The museum shall show visitors how the friendship between Korea and the US was born and developed over the years. -- Text from a display inside 15 Logan Circle
Submitted: July 15, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Database Locator Identification Number: p247447
File Size: 1.619 Megabytes


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