Rare photos from empire days
Interested in catching a glimpse of the Korean royal family?
For those longing to travel into the past, a photo exhibition at the Museum of Photography by the Hanmi Foundation of Arts and Culture is featuring photos from the Korean Empire (1897-1910).
Lee Gyeong-min, a researcher at the Photo Archive Research Institute, pointed out that the Japanese, who were pulling the strings of power at this time, used the ceremony as a kind of PR exercise to show that the emperor cared about the people and farming.
The photos in the exhibition depict the tumultuous latter days of the empire, when Japan was gradually tightening its grip on power.
Today, there are 13 sons and nine daughters identified as direct descendants of the Joseon royal family, but few of them agree who is the main descendant of the royal line.
The exhibition starts today and ends on June 6. For more information please contact the museum, located in Bangi-dong, southeast Seoul. For more details, call (02) 418-1315) or visit www.photomuseum.or.kr.
It costs 5,000 won ($3.18) for adults to enter.
By Brian Lee Staff Reporter [email@example.com]