"The result of an eight-year grand project, the new home for the National Museum of Korea will finally be unveiled and ready to meet visitors in Yongsan, central Seoul on Oct 28.
The construction of the new museum, taking its design concept from traditional castles and walls, began in October 1997 in a move to relocate from its previous building that was built by the Japanese colonial government at Kyongbok Palace. The building, which functioned as the Japanese governmentŐs headquarters, was removed from the palace as part of the nationŐs campaign to eliminate its colonial legacy.
Some 11,000 historic relics will be displayed at an indoor exhibition space of 26,781 square meters at the new home. The museum has 134,270 square meters of total floor space and includes more than 100 listed national treasures."
"A centuries-old stone monument commemorating KoreaŐs victory over Japanese forces has been returned to Korea 100 years after it was looted by the Japanese Imperial Army. The Bukgwandaecheopbi arrived on Korean soil at around 4 p.m. on Thursday on Korean Air flight KE704.
After a 50-minute ceremony, the monument was taken to the National Museum of Korea by truck. There it will be welcomed with a traditional goyuje ceremony to invoke divine blessing for important events on Friday morning. It will be on display for a week from the day the museum reopens in its new location on Oct. 28.
Afterwards, the monument will be moved to the National Palace Museum of Korea in Gyeongbok Palace for restoration. It will eventually be sent to North Korea, its original home. A Cultural Heritage Administration official said the monument will stay in South Korea for about six months to a year.
The Bukgwandaecheopbi was erected in 1709 in Immyeong village in Gilju-gun, in what is now North KoreaŐs North Hamgyeong Province, by the provincial governor to commemorate the 1592 victory of general Chung Mun-bu and local forces over Japanese invaders. Japanese forces stole the monument during the Russo-Japanese War in 1905."
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