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Seoul Gets Tough Over Koguryo Dispute

Seoul decided to launch a taskforce and step up countermeasures to cope with Beijing’s alleged attempt to distort the history of Koguryo, an ancient Korean kingdom, officials said Friday. South Korea’s Prime Minister Lee Hai-chan, presiding over an inter-ministerial policy coordination meeting, instructed the Foreign Ministry and other relevant ministries to set up a working-level […]

Fight over Goguryeo flares

Fight over Goguryeo flares The Foreign Ministry reacted strongly yesterday to what it called “the distortion of Goguryeo history” by the Chinese government and press. Goguryeo was a kingdom that held sway in northeastern China and the northern part of the Korean peninsula from 37 B.C. to 668. Chinese scholars, to the horror of both […]

Goguryeo Tomb Paintings in China Stolen

Korean burial tomb wall paintings from the Goguryeo-era located in what is now China’s Jillin Province are missing and appear to have been removed by grave robbers ahead of their designation as World Heritage by UNESCO next year. Part of one of the two sites had already been raided in 1996. ‘It is so serious […]

Battle Against Distorting History

[Student Corner] Battle Against Distorting History By Lee Eung-hoon “Why should I study Korean history?” Maybe many students asked the question when they were in high school. But, now I think that only a few know the reason. You probably also know that our history is faced with a big problem. It’s time to have […]

Goguryeo Comes to Seoul

North Korea’s national treasure-class Goguryeo artifacts have arrived in Seoul. Sixty Goguryeo artifacts, including 15 national treasure-class artifacts belonging to the Chosun Central History Museum, reached Seoul via a Kumgang Mountain tourism course (road number seven) on April 22. These relics will be exhibited in a ‘Special Goguryeo Exhibition’ (running from May 7 to July […]

Harvard Forum to Discuss Koguryo

The Korea Institute at Harvard University will host an international forum on the Koguryo Kingdom and its culture from April 5-7, the Korea Foundation has announced. The purpose of “The Harvard Conference on Koguryo History and Archeology” is to facilitate the introduction of Koguryo-based studies in English and provide a further foundation for the field. […]

COMMENT: Tempestuous Seoul-Beijing relationship

KOREA and China have been close both geographically and historically. In fact, at one time Korea was a tributary state of the Chinese empire, a relationship that ended when Japan colonised the peninsula at the end of the 19th century. In modern times, since China and South Korea established diplomatic relations in 1992, the two […]

Goguryo was a country of the Korean Peninsula

The Chinese History Encyclopedia, published in 2000, and the most authoritative Chinese dictionary published in 1999 both describe Goguryo as a country on the Korean Peninsula, it was confirmed on Aug. 15. The Chinese History Encyclopedia is a vast book of 3,502 pages in two volumes using the basic records of Chinese history and written […]

Korea to Deal with Chinese Misrepresentation on Old Korean Kingdom

August 13, 2004 Government Information Agency In connection with the Chinese attempt to distort and misrepresent facts of history about the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 BC-AD 668), the government has established a fundamental policy that there is absolutely no room whatsoever for compromise on the issue. The Korean government will take all necessary counter-measures. During a […]

An old map reveals territorial truth

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Old European maps of Korea being shown in a new exhibition at the Seoul Museum of History hold visual evidence that perhaps can help end the on-going battle over territory and history between Korea and its neighbors, China and Japan. “These maps can aid […]