New palace trail

UK Em­bassy re­turns street along Deoksu Palace to pub­lic

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Kim Se-jeong

The Bri­tish Em­bassy re­turned part of its land next to the Deoksu Palace wall in down­town Seoul to Korea, Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Seoul Met­ro­pol­i­tan Gov­ern­ment, the 100-me­ter stretch will be used to cre­ate a pedes­trian path along the palace wall.

“We thank the Bri­tish Em­bassy for re­turn­ing the piece of land to Korea,” Mayor Park Won-soon said dur­ing a cer­e­mony held on the site, Tues­day.

The Bri­tish Em­bassy has owned this piece of land since 1959. An­other sec­tion re­main­ing on em­bassy soil ac­counts for 70 more me­ters, which the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment pur­chased in April 1883 to es­tab­lish its lega­tion.

King Go­jong (1853-1919) moved into the palace in 1897 to be near the Bri­tish Lega­tion, as well as the Amer­i­can and Rus­sian ones. In those days, gates con­nected the palace grounds with the three for­eign lega­tions, but all have been re­moved.

Mayor Park be­gan the project to con­struct a walk­way en­cir­cling the palace in 2014.


Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, fourth from left, and U.K. Am­bas­sador Charles Hay, fifth from right, cut a tape dur­ing a cer­e­mony to open part of a path be­tween the Deoksu Palace wall and the Bri­tish Em­bassy. The 100-me­ter-long path will be part of a trail...

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