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According to current report the Japanese have been tarrying maftjers with a high hand in Korea of late, and a good deal of popular bitterness has been caused,fe- "their removal of one of. the most famous and cherished memorials of the country's past. This is a beautiful marine pagoda, the! P'ung-duk shririe, which formieriy Btiood on a lovely shaded spot in one of .the suburbs of Seoul. Erected nearly a thousand years ago, it stood, ,an exquisite example of. ancient Korean arohiteoture, as v an enduring monument of Korea's vanished splendour. Three centuries ago a famous Japanese warrrior. invaded Korea, and attempted to carry off the.Fungiduk pagjoda as a trophy, of his camr^ pai^ in the Hermit kingdom; but an allied force of Koreans and Chinese repulsed himi, and he was obliged to return, to Japan; without the prize. From that time Ws gem of Korean art has not deased to be an object of Japanese ambitioni,. and now that the outcome of the war with Russia has made the Mikado overlord ai Korea, 1 the treasure has at length fallen into Japanese hands. In January Vis--1 oouhi Tanaka, a Minister of the Imperial Household, was despatched by i his Imperial Japanese Majesty oai a special mission to represent! the Emperor at the marriage ceremony of r the Korean. Crown Prince. While at the Court in. Seoul the Viscount expressed 1 a desire that theFung-duk pagoda should be presented to him to take back ac a ctiffeto Japan, but the Emperor of Korea resolutely held out against the proposal, maintaining that so priceless "at morouiment of the I nation's former greatness belonged to the whole people of Korea, and could not be thus disposed of. With this refusal the inatitier ended for the time. A few weeks ago, however, a force: of armed Japanese simply took the building carefully to pieces and carted the blodkis of matible t/> the railway, statiow. The shrine was packed in tiii<to and' railed to Miasampo for tiranspew* to Japan. Tt is said thalti either by 'bribery or by threalts some minor Korean' official Was induced to sanction the removal, and so Korea lost her most valuable historical monument. . . .

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A KOREAN SHRINE., Thames Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 10303, 25 July 1907

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A KOREAN SHRINE. Thames Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 10303, 25 July 1907