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[K-MOVE] Ancestral Rite for King Gojong
2019-02-11 |
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A parade of participants in an ancestral rite for King Gojong, the 26th and last monarch of Korea's ancient Joseon Dynasty, is being staged.

The direct heir of the royal family pays tribute to King Gojong who was also the founder of the Empire of Korea.

The ancestral rite was held at the imperial tomb Hongneung in Namyangju City, marking the centennial of King Gojong's death.

The royal rituals continue for some 600 years.

[Kim Jong-Gyu, president, National Trust for Cultural Heritage]
"(This event) marks the centennial (of King Gojong's death) as well as the centennial of the March 1st Movement and the founding of the Provisional Government of Korea. We hope the whole nation will be united through this rite."

King Gojong suddenly died at Deoksu Palace in the early morning of January 21, 1919, at the age of 66.

There was much speculation that he was killed by poison administered by Japanese officials, an idea that gained wide circulation across the country at the time.

His death and subsequent funeral provided fodder for the nationwide March 1st Independence Movement by Koreans against the Japanese colonial rule.

The movement also led to the establishment of the Provisional Government of Korea.

The late emperor, often remembered as an incompetent ruler, has been reevaluated as a monarch who exerted much effort to modernize his nation as an independent state.

His failed dream ignited the nationwide movement towards Korea's independence.
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