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Korea’s Five Cultural Assets Missing For Last 20 Years

By February 22, 2017 at 4:55 am
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Five cultural assets of Korea have been missing for the past 20 years as what has been confirmed by the Cultural Heritage Administration. The said organization posted the five stolen treasures on its category "Lost Cultural Asset" on its website.

One of the five national treasures that were stolen was the 17th-century map. The so-called map is called Mankukjeondo which is a Korean geographic map that stretches 133 centimeters in width and 71.5 centimeters in height.

Being categorized as Korea's Treasure No. 1008, the map is very different in its features since it uses varied colors to identify lands and oceans. This Korea's national treasure was painted by Park Yeon-sul during the reign of King Hyeonjong in the year 1661. The organization made a presumption that the map was stolen around 1993 to 1994 in Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul.

Another asset that was lost was the "Gohee Portrait and Family Relic" which the organization designated as national treasure No. 739 as per Korea Times. One more treasure that was included in the list of lost treasures was the two documents of "Hwangjin Family's Ancient Documents." That treasure has been categorized as national treasure No. 942.

The Gohee portrait features a man in his 70s which is painted in green and it has been listed as missing since November if 2012. The man who was featured in the portrait is said to be a military official who accompanied King Sunjo when the Japanese invaded Korea in 1592.

The treasure or the document which was stolen was a property of descendants of General Hwangjin. This was a gift to them from King Sunjo in 1615 to the official who dies in the war at Jinju Fortress.

The last asset that was missing was a document described as a service exemption paper given by Namwon's former governor in the year 1856. The said document has been listed missing in the year 1993.

All the mentioned and identified lost national treasures were owned by individuals which were passed down through generations of families.

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