Archaeologists unearth Chosun-era palace office in South Korea

December 25th, 2008 - 3:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Seoul, Dec 25 (ANI): A team of archaeologists has unearthed the Royal Palace Keepers Bureau during the Chosun Dynasty and the site of a tobacco factory of the Japanese colonial period near the royal shrine of Jongmyo, Seoul, in South Korea.

According to the Hanul Cultural Property Research Center, it discovered a site of two buildings from the early Chosun period, a building belonging to the Royal Palace Keepers Bureau, and remnants of a tobacco factory that was built after the bureau was demolished in the early 20th century on the 3,230 sq. m site in Jongno-gu, Seoul.

The bureau, established in 1628, the sixth year of the reign of King Injo, was part of five military camps that was responsible for guarding the king.

It played a crucial role in King Hyojongs military campaign against the northern area.

The site was discovered during construction of a new building by SH Corporation as a part of renovation of Sewoon District 4 in downtown Seoul.

Stores in the Sewoon Plaza, which is being demolished at the moment, will be temporarily moving into the area.

Archaeologists also found broken pieces of inlaid white porcelain from the 15th century, high-quality white porcelain thought to be made in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, and celadon made between the late Koryo and early Chosun Period. (ANI)

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