It's the start of a new week and we have our Michelle Kim with us for our regular arts and culture segment. Today, she has an exhibition preview and two movie previews for us.
[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young
What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] There is a collection of rare photographs of the Korean Imperial Family on display this month at the Deoksu Palace Museum. The photos provide valuable insight into the personal and political life of the emperor and his family.
When Emperor Gojong first had his picture taken in 1883, he discovered he loved being photographed.
But as much as the emperor may have enjoyed being in the spotlight, he also recognized that the photos gave him an opportunity to introduce Korea to the world at a time when the country was at risk of losing its sovereignty to Japan.
The emperor would frequently allow himself to be photographed by foreign visitors and the photos were then published around the world.
But the photos haven't been seen by the public for years.
Now, a collection of these photos, including the first photo of Emperor Gojong taken by Percival Lawrence Lowell, is on display at the Deoksu Palace Museum of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea through January 13th.
The photographs were given by Emperor Gojong to Alice Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter, as a present when she visited Korea in 1905.
The emperor gave the photographs to her with the hope that it would bring economic and political help from the U.S.
According to the exhibition curator, this was a common way to curry favor with foreign nations at the time.
[Interview : David Hogge, Head Curator
Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art] "One of the most important uses of photography was as diplomatic gifting, hoping to persuade other world leaders to support their diplomatic initiatives by these interpersonal exchanges basically from individual to individual."
The 200 photographs on display cover the time from the beginning of the Korean Empire in 1880, to 1905, when the Empire lost its sovereignty to Japan.
The photos provide valuable insight into that period and show what the country was like just before the Japanese colonial period.
The "Photographs of the Daehan Imperial Family" exhibition will be held until January 13th and admission is 4,000 won.