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SEOUL, Oct. 20 (Yonhap) — A exclusive exhibition commemorating ties between Seoul and Moscow opened this week, presenting site visitors a prospect to vacation via time to the Joseon Dynasty by the eyes of a younger Russian architect who stayed right here for the duration of just one of the country’s most tumultuous instances in record.
“The Everyday living and Performs of Russian Architect Afanasy Seredin-Sabatin” facilities on the life of Seredin-Sabatin (1860-1921), who was identified as Salpajeong or Salpajin and took aspect in coming up with and developing essential items of architecture, such as the previous Russian legation in central Seoul, in the course of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and in the subsequent decades.
The younger Russian, very first labored as a tidewaiter in the port metropolis of Incheon upon his arrival in 1883, is also considered to have taken portion in setting up significant fashionable historic structures, these kinds of as Dongnimmun Gate, which means Independence Gate in Korean, as nicely as Western-style architecture at Deoksu Palace.
The exhibition showcases many artifacts — these as letters, blueprints and images — as well as smaller sized variations of architectural functions.
Apart from his profession as an architect, Seredin-Sabatin is recognized as a critical witness in the tragic murder of Queen Myeongseong, the wife of King Gojong, by Japanese assassins in 1895. The exhibition functions his penned testimonial of the incident as nicely as a map of the place the murder took put at Gyeongbok Palace.
Seredin-Sabatin, who still left the Korean Peninsula for numerous yrs next the queen’s assassination, returned in 1899 and worked on a variety of architectural and development assignments until finally his remaining departure in 1904 for the duration of the Russo-Japanese War.
Officers from both equally Seoul and Moscow anticipated the exhibition to highlight the two countries’ record by way of Seredin-Sabatin’s life and performs that have been below-investigated.
“What keeps Seredin-Sabatin in our recollections is that he grew to become an essential witness in historical past by witnessing the Eulmi Incident,” Chung Jae-suk, the head of the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), stated in a press convention Monday. “When there are several reports on Seredin-Sabatin, (the matter) was still insufficiently researched.”
Chung pointed out how Seredin-Sabatin’s architectural operates offer you a glimpse of the history and atmosphere of the closing decades of the Joseon Dynasty.
Russia’s top rated envoy to Seoul, Ambassador Andrey Kulik, voiced hope that the exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties among South Korea and Russia would help deepen the friendship amongst the two international locations.
“Since the 19th century when Joseon and Russia signed a mutual commerce treaty in 1884, the two nations around the world have remained superior neighbors and buddies based mostly on goodwill,” Kulik mentioned in a remark that was translated from Russian to Korean.
“(I hope the two nations) get to know every other more and deepen (their) friendship,” he reported, mentioning that cultural gatherings prepared to persuade cultural exchanges concerning the two nations around the world will be postponed until the close of 2021 amid the new coronavirus.
The exhibition runs on the second flooring of Jungmyeongjeon at Deoksu Palace right until Nov. 11, in accordance to CHA.
Jungmyeongjeon, a two-tale crimson-brick setting up with arches, is a perform of European-type architecture in Deoksu Palace that Seredin-Sabatin is thought to have taken portion in setting up. At the time used as a club for foreigners, it was restored and opened to the public in 2010.
Part of the exhibition is also accessible on the net at the administration’s website or its YouTube channel. Digital actuality engineering was utilised for improved on-scene atmosphere, CHA extra.