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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:18 am    Post subject: Korean Royal Family Reply with quote

An interesting bit about the Korean royal family from the BBC World Service's Outlook program. (I'm not sure how long the actual broadcast will be posted on the site.)

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KOREAN PRINCE
When Yi Seok was born in the early 1940s, he grew up as a royal prince. His ancestors had ruled the Korean peninsula for more than five hundred years, until their reign ended in 1910, when Korea was annexed by Japan. In the 1970s, Yi Seok's family was stripped of its royal status and privileges. Yi Seok lost his title and since then, he's lived in distinctly un-royal circumstances. However, as Hyun-Sung Khang reports, in recent years, a growing public interest in Korea's royal history has led to a change of fortunes for Yi Seok, known to many as the 'Singing Prince'.


BBC Audio available here

I wonder how much of this newfound Korean interest in Things Royal is related to the whole hallyu phenomenon?
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