Russia Wants to Build Orthodox Church in Seoul

December 1, 2009

Historic Site 253, located in Jung-dong, Seoul, used to be the Russian legation in Korea, and Emperor Gojong (1852-1919) had stayed there for one year. The Russian government wants to build a church on the site. But the Korean government opposes the proposal.

The Russian Embassy has been asking for a piece of land in Seoul to open a Russian Orthodox Church, diplomatic sources say.

Furthermore, what Russia has in mind is the spot of the former Russian legation, where Emperor Gojong (1852-1919) took refuge for one year to escape the Japanese who were planning to assassinate him.

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