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Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Japanese Government-General Building (JGGB): Power Struggles and the Contested Places of Korean National Identity

  • Hyun Kyung Lee
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Abstract

The Japanese Government-General Building (JGGB) was the headquarters of the Japanese administration during the Japanese colonial occupation of Korea. The debates in the post-liberation period over whether the JGGB should be conserved or demolished were due, in part, to its location at Gyeongbokgung Palace: an important symbol of Korean tradition. Focusing on this uncomfortable juxtaposition, Lee uses place biography to trace the diversity of accumulated memories of Gyeongbokgung Palace and the JGGB from the pre-colonial period, through the colonial period, to the post-colonial period. In this process, Lee scrutinises the roles of memory conflicts and power struggles in deciding the fate of Gyeongbokgung Palace and the JGGB, finally examining the visual impact that the reconstruction of the heritage-scape has had on shaping Korean national identity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyun Kyung Lee
    • 1
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  1. 1.Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)University of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS)Seoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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