2.Meiji-za Theater

 

The Meiji-za Theater (present-day Myeongdong Theater) was designed by a Japanese architect named Tamada. The work was started in 1935, the same year as the Gukdo Theater, and completed in October 1936.

During the colonial period, it was used chiefly as an entertainment facility for the Japanese. It showed films produced by Shochiku. After the country’s liberation, its name was changed various times in succession, including Gukje Theater, Municipal Auditorium for City, National Myeongdong Theater, Myeongdong Art Hall, Daehan Investment Trust Management, and Myeongdong Theater (2006).

 




1. Dilkusha (1923)

Dilkusha is the name of a house in Jongno-gu where Albert Taylor, an American correspondent, used to live with his family. He announced the news of the March 1919 Korean Independence Movement worldwide. He had the house built in 1932 and lived there until 1942, when he was forced to leave the country by Japanese colonists. Dilkusha is a Hindi word meaning “utopia” or a “happy mind.”

Albert Taylor, who was a UPI reporter, was put in Seodaemun Prison in Seoul for 6 months on the charge of providing assistance to Korean independence activists. He continued to help Koreans who were engaged in the independence movement. With the outbreak of the Pacific War in 1941, he and his family were put under house arrest. Japanese colonists forced him and his family to leave the country in 1942. He passed away in his home country.

In 2006, his son Bruce came to visit where his family used to live in Seoul and the story about his father and the house came to be known to people




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