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Guided Tour & Movie Screening at the Old Korean Legation

Join a special guided tour of the Old Korean Legation in Washington, D.C. followed by a screening of the hit 2016 period thriller The Age of Shadows (밀정) at this important historical building recently restored to its early 20th century condition! Learn more about the significance of this space for both Korea and the United States, and enjoy a critically-acclaimed Korean film which informs that formative era in history. 

Space is very limited for this program, so a small number of RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Read on for more on the legation and the movie, and to RSVP. 

About The Old Korean Legation 

The Old Korean Legation in Washington, D.C., located on Logan Circle northeast of the White House, was originally erected in 1877 as the home of American Civil War naval hero, politician, and diplomat Seth Ledyard Phelps (1824–1885). It was later purchased and became the Korean Legation in 1889. While not quite a full embassy, as a legation the building facilitated the active diplomatic endeavors of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897) and then the Korean Empire (1897–1910) for a period of 16 years. This ended when Imperial Japan deprived Korea of its diplomatic sovereignty through the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1905, also known as the Eulsa Treaty. Following the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty of 1910, the Old Korean Legation building was purchased for a mere $5 by the Japanese government and immediately resold.

A century later, the Old Korean Legation building was returned to Korean hands in October of 2012 when it was purchased from a private owner by the Cultural Heritage Administration and the National Trust for Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Korea.

The Old Korean Legation building is a deeply meaningful space that has witnessed major events in both Korean and American history. It was a cradle for the Korea-U.S. friendship born out of the dedicated diplomatic efforts of King Gojong (r. 1863–1907), and a symbol of the drive for independence among Korean residents in the United States who gathered there to reaffirm their determination to recover the sovereignty of their homeland.

For more information, visit the Old Korean Legation website

The Age of Shadows (밀정)

Director Kim Jee-woon's highly anticipated period thriller The Age of Shadows follows Lee Jung-chool (Song Kang-ho), a Korean captain in the Japanese police sent to infiltrate the armed resistance fighting for Korean independence in the 1920s. Jung-chool encounters resistance leader Kim Woo-jin (Gong Yoo) and the two become close, despite knowing they stand on opposite sides of an historic struggle. As information leaks and tensions rise, the resistance plans a daring strike on the Imperial Japanese headquarters in Seoul from their base in Shanghai, China. Conflicted, Jung-chool’s true loyalties remain ambiguous as he holds the fate of the resistance in his hand.

The Age of Shadows (2016) is a crowd-pleasing historical epic that also won over critics, including awards for Best Art Design at the Daejong Film Awards as well as Best Director and Best Actor (Song Kang-Ho) at the BaekSang Arts Awards. Produced and distributed by Warner Bros., the film also went on to widespread international acclaim. Presented in Korean with English subtitles; 140 minutes; for mature audiences.

WHAT: Guided Tour & Movie Screening (The Age of Shadow)
WHEN: Thursday, August 23 at 6 PM 
WHERE: Old Korean Legation in Washington D.C. (1500 13th St. NW) 
HOW: RSVP below (required)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to very limited space, everyone is asked to RSVP individually at the link below (without guests). If you would like to attend with someone, please have them complete the form as well. Only those who RSVP via this form will be admitted at the event, unless extra space allows. The form will automatically close when maximum registration is reached. Thank you for your understanding!