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    Located in Haengchon-dong, Jongno-gu, Dilkusha is a red-bricked Western-style house with a basement and two stories built by Albert W. Taylor (1875–1948), standing out among the surrounding buildings. Taylor was a special correspondent of the Associated Press who in 1919 reported the illegal annexation of Joseon (then Korea) by the Japanese Empire and covered the details of the March 1st Movement to inform the international community. Due to these efforts, Taylor was imprisoned in Seodaemun Prison while assisting Korea’s anti-Japanese independence movement. Dilkusha served as the residence of the Taylors until they were expelled by the Japanese in 1942.

    In recognition of its historical value as having been the residence of Taylor who who played a decisive role in promoting the March 1st Movement to the world, Dilkusha was designated as National Registered Cultural Property No. 687 in August 2017.

    Dilkusha, which means “Palace of Heart’s Delight” in Sanskrit, is now property of the Korean government, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government began restoration of Dilkusha in 2016 and completed construction of the Dilkusha Museum in December 2020.

    Visitors are encouraged to take a tour of Dilkusha to see first-hand the former residence of the Taylors as it was in the 1920s, and vividly witness history through six exhibitions that highlight the life of the Taylors and the journalist activities of Albert W. Taylor as a special correspondent while in Korea.

    “The restoration of Dilkusha is not simply a mere restoration of a house, but a significant restoration of Korea’s modern architecture and anti-Japanese sentiment.” – Acting Mayor Seo Jung-hyup

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