Historic house in Korea built by UPI correspondent to be restored

Albert Taylor was the first foreign correspondent to break the news of the March 1st Movement held in Japanese-occupied Korea in 1919.
By Elizabeth Shim  |  Feb. 26, 2016 at 2:50 PM
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SEOUL, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The house where United Press International's earliest foreign correspondent resided is to be reopened as a historical landmark, the city of Seoul said Friday.

The red-brick house built in 1923 by Albert Wilder "Bruce" Taylor is to be restored and reopened to the public by 2019, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Movement, a Korean independence movement against Japanese colonial rule.

Taylor was the first foreign correspondent to break the news of the mass protests that were held in Japanese-occupied Korea.

About 2 million Koreans took part in 1,500 demonstrations, but thousands were killed or arrested by colonial authorities.

Taylor continued to work as a reporter in Korea during the decades that followed, but by 1942 he and his family were forcibly deported due to wartime circumstances. An American by birth, Taylor is buried in a foreigners' cemetery in Korea.

Taylor's house is named Dilkhusha, which means "Heart's Delight" in Hindi. Yonhap reported the Taylors lived in the house for 20 years. The two-story residence includes a basement and was built in a style popular in Britain and the United States during the interwar period.

Attempts to register Dilkhusha as a national landmark had been postponed due to the condition of the building. People were also reportedly squatting in the dilapidated structure. Many of the occupants are disabled or unable to pay their bills, South Korea media reported. The building also recently received the lowest safety grade.

The renovation is to be followed by a larger plan to restore various landmarks around the area of central Seoul that includes public palace grounds and foreign embassies.

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