a western nation. Then in May 1883, the U.S. Legation was established in Jeongdong, Seoul, and Lucius H. Foote was dispatched as the first U.S. Minister to Korea. This was the start of Korea-U.S. diplomatic relations, which have continued steadfast to this day.
Korea sends its first diplomatic mission to the U.S.
Members of the first Korean diplomatic mission to the United States
Fist Korean Minister to the US
(Seungjeongwon ilgi August 18, 1887)
at The Chicago World's Columbian Exposition in 1893
of Koreafor proceeding as Secretary of Korean Legation
in January 24, 1893
(from Misa illok, a journal written by Minister Yi Beom Jin:
January 21, 1897)
the funeral of Soh Kwang Pom,
the 8th Korean Minister to the U.S. (October 3, 1897)
(April 9, 1898)
(from collection of documents the Korean Legation exchanged with Foreign Office of Korea; August 1901)
(Image from the Independence Hall of Korea)
government and Korean American community had made diverse attempts to purchase the building on 15 Logan Circle. It is the only extant legation building left as it was from the time of the Korean Empire. In the midst of such interest across Korean society and the Korean American community, the Cultural Heritage Administration repurchased the building through the National Trust for Cultural Heritage in October 2012.