"Royal books of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) were returned to Korea from Japan, Tuesday, marking the completion of a mission that kicked off in 2006 to retrieve cultural heritages looted during colonial rule.
A total of 1,200 books, including 167 about royal protocols called “Uigwe,” were retrieved in the second batch delivered.
Among them was a book written by Admiral Yi Sun-shin that was stolen 105 years ago, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In October, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda handed over five volumes of Uigwe to President Lee Myung-bak during a summit in Seoul.
The Uigwe are a unique collection of rites and rituals, which describe through prose and illustration the major ceremonies of the royal family throughout the Joseon Kingdom’s 500-year history."