Secret tunnels to queen's bedchamber

"In the late 1890s and early 1900s, Seoul was a city filled with intrigue, espionage, assassins and thieves. Even the royal court was not exempt from these dangers. Thus it is not surprising that measures were taken to ensure the royal family was able to be conveyed to safety in a precarious situation.

[It] is popularly supposed that deep down in the ground lying between the present imperial palace and the Russian legation there runs a tunnel built to insure the emperor taking no chances should any other stray agitator try to secure an audience without permission."

Source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2011/08/135_93349.html

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