The Yi Jun Peace Museum in The Hague is dedicated to the Korean judge and diplomat Yi Jun, who is remembered as a national hero in both South and North Korea.
The museum pays homage to the late Yi Jun (1859-1907), a resistance fighter who opposed the Japanese colonisation of Korea (1910-1945). In the summer of 1907 Yi travelled by railway to The Hague as part of Korea's delegation to the Second Hague Peace Conference. He was commissioned to announce to the international community that Korea was an independent state and that the Japanese invasion was unlawful.
Yi and two other emissaries were barred from taking part of the conference. Yi protested and was found dead a few days later in his hotel.
In 1995 South Korean businessman Lee Kee-Hang established a private museum in the former Hotel De Jong in memory of Yi Jun and the promotion of peace. The museum houses Yi's handwritten documents and newspaper clippings from the time among other documents.
Yi Jun Peace Museum
2512 BA The Hague
Telephone: (070) 356 25 10
Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs.
Saturday from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.
Closed 1 January, 25 December, Easter Sunday and Whit Sunday