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South Korea: Royal Gate Restoration, Corruption and Suicide

Categories: East Asia, South Korea, Arts & Culture, Governance, History

In recent months, particularly murky allegations over the royal gate restoration have unfolded in South Korea. The project's ‘chief carpenter’ is accused not only of using substandard wood, but stealing donated wood. Moreover, several government officials involved in the project were also indicted on charges of bribery [1] [ko], and a civilian investigator who revealed details about the flawed operation committed suicide [2]

John Rodgers of Marmot's Hole blog wrote about how things have developed [3], sparking a rather interesting discussion on the country's issues of corruption in the comments section.