Gojong was the first Emperor of the Korean Empire, but governed in unusual circumstances in 1896. What were these?

Answer: He ruled Korea while in hiding at the Russian Embassy in Seoul. Gojong was worried about a potential coup attempt and fled to the embassy on 11 February 1896, not leaving until over a year later on 20 February 1897.

Source: Money – Traditional Korean Society by Yu-han Wŏn and Kyong-hee Lee

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