|Revised Romanization||Gim Hong-jip|
As a relatively young man in 1880, Kim had undertaken an official mission to Japan, where he learned first-hand of the modernizing reforms taking place in that country. This inspired in him a profound desire to effect such changes in Korea.
After the assassination of Queen Min, "pro-Japan cabinet members like Kim Hong-jip and O Yun-jung were killed."
- Lee Ki-baek, A New History of Korea. Translated by Edward W. Wagner with Edward J. Shultz (Seoul: Ichokak Publishers, 1984), p. 270.
- Lee Ki-baek, A New History of Korea., op. cit., p. 300.