A 19th century building formerly used by the Korean diplomatic mission to the United States will reopen to the public this month, organizers said Monday.

The former Korean legation building in Washington will open as a museum on May 22 after six years of renovation, according to South Korea's Cultural Heritage Administration.

The date coincides with South Korean President Moon Jae-in's planned visit to Washington, raising expectations he will attend the opening.

The building was erected in 1877 as a private home. It was bought by the Korean legation in 1891 for US$25,000 but revoked of its functions following Japan's suppression of Korea's diplomatic rights in 1905.

After Japan's colonization of Korea in 1910, the Japanese government bought the building for $5 and sold it to a private owner.

In 2012, the South Korean government repurchased the building from an American couple.

The museum's first floor consists of a reception room and a banquet hall, among other rooms, while the second floor features private spaces and working offices.

The third floor was originally built with bedrooms for the legation staff but will reopen as an exhibition hall.

Source: Yonhap News Agency