Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Painting the Fence...
I have one more statue from South Korea to share with you from SwissToni’s odyssey to the Far East earlier on this year. I must pass on my respect to Swiss, Caitlin and family for the fine selection of statues and imitations that his trip provided us with.
This monument was erected as a memorial of the Korean declaration of independence, as Swiss kindly points out in the photo. It is located in Tagpol Park in Seoul, and the declaration of independence was made at a demonstration in the park. The Japanese had governed the Koreans until the end of the Second World War, and independence was formally declared in August 1945.
Of course, this then opened up a whole new can of international diplomatic worms with respect to the North and the South of the country, and the history is far better described here than anything I can manage.
I do like this statue as it reminds me of one of the great movie characters from my yoof!