Monday, 24 August 2009

Kim Dae-Jung: The Man Who Introduced Democracy to South Korea

Yesterday, August 23, the funeral of the Nobel Peace Prize laureat and former South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung was held at the National Assembly. As this was too far for me to venture to, I opted to join the mourners at the Seoul Plaza.
It was a somber and restrained atmosphere as thousands of Koreans gathered at the Plaza, while those who didn't want to be under the sun, took shade at Deoksogung.
Those who wanted to pay their respects lined up at the altar bearing the late President's portrait, while others sat infront of the stage where songs, poems and speeches were sung and delivered.
As many South Koreans admit, they owe a lot to the late President as "they could have never known democracy without him".

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