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Ministry to build memorial for colonial-era 'provisional government'

All News 09:12 January 02, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's veterans ministry announced a plan Tuesday to build a memorial for the nation's "provisional government," which was based in China during Japan's colonial rule of Korea.

The five-story, state-funded edifice will be constructed on a 5,695-square-meter site near the Seodaemun Independence Park in Seoul by August 2020, according to the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

An official ground-breaking ceremony is slated for April 2019, it added.

The project came as President Moon Jae-in pledged to construct such a facility in South Korea during a visit to the Museum of the Korean Provisional Government in Chongqing, China, in December.

The Korean Provisional Government was first established in Shanghai and finally settled in Chongqing when Korea was Japan's colony from 1910-45.

In 2019, South Korea will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the provisional government and the March 1 popular uprising against Japan's colonial rule.

"Just as the Korean Provisional Government was established on the basis of the unity of various forces and participating spirits of patriotic martyrs, the construction of the national memorial is expected to serve as a chance to promote national unity," Minister Pi Woo-jin said.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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