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Design chosen for memorial hall dedicated to Korea's provisional gov't in China

Politics 11:19 December 06, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Yonhap) -- The Patriots and Veterans Affairs Ministry said Thursday it has selected a design for a memorial hall in Seoul dedicated to Korea's provisional government in Shanghai established during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

The ministry, along with a 12-member committee tasked with the construction of the memorial hall, has awarded the project to Usun Engineering Architects, a Seoul-based construction and design firm.

Usun's entry, titled "A starting ground becomes a milestone that remembers history," portrayed a complex cultural space that carries the historical and symbolic meanings of the provisional government, according to the ministry.

South Korea has been pushing ahead with a project to build the memorial hall as part of events to celebrate next year's 100th anniversary of the establishment of the government in exile, which played a role in uniting the nation during Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.

The government has selected a site for the memorial hall near the Seodaemun Prison History Hall in western Seoul, a museum commemorating the place where leaders of anti-Japan resistance movements were imprisoned during colonial times.

Completion of the hall is scheduled for August 2021. The government will inject 47.3 billion won (US$42.34 million) into the construction of the five-story structure -- three stories will be above ground and two underground -- on a site of 8,774 square meters.

In a statement, Patriots and Veterans Affairs Minister Pee Woo-jin said, "In constructing the memorial hall, we will make sure it will not only carry the spirit of the provisional government's anti-Japanese struggles and the nation's potential power but also the ideas of freedom, democracy, equality, justice and peace that provided the foundation of our country."

This image, released by the Patriots and Veterans Affairs Ministry on Dec. 6, 2018, shows a design for a memorial hall dedicated to Korea's provisional government in Shanghai established during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. (Yonhap)

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