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Today in Korean history

Today in Korean History 14:00 May 31, 2021

June 1

1981 -- The Kyobo Book Center, or Kyobo Mungo, opens in Kyobo Building in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul. The bookshop is the largest and most famous bookstore in South Korea, now boasting ten stores across the country.

1982 -- Fifty-three soldiers are killed as a military transportation plane crashes near Seongnam, just south of Seoul.

2005 -- The flow of water through the restored stream of the Cheonggyecheon in central Seoul is successfully tested. Cheonggyecheon, a 5.8-kilometer creek flowing west to east through downtown Seoul, was covered with concrete for roads in 1948 after South Korea was liberated from Japan. In July 2003, then Seoul Mayor Lee Myung-bak, who later became president, initiated a project to remove the elevated highway and restore the stream.

2012 -- South Korea and Mongolia sign an agreement to streamline the visa process for each other's citizens in a bid to boost people-to-people exchanges and economic cooperation.

2016 -- South Korean firms suffering monthslong financial damage from the shutdown of a joint industrial complex in North Korea express discontent with government support measures, saying the partial aid is not enough to compensate them for their losses.

2018 -- South Korean footballer Ki Sung-yueng appears in his 100th international match at a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul. He becomes the 10th South Korean in the Century Club by FIFA's count, with Cha Bum-kun and Hong Myung-bo tied atop the list with 136 caps.

2019 -- The Ukrainian captain of a cruise ship was formally arrested after a Hungarian court issued an arrest warrant involving a deadly collision that left 25 South Koreans dead and one missing.

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