In honor of the centennial celebration of the March 1st Independence Movement in Korea, actress Song Hye-kyo donated in honor of martyr Yi-jun.
March 1st is the 100th anniversary of the Independence Movement in Korea against Japanese Imperial rule, which took place in 1919. With this momentous milestone, several celebrities have decided to celebrate the event by honoring the memory of the struggle for independence and thinking about the future of the Korean peninsula.
One of the people celebrating this day is actress Song Hye-kyo. Along with the somewhat controversial professor Seo Kyung-duk from Sungshin women’s university, the actress donated a large wooden signboard and information board to The Yi Jun Peace Museum in The Hague in the Netherlands.
Professor Duk notified the public of their donation on social media. There, he wrote that “On the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement, we donated large Korean signs (wood) and exhibition boards to the Yi Jun Peace Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands.”
Notably, the duo has partnered up for similar donation and history projects in the past. Previously, they donated Korean guidebooks about the independence movement to sites overseas and opened a Korea history website earlier this year to provide digital access to interested parties. Additionally, back in 2013, they donated a bronze plaque to the Yi Jun Peace Museum.
Regarding the maintenance of historic sites related to Korean culture and history, even those overseas, the professor says that it is of the utmost importance. “I think that by paying more attention and frequently visiting these historic sites is the only ways to protect these historic sites in other countries,” said Seo. Moreover, he praised Song as being a really good example of how a K-pop star can contribute to the nation and its interests.
Years before the independence movement in 1919 in 1907, Ji Yun and two other Koreans made a historic journey to the Second Hague Peace Conference in The Hague to attempt that Korea was an independent country. At the same time, they also wanted to let the world know that the Japanese colonization of the Korean peninsula was illegitimate. In doing so, they hoped to garner support to recover the country’s sovereignty and nullify the Eulsa Treaty.
Just a few days later, Ji was found dead in his motel room in The Hague. The location of his untimely passing became the memorial hall and museum.