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  • Seoul to hold the 73rd National Liberation Day celebrations

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    • –Seoul to hold the bell-tolling event to honor the independence patriots on August 15
    • –A large banner saying “It is the Taegukgi that we were not able to hold for 36 years” to be displayed on the “dream board” at Seoul Plaza
    • –Non-competitive bicycle race, holding the national flags, to also take place at Hangang Park

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 13, 2018 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government will hold various events throughout the city to celebrate the 73rd National Liberation Day.

    First of all, the “Bell-Tolling” event will take place at Bosingak Pavilion in Jongno, downtown Seoul, at noon on August 15 which is the National Liberation Day. Mayor Park Won-Soon and other 11 distinguished figures are invited to toll the bell, who include fellows from VANK (Voluntary Agency Network of Korea), an internet-based organization that stages a campaign for the correction of information on Korea, the speed skating bronze medalist of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and kid reporters. They will be divided into three groups to toll the bell 11 times each to make a total of 33 times.

    Starting from 11:40am before the bell-tolling event, the Jongno-gu Chorus will perform at the site, and the Taegeukgi (Korean national flag) March will be held from the Jongno-gu Office to Bosinggak Pavilion.

    A large banner saying “It is the Taegukgi that we were not able to hold for 36 years” will be displayed on the “dream board” at Seoul Plaza from August 13 to 31. It reminds Koreans that there was a tragic history that they had struggled hard for independence.

    At the Citizens Hall of Seoul City Hall, Korean movies “I Can Speak” and “Spirits’ Homecoming, Unfinished Story” will be screened free of charge to honor victims of “comfort women.” The two movies are about women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during the World War II. Koreans set August 14 as the day of consoling the victims. In line with this movie-screening, visitors will have a chance to write a message of hope for them. Citizens also can participate in events, such as learning the meaning of Taegeukgi and drawing it, and posting photos of “my Taegeukgi” at the official Facebook page of the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Musicals, traditional musical performances, and a celebrating concert by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will be presented as well.

    With a slogan of “2,018 Happy Companions,” a non-competitive bicycle racing event is also scheduled to take place at Yeouido Hangang Park from 8am on August 15. In this race, all participants are allowed to stay below 20km per hour, the recommended speed of bicycles. Those interested may choose one of the two courses – the 40km course (4-hour course) and the 15km (2-hour course). The race will award the participants who successfully save the energy and obey the speed not the persons who arrive the first.