On March 1, 1919, resisting against Japanese colonial rule of Korea, a group of Korean demonstrators initiated the non-violent Manse Movement (shouting ‘Long Live Korean Independence!’) to announce all over the world that Joseon is an independent nation and to participate in building world peace, which formed the basis for the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea. Seoul is essentially the origin of the March First Independence Movement where it was planned and initiated, while the city of Pyongyang acted as the wings of the movement along with Seoul where the March First Independence Movement actively developed and thrived.
‘The March First Independence Movement of Seoul and Pyongyang,’ the special exhibition in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the March First Independence Movement, will be held from March 1 to May 26, 2019, at the Special Exhibition Hall of the Seoul Museum of History. The opening ceremony will take place on February 28 at 3 p.m.
The March First Independence Movement was not a one-day event that only took place on March 1, 1919. In preparation since January of the same year, the Proclamation of Korean Independence was printed at night on February 27 and distributed nationwide the next day, and the Manse Movement was initiated concurrently in nine cities including Seoul and Pyongyang on March 1. The exhibition spotlights its systematic preparation and the detailed process of its implementation.
In relation to Pyongyang, articles left by the deceased independence activists who were engaged in the movement in Pyongyang, paintings of the map of Pyongyang, and photographs of the place where the ceremony for declaration of independence took place on March 1, 1919 will be on display at the exhibition.
In addition, vivid images of the time will be on display for visitors through various exhibition contents. In an experiential exhibit to be held for the first time, visitors will read the Proclamation of Korean Independence out loud and feel their voices resonate throughout Tapgol Park.
Also, videos will be made available to help the visitors thoroughly explore the circumstances of the time of the movement.
Admission is free of charge, and the exhibition will be open during the operating hours of 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on weekdays (closed on Mondays except on holidays) and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. For detailed information, visit the official website of the Seoul Museum of History (www.museum.seoul.kr) or call 82-2-724-0274 for inquiries.