Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:39 WIB | GLOBAL |Global
South Korea is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Korean War™s outbreak amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The anniversary is not an official holiday, but the occasion is often marked with ceremonies, war photography exhibitions and tours to former battlefield sites for visiting foreign veterans.
This year, many public observances have been scaled down or canceled because of the coronavirus, which health officials say is now in its second wave in South Korea.
Kim Young-ho was among 370 Korean War veterans honored Thursday morning at a ceremony in Cheorwon County, northeast of Seoul and adjacent to the demilitarized zone that has separated the two Koreas since the early 1950s.
Seoul™s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs estimates 84,000 Korean War veterans are still alive.
In accordance with physical-distancing regulations, all participants in the event were required to wear masks and were seated a meter away from each other. Guest attendance was more limited than was the case in previous years, local officials said.
Kim said it was inevitable that the commemoration needed to be smaller because of the coronavirus but that he is more disappointed that after 70 years, the standoff between the two Koreas is still not resolved.
Faced with restrictions on in-person observances, some cultural institutions are making their Korean War anniversary exhibitions available online.
The Korean Film Archive is showing five feature-length movies about the war on its YouTube channel and will make several short films available on its video-on-demand service this month, planning official Jeon Min-hwa said, adding the screenings are meant to remind viewers that the conflict is œstill ongoing. A peace treaty to officially end the war has still not been signed.
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul is using its YouTube channel to display around 250 works of art that depict wartime scenes.
Source : VOA