Korean students remember the journey taken by the Provisional Government 100 years ago

Korean students remember the journey taken by the Provisional Government 100 years ago

In July, 100 South Korean students made a
special trip to China, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Provisional Government’s
establishment. In our two part series, we’ll share you the
brief summary of the 10 day trip. Our Lee Ji-won who was traveling with them
has this report. In this quiet corner of Chongqing, in China’s
southwest,… a crowd of students excitedly walk into the narrow alleys. Their destination is the site of the Korean
Provisional Government during Japan’s colonial rule of Korea from 1910 to 1945. Chongqing is where the provisional government
stayed for the last 5 years until Korea was liberated at the end of World War Two. The provisional government was established
in 1919,… but they had to hide first from the Japanese soldiers and later also from
the bombs of wartime,… so their traces are hard to find. But among all the sites, this one is the most
well-preserved. 100 young leaders from Korea have come here
to see where the modern foundation of their country was established, something they find
inspiring and overwhelming. “Seeing the chairs, the office and the beds
our ancestors used while working for our independence I felt a mix of feelings. They fought so hard for our country despite
the tough environment. It’s because of them, that we are where we
are today.” In celebration of the 100th anniversary of
the establishment of the provisional government, South Korea’s foreign affairs ministry organized
this trip so that the young leaders of Korea can follow the footsteps of their ancestors. Starting from Chongqing, the students went
in reverse order… to 6 Chinese cities that hosted the provisional government. These famous places include the city of Jiaxing,
which was the refuge of the provisional government’s leader, Kim Koo. Also, the memorial halls and memorial parks
of the fallen heroes. “It’s very different from what I read in books. And seeing these historical sites in reverse
order showed us what unfavorable environment and situation our ancestors first started
in.” Now in between cities, the students were also
entertained with various cultural performances and talks that helped them better understand
the history. One of them was a talk with the families of
the independence fighters. Lee So-sim, daughter of Lee Dal who participated
in combat against Japan,… fought very hard for the restoration of the Chongqing complex. And during her talk to the students, she emphasized
that history must not be taken for granted. “Korea has prospered like it has thanks to
the sacrifices of the provisional government. But it seems like not many remember the history. For Korea to become a greater country, we
must not forget the blood shed by those activists. That is what I wanted to share with the students
today.” Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.

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