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Suwon Olympic Park: Statue of Peace, long-cherished desire and sorrows

2018.05.25 관리자 2500


Suwon Olympic Park: Statue of Peace, long-cherished desire and sorrows

 

In the entrance of the Suwon Olympic Park sits a young girl that always changes its clothes through time and weather. This statue is called “Pyeonghwaui sonyeosang” which is also called as Statue of Peace. This symbolizes Japanese military comfort women during Japanese colonization in Korea. Beginning on March 1st, 2014, 4,020 citizens and 133 organizations had participated in fund-raising for this statue. Finally, statue of peace erected on May 5th, 2014. Intention of building this statue was to carry on the noble spirit and the sorrowful history. And all parts of this statue have its significance.

   

 Now, this statue is placed throughout the world. It is erected in almost all continents such as United States, Germany, Canada, China and Australia. Now, if you see them, don’t just pass by. Well, you know what part of this statue exactly means!

One of the model of this statue, Ahn Jeom soon, 90 year old woman, born in 1928, lived in Suwon since 1990, passed away last March 30. On the right side of this statue, you can find a black monument, stating comfort woman Ahn Jeom soon’s earnest desire, which was recently updated. It says: ‘I want to be born again and live as a woman’. It implies how they lost their life as a woman in life time. On the shoulder of this statue, sits a bird. This bird is meant to work as the connection between the living people and those comfort women who passed away. If you look closer, you can see her hair pulled out. It shows how she was treated during the dark times. Empty chair beside the girl has two meanings; first, it seems asking us to sit next to her. Yes, it is made to let people sympathize what she had gone through hardships. Secondly, the chair also means the emptiness of the former comfort women who had left us. Underneath the chair is a shadow of old lady. It tells us how they long for apologies throughout scores of years. And lies a white butterfly on the shadow, which is the main symbol of comfort woman, wishing them reincarnated into just a single white butterfly and receive apologies from those who have violated them. Looking at the feet of this girl, you can find out she is not fully putting her barefoot on the ground. This reveals how comfort women felt guilty though they are not the guilty ones, and also how they felt discomfort to their country.


 Now, this statue is placed throughout the world. It is erected in almost all continents such as United States, Germany, Canada, China and Australia. Now, if you see them, don’t just pass by. Well, you know what part of this statue exactly means!



 [This article was written as part of SCVA(Suwon Center's Volunteer Activators) activities.]





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