December 14, 2011 09:51
Over 320,000 people have visited the Second Navy Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province to see the wreckage of the Navy corvette Cheonan since it was moved there on May 24 last year. The Cheonan was sunk by North Korea in an unprovoked surprise attack in March that year, killing 46 sailors.
Only 80,000 people visited the fleet command last year, but numbers grew by 240,000 this year. They included some 114,000 active-duty officers and soldiers, 151,000 ordinary people, 48,000 schoolchildren, and some 10,000 foreigners.
Navy Lt. Kim Kyung-yeon (28), who has been in charge of visitors' tours of the wreck since last December, said, "Many visitors who were confused by misinformation and suspected a setup came to realize that North Korea really torpedoed the ship after they got a first-hand look at the Cheonan wreckage and listened to a briefing."
According to the Defense Ministry, altogether 740,000 civilians and schoolchildren visited the sites of last year's attacks by North Korea on the Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island and several other sites, took part in hands-on experience at Army barracks, training programs at Army camps, and various events at military units. That was more than three times the 210,000 last year.
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