October 27, 2015 10:22
A memorial service marking the 36th anniversary of the death of former strongman Park Chung-hee at the National Cemetery in Seoul on Monday morning was attended by some 5,000 politicians and government officials.
Park was President Park Geun-hye's father but remains a divisive figure.
Park herself did not attend the event but visited her father's tomb over the weekend. Cheong Wa Dae said Park felt it would be inappropriate to attend an event organized by a civilian group.
The memorials are an annual event, and Park used to attend until she was sworn in.
Her younger sister Park Geun-ryeong and younger brother Ji-man also stayed away. A wreath was laid in the name of Ji-man and his wife.
Lee Hee-ho, the widow of Park senior's nemesis and later President Kim Dae-jung, sent a wreath as she did last year.
Similar memorial services were also held in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, where Park's hometown is located. A memorial service at his birth house in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province was attended by some 1,000 people, including lawmakers from the ruling Saenuri Party.
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