March 15, 2019 13:04
Tents set up in Gwanghwamun Plaza in downtown Seoul remembering the victims of the 2014 ferry disaster will be removed next Monday, 1,709 days since they were first set up.
Instead, Seoul city wants to build a permanent memorial.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Thursday that the tents are being removed now the victims' families have agreed to gather their belongings by Saturday.
A ceremony will be held on Sunday morning as the portraits of the victims are taken from the tents and moved to City Hall.
A Seoul city official said, "The city decided to hold on to the portraits until a proper place can be found to store them."
The 80 sq.m memorial will open on April 12, ahead of the fifth anniversary on April 16 of the tragic accident that killed more than 300 crew and passengers, most of them high-school students on a school trip.
A city official said, "We are thinking about building a wall of remembrance in the memorial that will contain the names of all 304 victims."
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