Mourners Flock to Roh's Hometown

  • Arirang News

    May 25, 2009 11:55

    White flowers, candles, burning banners of support for former President Roh Moo-hyun, who died Saturday, can be seen by the thousands of people gathered at his home in Bongha Village.

    Since the body was laid out in state at the town hall, countless numbers of people entered the village, forming a long line before they bow in front of the picture of a smiling Roh. The sound of weeping could be heard here and there throughout the night and day. Some camped out all night reeling from the shock they felt upon hearing the news of Roh's suicide.

    The lousy weather after rain on Sunday afternoon did not prevent from people coming to visit the hall. Villagers had to build a bigger tent to take in an increasing number of visitors. A group of monks also made a visit and chanted throughout the day. Standing in stark contrast to the crowds below is Owl Cliff, rising 30 meters high right behind Roh's home, eerily quiet. This is where the former president jumped from the escarpment to his death.

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