Song Hye-kyo Donates Portrait of Independence Fighter on Liberation Day

      August 16, 2022 13:03

      Song Hye-kyo
      Actress Song Hye-kyo and Prof. Seo Kyoung-duk of Sungshin Women's University on Monday donated a bas-relief of independence fighter Kim Kyu-sik to the old Korean Provisional Government building in Chongqing, China.
      They made the gift on the 77th Liberation Day, which commemorates the end of Japanese colonial rule. 
      According to Seo, the gift was part of a campaign to create a series of portraits of independence fighters for various memorial sites. Others have been given to the Yi Jun memorial hall in the Hague in the Netherlands, the Yun Bong-gil memorial hall in Shanghai, and Kim Koo's shelter in Jiaxing, China. 
      Kim Kyu-sik was a vice president of the Korean Provisional Government and attended the Paris Peace Conference as a Korean representative during the Japanese occupation in 1919. 
      In the Korean War, he was taken prisoner by North Korean troops and died in the North in 1950. 
      The government here decorated him with a posthumous Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1989. 
      Founded in Shanghai in 1919, the provisional government was relocated to Hangzhou, Nanjing and Guangzhou before finally settling in Chongqing in 1940 and remaining there until liberation in 1945. 
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