Private Visit to Museum of Contemporary History: Jeju 4.3 is Now Our History (NO MORE ADMISSIONS)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 -
6:45pm to 9:00pm
Museum of Contemporary History in Seoul
Tour Leader: 
Don Kirk

Jeju 4.3 is Now Our History



Date & Time: Wednesday, May 16 at 6:50 PM (take the escalator or elevators to the 3rd floor.  We will meet up by the 3rd Floor Special Exhibition Hall (3층 기획전시실 앞.)

Speakers: Museum Guide and veteran Asian journalist Don Kirk

Features: A special guided tour, free sandwiches, followed by a special presentation/discussion with Don Kirk

Venue: 3rd Floor, National Museum of Korean Contemporary History
            The Museum is between Gyeongbokgung and the U.S. Embassy,
across the street from Sejong Arts Center (by Gwanghwamun).
            For directions and transportation information, click here

RSVP: Reservations are required to prepare proper amounts of food. Please register on or before Monday, May 14, by clicking here.  We will soon be taking stand-by reservations.  We are at near full capacity.


Jeju 4·3, a series of historic events that occurred around April 3rd, 1948, resulted in the second-largest number of casualties in modern Korean history. However, it took over half a century to discover the truth of these sorrowful events. The truth-finding efforts that were first made by private citizens and universities in the 1980s led to the 2000 enactment and promulgation of the Special Act on Discovering the Truth of the Jeju 4·3 Incident and the Restoration of Honor of Victims. The act prompted efforts at the national government level to restore the honor of the victims and their bereaved families. During the process, the Report on the Truth-Finding Investigations of the Jeju 4·3 Incident was published in 2003, and, in 2014, April 3rd was designated as a national memorial day. 

Nevertheless, it is true that the general Korean public still lacks understanding of Jeju 4·3, and, unfortunately, by the 70th anniversary of Jeju 4·3 in 2018, most of the victims’ family members who had direct knowledge of the events had passed away. So much time had gone by before Jeju 4·3 was recognized on the national level, and before those efforts had gained momentum, that the stories of those witnesses were not documented. 

The special exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Jeju 4·3 is designed to illustrate the historic events by displaying historic artifacts, personal effects of the deceased, and related works of art, which were collected based on information contained in the Report on the Truth-Finding Investigations of the Jeju 4·3 Incident. We prepared this exhibit with high hopes for Jeju 4·3 to be recognized not just as part of the history of Jeju, but of the Republic of Korea as a whole. Hopefully, you will take your experience at this special exhibition as an opportunity to rediscover the precious values of human rights and help lay a cornerstone of the grounds for peace and mutually-beneficial coexistence.

For more information on the current exhibit: click here!  (go to "Exhibitions" drop-down menu at top, then to "Special Exhibition.")


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Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

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