Sunday, August 15, 2010


As Korea commemorates its 65th Independence Day (광복절, 光復節) today, the world also celebrates the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII. I was in Korea during the last two 광복절 and there was no fireworks or parades, quite unlike other countries. Although 광복절 is supposed to be a public holiday, just like last year, Koreans are not enjoying an extra rest day this year since 광복절 falls on a weekend again. Only one word to describe it - 답답해.

63th Independence Day (2008) at the Independence Hall

City Hall during 63th Independence Day

64th Independence Day (2009) at the Seoul Plaza

City Hall during 64th Independence Day

Independence comes with a heavy price, lest we forget


  1. 정말 그렇지요?
    어느 경축일보다 더 크게 기억해야 하는 날 같은데...

    그건 그렇고 싱가폴도 일본에 의해 영향을 받지 않았던가요? 전 잘 몰라서 여쭙니다. ^^;

  2. 싱가폴같은 경우에는 한국에 못지않게 일본에 큰 영양을 받았다고 역사교과서에 그렇게 쓰였어요.