SHANGHAI, South Korean and Chinese officials jointly held a memorial ceremony for Korean independence hero Yun Bong-gil (1908-1932) in Shanghai on Monday, commemorating the 87th anniversary of his patriotic bombing attack on colonial Japanese officials in the Chinese city.
Yun killed two high-ranking Japanese officials and wounded several others by setting off a bomb during the birthday celebration of the Japanese emperor at Hongkew Park, now renamed Lu Xun Park, in Shanghai on April 29, 1932. Yun was executed in December of the same year at the age of 25. The Korean Peninsula was under harsh colonial rule by Japan from 1910-45.
According to the Seoul-based Patriot Maeheon Yun Bong-gil Memorial Association, the ceremony marking the 87th anniversary of Yun's bombing was held at the Yun Bong-gil memorial hall of Lu Xun Park, with about 100 officials from South Korea and China and Korean residents attending.
The ceremony proceeded with a salute to the national flag, silent prayer for Yun, reading of Yun's personal history, offering of flowers, paying respects at Yun's memorial altar and addresses by dignitaries.
"Patriot Yun's bombing of top Japanese officials here in Shanghai gave a deep impression to the whole world, particularly the Chinese people, as well as to the Korean people beleaguered by the Japanese colonial rule," Kim Dal-soo, vice chairman of the Patriot Maeheon Yun Bong-gil Memorial Association, said.
"Today is an important day for us to reflect on the meaning of independence."
From China, a ranking government official named Jiang Chang gave an address, saying Yun's patriotic act displayed the Korean people's struggle for independence and indomitable spirit in the face of Japan's militaristic aggression.
"Yun is a national hero of the Korean people, and the Chinese people also respect him as an anti-Japanese hero," Jiang said.
Historians say Yun's bombing in Shanghai also marked an important turning point for the Korean Provisional Government, which was established in the Chinese city on April 11, 1919.
Following Yun's bombing, the Chinese government began to provide full support to Korea's independence movement, historians note.
Source: Yonhap news Agency