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Visitor's Information-Neighboring Historic Sites

  • Independence Pavilion
    • This building was used as "Mohwa Hall," a place where the Chinese envoy was welcomed to a reception and farewell ceremony during the Joseon Dynasty period. It was not used after Gabo Reform in 1894, and the building was under construction by the Independence Club and others in May 1897. The crown prince Sunjong bestowed a signboard written as Dongnipgwan (Independence Pavilion), and the Independence Club used the building as an office and a assembly hall.
    • The Independence Pavilion served as the center of the enlightenment movement and the patriotic enlightenment movement. An open forum was held every week until the end of 1898 with various topics such as independence, enhancement of national culture, objection to surrender of rights to profits, improving free press, promotion of new education, development of industry, etc. It had been used as a assembly hall that inspired movements of independence, civil rights, strenuous efforts, and national consciousness, and enlightened the public until it was forcibly dismantled by the Japanese Empire.
    • The original position of the Independence Pavilion was 350 m away towards the southeast direction from the current position. After it was restored as a traditional Korean wooden building, it is being used to enshrine ancestral tablets of patriotic martyrs for Korea and display exhibits.
  • Patriotic Martyrs Monument
    • Patriotic Martyrs Monument was built as a tribute to the memory of patriotic martyrs who fought against the Japanese Empire for the independence of the country. There stands a statue as high as 22. 3m with intaglio and relief of Taegeukgi (the Korean flag) at the center of the Patriotic Martyrs Monument, and Taegukgi symbolizes the will and vigor of independence that were shown in all the 13 Korean provinces. At both sides of the monument, for a length of 40m, a figure that symbolizes historic activities of struggles for independence is embossed, and the Memorial Tower for Patriotic Martyrs Monument is engraved just below the figure. Our patriots' will for independence and the history of their anti-Japanese struggles to gain independence from the Japanese Empire is recorded on the Memorial Tower for Patriotic Martyrs Monument. It is the place to remember our patriots' will and spirits of independence and commemorate their revengeful spirits.

      The left relief of the tower

      The statue of the anti-Japanese armed forces, the statue symbolizing Patriot Yun Bong-gil and Patriot Lee Bong-chang, the statue of executed patriots from the armed resistance, the statue of March First Independence Movement of Patriot Ryu Gwan-sun

      The right relief of the tower

      The statue of March First Independence Movement, the statue of An Jung-geun's recording Ito Hirobumi, the statue of executed patriots from the arrested resistance, the statue of Battle of Qingshanli

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