Historical items received from Korea as war reconciliation symbol
(VNF) - The Korean–Vietnamese Peace Foundation presented 52 documents and items to Da Nang Museum on October 11th as an apology for atrocities committed by soldiers from the Republic of Korea (RoK) during the Vietnam War.
Ku Su Jeong, Vice President of the Korean–Vietnamese Peace Foundation (L) handed over the “Pieta Vietnam” statue to Chairman of Da Nang Museum Huynh Dinh Quoc Thien. (Photo: Da Nang Museum)
Prominent among the items was the Pieta Vietnam – the Last Lullaby bronze statue, which depicts a Vietnamese woman embracing her child. This is a tribute to those killed in the massacres, especially babies and mothers who protected their children. It carries a message of apology and repentance of the South Koreans.
The Vietnamese Pieta or the Last Lullaby was created by two artists Kim Seo Kyung and Kim Eun Sung.
The “Pieta Vietnam” statue. (Photo: VnExpress/Nguyen Dong)
The name “Vietnam Pieta” was inspired from the world-famous 15th-century marble sculpture “Pietà” (Pity) by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo. The famous Pietà depicts the body of Jesus Christ on the lap of the Virgin Mary.
Others include 30 photos on the “An apology to Vietnam” movement in the RoK, six pictures commemorating victims of massacres by the RoK troops in the anti-American resistance war in Vietnam, nine books about the sorrow of war and five videotapes about war memories and reconciliation efforts.
Da Nang Museum will hold an exhibition featuring the documents and items.
Historical items received from the Korean-Vietnamese Peace Foundation. (Photo: Da Nang Museum)
At a press conference held on April 27th to present the statue, the Korean-Vietnamese Peace Foundation did a prayer for peace between Vietnam and the RoK on the occasion of Vietnam’s Reunification Day on April 30th.
The foundation’s president, Roh Hwa Wook, said in a statement: “As the relationship between Vietnam and South Korea has kept getting better, we can no longer postpone our repentance for what we did during the war in Vietnam. The foundation will be a bridge to connect the two countries, helping them look at the past together and move on for a brighter future. On a larger scale, the foundation will contribute to building peace among nations in East Asia.”
Founded in 2015, the foundation has 68 members from different walks of life who come together to make the RoK a peaceful hub in East Asia./.
The RoK’s students sang “Nhu co Bac Ho trong ngay vui dai thang” (As if Uncle Ho was still with us in happy days of the great victory) at the ceremony. (Photo: Da Nang Museum)
( Compiled by VNF )