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Shinhwa′s Kim Dong Wan Asks People to Remember the Sewol Tragedy

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2015.04.13 14:45 Mwave Grace Danbi Hong

With it almost being the first anniversary since the tragic sinking of the Sewol Ferry, Shinhwa′s Kim Dong Wan expressed his personal thoughts on the matter.

On April 13, Kim Dong Wan wrote on his personal Facebook account, asking people to remember the Sewol tragedy that happened on April 16, 2014.

Shinhwa′s Kim Dong Wan Asks People to Remember the Sewol Tragedy

The following is the posting.

Hello, I am Shinhwa member, Kim Dong Wan.

Twenty years ago from today in June of 1995, more than 1,000 people were injured or killed in the collapse of the Sampoong Department Store.

This was a foreshadowed disaster that came with the poor design, construction and maintainance of the structure that has been continuing indulgently for some time. The collapse of the Seongsu Bridge a year before (October 21, 1994) and this incident became the shadows of a compressed growth of our country.

Due to these accidents, the safety evaluations of buildings took place, and the problems with the emergency rescue recovery support were exposed, placing National 911 Rescue Services in Seoul, Busan, and Gwangju.

The affiliated people were punished and the standards regarding poorly constructed buildings became stricter and related laws were established.

In a similar context as this, the thing that the families of the deceased are demanding is to find an instituitionalized plan.

So many children have died.
Is compensation with money the only answer?
The famililes of the deceased and citizens want a country that works to make sure that something like this does not happen again.

Reveal the cause in detail and please work towards getting rid of potential causes as well.

To become a country that′s livable... a country that′s worth raising my child in, everyone must remember and work hard for tens and hundreds of years.

The truth that must not be overlooked is that the moment I decide to bury it, my child′s future will also be buried along with it.


The Sewol Ferry tragedy that happened on April 16, 2014 took the lives of 295 people with nine still missing. The majority of the victims were high school students.

Photo Credit: Kim Dong Wan′s Facebook

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