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Thousand of people come to pay tribute at Ansan Hwarang Memorial Hall

Updated: 2014-04-29 16:03:36 (KST)
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The entire nation continues to grieve for the victims of the Sewol-ho ferry disaster.
On this Tuesday, a large memorial altar opened at a park in Ansan, the city most affected by the terrible tragedy.

Tens of thousands of people have paid respects to those that lost their lives on the ill-fated ferry over recent days.
Our correspondent is on site - Ji Myung-kil joins us live from Ansan Hwarang Memorial Hall.
Myung-kil, ** despite the gloomy weather thousands have turned up to pay their respects.

Good afternoon.
This new memorial altar opened earlier this morning and since then more than 11-thousand people have come here to say their last goodbyes.
As you can see behind me, there is a long line of people still waiting to get inside.
In the morning President Park Geun-hye visited the memorial hall and paid tribute to the Sewol-ho ferry victims.
She also spoke to relatives of the victims.
This altar replaces a temporary one that was set up last week at Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall and is six times larger.
The altar displays 162 portraits of victims including the 155 students and four teachers from Ansan's Danwon High School who are either missing or dead.
The shift to a more spacious location was to allow for more people to pay their condolences.
Over the past six days, more than 180-thousand people have visited the altars in the city.

And this more permanent altar, just like the temporary one that was set up ** for the past few days - it will be open to the general public, right?

Yes, that's right. The new memorial hall will be open 24 hours a day for anyone who wishes to pay their respects.
The new altar is run by the government and is jointly sponsored by Ansan city and Gyeonggi-do province.
To handle the volume of people coming here, more than 30 shuttle buses are being used to help people get to-and-from nearby subway stations.
There's also a huge parking lot with room for nearly 3-thousand cars right next to the altar.
People who can't make it here can instead send text messages or personal letters commemorating the victims.
The messages are posted up on a bulletin board, so they can be read by mourners paying their respects at the altar.
This was Ji Myung-kil reporting live from Ansan Hwarang Memorial Altar.


Reporter : mkji@arirang.co.kr

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fatboyme (USA) 2014-04-30    

I wish i could be there.