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Constitution Day forgotten among Korea's younger generation Updated: 2014-07-17 16:28:36 KST

  Constitution Day forgotten among Korea's younger generation

Do you know what day July 17th is?
No, we don't.
Do you know Constitution Day?
- No, yes?
- The day when the Constitution was made?

Do you know what day July 17th is?
I have no idea.
I've heard about it, but I don't know anything about the day.

Most of these teenagers on the street had no idea what Constitution Day is and even if they knew, very few knew it fell on July 17th.
A recent survey of some 12-thousand elementary school students shows only half fully understand what the day is all about.
A quarter didn't know what Constitution Day is, while 12 percent confused the day with other national holidays.
Since 2008, Korea's Constitution Day stopped being a national holiday, a possible reason for the lack of understanding.
So why was it removed? Simply because there were too many holidays.
And to raise awareness of the day, the Constitutional Court of Korea is opening its doors to the people.
Students attend lectures, take quizzes and try on the robes of the judges.
Through that process, they get to appreciate the significance of Constitution Day and gain a better understanding of their own basic rights.

"By coming here, I got some questions I had about the Constitution and about the court answered. It was good to come here, because I got to learn things I couldn't in school."

Experts say it's important for people and, in particular, the nation's younger generation to appreciate Constitution Day as it lays the foundation for mature citizenship.

"So, by going through the meaning of the constitution students will realize what the meaning of democracy is, rule of law and the meaning of basic rights of the citizens and basic liberties."

The court plans to hold the event every year.
Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.
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