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Memorials held nationwide for Sewol-ho ferry victims, marking fourth anniversary Updated: 2018-04-16 12:50:59 KST

Four years have passed since Korea witnessed its worst maritime disaster, which claimed the lives of 304 people, mostly high school students on a field trip to Jeju Island.
In memory of the Sewol-ho ferry victims, memorial ceremonies were held nationwide on Sunday.
At the nation's southwestern port city of Mokpo, the ill-fated ferry lies above water, and was open to the public for the first time.

"Marking the fourth year since the Sewol-ho disaster, we are sharing the pain with the families of the victims through this memorial ceremony. We hope this tragedy can become a stepping stone for a safer society."

People gathered to remember the victims and the tragedy.

"I feel so sad looking at the ferry up close. I hope we can make a safer nation for our children."

People also visited to the official government memorial altar at Ansan, Gyeonggi-do Province, where the government will hold a special ceremony on Monday.
Some five-thousand people, including Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and the victims' families, are expected to attend.
A separate memorial service will also be held in the western port city of Incheon, where the memorial altar for non-student victims has been prepared.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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