The ‘Sewol Ferry Memory and Safety Exhibition Space’ at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul (hereinafter referred to as the memory space) will be temporarily relocated to the outdoor space of the Seoul City Council during the plaza restructuring construction. It is reported that the families of the Sewol ferry victims, who were fighting over whether to remove the memory space, and the city of Seoul will discuss ways to include the details of the Sewol ferry disaster in the Candlelight Citizens Revolution Monument to be installed in the square after the reconstruction of Gwanghwamun Square.
According to the Family Council of the 4/16 Sewol Ferry Tragedy on the 27th, the bereaved family held a meeting the night before and decided to directly move the items in the memory space to a temporary space provided by the Seoul City Council. An official from the council said, “I couldn’t move because there was no place to move the memory space, but a small but memorable space was created in the city council.” “The temporary space is operated by the council.”
The bereaved family plans to continue discussions with the Seoul Metropolitan Government after the temporary relocation of the memory space. Previously, the two sides faced each other without being able to narrow the difference of opinion over whether to remove the memory space. The Seoul Metropolitan Government is of the opinion that the memory space was originally a temporary facility, and its demolition is inevitable because the new Gwanghwamun Plaza will be built as a pedestrian plaza without any above-ground structures.
On the other hand, the bereaved families argued that there was no agreement on the removal of the memory space and that it was necessary to form a council or task force (TF) between the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the bereaved family for the preservation of memory space. Kim Hyuk, head of the city’s general affairs department, visited the site of the memory space three times the day before and requested to voluntarily remove it, but the bereaved family refused to do so, demanding a direct interview with Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon.
It is reported that the mediation plan was discussed in earnest during a meeting with the bereaved family of the Democratic Party Chairman Song Young-gil and the Seoul City Council Chairman Kim In-ho, who visited the memory space the afternoon of the previous day. The bereaved family held a press conference in front of the memory space at 10 a.m. on the same day and announced their position.
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