Roh Tae-woo’s funeral was significantly different from that of YS six years ago

About 50 people attended the funeral of the late former President Roh Tae-woo at Olympic Park in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 30th.

It is the second national funeral to be held after the late former President Kim Young-sam (YS) in 2015, but it was held in a very different atmosphere due to mixed historical evaluations of the deceased.

The government minimized the number of people invited to the funeral to ‘less than 50’.

The government’s position is that the deceased’s wishes for a frugal funeral have been taken into account, as well as the COVID-19 quarantine guidelines.

However, the general interpretation is that it may not have taken into account the strong public opinion criticizing the funeral of former President Roh as a national funeral.

About 40 chairs were placed in Peace Square, the venue for the funeral, but empty chairs stood out as many of the passport figures, including Democratic Party Chairman Song Young-gil and National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seok, were absent.

This is in contrast to the fact that 7,000 people visited the Yeouido National Assembly building, the venue for the funeral, even in the freezing cold weather at the time of the funeral of former President Kim Jong-un.

The incense place at the funeral was also significantly smaller than that of former President Kim.

Unlike the chrysanthemum decoration that formed the Taegeukgi up to the top of the memorial at the time of the funeral of former President Kim Jong-un, this time, only the lower part of the statue was decorated with chrysanthemums.

As the historical evaluation differs, the temperature difference was also evident in the survey.

During the former President Kim’s time, he was praised as “a living witness of parliamentary democracy in Korea” and “leading changes and reforms throughout state affairs.” It’s an immutable fact that I made a mistake.”

Live broadcasts from broadcasters on the day of the funeral were also drastically reduced.

At the time of the death of former President Kim Jong-un, government-level and local government-level incense burners were installed throughout the country, but this time, no government-level incense burners were installed due to the prevention of COVID-19.


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