This year marks the 70th anniversary of Korea′s
liberation from Japanese colonial rule. To remember the efforts made to win back the
country′s sovereignty… two musicians are re－enacting a traditional song close to
the hearts of Koreans. Our cultural correspondent Kim Ji－yeon has
this report. This traditional Korean folk song called ″Monggeumpo
Taryeong″… expresses the hopes and dreams of lovers who await to be reunited.
It′s being sung at the very palace where it was originally performed for Korean emperor
King Gojong during the late 19th century. ″We decided to play Monggeumpo Taryeong
because it′s one of the most representative traditional folk song beloved by Koreans.″ ″It′s an honor to be able to play this
song in this palace. I feel a sense of pride and am touched to be in a place that symbolizes
modern Korean history.″ The Deoksugung Seokjojeon Palace stands out
from other historical structures in Korea. King Gojong commissioned British engineer
John Harding to build his empire′s first Western－style building， with
elements of neoclassical architecture in mind. After it was completed in 1910， the king
often escaped there to stay grounded in times of emotional hardship and crisis. ″After the death of his queen， King Gojong
returned to Deoksugung Seokjojeon Palace with a plan to establish a new political system
to secure the national sovereignty of his country from rising foreign imperialistic
powers.″ As part of efforts to reinvent the country
and secure sovereignty against Japanese colonization in the early 1900s， King Gojong renamed
his empire ″Dae－han.″ And to this day， the country is commonly
referred to as Dae－han min－gook in Korean. To mark the 70th anniversary of the country′s
liberation from Japanese colonization… songs representing Korea′s past and present will
be performed every last Wednesday each month until August.
Kim Ji－yeon， Arirang News.