|Aung San Suu Kyi's monumental visit to Gwangju 2013|
|Date : 2013-02-01 Hit : 4281|
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the iconic leader of Burmese Democratization Movement and the laureate of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2004, finally arrived in Gwangju City on 30 January 2013. Her official schedule in Gwangju, organized by the May 18 Memorial Foundation and Gwangju City, started with visiting the May 18 National Cemetery on 31 January. Together with 40 democratic comrades from National League for Democracy in Korea and 20 May 18 Peace Ambassadors Daw Aung San Suu Kyi paid respect to the spirit of May victims and activists, followed by the memorial tree planting service.
After moving to the City Hall and meeting with the Gwangju Mayor, Kang Un-Tae, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi hurried to KDJ Center to attend the welcoming ceremony and reception. Greeted by enthusiastic civil society activists, community leaders and representatives in the region, she awarded the Honorary Citizen of Gwangju and the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights which was awarded to her in 2004. The Prize belatedly found its owner in 9 years since she became free from house arrest in 2010.
In the afternoon, the “iron orchid” of Burma participated in the dialogue session with Burmese residents and Korean students in the region. After meaningful talk with young generation in Gwangju, she and her company flew to Seoul to digest upcoming schedule in Korea at 2:10 PM.
The May 18 Memorial Foundation and the Gwangju City is welcoming Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s initial visit to Gwangju at the Gwanju Airport.(from the left: Song Sun-Tae, the Executive Director of the May 18 Memorial Foundation, Park Gyung-Seo, the Committee of the WHRCF, Lee Byung-Rok, the Vice President of the Administrative Office and Lee Gyung-Ryul, the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Office in Gwangju City)
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is waiting to pay tribute to the sprit of May in the May 18 National Cemetery in line with the Gwangju Mayor, Oh Je-yiel, the Chairperson of the May 18 Memorial Foundation, May 18 Peace Ambassadors and Citizens of Gwangju.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is burning incense for the deceased soul in front of the altar.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is listening to the story in front of one victim's grave.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is participating in the memorial tree planting sevice after touring the cemetery.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is posing after being awarded the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights certificate and the medal in 9 years.
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