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“NK Political Prison Camps & the ‘Daughter of Tongyeong'” – an Exhibition in Insadong

October 24, 2011

Wednesday, October 26 – Tuesday, November 1, 2011
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Seoho Gallery, Insadong, Seoul

Opening Ceremony: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 27

It’s already been well over 10 years since many citizen groups including NKnet began raising awareness of North Korean human rights issues. Despite these efforts North Korean citizens still struggle with hunger and suffer under the shadow of dictator Kim Jong Il. In particular, human rights violations in North Korea’s political prison camps are among the worst in human history.

Looking back, rather than thinking it is because our efforts have been insufficient, we must realize it is because we have failed to win the sympathy of the South Korean citizenry.

This photo exhibition presents the real situation of North Korean human rights in accessible photos, drawings, music, and video clips. More than simply letting citizens freely view the exhibition, we are convinced that when they do so they will become interested in the North Korean human rights issue and sympathize with and participate in efforts to improve the situation.

In addition, this exhibition will not only delve into North Korea’s political prison camps, hunger, religious persecution, the brutality of Kim Jong Il, etc., but it will be held together with the recently emerging campaign to free Dr. Oh Kil Nam’s wife (Shin Suk Ja, also known as the “Daughter of Tongyeong”) and their two daughters, Hye Won and Gyu Won, from North Korea. We hope this exhibition provides the spark to raise improving North Korean human rights to the national level.

We look forward to you participating and spreading the word.

Topics covered:

    • Save the Daughter of Tongyeong
    • A Living Hell: Political Prisoner Camps
    • Public Execution
    • Poverty and Hunger
    • The Pain Hidden Behind the Extravagance
    • Religious Persecution
    • Escaping North Korea: One’s Last Option
    • Kim Jong Il’s Secret Life

Organized by: NKnet
Sponsored by: Ministry of Public Administration and Security

Directions: From Anguk Station, exit 6, walk about 50m to the entrance of Insadong, which will be on your left. Walk along the Insadong street for 350m (about 6-10 minutes depending on how crowded it is). Seoho Gallery will be on your left, just before a relatively large four-way intersection.

Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Insa-dong 1-1


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Note about English: There won’t be much English in the exhibition itself, but English-speaking staff members will be available at various times during the week. Contact us to schedule a personal walk-through in English, or bring a Korean friend along and go through it together.

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110-044 4F, Shinguan (New Building), Pilun Building, 214 Pilun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea