Four years have passed since Korea witnessed its worst maritime disaster, which claimed the lives of 304 people, mostly high school students on a field trip to Jeju Island.
In memory of the Sewol-ho ferry victims, memorial ceremonies were held nationwide on Sunday.
At the nation's southwestern port city of Mokpo, the ill-fated ferry lies above water, and was open to the public for the first time.
"Marking the fourth year since the Sewol-ho disaster, we are sharing the pain with the families of the victims through this memorial ceremony. We hope this tragedy can become a stepping stone for a safer society."
People gathered to remember the victims and the tragedy.
"I feel so sad looking at the ferry up close. I hope we can make a safer nation for our children."
People also visited to the official government memorial altar at Ansan, Gyeonggi-do Province, where the government will hold a special ceremony on Monday.
Some five-thousand people, including Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and the victims' families, are expected to attend.
A separate memorial service will also be held in the western port city of Incheon, where the memorial altar for non-student victims has been prepared.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.