* Date : 2019-01-04
2019 is a very special year indeed for Korea and Koreans – it is the centenary of the March First Movement as well as the foundation of the provisional government of the Republic of Korea.
Lee Jun-sik's appointment as the eleventh President of the Independence Hall of Korea was welcomed by many since he is a descendant of the independence movement leader General JEE Chung-chun. He defines the March First Movement not only as a national movement for independence but also as the root of Korean democracy. In his view, it's not just a historic event – its legacy very much lives on to this day. Thus under Lee's leadership, the Independence Hall has prepared an ambitious programme of centennial commemoration from researching historical resources on independence movement to inter-Korean joint survey of heritage sites as well as educational and academic events. THE INNERVIEW meets Lee Jun-sik, a historian and the President of the Independence Hall of Korea, to hear his plans for the third year in office and for marking the centenary of the March First Movement and the foundation of the provisional government.