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Visitors gather at Bongha Village to remember late Pres. Roh Moohyun Updated: 2019-05-23 07:00:24 KST

It's been a decade since the passing of former president Roh Moohyun.
Roh took his own life in 2009, after serving as the 16th president of South Korea from 2003 to 2008.
Now President Moon Jaein was his presidential chief of staff and longtime friend.
He was also Roh's attorney when he was being investigated for bribery allegations.
At Bongha Village near Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam do Province, the late president's hometown and resting place, there are endless visitors who don't want to let go of his memory.


"I still can't believe it's been ten years. I still have the memories from when he was alive. I came here to relieve some of my emotional burden."


"I still feel tears coming out. Commoners like us liked a world where we could say what we wanted to say. That was possible because we had someone like him."

Even his private residence is full of visitors, to mark the tenth anniversary.
Roh used to greet guests a dozen times a day.
Although he can no longer do so, the residence has been open to the public since May last year.


"Tracing his course of life at his home, I can experience what kind of life he lived."

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"And to mark the tenth anniversary of his passing, a memorial event will be held here at his grave on Thursday the 23rd. Around five thousasnd people are expected to attend the ceremony, to remember and honor the late president Roh Moohyun."

Among the attendees is former U.S. President George W. Bush Roh's counterpart during his term.
Prime Minister Lee Nakyon and National Assembly Speaker Moon Heesang will also attend the event.

Park Heejun, Arirang News, Gimhae.
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