The North Korea Issue – How to Get Involved This Week

Are you living in Seoul, interested in finding out more about the North Korea human rights crisis and what you can do to help?

Sometimes it’s hard to remember or even to believe that the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis is happening right now, and so close to us too. If you want to learn more about what’s going on just thirty miles north of us, PSCORE, the People for Successful Corean Reunification (‘Corean’ with a C reflecting the ancient spelling of Korea) are holding a street awareness campaign down along the banks of Cheonggyecheon every day this week! Pop along to learn more about their work and find out how you can help North Korean refugees.

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A map of the Korean Peninsula at the Odusan Unification Observatory. Major cities and political prison camps in the North are marked.

The week may almost be over, but PSCORE will be at the stream again today and tomorrow from 12pm-8pm. See their Facebook page for more information.

Cheonggyecheon was a stream running through Seoul years ago, before the city’s rapid expansion saw it buried under miles of concrete. A $900 million dollar project saw the stream restored in 2005, and it’s now a great public space where tons of Koreans hang out every day. It’s especially nice in this hot weather when you can cool your feet in the water! There’s also usually a great art installation in the water itself – when I first arrived to Korea, the whole stream was covered in brightly-coloured umbrellas and, more recently for the Buddha’s birthday, enormous sculpted paper lanterns in the shape of people. So pick up some leaflets, have a chat, and then take a wander along the stream – it’s a great break from the concrete jungle that is Seoul.

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Lanterns for the Buddha’s birthday in May.

Take line 2 to Euljiro 1-ga Station (exit 2 or 3) or line 1 to Jonggak Station (exit 5). Once you’re outside, just follow the brown signs for Cheonggyecheon – you can’t miss it.

I’m excited to start a series of blog posts on the North Korea issue, how I got involved and how you can help right here in Seoul, so look out for those over the next few weeks!

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