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Monument to Victory in Battle in Northern Area of Korea Restored

Pyongyang, March 23 (KCNA) — The monument to the victory in the battle in the northern area of Korea, which had been looted by the Japanese imperialists 100 years ago, was restored in its original site on a low hill in Rimmyong-ri of Kim Chaek City, North Hamgyong Province, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, on March 23.

The restoration of the monument shows that the Korean nation will not forget the destruction and loot of cultural wealth by the aggressors but take them back without fail no matter how many years have passed.

The monument was erected in 1708 to convey the battle feats of the volunteers’ army of Hamgyong Province who routed the Japanese aggressors in the period of Imjin Patriotic War (1592-1598).

The total height of the monument restored in the reserve district covering more than 20,000 square meters is 249 centimeters.

The monument is 187 centimeters high, 66 centimeters wide and 13 centimeters thick. Engraved on the monument are more than 1,400 characters recording the details of the brigandish invasion of Korea by Japan, the formation and expansion of the Hamgyong Provincial volunteers’ army by General Jong Mun Bu and its victory in battle.
The foundation stone of the monument was discovered and ascertained the historical evidence while making preparation for its restoration.

The Japanese imperialists looted in 1905 the monument, precious cultural asset associated with wisdom, courage and patriotic spirit of the Korean nation.
The people of north and south Korea, who are advancing along the road of national unity in the idea “By our nation itself” under the banner of the June 15 north-south joint declaration, took back the monument last year by their concerted efforts. And the DPRK had made every preparation for restoring the monument to its original state on the principle of historicism.

A ceremony for erecting the monument was held on the spot Thursday.
Present at the ceremony were Kim Sok Hwan, director of the Bureau for Direction of Cultural Preservation, who is chairman of the Measure Committee for Retaking the “Monument to the Victory in the Battle in the Northern Area of Korea”, the Rev. Sim Sang Jin, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Buddhist Federation, who is standing vice-chairman of the Measure Committee for Retaking the “Monument to the Victory in the Battle in the Northern Area of Korea”, Ri Pok Il , chairman of the Kim Chaek City People’s Committee, officials concerned and working people of the city.
Speeches were made there.

After being briefed about the monument, the participants went round it.
The monument was registered as historical relics of national treasure of the DPRK No. 193.

The monument will be preserved forever as a valuable monument to the victory in the patriotic war showing the righteous and strong-willed Korean nation’s history of struggle and as an evidence of history indicting the barbarous destruction and predatory acts of historical relics by the Japanese imperialists.

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