Tue 15 Jan 2013
Filed under: Inside Burma,News,Regional
A monument to the South Korean victims killed by a North Korean-orchestrated bomb in Yangon in 1983 is to be built in the former Myanmar capital.
The memorial will be set up at the Aung San National Cemetery, where on Oct 9, 1983, North Korean agents detonated a bomb timed with the arrival there of visiting South Korea president Chun Doo-hwan.
The blast claimed the lives of 17 South Koreans, including deputy prime minister Suh Suk-joon and foreign minister Lee Bum-suk. Four Myanmar citizens, including three journalists, also died and a further 46 people were injured, 14 of them South Koreans.
President Chun reportedly survived the assassination attempt because his car was delayed in traffic.
The South Korean government is sending a team led by a Foreign Ministry official that includes architects and landscape architects to Myanmar in early February, according to the Chosun Ilbo.
Myanmar has offered a 260sqm site at the cemetery, from where the bombing site can be seen, according to a diplomatic source. The memorial site is about 50m from the monument to Myanmar independence leader Aung San and close to the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Seoul plans to complete construction by Oct 9, the 30th anniversary of the bombing.
South Korean president Lee Myung-bak visited the cemetery in May 2012 to pay his respects to the victims.