Saturday, August 31, 2013
Children Grand Park: oh, there's a historical background about it, too!!!
I've been taking the kids several times to Children Grand Park, but never realized that this park had a historical background of its own. So, I stumbled upon a statue of Jung Hwan Bang (방정환). Then I learned that he was a pioneer in the children's rights in Korea. (1899-1931).
He is also often called ' Father of Children simply because he believed that the hope to free Korea from the Japanese imperialism at that time...was in the hands of the Korea's children.
Oh, he's also the first person who introduced the use of the word 어린이 (orini) meaning 'child/children'.
He also published the first magazine dedicated to children.
and he was the man who initiated the "Children's Day" in Korea.
This statute (built in 1971) is to show the children's gratitude to Mr. Bang and to honor his accomplishment.
And..this park with the statue of him...is the fact about why the park has its own significant historical background.
What a lovely park it is. Indeed.
Just 20 minute ride by subway, we could arrive in this vast green open air...
right in the middle of Seoul. We simply love the park.
with cultural activities and shows that the park offers...
or..simply walking around the park, ...
is simply priceless.