HIROSHIMA – Construction will begin next year on a museum in South Korea dedicated to showing the horror of the August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui has revealed.
The museum in southern Hapcheon County, where many survivors of the blast live, will be the first such public museum in South Korea, according to its consulate general in Hiroshima.
The consulate general has asked the Hiroshima Municipal Government for assistance in providing items that can be displayed at the museum, the mayor said at a news conference.
“We have been asking the United Nations and other organizations to display materials related to the atomic bombing, so we are unstinting in lending our support,” Matsui said, adding he hoped for future cooperation between the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the new museum.
Hapcheon is dubbed “South Korea’s Hiroshima” as it is home to many South Koreans who suffered the atomic bombing after moving to Hiroshima during Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945, according to the South Korean Red Cross.
Of around 2,400 atomic bombing survivors in South Korea, about 400 live in the county.
The new museum will be built on around 1,500 sq.-meters of land next to a South Korean Red Cross nursing facility for atomic bombing survivors in, with completion envisioned in June 2017.
The construction will cost around 2.1 billion won (around $1.8 million), 70 percent of which will be shouldered by the South Korean government, with the remainder funded by local governments.
The museum is expected to display belongings from atomic bomb victims and documents about lawsuits concerning medical treatment filed by South Korean survivors.