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[Photo Essay] Koreans pay respect to Kim Dae-jung
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Published 2009-08-24 14:29 (KST)   
This is a partial translation of an article published on OhmyNews here.  <Editor's Note>
Yellow ribbons of remembrance cover the front gates of the National Assembly
©2009 OhmyNews, Koo Young-sik

The color yellow connected former Presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun. In 1988, DJ led the Peace and Democratic Party to victory through the "Yellow Wind" campaign and former President Roh also used the color yellow for his campaign that won the presidency in 2002.

On August 23, during DJ's funeral ceremony, yellow ribbons in his remembrance covered the main gates of the National Assembly. Near the funeral ceremony, there were notes and messages of remembrance in yellow and all colors fluttering in the wind, waving his final way home.

On the "Remembrance Board" provided by the Democratic Party and DJ Cyber Remembrance Center, there were tens of thousands of remembrance notes.

Jung Jong-ho from Yongsan-gu, Seoul, wrote, "To our poor president who endured such fearful and heavy suffering, please go to the next world in peace." Nah Jae-gook wrote, "Let us achieve politics for the common classes through reconciliation between the Sangdo group and the Donggyo group." He asked for reconciliation between the two big divides (Donggyo--Kim Dae-jung and Sangdo--Kim Young-sam) in Korea's current political climate.

Aug 23, the state funeral for former President Kim Dae-jung at the front grounds of the National Assembly.
©2009 Internet Photo Co-op, Nam SY

Because of the summer heat, many citizens gave up on going into the funeral grounds and rested underneath the shade of trees that line the assembly grounds. Hundreds of citizens also waited outside the front gates waiting to attend the state funeral.

Jung Ho-sung (43) said, "It's very hot and difficult, but we cannot let go of such a great leader in disappointment. He has left behind a great legacy so I hope all the citizens will remember him respectfully today."

Scenes from the State Funeral

Aug 23, the funeral procession enters the grounds of the funeral ceremony grounds of the National Assembly.
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Aug 23, event organizers guide participants who attend the state funeral of former President Kim Dae-jung in the front grounds of the National Assembly in Yeouido.
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Former Presidents Chun Doo-hwan and Kim Young-sam return from paying their respects at the funeral ceremony of former President Kim Dae-jung.
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The family of former President Kim Dae-jung, including the deceased's wife Lee Hee-ho and eldest son Kim Hong-il enters the grounds of the funeral ceremony.
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Mrs. Lee Hee-ho greets President Lee Myung-bak.
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Following the state funeral ceremony of former President Kim Dae-jung, the funeral procession arrives at the Donggyo-dong residence of the deceased.
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The deceased's funeral portrait goes through the library and office of former President Kim Dae-jung.
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Grandson of the deceased comes out of the residence, holding the funeral portrait.
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Mrs. Lee Hee-ho, wife of the deceased President and Mrs. Kim Yoon-ok, wife of President Lee Myung-bak cry during the state funeral ceremony of former President Kim Dae-jung.
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Premier Han Seung-soo, head of funeral committee, former President Chun Doo-hwan, former President Kim Young-sam and Mrs. Kwon Yang-sook, wife of the deceased former President Roh Moo-hyun attend the
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Aug 23, Mrs. Lee Hee-ho, wife deceased former President Kim Dae-jung, gives her thanks to the crowd following the state-funeral.
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Aug 23, after the funeral procession arrived at Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall, Mrs. Lee Hee-ho, wife deceased former President Kim Dae-jung, expressed her appreciation to the crowd.
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Aug 23, Mrs. Lee Hee-ho, wife deceased former President Kim Dae-jung, expresses her thanks to the crowd gathered at Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall (following the state-funeral in the National Assem
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Aug 23, many citizens wave at the state funeral procession of the deceased former President Kim Dae-jung.
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Aug 23, police obstruct citizens from approaching the state funeral procession of the deceased former President Kim Dae-jung,
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Aug 23, as the state funeral procession of the deceased former President Kim Dae-jung, passes Seoul Plaza at City Hall, citizens let go of yellow balloons into the sky, in memory of the former preside
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Aug 23, following the conclusion of the state funeral ceremonies, the funeral procession finishes heads towards Donggyo-dong residence.
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ug 23, many citizens watch the state funeral procession of the deceased former President Kim Dae-jung at Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall.
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Citizens express their sadness through tears as they watch the live telecast of the state-funeral of former President Kim Dae-jung, at the memorial center organized at Seoul Plaza.
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Aug 23, the bereaved family looks on the burial ceremony, at the National Cemetery located at Dongjak-gu, Seoul.
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Aug 23, Mr. Kim Hong-il, the eldest son of former President Kim Dae-jung, pays his respects with the help of his wife.
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Aug 23, as the bereaved family looks on, the coffin is lowered into the ground during the burial ceremony at the National Cemetery located at Dongjak-gu, Seoul.
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Aug 23, during the burial ceremony at the National Cemetery located at Dongjak-gu, Seoul, the funeral portrait and funeral procession enters.
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Aug 23, the bereaved family awaits the lowering of the coffin at the burial ceremony at the National Cemetery located at Dongjak-gu, Seoul.
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Aug 23, Mrs. Lee Hee-ho, wife of the former President, cries profusely after she paid her last respects at the burial ceremony of former President Kim Dae-jung at the National Cemetery located at Dong
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