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Gov’t to build Korean War monument for Colombia

The Patriots and Veterans Affairs Agency announced Monday (July 7) that Korea would this year donate a monument to Colombia to commemorate the South American nation's participation in the Korean War (1950-1953). The monument, a 4 by 2.5 meter sculpture of a Turtle Ship -- a warship designed and used by the country's legendary naval chief Admiral Yi Sun-shin (1545-1598) in the early 15th century -- would be delivered in November, the agency said in the media release. The 120-million won ($115,000) monument will be erected on land to be provided by Bogota in Colombia's northern port city of Cartegena, where the Columbian destroyer “Padilla,” carrying the first of Colombia's forces set sail to participate in the war in November 1951, according to the agency. The agency said that the monument to be set up in November comes under a program launched in 2006 to commemorate the sacrifices made by Colombian troops who fought in the Korean War as U.N. forces and to help strengthen the mutual relationship between the two countries. Over 5,100 Colombian forces took part in the Korean War alongside troops from 15 other nations -- including the United States Australia, Britain and the Philippines -- while five other countries provided medical support. According to the agency’s statistics, 213 Colombians were killed during the three-year war and 448 were injured. By Yoon Sojung Staff writer

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