Korean Comfort Women Protest

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Korean Comfort Women Protest information

Seoul , South Korea
Address
Extras Outside Japanese Embassy, Jungbuhakdong-gil
Getting there
underground rail line 3 to Anguk, Exit 6
More information
http://comfortwomen.wordpress.com
Opening hours
noon Wed
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Lonely Planet review

Every week a handful of elderly Korean comfort women, who were forced into prostitution as teenagers during WWII, gathers outside the Japanese embassy. Together with their supporters they wave placards and shout slogans. Although their government has refused to apologise, groups of Japanese tourists come and apologise to these very determined ladies. Less than 100 Korean comfort women are still alive but one of them, Hwang Geum-joo, says she will never give up: ‘Our numbers are dwindling every year, but we are still full of anger and they should apologise for what they did to us!’ The protests started in 1992 and they represent the dogged Korean spirit that never gives up. Read dramatic personal testimonies on the website, which also has details of monthly tours to the House of Sharing, where some of the ladies live.