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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM KOREA'S DMZ ON EXHIBIT AT HONOLULU HALE

 

            Compelling images of Korea's demilitarized zone (DMZ) by world-renowned photographer Byung Kwan Choi, will be on display in the courtyard at Honolulu Hale.  The exhibition, "The 155 Miles of DMZ, A Prayer for Peace," opens on August 29 and will be presented through September 23, 2005.

The DMZ, a symbol of the dispute between North and South Korea, winds 155 miles across the Korean Peninsula.  Because public access has been restricted since the end of the Korean War, the natural environment of the DMZ has been preserved and rare plants and animals reside among remnants of war.

Korean photographer Byung Kwan Choi, the first civilian allowed to enter the DMZ, dedicated two years (from 1997-1998), to photographing the DMZ.  His photos capture the delicate peace and the tension of the standoff that coexists in this restricted area.  Choi hopes "that the exhibit will promote cultural understanding between our two cities" and he encourages "fellow Koreans of Hawaii to share my hope for peace along with the people worldwide."

The exhibit is presented by the Korean Artists Association of Hawaii, Ivy Academy, Incheon Metropolitan City, Consulate General of Korea, Korea Daily of Hawaii, Hawaii Radio Korea and the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts.  For more information, call the Korean Artists Association of Hawaii at 922-8998.

 

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Contact:  Korean Artists Association of Hawaii at 922-8998.  Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts at 523-4674.

 

Friday, August 26, 2005

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