Guests help make mandu with halmoni at the House of Sharing on a previous visit. (House of Sharing)
A tour of the House of Sharing is to be held on Sunday.
The center in Gwangju, just outside of Seoul, houses the world’s first human rights museum devoted to the theme of sexual slavery, telling the story of the Korean “comfort women” who suffered at the hands of the Japanese military during the Asia-Pacific war (1932-1945).
Those attending will pay 5,000 won to enter the museum and 5,000 won to eat dinner with the halmoni ― some of the few remaining survivors of the persecution.
The women, many of whom are now in their 80s, are still campaigning for an official apology and compensation from the Japanese government for the atrocities they suffered during the Japanese occupation of Korea.
Those wishing to attend to hear their stories should meet at Gangbyeon Subway Station’s exit 1 at 10 a.m. for the event scheduled to last until 4 p.m.
The first 35 people to register will be given places on the tour. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for more information.