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S. Korea to hold various events to mark Liberation Day

South Korea plans to hold various cultural events this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan's colonial rule, the Prime Minister's Office said Tuesday.

South Korea is trying to drum up a festive mood for Liberation Day, a major holiday in both South and North Korea.

A large-scale pop concert is set to be held in Seoul Plaza in central Seoul at 7:30 p.m. on Friday on the eve of Liberation Day, according to the office.

Big name singers, including Yang Hee-eun, Insooni, Lee Seung-chul, Kim Bum-soo, Sistar, Jang Jane and Ulala Session, will perform, the office said.

The government also plans to hold a ceremony at a concert hall in central Seoul on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.

The ceremony could draw about 3,000 people, including President Park Geun-hye, government officials and Korean independence fighters, according to the office.

The ceremony is set to be followed by another concert in central Seoul on Saturday evening that will include a gala concert of the musical "Hero," according to the office. (Yonhap)