Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gorbachev and the Peace Bell

The Joongang and the Korea Times (for some reason the Times is labelled as a secure site with a bad certificate report.  What up with the 'https' ?), as it happens, that Mikhail Gorbachev (or, as the Joongang writes it, "Gorvachev" - is this a Cyrillic to English thing or did the name travel through Hangeul en route?) was in Gangwondo.  I guess I hadn't been following the news as that is something I would like to learn ahead of time.

Here he is, ringing the Peace Bell in Hwacheon (Joongang):

From the Times:
The World Peace Bell is made of empty cartridge cases from battlefields from some 30 conflict regions, including Palestine, Ethiopia and Colombia. Created in the style of a Buddhist bell from the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D. 936), it will be rung to mark World Peace Day, which falls on the third Saturday of every September, Hwacheon officials said.

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