On behalf of the Committee of the International Competition of Korean War Memorial Park for Civil Victims, I wish to extend my heartfelt appreciation and welcome to the people who will participate in this competition. On September 11, 2020, by the support of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety of Republic of Korea, the local government of Dong-gu district in Daejeon, launch an international design competition for a National Memorial to honour the civil victims during the Korean War and the bereaved families.
As you begin to envision your design for Memorial Park, please allow a moment to reflect upon the nature of its location in the historical background to the war. The Memorial’s site, surrounded by calm landscape, is located in the gentle valley where thousands of political prisoners were persecuted after the outbreak of Korean War.
The design challenge is to create an outstanding and sensitively-designed Park and a Memorial Hall that is spiritual while offering visitors an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Korea’s darkest hour. This competition seeks to identify the very best design talent to create Memorial Park as a national symbol and a home to the local community.
Thank you for applying your talent to reflect on loss, and celebrate life.
I wish you the best of luck.
Choi, Joon Sung