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Soan Anti-Japan Cultural Festival (1.15 ~ 2.16)
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This festival was organized to celebrate the establishment of a private school in Soan-do and to succeed and develop the patriotic and nationalistic spirits of our ancestors.  The private school was established in 1923 to eliminate illiteracy, to organize secret anti-Japan activist groups, and to expand labor movements.

On the first day, the 5th, the people of Dalmok-do (an old name of Soan-do) gather to enjoy an event of culture, public speaking and poetry presentations, and individual performances.

On the second day, the 6th, the middle and high school students, soldiers, and residents dress up in the old independent soldier uniforms from 10 o’clock in the morning and revive the resistant movements of the independent soldiers.  The event is then followed by a street performance, a poetry and painting exhibition, and an athletic event.

Soan-do, which is 20km to the south of Wando, initiated farmer’s strike and legal disputes to regain their lands against the illegal exploitation of Japan during the Japanese colonization of Korea and established a private school to enhance the spirit of independence.  It was known as the town of the most active anti-Japan movement at that time.

Last November 20, Wando-gun opened 500m²wide Anti-Japan Movement Memorial Hall on a 25,000m² land near Gahak-ri to cherish the noble spirits of the local anti-Japan activists, including Sir Nae Ho Song (1895∼1928).

This Memorial Hall exhibits the tablets of 19 independent movement activists who were awarded by the Korean Government, the photographs of 50 local patriots, and a model of Soan Private School that fostered anti-Japan activists and a modeled scene of a murder of Japanese securities.

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