Tuesday, May 06, 2008

518 Launches Underground Mobile Billboard

On its second year, The May 18 Memorial Foundation (5.18) today, 6 May 2008 launched its 518 Themed Subway Train operated by Gwangju Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation. The new chair of 5.18, Mr. Kwang Jang Yoon, its Executive Director Myungseok Cha, and other officials of the Gwangju Subway graced the ribbon cutting at the Namgwangju station (Southeastern part of Gwangju City). A whole train is creatively decorated inside and outside with both old photos and recent pictures and images of 5.18 commemorative events. The train now serves as 5.18 Underground Mobile Billboard and also a graffiti board. Various posters of the 2008 May 18 Commemorative Events are emblazoned on the walls of the train. There are interactive sections also where commuters can write their messages or answer trivia questions. The train will also play flash movies or animation videos about 5.18 on its built-in monitor screen. Joomukbap or rice ball and water were served inside the train to commuters as a symbolic gesture of remembering 5.18.

The subway service recently opened new lines that now extend to Pyeongdong (western part of Gwangju).The train with the 5.18 theme will be operational for two months from May 6, 2008 until July 7, 2008.

(This article without photos is posted in our website).

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(Photos courtesy of Park Cheung - 518 official photographer)

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