Friday, August 17, 2012

KOREAN SHOWS: KBS's "Overnight Trips" Goes to the Dokdo Islets of Korea

CAST: (from left)  Ju Won (actor/musical actor), Uhm Taewoong (actor), 
Lee Sugeun (Comedian), Cha Taehyun (actor), Sung Shikyung (singer), 

Kim Seungwoo (actor), and 
Kim Jongmin (singer)

Second or third generation Koreans abroad sail across the East Sea, with the cast of KBS's "Overnight Trips," to visit the Dokdo islets.  They are: Daniel Jihoon Lee from BRAZIL, Marco Shiwoo Park from BOLIVIA, David Haksoon Kim from FRANCE, John Jongmyung Lee from AUSTRIA, Kirill Golovanov from RUSSIA, Alexandr Li from KAZAKHSTAN, and Richard Seunpyung Yang from the UNITED STATES.

This episode aired on August 12, 2012, 3 days before the Korean Independence Day, aka, Gwangbokjeol, which literally translates to “’Restoration of the Light’ Day.”  It is the national holiday of Korea that commemorates the liberation of Korea from Japan, following the Japanese surrender to the United States and its Allies in World War II on August 15, 1945.

FYI, the Dokdo islets are the easternmost point in Korea and History of the Three Kingdoms (1145) and Annals of King Sejong (1454) describe that the islets belong to Korea.  Korea's sovereignty over the islets really matters to its people considering the fact Japan’s annexation of Dokdo in 1906 was its first step toward invading and dominating Korea.

KBS's Overnight Trips: Dokdo Episode

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