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Who wins? A ghostly face, styled after a traditional Korean mask, asks a perennial question about war. White is the Korean color of death. In the background sits the gate of Gyeongbok Palace – the building around which the capital was built exactly 100 years before Columbus landed in America. Photo: Andrew Salmon/Asia Times
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Gwanghwamun Plaza hosts an eerie mixture of anti-war and anti-imperialist artwork
Just 30 miles from the North Korea border, central Seoul’s landmark Gwanghwamun Plaza provides the setting for a remarkably spooky installation of anti-war artwork.
While the nuclear tensions of one year ago have dispersed, there are rising fears that the hoped-for denuclearization of North Korea could stall – meaning the city would once again fall under the shadow of a mushroom cloud.
In perfect spring weather, the installation blends anti-war and anti-imperialist themes with traditional Korean motifs and some of the bloodiest events of recent Korean history. (Some anti-US messaging appears to have been thrown in, for good measure.)
The installation, created by the Korean YMCA and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism will only last three days, but Asia Time’s Northeast Asia editor strolled through the plaza as it was being set up and snapped the pictures below. In our gallery, we take a trip across the plaza from north to south.