The "Vietnam Pieta" statue in a photo released by the Korean-Vietnamese Peace Foundation
The Korean-Vietnamese Peace Foundation will organize a press conference in Seoul Wednesday to officially unveil a bronze statue made to memorialize Vietnamese civilian victims killed in massacres involving South Korean during the Vietnam War, Tuoi Tre reported.
“Vietnam Pieta” is made by sculptors Kim Seo Kyung and Kim Eun Sung – a married couple known for their creation of a famous statue of a young girl which represents "comfort women" during World War II.
“I have been to Vietnam three times in the past two years and met with civilian victims. I learned there are many infants who died without being given names because they died before turning one year old," Kim Seo Kyung said in an interview with Korea Joongang Daily in January.
The statue is 70cm wide, 150cm high and weighs 150kg. The South Korean sculptors announced the project on January 12, “Vietnam Pieta” (named The Last Lullaby in Vietnamese).
It takes the form of a mother embracing a slaughtered child above an earth goddess.
It is planned that a copy of the statue will be installed first in Jeju Island and other places.
The Korean-Vietnamese Peace Foundation said in January that memorial services are being held this year on the 50th anniversary of South Korean troops’ massacres in several villages in central Vietnam.
“We are in contact with the Vietnamese government and each village in an attempt to send them ‘Vietnam Pieta’ to coincide with these services as a gesture of apology and consolation,” the foundation said.
The foundation, set up last year with 64 members from all walks of life, is working to raise awareness of South Korea’s historical responsibility in the Vietnam War.
South Korea reportedly sent more than 300,000 troops to Vietnam during the war.