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Monday, 8 July 2013

Geoje POW Camp - the Birthplace of Timothy Moon Jae-in

When it comes the number SIX, Anya will invade Geoje. Coincidentally, the Postal code for Geoje City is 656-XXX.
Geoje POW camp (Hanja巨濟島捕虜收容所) was a POW camp, located at 61 Gyeryong Avenue/Gyeryongno, Gohyeon-dong 362-beonji, Geoje City at the southernmost part of Southern Gyeongsang ProvinceSouth Korea. National Assemblyman of Busan Sasang-gu and Presidential Candidate, Timothy Moon Jae-in (Hangul/Hanja: 문재인/文在寅) was born here (January 24th, 1953). Moon's father, Moon Yong-hyung was a native from Hamheung, Southern Hamgyeong Province, DPRK who fled from his hometown along with his family during Hamheung Retreat in the Korean War event (1950~1953).

Geoje POW Camp was built to hold prisoners shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War. Out of a total of 170,000 prisoners of war about 85% were from North Korea, and the rest from China. The camp was closed upon the signing of the 1953 armistice which ended the war. Tanks, trucks and other period armaments and artifacts are on display throughout the park as a memorial to the war. The camp was closed, and was turned into a park in 1997. The structure is meant to be reminiscent of the daily lives of the prisoners. The theme stresses the humane treatment of the internees.

War prisoners were also being interned in Daejeon, Incheon, Nonsan, Gwangju, Yeongcheon, Busan, Masan (now part of Changwon City) and Daegu, and the UN introduced 6 villages in Gohyeon gulf region which operated from 1950 to 1953.