The funeral of Mrs. Park Chung-Hee, the wife of South Korea's President, was held at?
The funeral of Mrs. Park Chung-Hee, the wife of South Korea's President, was held at the Capitol Plaza in Seoul, the South Korean capital on Monday (19 August) morning. She died when an assassin attempted to kill her husband when he was speaking at a national day ceremony last Friday. President Park Chung Hee survived the assassination attempt.
According to the Korean custom, the President did not attend the service. Instead, Mrs. Park's three children -- two daughters and a son -- represented the family among the three thousand mourners, who also included foreign representatives. Among them was the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Kakuei Tanaka, who laid a chrysanthemum wreath before the casket. The South Korean Prime Minister, Mr. Kim Jong Pil, road the eulogy for the 48 year-old first lady.
After the service, when he casket arrived at the burial ground, there were approximately two million people waiting there to pay their last respects to the Presidents's wife.
When the ceremonies were over, Mr. Tanaka went to see President Park at his official residence, to convey his formal condolences. It is believed that this gesture was intended to help to mend the present strained relations between Japan and South Korea, which reached a low ebb last year when unidentified Koreans kidnapped a South Korean opposition politician from his exile from Tokyo and took, him to Seoul.
SYNOPSIS: South Koreans gathered outside the Capitol Plaza in the capital Seoul, on Monday, for the funeral of Mrs. Park Chung-Hee, the wife of the South Korean President. Among the three thousand mourners at the service, was Mr. Kakuei Tanaka, the Prime Minister of Japan.
According to Korean custom, President Park Chung-Hee did not attend his wife's funeral, but the family was represented by her three children -- her son and two daughters. Mrs. Park died last Friday, when an assassin tried to kill her husband as he was speaking at a national day ceremony. One of the bullets struck her in the head, and she died in hospital. She was forty-eight.
The eulogy was read by the South Korean Prime Minister, Mr. Kim Jong Pil. After the service, when the casket was taken to the burial ground, there were approximately two million people waiting there to pay their last respects. Afterwards, Mr. Tanaka visited President Par, to express condolences.