• Short Summary

    A WEDDING CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED IN SEOUL YESTERDAY (TUESDAY). NOTHING UNUSUAL IN THAT, BUT THIS?

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    A WEDDING CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED IN SEOUL YESTERDAY (TUESDAY). NOTHING UNUSUAL IN THAT, BUT THIS WAS A WEDDING WITH A DIFFERENCE -225 COUPLES WERE MARRIED ALL THE SAME TIME AND IN THE SAME PLACE.

    WEDDINGS ARE INVARIABLY BOTH HAPPY AND SOLEMN OCCASIONS. BUT THERE WAS ADDED POIGNANCY IN THIS CASE, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE VAST NUMBER OF PEOPLE GETTING MARRIED, BUT BECAUSE OF THE VAST NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAD REFORMED THEIR LIVES.

    THE BRIDES HAD ONCE BEEN PROSTITUTES ON THE STREETS OF THE SOUTH KOREAN CAPITAL. THE BRIDEGROOMS HAD BEEN CRIMINALS. SOME HAD JUST BEEN HOOLIGANS, BUT OTHERS WERE FEARED GANGSTERS. NOW THEY ARE ORDINARY PEOPLE AGAIN SETTING OUT TO LEAD NEW LIVES.

    MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE WEDDING CEREMONY, INCLUDING MANY LEADING CIVIC OFFICIALS. THE MAYOR OF SEOUL, YOON TCHI-YOUNG, PRESIDED OVER THE CEREMONY.

    THE TRANSFORMATION THAT CHANGED THE LIVES OF THE COUPLES, AND BROUGHT THEM TO THE MARRIAGE VOWS BEGAN WHEN THEY JOINED THE KOREAN YOUTH EXPLOIT CORPS. THE CORPS, BASED IN KURE COUNTY, SOUTH OF SEOUL, GAVE THEM NEW REASONS FOR LIVING.

    NOT ONLY WAS IT RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MASS WEDDING CEREMONY. IT HAS ALSO ENSURED THAT THE YOUNG MARRIED COUPLES WILL HAVE HOMES AND WORK TO GO TO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABDWITCZZXNBH3RQ1UVX3FK8FX
    Media URN:
    VLVABDWITCZZXNBH3RQ1UVX3FK8FX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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