Issues: Museums and Memorials

Monument in Memory of the Korean Victims of the Atomic Bomb

When the U.S. dropped the A-Bomb on Hiroshima, close to one million Koreans lived in that city.  It is unknown exactly how many Koreans were killed or injured by the bomb, but anywhere between 20,000 to 40,000 were affected and/or killed.

To commemorate those Koreans who had lost their lives, the Korean Residents Union of Japan (Hiroshima Branch) built a memorial in 1970, completed on April 10 of that year.  The monument was built in Korea using only Korean stones.  The monument was originally placed outside of the Hiroshima Peace Park, west of Honkawa Bridge.  It was here that Prince Lee-Woo, nephew of the last Korean Crown Prince, was found after the bombing.  Pressure from various groups urged that the monument be moved inside Hiroshima Peace Park.  After Hiroshima's Mayor came to an agreement with these groups, the monument was moved inside the park in July 1999.

The tower stands on a large turtle-shaped base. The top of the tower is a crown engraved with two dragons and a register of names of over 2,500 Koreans who were killed at the time the bomb exploded.  The inscription on the monument reads, "Souls of the dead ride to heaven on the backs of turtles."

Monument in Memory of Korean Victims of the Atomic Bomb