Korea Remembers Victims Of The Sewol Ferry Disaster On Its 4th Year Anniversary

On April 16, 2014, a passenger ferry on its way from Incheon to Jeju Island sank while carrying 476 people. 304 crew members and passengers, mostly students of Danwon High School, died from the incident.

Four years have passed since the Sewol Ferry disaster. On April 16, 2018, the first memorial ceremony organized by the Korean government was held in Gyeonggi Province near the location of Danwon High School. At the event, the prime minister Lee Nak Yeon stated, “[President] Moon Jae In’s administration will completely investigate the truth behind the Sewol Ferry disaster and take the lesson to heart to put in full effort for a safe Republic of Korea.”

Koreans and people all around the world continue to mourn and remember, and many celebrities also shared posts of remembrance.

GOT7’s Youngjae posted a cover of “You Whom I Love,” a song that was written by a student who passed away in the tragedy and was later completed by 4MEN. Youngjae performed this song at the Golden Disc Awards earlier this year.

#20140416 ? https://soundcloud.com/ars333ars/arsars

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Actress Gong Seung Yeon wrote down the lyrics to “A Thousand Winds,” a song by Lim Hyung Joo to commemorate the tragedy. Her caption reads, “Four years since Sewol. I will not forget. I heard this song on the radio a few days ago and paused for a moment.”

Actor Yoon Kyun Sang wrote, “I will not forget,” and, “The yellow ribbon is not political.”

He later edited his post and added, “I am not skilled in writing, so there are people who are misunderstanding my post.” He explained that when he posts about Sewol each year or goes in a taxi with a ribbon badge, he hears various political comments or curses. He hopes that people will view his post as simply commemorative.

Yoon Kyun Sang continued, “Also, there are so many events for our hearts to hurt over like the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong and the Air Force Crash. As a man who was discharged from active service of the Korean military, it is impossible to not mourn and for my heart to not hurt. There is no death that does not hurt. Please do not try to measure what is more important.”

#416 #잊지않겠습니다 노란리본은 정치가 아닙니다 . 글쓰는 재주가 없어 오해를 하시는분이 계시네요. 매해 사진을 올리고 글을쓰면 참 다양한 정치적색을 띄고 따지고들고 혹은 이유없이 욕도하고 리본뱃지를 달고 택시를 탔다가 갑자기 욕도 듣고 했더랬죠 오늘은 날이 날인만큼 순수하게 추모하는 마음을 정치적색없이 봐라봐주셨으면 한 글입니다. 그리고 연평해전, 공군추락사고등 너무도 추모하고 가슴아파해야할일들이 많지요. 대한민국 현역전역한 남자로써 애도하고 가슴아프지 않을수없습니다. 어느하나 가슴 아프지않은 죽음은 없습니다. 뭐가 더 중요한가를 저울질 하지 말아주세요.

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Many other celebrities posted the yellow ribbon and other images to commemorate, with some also sharing personal illustrations.

View some of the posts below:



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WINNER’s Kang Seung Yoon


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WINNER’s Song Mino


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AOA’s Mina

#세월호4주기 #?#잊지않겠습니다 #그날바다

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AOA’s Jimin


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AOA’s Chanmi

#세월호 #잊지않겠습니다 #?

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AOA’s Seolhyun

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Super Junior’s Yesung

20140416 ? #잊지않겠습니다

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Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun

잊지 않겠습니다..

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Apink’s Jung Eun Ji


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Jun Hyosung

#remember0416 #세월호4주기? #잊지않겠습니다

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Han Sun Hwa


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Girl’s Day’s Minah

04.16? by JJAEJJI

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Han Seung Yeon

#20140416 #세월호 4주기

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CNBLUE’s Lee Jung Shin


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9MUSES’ Kyungri

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Nam Tae Hyun

T-ara’s Hyomin


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T-ara’s Jiyeon

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Kevin Woo

Remember #0416

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HA:TFELT (Yeeun)

NU’EST’s Ren


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JBJ’s Kim Sang Gyun

Kim Jae Kyung


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Oh Seung Ah


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Kim So Hye

잊지 않겠습니다.

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15&’s Park Jimin


?잊지 않겠습니다? • ?Never Forget?

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잊지않겠습니다 0416

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UNB and U-KISS’s Jun

2018.04.16 절대로 잊지 않겠습니다.

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UNB’s Daewon

2014.4.16 잊지 않겠습니다. ?

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UNI.T’s Lee Suji

UNI.T’s Lee Hyun Joo

잊지않겠습니다 . #세월호4주기 #? #remember0416

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UNI.T’s Yoonjo

UNI.T and SONAMOO’s Euijin


SONAMOO’s Minjae



Boys Republic’s Suwoong




IMFACT’s Taeho

IMFACT’s Leesang

The East Light’s Woojin

잊지 않겠습니다.

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MYNAME’s Seyong



Jung Woo Sung

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Yoon Hyun Min

기억해,봄 #remember0416 #세월호4주기

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Hong Jong Hyun


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Kwak Dong Yeon

언제까지든 기도하고 기억하겠습니다.

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Lee Ki Woo

네번째 봄. 잊지 않을게요. .. .. #세월호 #0416 #모두의봄이길

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Seol In Ah


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Go Kyung Pyo

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Shin Se Kyung

#0416 #기도합니다

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Yoo Ah In

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Chae Soo Bin

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Lee Shi Uhn

노란리본 세상참…. #세월호

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Nam Ji Hyun

Son Dam Bi

4.16 # 잊지않을께요

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Yoon Jong Shin


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