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Kim Koo Memorial Calligraphy by Chung Young Gok


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Memorial to Kim Koo by Chung Young Gok aka Kang Ho, a friend of Kim Koo. The second and third photos here are of Chung Young Gok with Kim Koo. The calligraphy states that it was composed on the occasion of a 1978 memorial ceremony to Kim Koo (1876 - 1949), the leader of the independence movement during Japan's occupation of Korea. The ceremony was at Baek Beom Sa Buddhist temple. The four main characters read: Su San Bok Hae, and translate: longevity like the mountain and good fortune like the sea. Wishes of good fortune are offered to Kim Hak Dae, a friend of Kim Koo and Chung Young Gok. Kim Hak Dae was at the memorial ceremony with Chung Young Gok. This work is an important piece of Korean history. Kim Koo is one of the most important figures in Korean history. His portrait will be on the new 100,000 Korean Won bill. Frame size: 64.25 x 18.5 inches, 163.5 x 47 cm; Painting size: 50 x 12 inches, 127 x 30.5 cm.