South Korean Buddhist monks to commemorate compatriots on Sakhalin

RIA Novosti, July 28, 2005

YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia -- Buddhist monks have arrived on Sakhalin from South Korea to commemorate their compatriots who died on the island, the local committee for international, foreign economic and inter-regional relations said Thursday.

From 1905-1945, tens of thousands of Koreans were sent to work as coal miners and woodcutters on southern Sakhalin Island, then a Japanese territory.

The South Korean delegation also includes parliament members, actors and state officials. The visit, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Korea and Sakhalin liberation from Japan, will run through August 1.