Korean Declaration of Independence

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English version of the Proclamation of Korean Independence, displayed in Tapgol Park in Seoul

The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the 33 racial representatives meeting at Taehwagwan, Insa-dong, Jongno District, Seoul on March 1, 1919, after World War I, which announced that the Korea would no longer be under Japanese rule.

This was the beginning of the March 1st Movement, which was violently suppressed by Japanese authorities. Korea's independence would come only after the defeat of Japan in World War II, nearly thirty years later.