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'Jeong Ha-sang'

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By Kim Ae-ran

Recently on Sept. 3 to 11, the Seoul Catholic Theater Association performed "Jeong Ha-Sang" at the Consolation Hall at the Seosomun Shrine History Museum in celebration of the opening of the museum.

The performance, directed by Fr. Yu Hwan-min, was especially meaningful because the Catholic Church in Korea marks the 180th anniversary of a mass martyrdom outside Seosomun Gate.

The area outside the gate used to be crowded with people; thus it became a public execution ground during the late Joseon era in the 19th century.

This execution ground also became the site where early Korean Catholics were martyred. Those who were executed lived out their final moments in front of Seosomun Gate. Forty-four martyrs out of 103 Korean Saints and 25 martyrs out of 124 Korean Blessed were beheaded at the........

© The Korea Times