I Found Big Park Chung Hee Supporters at Pinocchio Pension in Mallipo

I really picked a nice place to stay in Mallipo and what was especially interesting to me was the keen interest the owners of the Pinocchio Pension [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED:
https://www.pinocchiopension.com/] have in former Korean President Park Chung Hee.

In the cafe, they’ve displayed every issue of the quarterly newsletter published by the 박정희대통령기념사업회 (President Park Chung Hee Memorial Association)[EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://www.parkchunghee.co.kr/], which discusses how great the president was, as well as other memorabilia and a bust of the president. Having just finished a (very long!) book about President Park (The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea), I was interested in these materials and spent some time scanning through them.

I am continously reminded what an impact President Park had on Korea and how to understand the Korea of today, we really have to understand his era of leading the country.


Steven Bammel

Steven S. Bammel is president and chief translator/consultant at Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington (B.B.A. Economics) and Hanyang University (M.S. Management Strategy), Steven has worked for over twenty years in Korean business and translation. | more about Steven

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