On the anniversary of the 18 May 1980 uprising in Gwangju, here is song which became its unofficial anthem. It was written in 1982 by Kim Jong-ryul for his friends, a couple who were murdered in the uprising. The title is 임을 위한 행진곡 or “March for the beloved”, sometimes translated as “March for the Forerunners”.
And here’s a version recorded more recently, by Indian Suni, performed on Gangjeong’s Geurumbi rock, where the Jeju naval base is being constructed.
Thanks to Andrew Jackson (서방앤) for the links.
- Cease Efforts to Silence “March of the Beloved” – Kyunghyang Shinmun, 8 May 2013