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Ri Kyong Haeng and His Wife Praised as Patriots
| Pyongyang, October 16 (KCNA) -- An exhibition of historic relics is now underway at the Korean Central History Museum in Pyongyang.
What catch the visitors' eyes are a number of historic relics donated by a Ri Kyong Haeng and his wife Jon Sun Ok.
Among the relics are a celadon bowl with peony patterns in relief (11th Century) and a large-sized celadon bowl with phoenix pattern in relief, which date back to the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) as well as white ceramic bottles, which date back to the Feudal Joson Dynasty (1392-1910).
Ri Kyong Haeng began collecting historic relics from Juche 28 (1939), when he was 19 years old.
After organizing the Association for Preserving Historic Relics under the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, he took in his hands the handwritings of Ryul Kok, a scholar in the 16th century, and Kim Ok Gyun, leader of the 1884 Kapsin Coup, and a music album which were used at royal palaces in the period of the Feudal Joson Dynasty.
In 1962, the couple returned to the homeland, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and had continued the work to discover historic relics.
They donated to the country 214 pieces of relics in 1992 and 155 pieces in 1997.
President Kim Il Sung sent thanks to the couple in high appreciation of the patriotic-minded deed.
General Secretary Kim Jong Il saw to it that Ri Kyong Haeng was awarded the title of Labor Hero and his wife Order of Labor, taking a measure to open an exhibition featuring the relics donated by them at the Korean Central History Museum in March 1997.
Although they passed away, the numbers of relics on display are reminiscent of their patriotic spirit.
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