한국의 경의선 최북단 역인 도라산역에 설치된 ‘통일플렛폼’이 요아힘 가우크 독일 대통령, 홍영표 통일부 장관, 최연혜 코레일 사장 등이 참석한 가운데 14일 개장했다.

The opening ceremony for the Tongil Platform, or “Unification Platform”, was held at Dorasan Station on the Gyeongui Line on Oct. 14.

The Tongil Platform, or “Unification Platform,” was opened to the public at Dorasan Station, the northernmost station along the Gyeongui Line that connects Seoul to Sinuiju, on the banks of the Amnokgang River. At the commemorative platform, there’s a range of art work and memorials showing the people’s longing for Korean reunification.

There is the Unification Gate, Unification Time Wall that shows a clock counting how long Korea has been divided, the Wishing Wall and the Unification Exhibition Hall. German President Joachim Gauck, Minister of Unification Hong Yong-pyo, KORAIL President Choi Yeon-hye and other dignitaries participated in the platform’s commemoration ceremony on Oct. 14.

요아힘 가우크 독일대통령(왼쪽)과 홍영표 통일부 장관이 14일 도라산역 ‘통일플렛폼’에서 ‘통일메시지’를 공개하고 있다.

German President Joachim Gauck (top, second from left) and Minister of Unification Hong Yong-pyo (top, second from right) unveil a plaque (bottom) with a message of unification at Dorasan Station on Oct. 14.

German President Joachim Gauck and Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo unveiled a copper plate with a message of unification that wishes for the reunification of Korea. On the plaque, President Park Geun-hye wrote, “Create a unified Korea and help the world become more peaceful,” and President Joachim Gauck wrote, “To find and create a life of freedom together.”

President Gauck passed through the Unification Gate engraved with wishes for Korean unification written in 11 languages. KORAIL President Choi Yeon-hye explained the platform’s map of all of Eurasia, highlighting the railway that could connect Korea to Berlin, as President Gauck looked on attentively. Gauck also inspected the Unification Time Wall, which represents the Berlin Wall, now a symbol of peace. It shows Germany’s time of division having stopped, but shows that the division of the Korean Peninsula continues onward.

요아힘 가우크 독일 대통령이 14일 도라산역에서 열린 ‘통일플렛품’ 개장식에서 참석자들에게 손을 들어 인사를 하고 있다.

German President Joachim Gauck (third from right) says goodbye to participants at the Tongil Platform at Dorasan Station on Oct. 14.

Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said, “The most interesting thing was the postal train and the military caboose that ran between the two Germanys. During the Cold War, the train carrying letters allowed people to communicate with their families. That has important meaning for us.”

Finally, KORAIL President Choi Yeon-hye concluded by saying that, “President Gauck is a hero for unifying Germany. His visit to Korea, one of the only divided countries remaining in the world, will encourage the Korean people to be hopeful. I hope Korean unification will be realized as soon as possible, so as to make the South-North railway connect with the continental railway system.”

By. Jeon Han, Shin Jaewon
Korea.net Staff Writers
Photos: Jeon Han
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‘통일플렛폼’ 개장식이 열린 14일 요아힘 가우크 독일 대통령을 포함한 참석자들이 테이프 커팅에 앞서 포즈를 취하며 환하게 웃고 있다.

German President Joachim Gauck (fourth from left) and other dignitaries pose for the camera during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Tongil Platform on Oct. 14.

요아힘 가우크 독일 대통령이 14일 도라산역에서 열린 ‘통일플렛폼’ 개장식에서 축사를 하고 있다.

President Gauck commemorates the opening of the Tongil Platform and gives a speech in support of Korean unification and about the pain of division.

‘통일플렛폼’ 개장식을 위해 14일 도라산역을 찾은 요아힘 가우크 독일 대통령이 최연혜 코레일 사장의 설명을 들으며 전시된 사진들을 살펴보고 있다.

German President Joachim Gauck (second from right) visits an outdoor exhibition as KORAIL President Choi Yeon-hye (third from right) offers an explanation.

요아힘 가우크 독일 대통령을 비롯한 ‘통일플렛폼’ 개장식 참석자들이 DMZ 열차가 세워진 플렛폼을 따라 행사장으로 이동하고 있다.

German President Joachim Gauck and other dignitaries passed by DMZ Train for its opening ceremony on Oct. 14.