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WriterAdministratorDate12/20/2019

Odusan Unification Observatory1
Odusan Unification Observatory2
  • Location

    Paju

  • Address

    369, Pilseung-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do

  • TEL

    +82-31-945-3171

Unification Piano: The Sound of Barbed Wire
  • The piano may look ordinary but its 88 strings are made of barbed wire brought from the demilitarized zone, the foremost symbol of national division. The instrument was created in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from the Japanese occupation. The mini-documentary screened on the monitor won the bronze medal at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2016.

    The song filling the space where the piano is on display is the Korean song Spring of Hometown. The lyrics by Yi Won-su describe the beauty of his old hometown and his yearning to return there. The lyrics and melody played by barbed wire that divided the nation strike a chord with many listeners.

  • During the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic torch relay ceremony, the relay theme song was played by the Unification Piano at the Observatory Square. Visitors are not permitted to play the piano, but the barbed wire with which the strings were made is well worth seeing.

    Mini-documentary about the Unification Piano: https://youtu.be/Bx04ZyDtMmA