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Today in Korean history

2013/08/08 14:00

Aug. 9

1936 - Sohn Ki-jung wins the marathon race at the 11th Olympics in Berlin. Sohn, a Korean, ran for Japan, which occupied the Korean Peninsula from 1910-1945.

1985 - North Korea dedicates the Koryo Hotel in its capital, Pyongyang, in a joint venture with a French firm. The twin tower hotel is one of the most prominent landmarks in the communist capital.