Lost Dreams

We thank the Hankyoreh, an independent Korean newspaper, for graciously giving us permission to honor the victims of the Sewol ferry tragedy by translating and publishing the contents of their site. We will continue to add stories as they are translated. A special thanks goes to Mr. Park Jae-dong, an editorial cartoon artist, who has done a beautiful job of illustrating the portraits of those who were lost. Finally, we would like to thank our volunteer translators and editors for using their talent and skills to bring the stories of these special individuals to you.

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Their Stories

Had Dreams of Becoming a Teacher: Meet Hayoung

Name: Koh Ha-young (고하영)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 9)
Siblings: Two older brother
 
Koh Ha-young (17) liked to read and was studious too. Every exam period, she would study from dawn til dusk. Her mother has removed almost all the objects from Ha-young’s room but could not bear to remove the desk. Because it is where her daughter always sat and studied.
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Had Dreams of Becoming a Dental Technician: Meet Dahye

Name: Jung Da-hye (정다혜)
Age: 16
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 9)
Siblings: An older sister
 
From a young age, Jung Da-hye (16) was best friends with her older sister of five years. If she was having problems, she would go to her sister first. When her sister got paid from her part-time job, she would buy treats for Da-hye. They had planned to go on a […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Nurse: Meet Hansol

Name: Kang Han-sol (강한솔)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 10)
Siblings: An older sister
 
“When I become a nurse at a big university hospital, I’ll make lots of money and buy you a house,” Kang Han-sol (17) would always say. She said that she wanted to be a doctor but wasn’t sure if she would make it, so wanted to be a nurse instead. She […]

Had dreams that were always growing: Meet Chaewon

Name: Gil Chae-won (길채원)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: A younger brother
 
Gil Chae-won (17) was a dreamer. Elementary school teacher, comedian, celebrity, kindergarten teacher, her dreams were always changing. She was the oldest in the family, with a brother in his second year of middle school, but she was particularly innocent and sweet and enjoyed reading books featuring the likes of mermaids […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Camera Operator: Meet Goeun

Name: Ha Go-eun (한세영)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 1)
 
Ha Go-eun (17) liked taking photographs and filming videos and dreamt of becoming a camera operator. She was tall and fit and would often say to her mother, “I will be able to carry the heavy camera around.” During her second year of high school she formed an AV club with her friends, and was even […]

Had Dreams of Starting a Preschool: Meet Chanho

Name: Jeon Chan-ho (전찬호)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 7)
Siblings: An older brother
 
Jeon Chan-ho (17) liked children. This is why he wanted to run a preschool. He was great with his 4-year old cousin. He looked up to his big brother who was 6 years his senior and was a bright and innocent student.
 
He had a kind and docile personality […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Novelist: Meet Sungho

Name: Choi Sung-ho (최성호)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 4)
Siblings: None
 
Choi Sung-ho (17) dreamt of becoming a novelist. Growing up, he was an avid reader, which led him to pursue this goal. He was studious and played piano and a number of other instruments.
 
Sung-ho was an only child. His father did not to hear people say, “He has bad manners […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Korean Literature Teacher: Meet Saeyoung

Name: Han Sae-young (한세영)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: A younger brother
 
Han Sae-young’s (17) dream was to teach Korean literature. She was inspired to follow in the path of her own Korean literature teacher in high school. She was a talented artist but had to give up her dream of being an artist due to the costs involved. She was a bit […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Wedding Dress Designer: Meet Soojung

Name: Kang Soo-jung (강수정)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: Two sisters
 
Two days before the class trip, on April 14, Kang Soo-jung returned home from her part-time job, turned to her mother and said, “Mom, let’s go to the public baths.” Her mother replied, “In the middle of the night?!” and tried to refuse. However, her daughter led her by the hand and […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Model: Meet Soonbum

Name: Kwon Soon-bum (권순범)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 6)
Siblings: Two younger sisters
 
Kwon Soon-bum (17) had the same birthday as his mother. Every December 20, they had a joint birthday party. They would light up the candles and wish each other happy birthday. His mother would give Soon-bum pocket money and he would get her socks or something similar.
 
Soon-bum had […]

Had Dreams of Becoming an Animation Artist: Meet Sojung

Name: Kim So-jung (김소정)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: A younger brother
 
“I might not make it home Mom. But you know I love you right?” This is what Kim So-jung said during a phone call with her mother as the Sewol sank, at 9.46am on April 16. “What are you talking about?” her mother asked concernedly, but the call got disconnected. So-jung […]

Had Dreams of Becoming an English Teacher: Meet Jiyoon

Name: Kim Ji-yoon (김지윤)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: Two younger brothers
 
“Dream big and try your best. But if things don’t go as planned, you need to know how to accept it and move on.”
 
This is something Kim Ji-yoon’s (17) mother often said. Ji-yoon’s dream was to get accepted into the English Literature programme at Yonsei University and become […]

Had Dreams of Becoming an Accountant: Meet Yoonhee

Name: Jin Yoon-hee (진윤희)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 9)
Siblings: A sister
 
Jin Yoon-hee (17) was calm and warm-hearted. She rarely caused worry to her working parents. Yoon-hee was always responsible and wanted to become an auditor or accountant.
 
She never pestered her parents for clothes or shoes. She always wore the same old pair of sneakers. Eventually her father bought her […]

A way to her heart was through food: Meet Yunmin

Name: Choi Yun-min (최윤민)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 3)
Siblings: Two older sisters
 
Choi Yun-min (17) liked galbi. She would eat her galbi on top of rice. Whenever her parents took their three daughters out for galbi, Yun-min’s mother would order an extra bowl of rice for her. Recently, her parents took their two daughters out for galbi, but no one to face ordering […]

Had Dreams of Becoming an Entrepeneur: Meet Mingyu

Name: Kim Minkyu (김민규)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 6)
 
“Mom, what’s your dream?”
 
One day, Min-gyu asked his mother out of the blue. “I want to build a house in the country and have barbeques when you come visit me,” his mother replied jokingly. “After I turn 50, I will make lots of money and promise to buy you that house in the […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Kindergarten Teacher: Meet Sojin

Name: Lee So-jin (이소진)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 10)
 
Lee So-jin (17) wanted to become a kindergarten teacher. She realised this while looking after her five-year-old brother. She helped her working parents by taking her brother to preschool every morning, hand-in-hand. After school, she would cook dinner and snacks for him. She would teach him too.
 
Her brother looked up to So-jin and […]

Had Dreams of Becoming an Advertising Designer: Meet Jiyoon

Name: Park Ji-yoon (박지윤)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 3)
 
“Grandmother, I might die.”
 
As the Sewol tilted and gradually started to sink, around 9am on April 16, Park Ji-yoon (17) used her friend’s cell phone to speak to her maternal grandmother. This was the last record of Ji-yoon’s voice. An hour later, she sent a short message, reading , ‘L,’ to her grandmother […]

Had Dreams of Becoming an Aid Worker: Meet Sukyoung

Name: Kim Suk-young (김수경)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 3)
Siblings: Two brothers
 
Kim Suk-young (17) gave her mother “good daughter coupons” every birthday and wedding anniversary. They were for a variety of tasks including back massages and cleaning. They were priceless coupons that were only given to her mother. Her mother even received birthday text messages from Suk-young’s friends. She later found out that […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a History Teacher: Meet Junghyun

Name: Kim Jung-hyun (김정현)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 4)
 
Kim Jung-hyun (17) wanted to be a soccer player until middle school. He knew the names of all the national players and even memorised the names of most overseas players. However, he became interested in studying after starting high school. His teachers told his mother, “We’ve taught a lot of students over the years but have […]

Had Dreams of Becoming an Automotive Engineer: Meet Joohyun

Name: An Joo-hyun (안주현)
Age: 18
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 8)
 
An Joo-hyun (18) was very skilled at using his hands. Whenever he got his hands on a model car, it looked ready to hit the road in no time at all. His dream was to attend the Automotive Engineering programme at Hanyang University. Although he has now left on an eternal school trip, his mother tearfully […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Novelist: Meet Dabin

Name: Jung Da-bin (정다빈)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 9)
Siblings: An older sister
 
Jung Da-bin’s (17) childhood dream was to become a novelist. Her parents bought her lots of books, so she naturally came to love them. Her friends gave her the nickname ‘book-worm.’ She especially liked to read fantasy novels.
 
After entering high school, she also wanted to become a baker. […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Zoo-Keeper: Meet Jaewook

Name: Lee Jae-wook (이재욱)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 8)
Siblings: An older sister
 
Lee Jae-wook (17) had many dreams and things he wanted to do. He loved animals and nature and sometimes dreamt of becoming a zoo-keeper but he also wanted to become a courageous fireman. He had recently wanted to become a landscape architect and play a part in creating a beautiful environment.

Had Dreams of Becoming a Teacher: Meet Doon

Name: Kim Do-on (김도언)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 3)
 
Kim Do-on (17) got along well with her teachers from a young age, and would always go to them when she had problems. She always smiled when she saw her teachers and would greet them with a 90 degree bow. She dream was to become a caring teacher.
 
Not only was she studious, but […]

The Darling of Her Family: Meet Jihyun

Name: Nam Ji-hyun (남지현)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: Three older sisters
 
Nam Ji-hyun (17) was the youngest of three sisters and as such, was the darling of the family. When she got home from school, she would sit her mother down and would tell her all about the day.
 
On April 16, the day of the Sewol Disaster, Ji-hyun’s father […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Dancer: Meet Kyungju

Name: Lee Kyung-ju (이경주)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 10)
Siblings: A younger brother
 
Lee Kyung-ju (17) loved to dance. She belonged to the dance club from her first year of high school. Her dream was to be a member of a dance troupe that worked with famous musicians.
 
She grew up to have frequent minor arguments with her mother. This was because […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Perfumier: Meet Saehee

Name: Lim Sae-hee (임세희)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 9)
 
Lim Sae-hee (17) was very interested in make-up and beauty. She dyed her father’s hair when he started to go grey and administered facials for him. Sae-hee’s dream was to create fragrances for cosmetics – to become a perfumier.
 
Sae-hee studied hard. She would finish her classes and return home after midnight. She also […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Police Officer: Meet Jisuk

Name: Bae Ji-suk (백지숙)
Age: 16
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 3)
Siblings: A younger brother
 
Bae Ji-suk’s (16) dream was to join the police. On her career planning card, she wrote that she wanted to join the police because, “I want to help others.” She thought that the police helped those in need, caught the bad guys and generally did good work.
 
Ji-suk would […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Zoologist: Meet Jaegang

Name: Heo Jae-gang (허재강)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 7)
Siblings: A younger sister
 
Heo Jae-gang’s (17) dream was to be a zoologist. He kept insects as pets when he was in elementary school, and once when he went along for a trip to tidy up his relatives graves, he disappeared for awhile and came back with a baby snake that he had caught, […]

Someone You Could Depend On: Meet Jina

Name: Song Jina (송지나)
Age: 16
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
 
Song Jina (16) would always accompany her working mother to the grocery store and would play badminton with her in the park near their house. She knew that her mother had health problems, and when her mother looked tired, she would pat her on the back and give her a hug. Her mother recalls that at […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Sign Language Interpreter: Meet Suhwoo

Name: Cho Suh-woo (조서우)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: A younger brother
 
Cho Suh-woo (17) was a frail and introverted girl. When her five-year old brother jokingly hit her and ran away, she would burst into tears. Due to private circumstances, she had to live separated from her father for over four years, and five months prior to the class trip, Suh-woo started […]

Had Dreams of Becoming of a Nurse: Meet Choae

Name: Kim Cho-ae (김초예)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 9)
Siblings: Two younger sisters
 
Kim Cho-ae (17) was like a mother to her two younger sisters. Both her parents were busy with work, so she would prepare every meal and snack for her sisters and also helped them with their schoolwork. To her mother she was like a friend. They went grocery shopping together and […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Barista: Meet Junmin

Name: Park Jun-min (박준민)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 5)
Siblings: A younger sister
 
Park Jun-min’s (17) dream was to become a barista. He discovered this dream last summer, while eating shaved ice with his mother at a café. He started going to barista classes in September of that year, and by January he had earned a third level barista certificate. He bought a espresso […]

Had Dreams of Becoming A Musical Therapist: Meet Onyu

Name: Yang On-yu (양온유)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: Four younger siblings
 
Yang On-yu (17) managed to just reach the deck as the Sewol was tilting. She would soon have been rescued along with the other students who made it to the deck. However, On-yu said that she had to save her friends and went back inside the ship. She returned to her mother […]

A Young Hero of Sewol: Meet Chaoong

Name: Jung Cha-oong (정차웅)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 4)
Siblings: An older brother
 
“The young hero of Sewol” Jung Cha-oong
 
Jung Cha-oong (17) was found on the day of the Sewol Disaster, April 16 at 10.25 am by the fishing boat Junnamdo 205 close to where the Sewol had sunk. Cha-oong was not wearing a life jacket. This was because he gave […]

Had Dreams of Protecting People: Meet Dukhwa

Name: Chae Duk-hwa (최덕하)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 6)
 
“Save us. The boat is tilting.”
 
On April 16 at 0852 am an urgent call came to the Jun-nam Fire Department. The caller wasn’t a member of the Sewol crew, or even an adult passenger. It was Chae Duk-hwa (17) of Danwon High School. Even in the midst of the chaos that was going […]

Not One to Follow the Trends: Meet Hyunwoo

Name: Jeon Hyun-woo (전현우)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 8)
Siblings: A younger sister
 
‘A kid who didn’t care about trends, a caring older brother, a son that acted like an adult…’ These are the recollection of Jeon Hyun-woo’s (17) mother.
 
Hyun-woo was well known throughout the neighbourhood for taking good care of his sister who was in her second year of middle […]

Had a Passion for the Game Soccer: Meet Hyuk

Name: Kang Hyuk (강혁)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 4)
Siblings: An older sister
 
Kang Hyuk (17) loved soccer. Before leaving on the class trip last April, he was looking forward to the start of the Brazil World Cup more than anyone else. His dad had promised him, ”During the World Cup, it’s okay if you’re a bit late to school, you are allowed to […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Priest: Meet Sungho

Name: Park Sung-ho (박성호)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 5)
Siblings: A younger brother
 
“Mom, I am going to definitely become a priest.”
 
Park Sung-ho (17) was unable to keep his promise. His fervent wish to ‘become a priest’ sank to the bottom of the sea along with the Sewol. ‘Peaceful child’ was a nickname which always followed Sung-ho around, he lived at […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Japanese Teacher: Meet Hyunjung

Name: Kim Hyun-jung (김현정)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 1)
Siblings: An older sister
 
Sometimes she argued with her mother. During those times she would message her friends and would complain and express her frustration. However, in less than 10 minutes, she was a back to her sweet self. Kim Hyun-jung (17) was that sort of daughter. However, her mother can no longer have arguments […]

Always Showed His Affection: Meet Junyoung

Name: Oh Jun-young (오준영)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 5)
Siblings: A younger sister
 
Oh Jun-young (17) attended evening study group until 10pm every day, afterwards he would run to the bus station outside the Ansan Tax Office. This was so that he could go home together with his mother who worked near the offices. Every night at 10.20pm Jun-young and his mother would […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Video Journalist: Meet Su-jung

Name: Kim Su-jung (김수정)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: An older sister
 
Su-jung’s father received a phone call. “Hello?” this was all that he could manage before becoming choked up with tears and passing the phone to his wife. “Our daughter Su-jung was found on April 20…” Her mother left the sentence incomplete. Holding back tears she passed the phone to Su-jung’s older […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Music Composer: Meet Seung-muk

Name: Kang Seung-muk (강승묵)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 4)
Siblings: A younger sister
 
Kang Seung-muk’s (17) short life was music itself. Awake or asleep, he was always listening to music.
He played a number of instruments and composed and arranged music too. His dream was to
attend Seoul Institute of the Arts, which was near his house, and study composition and become a
composer. Seung-muk showed […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Nurse: Meet Hae-in

Name: Koh Hae-in (고해인)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 1)
Siblings: None
 
Whenever her mother was having a hard time, Koh Hae-in (17) would go to her and give her a tight hug. And when she was struggling, she would ask her mother for the same. Hae-in and her mother were always like this, comforting each other and being comforted. Having lost such a […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Doctor: Meet Dayoung

Name: Kim Dayoung (김다영)
Age: 16
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 10)
Siblings: 2 older brothers
 
On weekends, the family would gather at home and talk together. Like always, father would have a few beers and start telling stories that he had already told. Mother would say, “You’re repeating stories again,” while waving her hand. However, their youngest daughter Da-young would listen enthusiastically until her father […]

A Warm and Considerate Teacher: Meet Ms. Yoo Nina

Name: Yoo Nina (유니나)
Age: 28
Occupation: 2nd Grade Class 1 Teacher at Danwon High School
 
Sometimes like a friend, sometimes a sister. They were warm and considerate teachers. These are how students remember Year 2 Class 9 teacher Choe Hae-jung (24, English) and Year 2 Class 1 teacher Yoo Ni-na (28 Japanese) from Danwon High School, who lost their lives while saving their students.
 
Ms Yoo […]

Had Dreams of Becoming A Teacher: Meet Hyesun

Name: Park Hyesun (박혜선)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: Older sister
 
“Mom, the ship is shaking, they’re telling us to put on life jackets and wait…”
 
On April 16 0903hrs, Park Hye-sun (17) called her mother as the Sewol was starting to tilt. Her mother told her to, “hold your friend’s hand and stay close to your teacher.” She worried […]

Had Dreams of Designing Cars: Meet Hwebum

Name: Jang Hwebum (정휘범)
Age: 18
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: Younger brother
 
Jang Hwe-bum’s (18) dream was to design cars. He had a reserved and introverted personality and was well known for being a polite student. Hwe-bum always slept in the same room as his mother who snored badly because of laryngitis. He had an exceptional talent for art and in addition […]

Like A Friend and Sister: Meet Ms. Choe Haejung

Name: Choe Haejung (최혜정)
Age: 24
Occupation: 2nd Grade Class 9 Teacher at Danwon High School
 
Sometimes like a friend, sometimes a sister. They were warm and considerate teachers. These are how students remember Year 2 Class 9 teacher Choe Hae-jung (24, English) and Year 2 Class 1 teacher Yoo Ni-na (28 Japanese) from Danwon High School, who lost their lives while saving their students.
 
Ms Choe […]

Had Dreams of Becoming an Officer in the Army: Meet Jooee

Name: Jaung Jooee (장주이)
Age: 18
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 3)
Siblings: Older brother
 
Joo-ee was especially active and occasionally her mother would tease her and say she was like a mischievous boy, “If only you could swap personalities with your more placid older brother.” Once in a while she and her older brother of two years would have a disagreement, but this wouldn’t last […]

Had Dreams of Working for NASA: Meet Youngman

Name: Lee, Youngman (이영만)
Age: 16
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: Older brother
 
“He had obstacles to overcome ever since he was born, I can’t believe that he left us so tragically too…”
 
The mother of Lee Young-man of Danwon High School 2nd year, Class 6 (16) cried as she spoke. Her second son came into the world with with a […]

Had Dreams of Becoming A Foreign Aid Worker: Meet Hayoung

Name: Jeon Ha-young (전하영)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: Younger sibling
 
Ansan Danwon High School, 2nd grade, Class No.2, Jeon Ha-young developed a new ambition after reading We Let them Starve by a Sociologist, Jean Ziegler. She decided to work for international organizations like UNICEF or UN and wanted to share neighbors’ agony and hope around the world who are more […]

A Son who Showed His Love: Meet Donghyuk

Name: Kim Donghyuk (김동혁)
Age: 18
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 4)
Siblings: Younger sister
 
Ansan Dawon High School, 2nd grade, Class No. 4, Kim, Dong-Hyuk(17) got a stepmom two years ago. Dong-Hyuk, who has been living with dad and his younger sister, always missed a mother’s love. Within a month, he started to call her Mom with kissing and hugging. People said that he really […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Museum Curator: Meet Jia

Name: Chung Jia (정지아)
Age: 18
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: None
 
Ji-a was an only daughter and she was particularly close to her mother. They would always walk together, arm-in-arm. Sometimes her mother would complain in a childish way to her ‘friend like’ daughter, Ji-a was a thoughtful and considerate girl who would listen to her mother’s worries and comfort her.
 

Had Dreams of Becoming a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter: Meet Hongrae

Name: Park Hongrae (박홍래)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 5)
Siblings: Older brother
 
“Today I wasn’t Seo Doo-won, but Park Hong-rae.” This is what mixed martial arts fighter Seo Doo-won (33) said on the afternoon of May 31 at Chi-Ak Gymnasium in Wonju, Gangwon after knocking out his opposition 15 seconds into the match. In the audience, Park Hong-rae’s (17) parents and older brother […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Dentist: Meet Jihye

Name: Kwon Jihye (권지혜)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 10)
Siblings: Older sister
 
Kwon Ji-hye (17) would always remember her parents’ wedding anniversary (April 16). Last year, she bought home a cake and a gift to help them celebrate. Even on April 15, as she left for her class trip, she promised her mother, “I will definitely call you on the morning of your […]

Had Dreams of Studying Music at University: Meet Jiin

Name: Kim Jiin (김지인)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 3)
Siblings: None
 
“Mom, where did you put the toiletries?” On April 15 at 2300hrs Kim Ji-in (17) called her mother’s cell phone. This was the last time she heard her voice. At 0852hrs the next day, her mother sent a text message to her, “Whereabouts are you?” but she never received a reply. This […]

Always Willing to Help Others: Meet Sukyung

Name: Kim Sukyung (김수경)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 1)
Siblings: Older brother and older sister
 
Kim Su-kyung (17) was known to her friends as ‘okay girl.’ This was because she would say okay to any favours and had such a kind personality. If her friends got into a fight, Su-kyung would take the lead in helping them to reconcile. She was also […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Singer: Meet Yeeun

Name: Yoon Ye-eun (유예은)
Age: 18
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 3)
Siblings: Sister and younger sibling
 
“She was shy and reserved but when she got up on stage, she was an 18 year old girl who was filled with passion,” this is how Yoon Ye-eun (Dan Won High School, second year, Class 3) is remembered by her mother.
 
When she told […]

Had Dreams of Helping to Heal Others: Meet Haehwa

Name: Kim Haehwa (김해화)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 9)
Siblings: Younger sister
 
“She was a smart girl who had leadership abilities and worked hard at everything she did. She aspired to become ‘a beautiful and kind traditional medicine practitioner,’ and studied Chinese from middle school to help achieve this dream.” This is how her mother described Ha-hwa, who lost her life to the […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Family Man: Meet Kwonwoo

Name: Kim Kwonwoo (김건우)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 4)
Siblings: Older sister
 
Kim Kwon-woo’s (17) 3 year old nephew has been looking out the window and waiting for his uncle for more than 3 months now. His uncle would give him hugs, take photos with him and play with him whenever he could. Since he left for the class trip and never returned, […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Music Teacher: Meet Siyeon

Name: Kim Siyeon (김시연)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 3)
Siblings: None
 
Si-yeon’s (17) nickname was ‘kkwe-bak.’ That was the name she gave a soft toy seal that her mother bought her when she was younger, and the name became hers because she would take the seal with her wherever she went. Si-yeon’s dream was to become a music teacher. She could listen to […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Chef: Meet Sujin

Name: Kim Sujin (김수진)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 1)
Siblings: Two older sisters
 
When Su-jin Kim (17) was born, she was small and fragile. Her father Jong-ki Kim (49) used to always be worried about her. Then one day she started to grow taller and taller. It gave her father much joy to see his youngest daughter grow up to be in good […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Baseball Player: Meet Hoyun

Name: Kim Ho-yun (김호연)
Age: 18
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 4)
Siblings: Older brother
 
Kim Ho-yun (18) was president of his class at Danwon High School. His older brother Ho-jun (20) recently spent a week in Jeju Island together with Ho-yun’s funeral photo. He wanted to complete the class trip that his brother wasn’t able to make. He said that following the trip’s itinerary while […]

Up on the Stage in Heaven: Meet Yejin

Name: Chung, Yejin (정예진)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 3)
Siblings: Younger brother
 
Yejin was an outgoing student who felt alive whenever she was up on a stage and she had always dreamt of becoming a TV superstar. For that reason, she was working hard in acting class until midnight the night before her field trip to Jeju in April. She particularly loved musicals, […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Graphic Designer: Meet Jooah

Name: Kim, Jooah (김주아)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 1)
Siblings: Older sister
 
While getting ready for the class trip, Joo-ah came home with a huge bag of snack foods. When her mother asked, “Why did you buy so much?” She didn’t say anything but only smiled.
 
On the morning of April 15 when Joo-Ah had left for the trip, her mother picked […]

Had Dreams of Becoming a Taekwondo Master: Meet Kyungbin

Name: Lim, Kyungbin (임경빈)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 4)
Siblings: Younger sister
 
“Okay, then I’ll quit taekwondo for a bit so I can study more.” This is what Kyungbin said to his mother as a middle school student when she was concerned about his grades suffering. Although he loved sports he decided to allay his mother’s concerns and focus on studying. Kyungbin, […]

Had Dreams of Sharing Her Riches: Meet Joohee

Name: Park, Joohee (박주희)
Age: 17
Occupation: Junior at Danwon High School (Class 2)
Siblings: Older sister and younger brother
 
Joohee talked all the time about becoming rich and distributing her wealth to everyone. As a pastor’s daughter she was both sincere and frugal. She not only studied hard but she thought carefully about all her actions. She was very responsible for her age not giving any reason […]