A QR-coded address pointer on the bio of the Korean hero-partisan of the 1920s was installed in Russian Khabarovsk

A QR-coded address pointer on the bio of the Korean hero-partisan (1920s) Kim Yu Chen tableted in Russian Khabarovsk. Photo: darib.ru.

KHABAROVSK, Feb 11, 2020, Pan Pacific Agency. Local NGO installed an address pointer with the QR code about the history of the Korean nationality hero Kim Yu Chen on the one of the buildings at the self-titled Street in city of Khabarovsk. This project named a “Voice of the Streets” is aimed at placing about 100 address pointers with QR codes in the two largest cities of the Khabarovsk Region (Russian Far East). Pointers’ links refer to a special site that tells a story of personalities and events in whose honor the streets are named, the press service of the Far Eastern agency for the development of internet security told Pan Pacific Agency.

Kim Yu Chen was born in 1904 in a family of Korean peasants in the Primorsky Region. During the civil war in the Russian Far East, he became the commander of a partisan group that fought on the side of the Soviet army. During the conflict on the Sino-Eastern Railway between the USSR and China in 1929, Kim Yu Chen was mortally wounded. One of the central streets of Khabarovsk was named in his honor in 1930. Residents of the city know almost nothing about this hero. For the people of Korea, the most famous Korean partisan is Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Korean People’s Democratic Republic in North Korea.

“The QR code on the address pointer refers to a site that tells about the street as it was called before, on a honor of what person it was named, what was interesting happened here. At the same time, we plan to cover not so much the well-known central streets, but streets with no less interesting stories, located in the sleeping and remote microdistricts of Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur,” the coordinator of the “Voice of the Streets” project Alexei Elash, a famous Russian journalist, said.

Some texts in Russian and photos about a dozen streets are already available on the project’s, and audio podcasts and video would be available soon. All of them will be translated into English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese later. All useful for foreign tourists info may be accessed both through a browser directly, and by scanning QR codes on address pointer.

Russian version of this article is available here.

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