As the exchanges between Korean society and activists around the world working on the issues of democracy, peace and human rights deepen, many groups are visiting Korea. These visits are occasioned by diverse reasons, such as international conference participation, education and training program participation, and achievement award reception; and as such, there is a growing demand on the part of the visitors to attain a deeper understanding of Korean society that goes beyond merely visiting the country. Through the KDF visit program, we are making an effort to help guests from abroad who are on a short trip to Korea to learn and understand the course of Korea's democratization.
Through the program of approximately two hours, the visitors can meet and consider, however briefly, Korea's past, present and future.
- The general visitor program run by KDF starts with a documentary video in English on the history of democratization movement in Korea. In visually encountering the unfolding and the major events of the history of Korean democratization movement since the 1945 liberation through a documentary produced from recorded images and films of the times, the visitors will attain a more vivid and effective understanding of the Korean democratization movement than from just an oral presentation.
- After gaining understanding of the historical events from the documentary, the visitors tour the KDF archive where various historical records and materials related to the democratization movement are kept. Prized by KDF, the archive holds a total of around 800,000 historical materials including documents, objects, books, photos, films, and oral records. Some of these are made accessible both online and offline. The visitors are presented with a description of the overall process of collecting, classifying, registering, safekeeping and accessing historical materials at the department where the archival work is performed. They then visit the library and have an opportunity to directly see and experience the historical materials preservation system and the primary historical materials.
- The visitors, after attaining some understanding of the Koran democratization movement from watching the documentary and seeing the archive, meet with the KDF executives and staff to share views, ask questions or discuss matters of interest. During this meeting time, we introduce any major projects currently being undertaken by KDF and consider together the possible areas of continuous exchange and cooperation with the visitors.