Sancheong–Hamyang massacre

The Sancheong and Hamyang massacre (Korean: 산청・함양 양민학살 사건,[1][2] Hanja: 山清・咸陽良民虐殺事件) was a massacre conducted by a unit of the South Korean Army 11th Division during the Korean War. On 7 February 1951, 705 unarmed citizens in Sancheong and Hamyang, South Gyeongsang district of South Korea were killed. The victims were civilians and 85% of them were women, children and elderly people.[1][3][4] The 11th Division also conducted the Geochang massacre two days later. The division's commanding general was Choe Deok-sin.[5]

Sancheong and Hamyang massacre
South Gyeongsang, South Korea.
LocationSouth Korea
DateFebruary 7, 1951; 73 years ago (1951-02-07)
TargetCommunist sympathizer civilians
Attack type
PerpetratorsSouth-Korean forces

On 20 February 2006, the National Archives of Korea reported that files concerning the massacre had been found.[4]

On 7 November 2008, a memorial park for the victims was established in Sancheong.[3]

See also



  1. ^ a b c ‘산청·함양 양민학살’ 책 펴낸 강희근 교수. Hankyoreh (in Korean). 13 February 2005. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  2. ^ ‘산청·함양 양민학살 사건’ 학술심포지움 ‘거창사건특별법’과오 짚는다. 경남도민일보 (in Korean). 3 August 2004. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b ‘산청·함양 양민학살’ 책 펴낸 강희근 교수. newstoday21 (in Korean). 7 November 2008. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Records throw light on modern Korea's history Detailed archival documents found at government offices". JoongAng Daily. 21 February 2006. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  5. ^ 산청 시천면 양민학살, 어떤 사건인가? 아녀자, 어린이 대부분...알려진 산청 함양사건과는 별개 출처 : 산청 시천면 양민학살, 어떤 사건인가? – 오마이뉴스. Ohmynews (in Korean). 16 May 2000. Retrieved 18 July 2010.

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