Dosan's Legacy Lives on in Korea and America

Dosan Memorial Park (도산 공원)

The Dosan Memorial Park (Korean: 도산공원) and Memorial Hall were built to honor Ahn's memory in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. 

 

Located in Sinsa-dong, Seoul, Dosan Park, a neighborhood park, was built in 1973 to pay tribute to Dosan Ahn Chang-ho’s patriotism. Dosan Ahn Chang-ho’s tomb was moved here from Manguri Public Cemetery as well as his wife, Lee Hyeryen, whose tomb was moved from Los Angeles. The tribute was extended by naming the boulevard from Cheongdam-dong to Nonhyeon-dong, as Dosan-daero. Visitors can find a bronze statue, monument with quotations, epitaph headstone and more within the park. Commemoration event is held on March 10th every year.

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Dosan Memorial Park

Dosan Ahn Changho Memorial Hall (도산 안창호 기념관)

Dosan Ahn Changho Memorial Hall (도산안창호 기념관) was established for the purpose of sharing the teaching and spirit of Ahn Changho. 

 

It opened in November 1998 to mark the 120th anniversary of the patriot’s birth and the 60th anniversary since he lost his life serving his country. On the first floor of the building is Dosan Hall, which is used as an exhibition hall, multimedia room and reference room. One floor below is Daeseong Hall, which houses the secretariat and Dosan ideology research association. The floor below that is Jeomjin Hall, which is used as an auditorium. The memorial hall holds collections such as Dosan’s personal belongings and related materials and also hosts experience-oriented programs for students of all ages to educate them on the dedication Dosan had for his country, his people and for humanity.

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Dosan Memorial was built in downtown Riverside, California, next to Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.  

The Ahn's Family House

The house was residence to the wife and five children of Ahn Chang Ho (1878-1938), Korean patriot, educator, social reformer and statesman. Ahn and his wife Helen, were the first Koreans to legally immigrate to America as a married couple. They arrived in San Francisco in 1902, moved to Riverside in 1903 and then to Los Angeles in 1914.

While his family remained in Los Angeles, Ahn relocated to Shanghai to serve as a minister in the newly formed Korean Provisional Government following the March 1, 1919 uprising. Mrs. Ahn and her children (Philip, Philson, Susan, Soorah and Ralph) lived in this house from 1937-1946. Their home served as a central gathering place for the early Korean American community (it is estimated that 80% of the community lived within a mile of USC). It was also here that the family learned of Ahn’s death in 1938 and Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945.

 

The Ahn House Today

 

The house was originally located southwest of campus when USC purchased and incorporated the structure during a period of campus expansion in the 1960s. It was moved to this location in 2004 to house the Korean Studies Institute and given historic status by the city of Los Angeles for its American Foursquare architectural style.

 

 

Ahn's family home on 36th Place in Los Angeles has been restored by the University of Southern California, on whose campus it sits (albeit in a different location).

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Ahn's Family House

Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Station

At the request of Congresswoman Diane Watson, the USPS Post Office in Koreatown at Harvard and 6th Street was named Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Station. This was the first USPS naming honoring an Asian historical figure.

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Ellis Island Foundation, International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, and More

In 2011, the Ellis Island Foundation installed a plaque honoring Dosan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his entrance to the United States through Ellis Island from London on September 3, 1911. He sailed from Glasgow on the SS Caledonia.

 

The City of Los Angeles, in the early 1990s, declared the nearby intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Van Buren Place - across from the Korean National Association and Korean Presbyterian church - to be named "Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Square" in his honor. In 2002, the main freeway interchange in downtown Los Angeles where the 10 Freeway and 110 Freeway meet was also renamed to Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Memorial Interchange.

 

The third pattern of ITF-style Taekwondo which is made up of 24 movements is called Do-San or Dosan in his honor. This is the pattern is required to advance from 7th Kup Yellow Belt with Green Tag to 6th Kup Green Belt.

 

In 2012, Ahn was posthumously inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia. 

 

November 8, 2013 Dosan was given an Honorary Diploma by his alma mater Yonsei University in recognition of his service as teaching assistant at Gusae Hakdang and for his work at Jejungwon and Severance Hospital. Dosan was also a good influence on many Yonsei and Severance Medical School alumni. 

Dosan Ahn Changho Post Office in Koreatown, Los Angeles
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International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site at Atlanta, Georgia