Lotte Group marks centenary of founder's birth

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Lotte Group marks centenary of founder's birth

Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin, fifth from left, and Shin Young-ja, former chairman of the Lotte Scholarship Foundation, fifth from right, stand in front of the group founder Shin Kyuk-ho’s bust at Lotte World Tower in Songpa District, southern Seoul, on Monday. [LOTTE CORPORATION]

Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin, fifth from left, and Shin Young-ja, former chairman of the Lotte Scholarship Foundation, fifth from right, stand in front of the group founder Shin Kyuk-ho’s bust at Lotte World Tower in Songpa District, southern Seoul, on Monday. [LOTTE CORPORATION]

 
Lotte Group started celebrating the 100th anniversary of founder Shin Kyuk-ho’s birth on Monday.
 
Lotte Corporation said it was celebrating Shin’s birth with an installation of a bust and the opening of a memorial hall in Lotte World Tower in Songpa District, southern Seoul, on Monday. A concert designed to “celebrate Shin’s spirit of challenge and passion” is scheduled for Nov. 3 at Lotte World Mall.  
 
Nov. 3 is the 100th anniversary of Shin’s birth.
 
The opening of the memorial hall Monday was attended by group chairman Shin Dong-bin, Shin Young-ja, a former chairman of the Lotte Scholarship Foundation, and Song Yong-dok, a co-CEO of Lotte Corporation.  
 
The hall, a 680 square meter (7,300 square feet) space, is filled with Shin’s personal possessions, including reading glasses, books and movie tapes. A video celebrating Shin's founding of Lotte is also available.  
 
Shin’s bust is installed on the first floor of Lotte World Tower. 
 
“Honorary Chairman Shin Kyuk-ho tried to make a company that is helpful to society and our neighbors based on a firm belief that Korea should become strong and its people should live well,” said Lotte Group Chairman Shin in a statement. “Let’s make Lotte’s future with our will and the honorary chairman’s spirit in mind.”
 
A book on Shin Kyuk-ho’s life will be published on Nov. 3.  
 
 

BY JIN MIN-JI [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]
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