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Celebration of the School of International Service Korean Garden

Cherry Blossoms

The Governments of the Republic of Korea and Jeju Island have donated two pairs of dol-harubang statues to American University. The original dol-harubang, or grandfather statues, were carved from lava rock in 1750 and placed outside the fortresses of Jeju Island. Today, these guardians of the island are its symbol. The Korea Forest Research Institute has donated Korean plants including cherry trees from Jeju Island identical to those planted on the AU campus in 1943 by Korea's first democratically elected President Syngman Rhee. These gifts will be received by the university in a special ceremony marking another milestone in the long history of friendship between the peoples of the Republic of Korea and the United States, in which American University has played a role for almost a full century.

The ceremony will take place on Monday, April 25, 11:00AM, under the Syngman Rhee Cherry Trees. Please RSVP by Friday, April 15, to or 202-885-1603.