IMPACT
04/25/2014 02:16 pm ET Updated Apr 28, 2014

Mourners Worldwide Create Powerfully Moving Memorials In Tribute To South Korean Ferry Victims

On April 16, a South Korean ferry capsized. Emergency responders worked to rescue the 475 passengers, but in the aftermath hundreds were reported missing. It wasn't until later that authorities had a better picture of the accident that took place in the waters off the southern coast of South Korea.

A week later, family members of those aboard and community members gathered to mourn the loss of the adults and children who were traveling on the South Korean ferry, dubbed "Sewol."

These are the memorials to honor the hundreds of passengers, deceased and still missing:

A tribute to the victims of the South Korean ferry accident was set up at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on Wednesday.

south korea ferry memorial

south korea ferry memorial

south korea ferry memorial

ferry memorial

There, mourners wrote tributes to the victims on Post-it notes.

south korea ferry memorial

south korea ferry memorial

They also hung ribbons.

south korea ferry memorial

Yellow ribbons were tied to fences along streams and rivers in South Korea.

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At a harbor on Jindo island, relatives of ferry passengers walked by the moving tribute.

south korea ferry memorial

Another makeshift memorial was also erected outside the main gate of Danwon High School, the institution some of the students on the ferry attended.

south korea ferry memorial

south korea ferry memorial

Outside the high school, community members left cookies, candy and school supplies as tributes to the victims.

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The tributes were not limited to South Korea. In Japan, a memorial was held at the Korean Residents Union in Tokyo.

south korea ferry memorial

In the U.S., Korean-American associations hosted their own memorials -- like this one in Chicago.

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Mourners in the Illinois city donned yellow ribbons.

south korea ferry memorial

Back in South Korea, a candlelight vigil for students on the ferry was held in central Ansan on Friday. Hundreds of people attended.

south korea ferry

south korea ferry

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