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The War Memorial of Korea is good for
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Why The War Memorial of Korea is special ?
War Memorial of Korea is located in Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It opened in 1994 on the former site of the army headquarters to exhibit and memorialize the military history of Korea. The memorial building has six indoor exhibition rooms and an outdoor exhibition centre displaying over 13,000 war memorabilia and military equipment.
The Korean peninsula has seen many wars among and within its states as well as intrusions from neighboring powers. Over the centuries, the southern states slowly seized territory from the neighbouring states and peoples such as the Jurchen, driving the border north and consolidating the peninsula under a single state, suffering several invasions that its allies helped to overcome. The War Memorial was built to commemorate actors and victims in the wars which led to the modern nation state. The museum also has the purpose of educating future generations by collecting, preserving, and exhibiting various historical relics and records related to the many wars fought in the country from a South Korean perspective.
What to explore at The War Memorial of Korea?
This huge museum documents the history of warfare in Korea and has an especially good section on the Korean War (1950–53).
On the 1st floor are paintings and panoramic displays illustrating many fierce battles fought against invading Mongol, Japanese and Chinese armies. Many items are only vaguely dated, but there is a replica of one of Admiral Sun-sin’s famous iron-clad turtle warships (called geobukseon ), which he used to defeat the Japanese navy in the 1590s.
Upstairs, visitors can view heaps of black-and-white documentary footage (with English commentary) of the main battles and events of the Korean War. Along with photos, maps and artefacts, the films give a fascinating insight into what the war was like: the surprise 4am attack from the North, the build-up of UN forces in Busan, the daring amphibious landing at Incheon, the sweep north followed by the surprise Chinese attack – all of which took place in 1950.
On the left of the museum entrance are the names of UN soldiers killed during the war.
On the 3rd floor the Combat Experience Room is just that, and lasts five minutes (every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 4.30pm). Other displays cover Korea’s involvement in the Vietnam War, North Korean attacks on the South since 1953, and Korea’s UN peacekeeping roles.
Children love playing on the large military hardware outside – tanks, helicopters, missiles and planes, including a B52 bomber.
Every Friday at 2pm from April to June and in October and November a military band performs, and a marching parade culminates in an awesome display of military precision and weapon twirling by the honour guard.
How to get to The War Memorial of Korea?
Samgakji Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1, 11 or 12.
Namyeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 1.
Take Bus 110A, 110B, 740, or 421 and get off at The War Memorial of Korea Bus Stop.
Take Bus 421, 149, 150, 151, 152, 500, 501, 504, 605, 750B, 751, 752, 502, 506, 507, or 750A and get off Samgakji Station Bus Stop.
Take Airport Bus 6001 to Samgakji Station.
- Excellent museum and memorial
- Impressive in scale and perspective
- A historical gem
- Interesting to see the Korean beliefs on their wars
- Great insights into Korean War
29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Tips for you
Great museum to go if u r around. Free of charge u will only be asked to give a donation. The outdoor museums is filled with tanks n planes ... There r also short films to watch along the tour.
The war Memorial of Korea displays all that had happened in the war between North and South Korea.. The way North Korea had started planning for the attack 10 years before the actual war had taken place.. It has safely kept the artillery and ammunition used during the war.. It also has the letters written by the soldiers to their families and so on which actually made tears well up in my eyes.. It has 3D movie theater which shows interesting war snippets.. It has a different section in which all the help that the UN had provided South Korea is shown including videos about it.. Relationship between a soldier husband and his wife and many such heart touching stories can be found here.. Its just great.. Those who are interested in historic events should definitely visit it and others also should visit so that the Korean struggle is known by the world. Since I'm an Indian the memorial brought back my memories of the war that took place between India and China and between India and Pakistan.. But now these three nations are at peace..