My first expectations of the new War Museum were that it would be focused on the 1950-53 Korean War. Well, it was much more than that. It covers the entire history of warfare on the Korean peninsula. Among the highlights are the replica of the "Turtle ship" -- the first iron clad vessel used in warfare -- that helped Admiral Yi defeat the Japanese invading fleet in the late 16th century. For those more interested in recent military hardware, the outdoor portion of the museum has actual tanks, missiles and airplanes from all the combattants in the Korean War, to include North Korea and the Soviet Union.
I'm not much of a war buff, but seriously, the War Museum is actually great! I've been to a few museums in Seoul which were very disapointing (little to no info about anything) but the War museum covers all Wars that Korea was ever involved in (which is pretty much their whole history). It gives a good insight and also has a life size replica of what Korea was like after the war that you can walk through as well as a turtle War ship.
This memorial was officially open on June 10, 1994. It's to remembrance and to honor those who fight in the war. It is a huge place and you need to spend at least 3 hours to see it. There are four aboveground floors and two underground floors in the main building.
This is one of the best war museums that I have been to anywhere. The War Memorial was built on the site of the Korean Army Headquarters in June 1994. Outside of the building is an impressive arsenal of planes, tanks, missles, artillery, as well as an old stone monolith. The memorial building is huge. The exhibits, occupying approximately 198,000 square meters of the six floors include the Commemoration Hall, War History Hall, Korean War Hall, Foreign War Hall, and Army History Hall. At the center of the front plaza stands a sculpture of two brothers, the older brother, a South Korean soldier and the younger one a soldier from the North, symbols of the pain and suffering of a divided Korea.
I found this museum provided good insights into some aspects of Korean mentality. For instance the slogan, "Freedom isn't free," was a theme found inside and outside the museum. Now I know that this is not unique to Korea and is likely borrowed from the Americans. However, South Korea has the greatest direct threat of any "free" nation in the world and has so for the last 50 years.
Another interesting exhibit was the temporary one that tried to explain that the proper name of the body of water between Korea and Japan should be called the "East Sea" and not the "Sea of Japan." Being a westerner I could care less about what it is called. However, it does show the continuing resentment that Koreans have towards Japan from the days of colonization.
Informative multimedia museum around the corner from Iteawon. I think we paid under $4 each for admission, which is not bad for all you can see. The entire first floor is dedicated to the Korean War. It takes you from the birth of communism in N. Korea right through to present day. The bottom floor is for all past wars/battles, military armor and weapons.
Outside is stocked with planes, tanks and cars used in the wars.
In the centre of the War Memorial, the museum has internal and external exhibits following Korean military history from the stone age, through the Three Kingdoms period, the Japanese invasions, the Korean War of the 1950s, to South Korea's modern military capability, including some seemingly-authentic historial documents such as the Japanese surrender document at the end of WWII, the original constitution of Korea, and the 1950s Armistice declaration with the North.
Located near Itaewon, on the western edge of the US Army's Yongsun Base, this impressive edifice remembers the dead from both Korea and the 16 nations who sent troops to fight against the North during the 1950s Korean War.
See my War Memorial travelogue for more photos and information.
I'm not a military buff, not fascinated by war and modern weaponry by any stretch of the imagination, but one can't help but notice the enormity and impressiveness of the war museum what with all the tanks and a historic B-52 parked outside. The entrance to the building has stairs wide enough to drive a tank up right up them and inside. Inside the museum there is a great deal of history to be learned, spanning from the time of the Three Kingdoms through the Korean war.
Also the statue of The Two Brothers, see photo which represents two separated brothers, (one from North Korea and the other from the South) who met on the battlefield during the Korean war... a present day reminder that more than 10 million Korean families remain separated since the Korean War.
Seoul is a very modern city that has seen much devastation from the past wars, including the Korean War and WWII. If you are interested in the various wars throughout the history of Korea, there is no better place then the War Memorial in Seoul. It is an interactive museum offering you the chance to learn about the many wars in Korea, walk inside various military vehicles and machines, and more importantly to fully understand the devastations these wars have brought to the people. It's a bit of a sorrow place, but I truly enjoyed it nonetheless.
This museum/memorial is one of the largest museums I've ever been in. Not only is the interior filled with countless rooms to explore, the surounding grounds have a great static display of many tanks, airplanes, missile lauchers and the like.
You could easily spend an entire day here.
a detailed museum dedicated to wars that have taken place in Korea, or Koreans have been involved in. From the Three Kingdoms period to modern day wars.. It's very interesting and there are some really interested displays but I was not impressed with the lack of english information.
War Memorial is a museum dealing with wars and battles of the Korean history. It has an open-air part where there are several airplanes, tanks, rockets, etc.
The museum has a lot of rooms so it may take even a whole day to visit that! Perhaps old Korean history does not say too much for foreigners, but exhibition on modern age wars like that of Korea or Vietnam makes the visit very interesting.
Currently there is also a special exhibition on the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, but it will end up in late December.
For me, War Memorial was the top thing-to-see in Seoul.
The War Memorial of Korea illustrates the turbulent times of Korea throughout its 5,000 years of history. Six exhibition rooms display 13,000 items under different themes. Visitors will experience the spirit of national defense of Koreans in the Combat Experience Room, which was designed with advice from war experts.
The Combat Experience Room provides a special opportunity for visitors to vividly experience life and death situations in night combat which soldiers went through during the Korean War. The special audiovisual effects, lighting, vibration, and even gunpowder odor make visitors feel as if they are right on the battlefield.
I found this to be particularly interesting, although some parts of the museum had only Korean language descriptions. I found the exhibits on the 1950-53 war to be of particular interest.