Korean War Memorial, Seoul

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    Korean War Memorial * * * *

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The large museum and monument of the Korean War Memorial (전쟁기념관) are dedicated to those who died in defense of democracy during the 1950-1953 Korean War. There are hundreds of aircraft, vehicles, and guns used by both North and South Korea during and since the War. Inside the museum are exhibits with some 13,000 items covering the history of war in Korea. The large wings of the museum house tablets that list the names of 300,000 allied dead from all 22 nations that participated in the Korean War as part of the United Nations Command.

    The facility was completed in December 1993 and opened in June 1994, as the largest war monument in the world.

    Also outside are numerous statues and works of art such as the Statue of Brothers symbolizing the divide between the north and the south

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    The War Memorial Of Korea

    by kdoc13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The main exhibition hall of the War Memorial

    To borrow a line from the movie "Hot Shots 2" War, it's fan-tastic! Actually, it isn't. But the war stuff can be cool to view. The War memorial of Korea is a museum with all kinds of war toys to look at. Everything from Korean Turtle boats which sank the Japanese Navy under Admiral Yi back in the 1500's to the Korean war and expeditionary missions of today.

    There are a lot of exhibits which show you just how brutal and ugly the Korean war got, and probably why it should never happen again. Surprisingly though, the museum is not openly anti-North Korean. It has a neutrality to it that is unexpected.

    It is walking distance from the evil that is Itaewon, and easily accessable from the subways.

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    War...What is it Good For? Learning

    by olddude Updated Oct 6, 2007

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    Located immediately next to (and I guess appropriately) to Yongsan Army Garrison is the Korean War Memorial. If you are intereted in military museums and war memrobilia, this is a must see site in Seoul. According to it's press, it is the largest museum of it's type in the world. This place rivals the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Being somewhat of a history buff myself, I found this place quite impressive with it's very detailed coverage, displays and diaramas or Korea's War history. Don't expect to just see things on the actual Korean War, but there are exhibits Korea's military develop from before the Chosen Dynasty to Korea's involvement in the Vietnam War. There is also an excellent gift shop. Entrance fee is 3000 won normally, but if you are 65 or older or disabled entrance is free.

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  • Korean War Memorial - A Treat for History Buffs

    by opalzebra3 Written Apr 18, 2008

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    The Korean War Memorial is a great treat for history buffs. I visited the place in March 2008 and spent most of the morning there. Aside from the military/war/history stuff which fills up all 3 floors of the memorial (basement pre-Korean War, 1st floor Korean War and 2nd Floor Korean Armed Forces) and the static display on the east grounds of the complex (armor, artillery, tanks, APCs, aircraft, missiles etc.), there is a poignant statue on the main entrance where a South Korean soldier meets and embraces his younger brother in the battlefield. Both are standing on earth that is split, signifying a divided country but not a divided people. The best part? All of these for only 1,000 KRW, the price of a can of soda.

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    The War Memorial of Korea

    by jckim Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This War Memorial place are top tourist attraction place.
    displying more than 8,000 war reilcs and weapons.
    it,s a used from ancient to today.
    very interesting and get a special experience
    place of Seoul.
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    Visit the War Museum inside and out

    by AKtravelers Updated Apr 27, 2006

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    The War Museum on a rare sunny day

    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.

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    Korean War memorial

    by Christianzagar Written Jul 14, 2003

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    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.

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    War Memorial

    by perseushermes Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    To fully appreciate the War Memorial, you have to see visit this place yourself. No words or expressions can fully describe the pain and suffering which the Korean people have endured. Imagine fighting your own brother.

    There are many vintage aircraft, armored vehicles, tanks and other military equipment used in the Korean War. For a war buff, its the closes I can get to the real thing. It was an eye opener. However if you want to shop instead..there is Dondaemun....

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    War Memorial Museum

    by kevarms Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Korean War Memorial

    This massive museum covers the many wars Korea has been involved in up until the Korean War.
    Outside is a large collection of military vehicles - planes, tanks, even a mini-submarine.
    This museum is really big and you will need at least half a day to see everything.
    Entry costs W3,000

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    Best Museum in Seoul

    by itsCharlie Written Mar 22, 2006

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    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.

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    Korean War Memorial

    by catpause Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Korean War Memorial was, to my surprise, not just about the Korean War. I guess that is an American assumption due to the fact that we were involved in that war. It covers the entire history of Korean Wars. Very interesting and HUGE. You need the better part of a day to see the whole museum. Lots of school kids which was great. (Boy are Korean children well behaved!)

    I think I made three young boys day by giving them a USA dollar bill each. They were brave enough to walk up to us, ask our names, shake our hands, and tell us their names. It was evident by their jumping up and down, the repeated bows, and thank yous that they had a special gift that they could show their friends. Made my day too!

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    War Memorial ~ Two Brothers

    by perseushermes Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    brother

    This is a statue made to remind that irony of the war. Two opposing sides were fighting each other until both met in the battlefield and found out they were brothers. How can you kill your own brother ?

    A really sad reminder of the Korean War

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    War Memorial of Korea

    by Jannoo Updated Mar 15, 2006

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    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.

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    History of Korea and War

    by Gryphon25 Written Oct 15, 2007

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    The war memorial museam depicts all the wars and invasions that Koreans endured. I did not go inside the museam but the grounds itself have many interesting items.
    Everywhere you look there are anti-war memorials. Many depict the pain and suffering caused by war. The grounds also display all the weapons used in the Korean war. I found this really impressive. Items range from mortars, tanks, aircraft and even a submarine.
    The names of all the casaulties from the Korean war are displayed along three corridors. It is one way to visually grasp how many people died during the war.
    Every Friday that have have a very impressive display from all branches of the military. The parade starts at 2 pm. If you are in Seoul for a couple of days, then plan to come to the War Museam on a Friday

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    Korean War Monument/Museum

    by Blatherwick Updated Apr 13, 2005

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    Korean War Monument/Museum

    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.

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