War Memorial of Korea, Seoul

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29 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul +82 2-709-3139
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    A military museum

    by stamporama Written Sep 4, 2011

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    When you first hear the name 'War Memorial', you can't help but think it's all about the Korean War. Actually the place is a museum dedicated to warfare and weaponry. It showcases all the important battles in Korea's history plus the people, weapons and equipment through the ages. The Korean War of course is the sort of centerpiece of it all. There's also the static open-air display of tanks, planes, cannons and missiles which one could view for free without having to enter the museum. Definitely for the military history buffs.

    The place gives me special pride as my country helped South Korea in its darkest hour, which is why the Philippines' participation is mentioned in the exhibits.

    Admission is free; open 9 am - 6 pm Tues - Sun.

    Address: 1ga8 Yongsan-dong, Yongsangu, Seoul

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Station.

    Phone: 02-709-3139

    Website: http://www.warmemo.or.kr

    An imposing facade Old cannon Modern cannon The Philippines' war participation Awesome display of firepower
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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!

    Address: 8 Yongsan-dong1(il)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Station.

    Phone: 02-709-3139

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    Cant turn your back on the Past

    by cwhit21 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The War Museum. Its pretty neat looking at all the vehicles and such that was used 50 yrs ago. When you start walking up these wings there are big blocks with korean names of all who faught in the war, along with altars or tables that have huge books of others who died. The most striking thing is this bubble room where you walk in and its all dark and in the center is a giant black bowl fountian. The roof of this room is a dome and at the top is a hole, where this intense lightbeam shines down into the center of this bowl fountian. Of course it depends on the sun that day but when we were getting around, it was hotter than hell and sunny. Was qutie a site. I only made it to the 2nd floor but i think there are 4 or so.. The first floor is Korea history, which is cool to look at but unfortunately its all in Korean.. Still neat to look at.. then once you go up stairs its the Korean war in the 50's. Its something people should check out, its really worth it

    Address: Itaewon

    I think I worked on one of those!
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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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    Address: 8 Yongsan-dong 1ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Stn and
    5minute by walk

    Phone: 02-703139,3039

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    War Memorial Museum

    by kevarms Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Station.

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    Huge Museum about War History

    by Carino Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The War Memorial of Korea is a very huge and interesting museum in Seoul. It covers not only the Korean War but also other wars where Koreans were involved.

    Take enough time to go around all over the Museum. And believe me, 2 hours is not enough. Not enough by far. I suggest at least 4 hours.

    Entrance fee is 3'000 Won.

    Address: 8 Yongsam-Dong 1-ga, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Station (Exit 12)

    Phone: 0082 2 709 3139

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    The War Memorial Of Korea

    by kdoc13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: 8 Yongsan-dong1(il)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

    Directions: Take either subway line 4 or 6 to Samgakji station and depart through exit 11. The website says exit 12, but that is on the wrong side of the street. Go down the block or look for the big statues.

    Phone: 02-709-3139

    The main exhibition hall of the War Memorial
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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

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Station.

    New monument at the Korean War Memorial
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    The War Memorial of Korea

    by Martin_B Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is a really interesting museum. You have everything concerning wars in this museum. From the very first war up to to Korean war and even the Vietnam war. It is a really complete museum. You can learn a lot in this museum and you can stay there for few hours if you like to read everything. Outside this museum there is some old aircrafts, helicopters, etc... Cost is really cheap as well for all that. It cost 3000 Won (approx 3$ canadian). You must go there if you like the history.

    Korean soldiers

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    War Memorial

    by sunnywong Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The War Memorial was built on the site of the Korean Army Headquarters in June 1994. The exhibits, occupying approximately 198,000 square meters of the six-story building (four above ground and two below ground), 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 our divided nation.

    Address: War Memorial 8, Yongsan-dong 1-ga, Yongsan-gu

    Directions: Subway Get off at Namyeong Stn. (Line 1, Exit 2 ) Get off at Samgakji Stn. (Line 4, Exit 1 ) and walk 7 min. Get off at Samgakji Stn. (Line 6 ) and walk 7 min.

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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.

    Address: Southwest of Namsan Mountain

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Station. There are posted directions but the general direction is walk east. When you exit the station, walk east and you will not miss the huge memorial on your left. Cross the street to the War Memorial main entrance.

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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

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Station.

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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.

    Address: Yongsan area

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Station.

    Phone: +82-2-709-3139

    Website: http://warmemo.co.kr/

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    Korean War Museum

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 17, 2006

    Most Americans, when asked about Korea, think of the war fought in 1950-53. This war never officially ended--even though a ceasefire is in effect. Tensions remain high, as anyone knows who follows the news.

    So this should be high on any visitor's list of attractions. It has a good collection of tanks, artillery pieces, small arms, aircraft, and other weapons. A particularly interesting attraction is Kim Il-Sung's personal limousine.

    Address: 8 Yeongsan-dong 1-ga Yeongsan-gu 140-021

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Station.

    Phone: 82 2 709 3139

    A North Korean cannon A T-34 tank A Navy F9F Cougar fighter plane A Patton tank Kim Il-Sung's limousine
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    Visit the War Museum inside and out

    by AKtravelers Updated Apr 27, 2006

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    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.

    Directions: Subway Line 4 or 6 at Samgakji Station.

    The War Museum on a rare sunny day
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