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
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
The War Mermorial of Korea illustrates the ups and downs of Korea's war history. It includes exhibits from both external and internal conflicts. The memorial is 11 years old and is one of the largest war landmarks in the world.