The War Memorial of Korea 전쟁기념관


The War Memorial of Korea is breathtaking and left me in awe. To walk the grounds of this massive place and see the number of engraved names of people that died to protect this county is just heartbreaking. Nearly 5 million people died during this war which technically hasn’t ended. More than half of these–about 10 percent of Korea’s prewar population were civilians. The rate of civilian casualties was higher than World War II and Vietnam. Almost 40,000 Americans died in action in Korea, and more than 100,000 were wounded.

The memorial is located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. It was established to commemorate the noble sacrifice of patriotic martyrs by the War Memorial Service Korea Society on June 10, 1994. This museum houses approximately 33,000 artifacts with about 10,000 on display at an indoor and outside exhibition halls. There are six separate indoor halls, including Expeditionary Forces Room, Patriotic Memorial Room, War History Room, 6·25 Korean War Room, Development Hall and Large Machinery Room. The outdoor exhibition hall showcases large-sized weapons. There are various educational programs and diverse cultural events such as military music and honor guard events, drawing contest, cultural event and more.

How to get here by subway

10 minutes walk from Namyong Station of no. 1 line.
5 minute walk from Samgakji Station of no. 4, 6 line(Exit # 12)

By Bus
Get off at the Samgakji bus stop or in front of the Ministry of National Defense Building List of bus numbers : 149, 150, 151, 152, 500, 501, 502, 504, 506, 507, 605, 750A, 750B, 751, 752, 110B, 730, 421, 6001
Seoul City Tour Bus
Gwanghwamun – Deoksugung – Namdaemun Market – Seoul St. – USO – Yongsan St. – National Museum of Korea – The War Memorial of Korea – Army Base in Yongsan – Itaewon – Crown Hotel – Myeongdong – House of Korea – Sofitel Ambassador Hotel – The National Theater of Korea – N Seoul tower – Hyatt Hotel – Tower Hotel – Shilla Hotel – Dongdaemun Market – Daehakro – Changgyeonggung – Changdeokgung – Insa dong – Cheongwadae – The National Folk Museum of Korea – Gyeongbokgung – Gwanghwamun
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