The Korean War Memorial Museum
he Korean War Memorial Museum is the place where people can get
background knowledge about the Korean War. Korea has been attacked many
times by neighboring countries during its history, but the most well
known war is the Korean War, which began in 1950. Situated in Yongsan,
Seoul, there are 3,600 exhibited items at the museum both inside and
outside. Inside there are five main exhibition rooms; one for
remembering the dead; one about historical conflicts; a room dedicated
to the Korean War; one about sending troops overseas; and one about the
development of the Korean military.
In the entryway is the hall for remembering the dead who died defending
Korea including busts of historical leaders. In the hall showing
historic wars, explanations of the conflicts that took place in Korea
from the prehistoric age to the Japanese occupation period are given.
Military equipment such as arms, bows, armour and helmets are exhibited.
Also in this hall one can see dioramas showing historical battles.
The largest exhibition is on the Korean War. Here people can learn about
the participation of the United Nations, the Chinese intervention and
the cease-fire. Visitors in the exhibition room will discover the
background of soldiers fighting in the front as well as people's life in
the rear areas. People, who have never had the experience of war, can
experience it briefly for about 5 minutes; smelling gunpowder, and
hearing shots in a special exhibit. In the exhibition hall of Korean
troops overseas, visitors will get background knowledge about the
participation of Korean soldiers in the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and
the activities of Korean soldiers as U.N. peace keeping forces.
Military equipments, arms, and military regimes of land, naval and air
forces and marine-corps are described from the founding of the army to
the present. In the outdoors exhibition military equipment which was
used during the Korean War is displayed including a B-52 and other
The "Statue of Brotherhood," model represents a true story where the
elder brother of a South Korean officer encountered his brother, a North
Korean soldier, on the field of battle during Korean War. The statue
symbolizes the dream of reconciliation between North and South
Opening hours : 9:30am-8:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
Admission : Adult, W3,000; Child, W2,000
How to get there: Take subway line number six 6 to Yongsan. 2 minutes' walk from exit 11 and 12.
Telephone : 709-3139/3032
(Sourced from WHAT'S ON SEOUL)