Visiting Korea and wanna know the place where the Philippines once became part of Korea’s history? Here’s a guide to the “The War Memorial of Korea”.
A Guide to The War Memorial of Korea
The War Memorial of Korea or 전쟁기념관 is the world’s largest memorial. Located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul and established on June 10, 1994. This is for the commemoration of the noble sacrifices of the patriotic martyrs by the War Memorial Service Korea Society. The museum exhibits and preserves the materials that signify the Korean War.
The war memorial reveals the history of the Korean war from 1950 to 1953. Housing almost 33,000 artifacts which includes war vessels, war vehicles, as well as the planes used during the Korean war.
The museum which includes indoor and outdoor exhibits is for all ages. Various education programs offered for children, youths, families and international visitors. In addition, multicultural families can join the programs too.
What to see?
There are seven indoor exhibition halls including The Memorial Hall, The War History Room, The Korean War Room, The Expeditionary Forces Room, The Armed Forces Room, The Large Military Equipment Room, and lastly The Korean Defense Industries Room. Each room has the original and replica artifacts, videos, records, and dioramas which helps visitors to understand and learn the things about Korea during the war.
Museum Wedding Hall
A two-story and high-end wedding house consists of a wedding hall that can welcome 200 guests as well as a reception hall. Wedding, events, seminars and other various gatherings like end year parties can be held here. It has a huge parking lot which can accommodate 2,000 vehicles. For more details, you can check the website here.
Clock Tower of Peace
The two clocks holding by the two girls signify two different times. One is the current time and the other holds a clock that has stopped at the time of the Korean War. The clock symbolizes the nation’s desire for reunification and peace.
The Statue of Brothers
This statue is the true story of two brothers from the South and North who met each other on the battlefield. The statue was build symbolizes the Korean war and the hope for reunification, national peace, and reconciliation. Located at the outdoor exhibition area of the War Memorial.
The Monument of Killed in Action
This space presents the memorial plaques bearing the names of the Korean soldiers, police officers and UN Soldiers who fought during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. This is to honor them for sacrificing their lives for the freedom of the Korean people.
Korean War Monument
In the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, this monument was built. This was intended to built to raise the awareness of the postwar generations of the importance of national security and peaceful reunification. It consists of the Korean War Tower, Statues of Patriots and Stone Bowl.
The Korean War Tower symbolizes Korea’s long history and patriotic militarism and the tree of life which represents the wish of the Korean people for prosperity and peace. Statues of Patriots show 30 individuals who represent the Korean people with different social statuses who sacrificed their lives to protect their beloved country. While the Stone Bowl or Stone Basin represents a bowl that is traditionally used to offer the cleanest well water to home guardian goddess.
Korean War Veterans Monuments
These monuments were built in the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations and express the country and Korean people’s gratitude to the 21 countries that helped and participated to fight for the freedom of South Korea.
Exhibit for PKM-class Chamsuri Warship No.357
The PKM Chamsuri 357, is the life-size replica of the actual vessel that fought off two North Korean patrol boats that crossed the Northern Limit Line of the ROK territory. This vessel symbolizes the victory of the ROK navy at the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong. The interior of the vessel contains the three exhibition halls where visitors can experience a realistic re-enactment of the heat of battle.
Monument of King Gwanggaeto The Great
This monument is a life-size replica with 6.39 meters in height and 37 tons in weight. King Gwanggaeto The Great’s monument is the largest historical monument discovered in Korea. This monument was built by King Jangsu, King Gwanggeato’s son in 414, at the capital of Goguryeo, Gungnaeseong. Currently, this place is located in the Chinese city of Jian in Jili Province.
This museum consists of an exhibition hall and the children’s plaza. It provides visitors and their kids to see exhibitions and participate in educational programs on the Korean history of war. It features a video room, an activity area, and an outdoor playground.
Admission is free. For more information, check the Children’s Museum website here.
Open-Air Exhibition Area
This open space exhibition area displays the war vehicles and equipment used during the Korean War. There are aircraft, armored vehicles, and tanks, too. The exhibition includes the vessel PKM Chamsuri 357 and SP-10 Semi-submarine. B-52 Bomber, Buhwal, Mig-19 Fighter, and P-51D Mustang are the aircraft that can be seen here too. In addition, LVT-3C Bushmaster, an amphibious warfare vehicle and landing craft produced for the US Armed Forces in 1944. While, K-1 Tank, which is developed with Korean technology during the late 1970s.
What to do?
- Visit the Memorial Hall and the Exhibition Rooms
- Play with your kids at the Children’s Museum’s playground.
- Participate in the various educational programs offered by the museum.
- Check out the Open-Air Exhibition Area if you have an interest in warships and aircraft.
- Have a coffee at the Cafe Area with your family or friends.
- Take photos as a remembrance.
- Sit and relax and watch the blue sky when you get tired roaming around.
Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
*Closed during Mondays (or the following day if it is a public holiday)
Admission is FREE (except other special exhibition)
Small Vehicles: 3,000 KRW for the first 2 hours (plus 1,000 KRW for every 30 minutes increments)
Large Vehicles: 10,000 KRW for the first 2 hours (plus 3,000 KRW for every 30 minutes increments)
*If you want to have a TOUR GUIDE, please inquire at the Information Center.
How to get here?
Address: 29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul The War Memorial of Korea 0435
Transportation: Seoul Subway Line 6/4, Samgakji Station, Exit 12, walk about 5 minutes
If you are looking for a place to bring your kids this place is the perfect one since they will learn a lot from this place. Maybe some kids won’t be interested in the Exhibition inside the War Memorial but the Open-Air Exhibition Area and the Children’s Museum are the best places for them. My son loves the war vehicles and ship which he compared that one is bigger than the other.
One more thing I like about this place is the free admission at the Children’s Museum. If you bring your kids to the kids’ cafe, you might spend around 30,000 KRW each (2 hours and foods) KRW but here I only spent lunch, a bubble toy and fare, which costs me 14,000 KRW. Visiting this place will not cost you much and kids will enjoy a lot.
In addition, the Namsan Tower is overlooking from here.
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