War Memorial of Korea

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cynthiasmiller cynthias…
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Not as depressing as it sounds Jun 02, 2014
Given Korea's bitterness towards how often the country has been invaded, I was expecting much more graphic scenes at the War Museum. Instead I found it to be an educational and tasteful museum of Korea's war history.

It's a large museum, so I would recommend spending a whole morning or afternoon here because there is so much to see. It starts with the older war history, specifically with Japan and China on the bottom floor, with lots of dioramas and old war uniforms and weapons. The second floor and half of the third floor are dedicated to exhibiting the Korean War of the early 1950's. It also includes a gracious section for the countries that helped South Korea during the war.

The outside of the museum is equally interesting. You'll see not only old aircraft, but tanks, helicopters, and a ship, and you can look inside them as well. It's free, so you can leave for a break and come back. There are also a couple of okay cafes inside.
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Statues at the War Memorial
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WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
Well worth the time Nov 25, 2012
The War Memorial of Korea is a military museum that is worth visiting, as it tells the story of all the wars that Korea has been involved in.

There are multiple floors of exhibtions, which you can follow in chronological order. There are arrows on the ground, that points the way to go. Of course, not required to do it that way. It starts with the display of weapons from the prehistoric era, going through the various wars within Korea, and the Japanese invasion of 1592.

The most notable part is the Korean War, with a big part of the museum devoted to it. It tells in great details of how the war was planned and started with involvement of the Communist leaders, the different battles after North Koreans crossed the 38th parallel in 1950, and the stalemate that lingered for most of the war. An armistice was signed, agreeing to just stop fighting in 1953. Not the same as a peace treaty, so officially, the 2 Koreas are still at war to this day.

Just outside of the museum, are different monuments, like the Korean War Monument and the Clock Tower of Peace. Also on display, are multiple airplanes and tanks. Some of them are open, which you can go inside of. Worth checking out, but if time is limited, I would definitely skip it or come back to it later.

Definitely recommended, and give about 3 hours to see this place. There is a lot to see, but very interesting to learn with very good English descriptions. And the best part... it's free!
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Nana_gincin says:
Thanks for sharing part of Korean history. Well that was learned from the past and no to seek reasons for another war.
Posted on: Apr 30, 2014

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