Located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, the War Memorial of Korea exhibits and preserves materials related to the Korean War and serves as a national moral educational venue. It was established to commemorate the noble sacrifice of patriotic martyrs by the War Memorial Service Korea Society on June 10, 1994. The museum houses approximately 33,000 artifacts with about 10,000 on display at indoor and outside exhibition halls.
When we arrived at the War Memorial, we partially got lost and ended up entering at the back where the parking area is but it was a good thing in my opinion. We got to see the other side of the building first before going to the exhibits.
We first saw the huge Statue of Brothers. It is a symbol of the Korean war and depicts two Korean brothers who are both soldiers. The older on is a South Korean soldier and the younger one is from the North Korean army. They are meeting in a battlefield and expressing love, forgiveness and reconciliation according to the information next to the statue. The crack down dome represents the division between the North and the South but also the hope for reunification.
The front view of the War Memorial has a huge Monument depicting South Korean soldiers during the Korean War.
When you walk forward you will see flags and memorials of countries who joined the Korean war.
From there I learned that the Philippines was the first Asian Nation to send a combat unit to Korea and the third ground troop including the US and UK. This definitely shows that Filipinos are bad-ass brave and are always there for their allies when needed.
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.
One of my favorites in the indoor exhibit is located in the middle of the entrances of the exhibition hall. The “Kobukson” or the turtle ship. It was designed by one of Korea’s favorite heroes, Admiral Sun-shin, and used by him during the Japanese invasions of Korea in the late 16th century. These ships participated in several important naval victories over the Japanese fleet and have now reached, along with the admiral, a legendary status here in South Korea. However, some boring killjoys say that the importance of these ships may have been exaggerated as there were probably never more than a dozen in service at any one time.
The outdoor exhibition area was huge and really interesting. It had loads of cool outdoor displays of military vehicles form the Korean War and from other wars too from a range of different countries. There were planes, helicopters, missiles, armored personnel carriers (APC), tanks, trucks and boats.
You can actually climb on some of the trucks, tanks and boats showcased.
Address : 29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 용산구 이태원로 29 (용산동1가)
Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 (* Last admission is one hour before closing.) Culture Day (last Wednesday of each month): 09:00-20:00 Close :Every Monday (* If Monday is a holiday, it will be closed on the following day instead.)