Friday, August 29, 2014

War Memorial of Korea

 Although I've taken the bus past the War Memorial of Korea quite often, I finally stopped to visit it. Located on the former site of the Army Headquarters in the section of Seoul known as Yongsan, the site covers over 20,000 square meters. Comprised of over 13,000 items (more added via donation each year), free entry to both the outdoor and eight exhibition halls has plenty to offer for the whole family. Exhibitions were signposted in several languages and QR codes enabled visitors to get more information via smartphones. From ancient arrowheads to the Kobukson turtle ships of the Joseon Dynasty to wars of the present day, the Memorial commemorated the sacrifices of the warriors and victims that helped contribute to the Korea of today. Some sections were more abstract and symbolic, some were more high-tech, while others encouraged visitor hands-on participation. As expected, the Korean War of the 1950's was particularly well and well-chronicled, taking up the second floor.
Free tours are offered.

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