Korean War Memorial Museum

Korean War Memorial museum

The Korean War Memorial Museum was built to commemorate victims in the many wars of Korea that led to the modern nation-state. The War Memorial in Seoul was completed in December, 1993 and officially opened on June 10th, 1994 and became the largest landmark of it’s kind in the world. The museum offers visitors an educational tour of the many wars that Korea have been involved in. The Museum houses over 13,000 items under different themes. The best part is the large display of War Tanks, Planes and Guns in the outside exhibition area. See below for photos.

Upon entering you can find a small exhibit informing people of what really happened on March 26th, 2010. The Cheonan, South Korean Navy Ship carrying 104 personnel sank off the coast of Korea, killing 46 seamen.  On May 20th, 2010 international experts published their summary of the incident and concluded that the ship was sank by a North Korea Torpedo. The exhibit at the Korean War Memorial Museum presents the facts, photos and a picture of all the seamen that lost their lives.

The War memorial is broken up into six themes.

  • Memorial Hall
  • War History
  • Korean War
  • Expeditionary Forces
  • Republic of Korea Armed Forces
  • Defence Industries

While outside you can view the large display of Military equipment and monuments scattered around the building. Also, outside the entrance Military musical Performance, traditional martial arts and marching can be seen. Usually they are held on Public holidays, Special events, April 4 ~ June and October 17 ~ November at 2pm on Fridays. Here is a short Video I took:

War Memorial Seoul

Admission and Opening Hours:
Open from 09:00 to 18:00 (Entrance closed at 17:00)
Closed Every Monday. If Monday is a Holiday it is closed the following day.


How to get to the Korean War Memorial Museum:
Take line 4 or 6 to Samgakji Station and leave Exit 12. It is a 5 minute walk North of station Exit 12.
Also you can get off at Namyeong Station on line 1.

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