If you want to know something about Korean history, particularly its troubled relationships with its neighbors, you do not need to go outside of Seoul because there’s a place for you right smack in the district of Itaewon. It’s the War Memorial of Korea which is a huge military history museum with tanks, big guns, war paraphernalia, and planes on display.
The museum commemorates the victims in the various wars that Korea had to go through to become the modern country that it is today. It is the largest of its kind in the world and I can’t help but compare it with the Simthsonian.
There are more than 13,000 items on display in eight different themes: the Hogukchumo Exhibit, June 25th War Exhibit, Overseas Dispatched Troops Exhibits, Military Development Exhibit, Large Equipment Exhibit, Miniature Exhibit, Peace Hall, and the Outdoor Exhibit.
There is also a lecture hall at the memorial where various presentations are held.
There is also a shop where you can get books and pamphlets to help you learn more about the museum. When you’re feeling hungry, there’s also a cafe where you can buy food and souvenirs. And if you’re coming with a baby with tons of bags in tow, you can rent a locker and a stroller at the reception for a very minimal fee.
Outside, there’s a vast display of military equipment, sculptures and monuments.
There’s also a man-made lake with flowers and fountains, and sitting at the bleachers overlooking this area is very relaxing.
I also love sitting along the steps going up the building as it gives me a good view of how big the museum grounds are.
The War Memorial of Korea is open daily from 9AM to 6PM except on Mondays. You can reach it by Subway but if you would like to save your tired feet from walking, you can get a taxi like what we did but it’s not going to be cheap.
<What happened next after War Memorial of Korea below…>
Our group parted ways after visiting the War Memorial of Korea. Our friends went to Dongdaemun while we headed back to 126 Mansion. While walking towards the guesthouse, we noticed the colorful lanterns all getting set up for the lantern festival. It feels so good to walk along wide and clean streets, on a cold night, and with beautiful lights hanging all around.
And then we all gathered for dinner in Samcheongdong with the rest of our group. We had pizza, pasta and chicken. Nothing really spectacular but it was a good meal because it was shared with friends 🙂
‘Til my next post, annyeong!