MangoVine
Adventures in East Asia

The Excellent and Comprehensive War Memorial Museum of Korea

The War Memorial Museum of Korea is a massive and impressive place documenting the history of warfare in Korea. It was where Linh and I discovered more about the Korean War that divided the country - a highly significant event in Korea's history, with repercussions still happening today.

War-Memorial-Museum-Exterior

Having arrived in the afternoon at the nearby Samgakji metro station (Line 4 or 6), we ended up spending four and a half hours going through the three floors and the outdoor exhibition area.

War-Memorial-Museum-Linh-Statue-Swing

Taking in the outdoors first, we got a chance to examine lots of military hardware close-up and personal. Compared to the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, there was alot more equipment, including a huge B52 bomber, tanks, helicopters, missiles, launchers and submarines.

War-Memorial-Museum-Ext-Cannons

War-Memorial-Museum-Ext-Missiles

War-Memorial-Museum-Ext-Plane-Red

War-Memorial-Museum-Ext-Plane-Tower

Once inside the War Memorial Museum, we found a convenient route laid out in the guide to view all three floors and the six exhibition rooms they harbour.

War-Memorial-Museum-Flag

On the ground floor, there was a replica of one of Admiral Sun-sin's famous turtle warships, an impressively armoured ship that protected its passengers whilst allowing them to fire during fierce battles.

War-Memorial-Museum-Ship

Further exhibition rooms documented Korean war history since the prehistoric age as well as a variety of ageing military equipment.

War-Memorial-Museum-Old-War-Scene-Models

War-Memorial-Museum-Old-Armour

War-Memorial-Museum-Old-Equipment

War-Memorial-Museum-Model-Dying

War-Memorial-Museum-Uniforms

Most of the second floor documented the Korean War, beginning with the background behind the Southward invasion of North Korea up until the Armistice Agreement several years later in 1953, which sought to stop the war and cease acts of armed force.

War-Memorial-Museum-Model-Battleships

War-Memorial-Museum-Model-Chopper

War-Memorial-Museum-Soldier-Camo-Model

War-Memorial-Museum-Helmet

The third floor contained the interiors of a navy ship but of the other exhibits, most harrowing of all were the displays of people's lives during the war which depicted scenes of refugees coping with poverty.

War-Memorial-Museum-Desper-Scene-Child

War-Memorial-Museum-Desper-Scene-Walker

War-Memorial-Museum-Desper-Shoes

War-Memorial-Museum-Hidden-Recruitment

War-Memorial-Museum-Stretcher

There were also a couple of interactive facilities - a War Experience Room which was closed by the time we reached it and a Laser Shooting Range.

War-Memorial-Museum-Rifle-Range

War-Memorial-Museum-Linh-Battleship-Controls

War-Memorial-Museum-Bunks

Bizarrely (I thought) set up in the ground floor special exhibition room, visible from the third floor, were some bouncy facilities for kids.

War-Memorial-Museum-Kids-Play



War-Memorial-Museum-Plane-Parachute

In all, the War Memorial Museum of Korea's size made sure we ended exhausted, albeit worn out with a highly relevant and interesting view of Korea.

More photos of the War Memorial Museum on Flickr.

Visit the War Memorial Museum of Korea website.

More information on the Korean War on Wikipedia.


This entry posted in : Attractions. History. South Korea.

If you found this post interesting, connect with us on Twitter and Facebook!
  Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

← Previous Entry Next Entry →