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War Memorial of Korea, Seoul

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Military Museum
Initially used as the Korean army headquarters, War Memorial of Korea today serves to memorialize the nation's military history. Established in 1993, the building contains six indoor exhibition halls and one outdoor center, which displays more than 13,000 military items and war memorabilia. With the purpose to educate future generations by collecting, preserving, and showcasing historical records and relics, the museum has become one of the most prominent touristic landmarks of its kind in the world. Explore the halls divided into different themes, such as the Korean War, war history, and large equipment room, among others. Some special exhibitions require purchasing a ticket. Make War Memorial of Korea part of your personalized Seoul itinerary using our Seoul trip itinerary builder.
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  • This War Memorial of Korea was the best museum I have been in Korea and possibly elsewhere. Not only does it describe the war, it is very big. Usually with this size of museum it probably would descri...  more »
  • Based on our experience with other memorials, we only allocated 1 hour when planning our day's itinerary. We ended up extending our time and could easily have spent 4 hours there. There is a large air...  more »
  • This museum remembers the not too distant past in which many nations participated to help South Korea be what it is today. Entry is free and one feels the gratitude the country has for the assistance ...  more »
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  • This was really an interesting museum. Really educational and well explained about the complex Korean war and geopolitics history. The museum is quite big so be prepared. In my point of view you need at least 4 hours. The visit continues outside where you have a memorial with all the name of the brave and fallen soldiers. You can also see some of the Korean and American heavy arsenal in the park outside.
  • This place is amazing. Outside, war arsenals are displayed. They are well kept planes, tanks, warship, mortar launchers etc. For some you are allowed to enter and have a 'feel' of it. Inside, good documentaries, artifacts, photos, replicas etc can be seen. You can visualise the sufferings of Koreans during WW1 & 2. You can learn about the history of emperors that ruled the country. You can spend 3 hours here. There is a good restaurant at ground floor.
  • This is a great free museum experience (although perhaps unsettling for pacifists): Through the Spring and Summer, there's a military honor guard performance each Friday afternoon. It started at 2 pm on the day of our visit, and seats (on the shady museum steps) filled up a good 20 beforehand. The hour-long performance included marching, drills with guns and flags, singing, dancing, martial arts demos, two live bands, and crowd-pleasing mascots. There were at least 50 school kids watching, and they were having a ball. There's also an outdoor collection of military aircraft, watercraft (look for the captured North Korean semi-submersible), missiles, anti-aircraft guns, and an exact replica of a ship involved in a 2002 skirmish with North Korea (complete with bullet holes). We didn't make it inside, so can't speak to the rest of the museum. Against all advice, we combined this visit with a trip to the National Museum, which is just 2 subway stops away. Highly recommend both.
  • Wonderful museum that captures the imagination of the visitor with interactive exhibits. Well layed out with many maps, 3d models and artifacts. Recommended for anyone who has served in the military. This museum walks the guest through every stage of the Korean War. Beautiful memories and planes outside the museum are also a must see.
  • Well done exhibits, as interesting to visit outdoor areas as indoor ones. Lots of fine details on dates, places - so there's enough for real history buffs. We chose to move quickly through the exhibits for an overview.