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War Memorial of Korea, Seoul
(4.4/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I had only half an hour of free time, managed to run around just the exposure on the street (there is everything, that fought in the Korean war, and both sides). Next time, thank you for reminding on half-day visit.
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  • In addition to the impressive Memorial outdoors there a huge Museum around the (war) history of Korea. Here great decorations, well-preserved exhibits, exciting explanatory films and interactive segments alternate. Everything looks very modern and invites to the longer stay-you can here a full day reside. One of the best museums I have ever attended!
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  • Lots of history here. Not only to the South Korean people, but to the NATO alliance. You can spend many hours here is you truly want to, and there are large displays of military hardware to look at as...  more »
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  • Amazing memorial museum of the Korean War. Did not know how immense the conflict had gotten in such a short time span. Very awesome displays and exhibitions. Will definitely return sometime as the special exhibits change. However, plan to start early as they close at six pm.
  • Impressive museum of Korean history and especially civil war in 1950s. Offers really thorough explanation inside and lots of stuff to see. In front of the museum are monuments for all countries which were involved in the war, of course just the western one helping South Korea. With number of fallen soldiers or explanation how each country supported (army or engineers for example). Near the main gate are also all known names of all foreign soldiers (again, only those who helped South Korea) who fallen in this war. When your tour inside is over, you can visit open air museum with military airplanes, cars, boats. Place to spend almost one whole day! I really recommend. Just leave your political views somewhere else and don't bring it inside - I've met a group of Russian tourists and their guide told them the Soviet version of how everything happened - just telling them bullsheet and lying.
  • Lots of reviews on the museum itself, which is impressive. The children's museum isn't quite as impressive, but worth a visit with kids. Still a lot of patriotic messaging, but not more than you would expect. Overall smaller than the children's museum at the National Museum. We went through in about 30 minutes. At the end are two play areas. My two-year old was disappointed he couldn't go on the big structure with a slide, etc. Outside is another playground open to everyone. Entry to the museum is in 50 minute intervals. On a Saturday in November it wasn't very busy, but on a busy day you might have to wait.
  • Phenomenal museum. Very detailed account of the Korean War. The exterior is filled with monuments, tanks, planes and helicopters. Good for all ages. One of the best free museums I've visited. Takes a good 2-3 hours to get through.
  • One of the most impressive museum in Seoul. It's all about Korean War. The museum houses approximately 33,000 artifacts with about 10,000 on display at indoor and outside exhibition halls. There are six separate indoor halls, including Expeditionary Forces Room, Patriotic Memorial Room, War History Room, 6·25 Korean War Room, Development Hall and Large Machinery Room. The outdoor exhibition hall showcases large-sized weapons. Absolutely must visit museum! Reserve minimum 3 hours to see all exhibits. Guide Course: 10:00 - 11:00, 14:00 - 15:00 (free). Closed on Mondays.