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Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web
Dressed in full combat gear, 19 larger-than-life steel soldiers walk through a field at Korean War Veterans Memorial. The steel figures, designed by sculptor Frank Gaylord, stand about 2.2 m (7.5 ft) high, each weighing nearly 500 kg (1,000 lbs). The memorial also includes a shallow pool of remembrance, lined with black granite and surrounded by a grove of linden trees and benches. The trees create a barrel effect, allowing the sunlight to reflect on the surface of the water. Inscriptions list the numbers of U.S. and United Nations troops killed, wounded, and missing. A final granite wall bears a message often heard around the world, "Freedom Is Not Free." To visit Korean War Veterans Memorial and other attractions in Washington DC, use our Washington DC itinerary maker.
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  • It was a miserable wet, grey day when we visited this memorial. In a way the weather seemed to enhance the meaning of the sculptured figures. The other element is the etched images on the marble wall ...  read more »
  • This memorial is particularly moving at night when the spotlights pick up each individual soldier's face. The sculptor caught all the possible expressions of soldiers in harms way. 
  • Nearly 55,000 men lost their lives in the Korean "Conflict" .... This is a beautiful memorial. The details are amazing. 
  • Excellent Memorial, especially striking in the snow. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is an excellent tribute to those who fought in the war. The memorial itself portrays rows of soldiers marching through a field. If you happen to visit during the winter, the view of the soldiers march through snow is very haunting. At anytime of year, it is a must see.
  • This was my favorite memorial. I was told that ot is best at dusk, I found there are 2 reasons for this, magically the school groups were gone and the light truly makes this an emotional experience. Don't miss this memorial on your visit.
  • Stunning tribute to our vets, imho. I was very moved by this memorial, the setting, location, the figures, the wall, the pool. It was a meditative experience.
  • An exceedingly thoughtful memorial to a long-forgotten war. Splendid yet melancholy. The park rangers are, as always, ready to give detailed stories and descriptions of anything you have time to hear. I could've spent all day here.
  • A somewhat challenging and evocative memorial- like the "Forgotten War" itself stuck somewhere between the bombastic triumphalism of the ww2 memorial and the starkly powerful modern imagery of the Vietnam memorial.
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