The War Memorial of Korea

The War Memorial of Korea, Seoul

The War Memorial of Korea
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Poignant exhibits, war memorabilia, art works, and military equipment make this a perfect place to learn about Korea’s history of war, most notably with North Korea. Kids will enjoy the display of actual tanks and airplanes.
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1-2 hours
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Dennis J
Hamilton, New Zealand598 contributions
Great collection of big boys stuff.
Jun 2021 • Friends
I was mainly interested in the Korean War and it is easy to spend 2 hours doing this part and the collection pf weapons and planes outside. This collection is the most extensive I have seen anywhere and even includes a B52.
Written June 13, 2021
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MNataro
Pyeongtaek, South Korea395 contributions
Awe Inspiring
Apr 2021
Museum curation in Korea is first-rate. This museum, like so many others, is truly magnificent. Gives a fantastic intro to Korean military history with three giant exhibits on the Korean war, truly a national tragedy. I didn't see it all and want to go again soon.
Written April 24, 2021
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Tricky
Stockholm, Sweden245 contributions
Almost exactly like the war museum in North Korea
Aug 2019
I've had the good fortune of being able to visit the war museums in both North Korea and South Korea. What is most striking is how similar the museums in Pyongyang and Seoul are.

In front of both are aggressive statues of military men. Both have an outdoor exhibit of military machinery, like vehicles and airplanes. But whereas the museum in Pyongyang proudly displays the USS Pueblo, the museum in Seoul displays happy children's mascots (in uniform, of course) and a playground, which is weird to say the least in a war museum. Both museums love a good panorama exhibit.

And finally, both rely very heavily on propaganda. For example, the two different sides are called "Attackers at dawn" and "Defenders of freedom". And while the museum happily described the atrocities carried out by the North, it does not mention with a single peep the atrocities carried out by the South. The exact opposite can be said about the museum in Pyongyang, of course.

If you are looking for any kind of truth about the war, you would have to look elsewhere. But if you're interested in how a country wants to present their image about a war, both museums are very interesting indeed.
Written July 31, 2020
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Thomas M
Des Moines, IA209 contributions
Spectacular Museum
Dec 2019
This museum really captured the sights and shifting moods of war, down to General MacArthur's comb-over in one of the dioramas. Interactive and comprehensive! Plan more than the 1-2 hours that TripAdvisor recommends.
Written July 6, 2020
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Catherine Q
Nonthaburi, Thailand46 contributions
:)
Apr 2019 • Solo
Nice place for tourist, some tourist also wear there hanbok while visiting here. Also perfect for photo.
Written March 15, 2020
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Lawriem1
Melbourne, Australia745 contributions
Well done
Oct 2019 • Friends
A good visit, the exhibits were well put together and easy to understand. Lots to see, lovely entrance and well kept grounds. We spent a couple hours here as part of a day trip. There is a small gift shop and cafeteria.
Written March 8, 2020
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KarenAaran
Milton Keynes, UK268 contributions
Worth a look
Feb 2020 • Couples
Spent a couple of hours here. Interesting. Worth a visit, we visited it within a tour that we had booked.
Written February 27, 2020
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JamesLWelch
London, UK90 contributions
Spent 3 hours here!
Feb 2020 • Solo
I decided to visit the museum at the last minute and it ended up being the highlight of my visit to Seoul.

One floor was about Korean military history up to the Korean War and another floor was focussed on the Korean War. The displays and commentary were perfect - they gave enough detail without overloading you with information. It was very, very well done.

Inside and outside of the museum there were displays of military equipment from both sides of the conflict.
Written February 27, 2020
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Clay S
Carleton Place, Canada17 contributions
Very Proud to be Canadian
Jan 2020
The whole museum is beautiful as it goes back to ancient times. What really got us feeling proud was the list of Canadian soldiers who died in defending Korea and it opened our eyes as to how that war got started in the first place. This was part of the one day DMZ trip.
Written February 16, 2020
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sarracene
Seoul, South Korea14 contributions
& it's free!-)
Jul 2019
amazing for what you 'pay' for;-)
they even have a couple of inventive 3D-like theaters where in one they even simulate a blizzard with soap froth..-)
there's a room where you learn how many countries helped korea during their communist war, & finally understood why koreans like to visit colombia (the only latin american one as far as i learned there that sent soldiers to help liberate south korea)..
Written February 11, 2020
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  • Tue - Sun 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tue - Tue 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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