Korean War Museum in Seoul
A peace treaty between North Korea and South Korea was never signed thus technically both countries are still at war. The War Memorial of Korea suprisingly does seem to have a bit of war propaganda going for itself to keep the population more alert.
What better than to visit a famous museum in Korea on a rainy day. The War Memorial of Korea in downtown Seoul is a huge building which covers many chapters of Korean warfare.
Though it calls itself a war memorial, this is really a huge military history museum with tanks, planes and guns on display. Given that the peninsula is still technically at war with North Korea, this place seems very relevant.
The War memorial is broken up into six themes: Memorial Hall, War History, Korean War, Expeditionary Forces, Republic of Korea Armed Forces and the Defence Industries.
The Korean peninsula has seen many wars among and within its states as well as intrusions from neighboring powers.
Over the centuries, the southern states slowly seized territory from the neighbouring states and peoples such as the Jurchen, driving the border north and consolidating the peninsula under a single state, suffering several invasions that its allies helped to overcome.
The War Memorial was built to commemorate actors and victims in the wars which led to the modern nation state.
The museum also has the purpose of educating future generations by collecting, preserving, and exhibiting various historical relics and records related to the many wars fought in the country from a South Korean perspective.
You can see in one of the pictures a stage being built in front of the war memorial museum to most likely commemorate the 60 years of cease fire between North & South Korea.
Admission and Opening Hours: Open from 09:00 to 18:00 (Entrance closed at 17:00) Closed Every Monday. If Monday is a Holiday it is closed the following day. THE MUSEUM IS FREE TO ALL VISITORS.
How to get to the Korean War Memorial Museum: Take line 4 or 6 to Samgakji Station and leave Exit 12. It is a 5 minute walk North of station Exit 12. Also, you can get off at Namyeong Station on line 1.