With a jam-packed day visiting North Korea (sort of) I was left with little time to walk around the War Memorial of Korea. Even though the main building was closed by the time I got there, I was free to walk around the War Memorial of Korea grounds. With a huge collection of aircraft, tanks, and memorials, a walk around the War Memorial of Korea proved to be super interesting – especially to an aviation nerd like myself. It reminded me a lot of my time wandering around the Vietnam War Memorial in HCMC but on a larger scale.
This collection includes a North Korean Mig that the pilot used to defect to the south as well as the touching Statue of Brothers –
The Statue of Brothers is an 18 meter wide and 11-meter high symbol of the Korean War. It consists of the upper part, lower part and inner part. The upper part of the statue depicts a scene where a family’s older brother, an ROK officer, and his younger brother, a North Korean soldier, meet in a battlefield and express reconciliation, love, and forgiveness. The lower tomb-shaped dome was built with pieces of granite collected from nationwide locations symbolizing the sacrifices made by our patriots. The crack in the dome stands for the division of Korea and the hope for reunification. Objects inside the dome include a mosaic wall painting that expresses the spirit of the Korean people to overcome the national tragedy and a map plate of the 16 UN Allied Nations that dispatched troops to the war. The links of iron chain on the ceiling signify the unbreakable bonds of a unified Korea.
– Statue of Brothers placard
This leisurely walk around the War Memorial of Korea also offered lots of great photo opportunities. With that here is my brief but interesting walk around this great museum in photos:
Walk Around the War Memorial of Korea Good to Know
Hours: 0900-1800 (Closed Mondays)
Don’t Miss: The defector Mig, 2 brothers memorial!
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Although I was provided a complimentary day out with Shrek and DMZ Spy Tour,
the experience, opinions, and walk around the War Memorial of Korea are my own.