The War Memorial of Korea
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
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Tom B
    Baltimore, Maryland65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The one museum I would not miss
    We went to a Palace and the National Museum too. This was our favorite. They have interactive exhibits, including in English. Lots of physical items like planes, tanks, artillery,etc. good history of Korea too.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 May 2023
  • ElisabethCalif
    Castro Valley, California15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very moving and important museum!
    My adult son and I spent several hours visiting this exceptional museum full of artifacts and history. It was very moving to see what Koreans went through during the war. We've been to many war memorials/museums in different countries, and this was definitely one of the best at showing the costs and consequences of war.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, California3,569 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heartbreak & sorrow over war weapons.
    Great museum—book 2 hours at least. Big focus is of course 1950-1954. Names of those who died here is powerful as you walk towards entrance. The heartbreak and human joy-sorrow is key. The guns, knives and war toys take away. Pay attention and let’s try for peace.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • TRAVLINCOP
    Henderson, Nevada295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seeing is believing.
    the free War Memorial of Korea was well worth the 3 hours I spent there. Lots to see inside and out and a complete and detailed history of the war. Plenty of Korean and US war memorabilia for all to see.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • kpiddy
    Brisbane, Australia14,003 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificant war memorial inside and out
    From a rainy morning to a glorious sunny afternoon we made the snap decision to visit the War Memorial of Korea, arriving at 3pm was too late to explore this huge facility. Over an hour was pent outside walking the extensive open air exhibition area of military equipment, vehicles and ships, it was privilege to be able to board a ship and view the interiors of many of the vehicles. With only one hour till closing we made our way inside the main building, a visit to the Memorial Hall is a must, a poignant and stunning monument, from there the exhibit rooms were full of interesting facts and displays, it was a joy to walk around. After closing we spent awhile walking around the foreground of the building, Peace Plaza. A return visit is a must for us.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 August 2023
  • PHILIP B
    81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    One of the best memorials I have been to. Outside is a display of aircraft , artillery , rockets and even a boat. Inside is 3 levels of displays from the time Korea has been involved in any conflict. Lots of documentrys to sit and watch that are very informative. A really good day well worth the visit
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • 197gabes
    Singapore, Singapore135 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for history buff
    Interesting place to visit especially for history or weapon buff. There is plenty to see, explore and do for both kids and adults. The entire compound is huge with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. It’s especially impressive to see such a huge collection of historic war machines all together. The exhibition halls cover all the major conflicts on Korea’s soil from its early history to modern day armistice with N Korea. There is a whole hall dedicated to the Korean War. It’s interesting to see how the museum is able to bring history to life by re-enactment and dioramas. The only reason this place is not getting a full 5 stars rating is that it’s too one sided, with too much focus on the men that fought in the conflicts. There isn’t much coverage on the common people and how their lives are turn upside down by all these fightings. Nevertheless, still a good place to send a couple of hours and learn some Korean history. There is even a great cafe on site which you can grab a drink or bite and rest your feet. Go on a weekday if you want practically the whole place to yourself. Which is sad as this is a great place overlooked by most tourists. It truly gives a good perspective why Korean are what they are. Getting to the place is easy, as there are plenty of bus services and a subway stop near the entrance.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 October 2023
  • RoyalSilk
    Edgware, United Kingdom421 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum Which Tells The Story Of Koreans At War
    This is an excellent museum which tells the story of a country at war over the ages with the slogan "to ensure peace, prepare for war". There are exhibitions on the Korean War (of course) but the most chilling aspect is the section on the threat from North Korea, with exhibit dates as recently as 2021. Expect to speand at least a couple of hours here. The sculpture at the front of the museum is also very evocative.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Alexandra C
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth Seeing
    Beautiful museum with a lot to see. Take the time to go through the different levels and time periods to learn all about the history prior to the Korean War and the war itself. It was really interesting.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 November 2023
  • fire-tower
    2,894 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The exhibits interesting and informative
    We last visited the War Memorial of Korea 5 years ago, and still find it interesting to visit this place. We found the exhibits interesting and informative, and everything ties in together with what we experienced in Busan a few days earlier when we visited the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. If you have time, do take a look at the tanks, artillery guns, aircrafts, etc next to the main building. Lockers are provided free of charge so we stored our winter coats and backpacks in the lockers and explored the various galleries more comfortably.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 January 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The entrance and surrounding area has several monumental sized memorials to the fallen of South Korea and all the Allied Nations that helped defend against the North Korean Invasion.

The semi-circular plaza leading up to has monuments specific to each allied nation, with a flag marking the country and a marker to describe the contribution that each country made. The 1st floor focuses on the background of the Korean War and the main battles. Sections are divided into major battles, notable individuals, units of the ROK and a run through the course of the war from the retreat to the Pusan Perimeter, through the pursuit to the Yalu River and finally the stalemate at the 38th parallel. The second floor is split between the UN and allied contingent that supported South Korea, and the Korean Armed Forces. The former is a poignant thanks. The latter has many excellent exhibits and information about the 4 Korean military arms. There's also videos that come across as a little jingoistic.

Overall, the place is a fine monument to the fallen of South Korea, while the museum is a fine military and history exhibition. Much of the war is described from the POV of the South Korea so perhaps a bit one sided, but that’s not unusual for national war memorials.
Written 27 May 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,226 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
It's a generous gesture that all visitors can enter and view the eerie exhibits from the Korean War without paying. Given that, one shouldn't complain about the museum.

There are plenty of weapons, tanks, planes, and even an entire warship on display. There are film clips, newspaper articles, official documents, a couple of shiny black limousines, and notably, impressive reconstructions of battle scenes with life-sized soldiers.

However, a significant missing piece is the background of the war. Why did Kim Il Sung, with support from Stalin and Mao Zedong, choose to invade the South? Naturally, the museum focuses on important dates and the roles of the Americans and the UN in the war, but it's also interesting to understand why the war started in the first place…?
Written 26 May 2024
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Hoadjie
Gisborne, Australia307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Really enjoyed this visit
Lots of information about Koreans and the Vietnam war.

Also a lot of information about wars that happen in the 18th/19th century.

Had a great collection of wool equipment and machinery and vehicles.
The outside area is just as great

Really enjoyed my visit
Written 19 May 2024
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Marion F
New York City, NY297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is a must do for adults and anyone with kids.
Tracing Koreas history thru its wars from the foundation of the country to modern day war and peace efforts the museum give a really great snapshot of not just Korea's start but the similar points in history in other parts of the world as well.
Very interactive, there were lots of video displays available in multiple languages and the top floor has video games
Written 5 May 2024
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8,977 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a very well stocked and poignant museum recording conflict on the Korean peninsula down the geared, with a focus on the Korean War of the 1950s.

There is an impressive collection of military hardware, including planes, tanks and helicopters as well as a multitude of displays charting the history of the war and its participants. There are also a number of short films about the war.

The footprint is huge and you need a couple of hours to do it justice.
Written 12 April 2024
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KUMDORI
Daejeon, South Korea1 contribution
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Mar 2024 • Solo
Do you know about the forgotten war? which is another name for the Korean War. 74 years ago, South Korea invaded by North Korea, So South Korea is in a big crisis. The War Memorial of Korea was built not to forget the forgotten war. If you watch the 6.25 War Room, You can see how much sacrifice and help there was at the time. And you'll know Freedom is not free. If you find more Something to enjoy, Go to the outdoor exhibition space. There are all kinds of military equipment, including tanks, planes, and patrol boat. My recommendation is the B-52 bomber, which is only on display in two countries other than the United States. I hope you have a good time in The War Memorial of Korea.
Written 12 April 2024
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CZ-Milka
Czech Republic24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A great museum that takes you through the Korean military and wars. Several floors, lots of exhibits, including outdoor ones. Lots of labels in English. Free admission. Set aside at least half a day!
Written 10 April 2024
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I knew a fair amount about the Korean War going in but know a lot more now. A lot of information and very well presented. We spent about 2 hours here and needed another hour or so.

This is a Must See attraction in Seoul. Much more important than the Disney-esque palaces.
Written 2 April 2024
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Wayne
Gold Coast, Australia27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
WOW.

A truly impressive collection of military weapons and memorabilia. I spent a good half of the day wandering around this museum and learning about Korean history. This museum spans back from early history to recent. The collection of tanks and aircraft was as good as I have seen. It also gives true respect to the countries that came to fight alongside it in the Korean conflict. The museum carries through to today in the Korean military commitments.
I left feeling very respectful for the South Korean struggle through the history of time.

Written 2 April 2024
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Peter S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Excellent museum, with huge indoor and outdoor spaces. Most information in English, I learned a lot about Korean history. And it's free. Only downside is it closes quite early (6pm) - it was such a pleasant evening we could have enjoyed staying a little later.
Written 25 March 2024
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