Today we’re wrapping up a week of focusing on military memorials with the War Memorial of Korea.
Instead of being a memorial in the way Americans think of it, the War Memorial of Korea is a museum dedicated to Korea’s war history. It has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Inside there are exhibitions on war history and the Korean War; outside there are vehicles, planes, tanks, and submarines, as well as a long statue of soliders. Also outside are several monuments, including the Statue of Brothers, which is located in the southwest corner of the outdoor area.
The description of the Statue of Brothers monument is:
“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.”
Admission to the War Memorial of Korea is free but it is closed on Mondays.
The War Memorial of Korea has a great Web site that details its exhibits. The address is www.warmemo.or.kr/eng/intro/message/message.jsp.
The Korea Tourism site also has some information on the museum at www.knto.or.kr/ena/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=313334.