Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Korean War Memorial

This weekend we headed over to the Korean War Memorial. This museum is both a history of the Korean War, and a museum with artifacts of many ancient wars. When you first arrive outside, you'll find lots of planes and helicopters and tanks and all sorts of war vehicles. You can go in some of them. I'm not sure if they are replicas or the real thing, but either way it's really interesting to see. There's also randomly a traditional wedding hall here, and we sort of stumbled across a wedding where the whole wedding party was in hanbok. It was pretty cool to see, I wish we could have gotten closer.

There are also lots of statues, mostly dedicated to the Korean War. This one was particularly interesting.

Here is the front entrance to the museum. The big 60 is for the 60th anniversary of the Korean war. Oh! I had to include this picture. This is the Singicheon... the "divine weapon". The Korean movie I reviewed a few months ago was all about this weapon. It was awesome to see what it really looked like. This weapon was probably one of the most deadly weapons in the world for a long time. It was developed during the reign of King Sejong, probably the most famous of all Korean Emperors. He also invented Hangul (the alphabet), among other accomplishments. This weapon shot many arrows at a time at high speeds, using gunpowder. You should really check out the movie. I thought it was excellent.

The Korean War Memorial is located close to Samgaji Station on the brown and light blue lines. Go out exit 11 and walk for a minute or two until you see the enterance on the left. The are open until 6:00 pm and the entrance fee is 3,000 won. For the size of this museum, it's well worth the money.

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