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War Memorial of Korea

War Memorial of Korea

29 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

The Basics

The museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts—largely equipment from the Korean War—including tanks, guns, military planes, and a series of sculptures and paintings depicting war efforts throughout South Korean history. Larger weaponry is displayed in an outdoor exhibition area. Most sightseeing tours of Seoul include a visit to the War Memorial of Korea, and day trips to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) often stop here first to offer context. Admission is free.

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No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
star-4.5
$107.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A great tour of the DMZ
Our tour guide, Sadie made this tour excellent. She was so knowledgeable and could answer any question you asked. Time management was great and we got to see everything without feeling like we were being rushed. Overall, a fantastic experience!
Karrah_P, Aug 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

star-4
This historic hot spot is a must for history buffs
Michael G, Nov 2019
No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
Although the DMZ has a bit of a carnival atmosphere it is non the less an important and serious place worth visiting. It would be a good idea for young people to study up on Korean history and the Korean conflict in particular.
star-4
Great tour!
Julie D, Aug 2019
No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
Very nice tour guide, Peter, who knew a lot, toke time to explain the history and was funny too. I can hardly recoment this tour :)
star-5
DMZ - Tour - Excellent
David_G, Jul 2019
No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
The day tour of the DMZ was an amazing experience and the tour guide was superb at summing up the whole history of what we were seeing - I especially liked the trip down the 3rd infiltration tunnel although it’s a shame you can’t take pictures down there. The only fly in the ointment was that the morning was a little rushed, but I guess that’s how it has to be to fit everything in
star-5
DMZ
ranaldo89, Jun 2019
No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
Trip was great and the timing for everything was just right. Tour guide was amazing with the history lesson on the way there.
star-5
Guide Sadie was great!
Navigate31298322572, Jun 2019
No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour with our professional guide named Sadie. She explained very well the history of the Korea war and took good care of everyone. The visit per location was very time constraint though...
star-5
Worth it
Christian_L, May 2019
No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
Good program, well organised and on time, including helpful updates from the operator prior to pick up.
star-4
Just great.
kahee_c, Mar 2019
No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
Ms. Sadie the guide was very kind and spoke english very well. The tour spanned from 08:00 till 16:00. For those who wanted to know more about the korean war and also wanted to visit the DMZ this is for you.
star-4
Connecting journey
rabuchs, Aug 2018
No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
It was a very interesting day connecting the past of Korea to the present and possible future! The guide was very informative and nice.
star-5
Still good even with a change of plans
zofchak, Dec 2019
No shopping Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
My wife and I originally signed up for the full day tour but the political climate changed so they had to resort to the alternate tour. The alternate was only a half day and we were refunded half our money. The new tour was very informative no less interesting. There was a choice when visiting the war museum. You can explore for the hour given by the tour guide and return to the bus with him or you can stay and fully explore it and return on your own time. I suggest doing the latter because an hour is no where near enough time. It took us about four hours or so to get through everything. It was a fun time.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The War Memorial of Korea is a must-see for a better understanding of the Korean War.

  • Give yourself 90 minutes to two hours to tour the museum collection.

  • The museum and its facilities are wheelchair accessible, including an elevator and restrooms.

  • Public restrooms can be found outside, and to the east, west, and north of the museum.

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How to Get There

To get to the museum on public transportation, take the Seoul Subway to Samgakji Station (Line 6) or Namyeong Station (Line 1). Several public buses also stop nearby at the War Memorial of Korea or Samgakji Station bus stops.

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When to Get There

The museum and memorial are open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 6pm. Because this is one of the most popular attractions in Seoul, it’s a good idea to visit on a weekday morning or late afternoon, when things tend to be quieter.

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Understanding the Korean War

Technically, the Korean War is still ongoing, and tensions often run hot between the North and the South, making the information provided by the War Memorial particularly relevant. Travelers who plan to visit the DMZ will benefit from a trip to the War Memorial of Korea first, as it is a great place to flesh out an understanding of this complex conflict.

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