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Road Trip to Seoul

This past weekend I decided to take Friday off and head to Seoul for the weekend.  I have been looking forward to this for a few weeks now.  Seoul is a different world than Daegu.  For that matter, it’s a whole different world than most places.

My main focus of the trip was two fold.  My first priority was to see baseball games.  The plan was to hit a different stadium each night I was there.  But I won’t spill my baseball stories here.  You can check those out at my other site Baseball Journeyman.

The second focus of the weekend was the Korean War Museum.  This is a fascinating place.  It histories Korea and its many phases from early empires, to Japanese control, to the Korean war, up to the present day situation.  The museum is full of artifacts, displays, and videos (all which are available in several languages).   It is always fun to see the history of a country.  You can learn a lot about the people from the struggles they have been through, and Korea has had its share.

The museum has several different facets that make it a must see if you are ever in Seoul.   The first of which chronicles the ancient history of Korea.  From the Three Kingdoms Period to the Joseon Dynasty, the museum show different aspects of the culture during the given time.  As you work your through the 3-story building, you pass through sections dealing with the Korean Empire and then the Japanese occupation.

Next comes perhaps the most famous portion of Korean History to foreigners, the Korean War.  There are sections chronicling the entire war from the North Koreans crossing the 38th parallel, to the signing of the armistice.  It’s a fascinating journey worth the look.  There are videos on all parts of the war that will help anyone who does not know much about it.  After all, it is known as the forgotten war in the States.  But it must also be said that this was not simply a US/South Korean fight.  The war was fought under the United Nations flag, and there are many countries who participated and in turn lost lives in the fight.  So there is a good chance that your country played a vital role in the fight.  It’s an amazing tour to do.

Outside the Museum are various displays that are quite impressive.  There are memorials honoring those who fell during the war, statues honoring those who fought, and even a display area with vehicles from the time period.  I was really quite awestruck with some of the items on display.  From machine guns, to helicopters, to planes, tanks, rockets, armored carriers the military might that is on display is amazing.  Have you ever seen the size of a B-52 bomber?  I am still amazed at the size of it.  The sheer wingspan of this plane still has me shaking my head in doubt.

The cost is just the right price, free.  There is a small charge for an audio guide (2,000 won) which is available in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese.  On Friday’s during April, May, June, October, and November there is a honor guard ceremony at 2pm.  From the pictures I have seen, this looks like an amazing display and worth the time if you are there on a Friday.  It is open every day, except Monday and is a very short walk from the subway.

I have included a few pictures below, but I will be doing a more in depth photo essay later this week.  I really had an amazing time.  I want to go back and take a little more time to see some of the displays.  I felt I was a bit rushed at the end because I wanted to get to a baseball game early, and I was still there for almost 3 hours.  Overall it was an amazing experience.  The only thing that could have made it better would to have had my father there with me.  He shares my love of history and war, and I know he would have really enjoyed the tour.

Enjoy these few pictures, and be sure to check back later this week when I will be doing a photo essay with some of the many photos I took while visiting the museum.  Also don’t forget to check out my other site Baseball Journeyman for stories about my baseball travels.  I will be posting reports on the stadiums I saw this weekend this week.

‘Till Next Time

About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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2 Responses to “Road Trip to Seoul”

  1. Mom says:

    Looks interesting and looks like you are having a great time.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Mom. It was a great time.

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