War Memorial of Korea and Hongdae

After visiting the National Museum of Korea on Friday, my friend’s third day in Korea, it started to rain.

On the fourth day, instead of going hiking in the mud, we went to the War Memorial of Korea and attached Museum. Outside, there are lots of planes, artillery pieces, personnel carriers, etc. Visitors can climb into many of these war machines for a close-up view.

To get inside, you’ll have to pay 3,000 which includes more than just exhibits on the Korean War. The museum has information on many aspects of Korean military history. We spent about an hour outside and about 4 hours inside.

Surprisingly they also had a Barbie exhibit (yes a Barbie Doll exhibit) and a da Vinci exhibit. One was 10,000 and the other 12,000 but we didn’t try either one.

Later that night we went to Hongdae, the area near Hongik University. It’s famous for bars and crowds and Saturday night did not disappoint. We ate and drank from 8:00 PM until around 2:00 AM when we went to a fancy noribang (karaoke room). This place, named Su, was 32,000 an hour which is quite expensive. It was the fanciest noribang I’ve ever been to and they had ice cream included in the price.

Then we went to another bar and drank some more. As you might imagine, we decided that since we were getting home to sleep around 5:00 AM that we’d settle for a late start on Sunday.

Sunday included Chinese food, Han Ok Gol Village, Waffle House, Myeong Dong, and Dongdaemun. More on that next time.

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  1. Charles Burrill says:

    You no doubt were there way after the war.

    I was there in 1950 & 51, I would never return to that pig stye country. To much pain for me

  2. James Trotta says:

    You’re right that I was there after the war. Just two days ago actually. As I entered the back of an APC and felt the worn handhold things hanging down I tried to imagine how it must have felt to be riding in that APC 50+ years ago, clinging to the cloth handholds. I can’t imagine the pain.

    I would argue that “pig stye country” is no longer accurate.

  3. Justine says:

    I think the pig stye comment is very unfair about Korea today – or perhaps ever. Obviously a country torn apart by war is not going to be an idyllic paradise. My son has lived in Seoul area for 5 years and been married to a lovely, kind and cultured Korean girl for 2 years. We have visited Korea twice and have found the culture and people to be interesting and welcoming. Of course it is not North America, obviously it is Asia. There are things much better than America, and things worse; but most things are just plain different. You try being on a subway and dark city streets at 1:00 am in Chicago or New York and feel as safe and unthreatened as we did in Seoul. The thing I find most disturbing is that most Americans go to Korea as military people and don’t even try to get to know Korean people or culture. They insulate themselves in an American area and hate all things Korean. They certainly do not treat Koreans with respect or even interest. I suggest you open your eyes and appreciate the diversity in the human race….when war is not tearing a culture or country apart. One more thing…..there are few or maybe no fat people in Korea. Think maybe they are doing something right?

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