Ken’s Epic Korean Vacation Adventure: Day 3

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Ken's Epic Korean Vacation Adventure, South Korea

My horribly, horribly long-overdue and no longer relevant attempt to shore up some loose ends here in South Korea and share a few more experiences.   I’m considering firing myself for missing so many deadlines but nonetheless, enjoy!

Day 3: War Memorial of Korea Part Deux

Since I had royally screwed up the plans to visit the museum at the War Memorial of Korea by picking the only day they weren’t open, we decided that Tuesday would be as good of a day as any to exact our revenge.  After what had become our normal breakfast stop within the hotel — hey, two days is a streak — we made the short walk just outside the nearest gate and across the road to the museum.

Now unfortunately for the paying audience, there isn’t much that is funny about the War Memorial of Korea and corresponding museum, it is actually more somber than anything.  My Dad, however, enjoys museums, and loves history even more, and the facility is very friendly to English-speakers.  We covered every inch of every floor in the museum as thoroughly as possible, stopping to read as much of the detail as we could — especially that which pertained to the Korean War and, more specifically, the United States’ involvement.

The perfect tag team: the one man who can win hearts and minds and the flags of the United Nations.

There is not a whole lot more I can say about the War Memorial of Korea that wasn’t already outlined in my post The War Memorial of Koreapenned way back when I was still in-processing at USAG Yongsan last June — boy, does time fly when you’re having fun.  Not to plug my own material but I certainly recommend giving that particular post a read, if you haven’t already, as it pertains to this day’s activities and illustrates the museum’s excellent depiction of South Korea’s military history, along with the Korean War and American involvement.  You can certainly tell by the exhibits that the sacrifices made by the people of the United States are held in high regard with the Korean people.

I certainly think the visit to the museum was an enriching experience for my Dad and I believe he actually took some pride in the amount of gratitude given to the United States Armed Forces within the museum knowing I am here serving 60 years later.  We definitely made the most of the day before heading back to the hotel for the evening.

While the War Memorial of Korea and the museum are very educational and very serious places, there’s always time for a little fun:

If the Commies had seen this coming, the war would’ve ended in half the time. Take that, MacArthur.


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