While walking past Kwang Jang Market, in between Seoul subway stations Jongno-samga (3) and Jongno-oga (5) on the dark blue line (#1) Julianne and I saw a Korean War photo exhibit with pictures of the 68 countries that were involved in the Korean War.
The exhibit is put on by “The World Peace Freedom United” and sponsored by Doongsa Dong-A (and a few others, I think) but when I do a Google search for the world peace group nothing comes up so I’m not sure exactly what kind of group they are, or what their mission is. Regardless of that, I was VERY impressed with the something like 200 photos from the Korean War, and the general set up of the photo exhibit.
A little while I ago I wrote a post about the Korean War/War Memorial of Korea in Yongsan-gu (near Itaewon), South Korea – Revisiting the Past. On my old blog I also write a post called Pepero Day in Korea vs. Remembrance Day around the World. The reason I mention these two blog posts is because in both of them I am a little critical of the general manner in which Korea integrates other nations’ soldiers who fought, were injured, and died during the Korean War, into Memorial Day and the War Memorial of Korea exhibits.
After walking around the photo exhibit I was really impressed and wondered to myself why this kind of exhibit is not a permanent fixture at the War Memorial of Korea . . .
Anyways, Julianne and I walked around looking at the photos, and I took a few pictures of them to encourage people to go and check out this exhibit.
I’m not sure about some of the numbers in the chart above as, for example, Canada’s casualty count seems to be lower than what it says on the plaque I have a picture of in this post (it’s the 3rd picture down). The chart above says 312 died, but in a plaque made by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, at a memorial in Korea for Canadian soldiers, the number is 516 . . .
Regardless of some factual errors I was deeply moved and saddened by the pictures, and felt that it was a very powerful way to remember the Korean War and the tragedies that took place.
US Marines being shelled, early August 1950.
US Marines under attack by Chinese forces, early December 1950.
This is a shot of the entire exhibit, at least as much as I could get of it, and you can see there are a large number of pictures running around this field.
Wounded Canadian soldier . . .
1951, Koreans crossing the Han River on a makeshift bridge because the Han bridges had been severely damaged.
These are just a few of the hundreds of pictures at this exhibit. Many of the pictures are extremely powerful and it renewed how impressed I am that Korea has overcome so much of the trauma it experienced during the Korean War.
If you are in the Seoul area I cannot urge you enough to go and visit this photo exhibit.