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Silevern #1 Posted 08 August 2015 - 01:53 PM

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Hey everyone!

 

A bit late, but a few weeks ago my family and I visited the War Memorial of Korea. Got some nice pictures of the grounds.

 

The great thing about this memorial site, which is in Yongsan, Seoul, is that there is a large outdoors exhibit showing tons of tanks, artillery guns, aircraft, and even a full size naval cruiser. There are also various helicopters and missiles. Fascinating for a World of Tanks enthusiast.

 

I wish I had taken some more pictures but attached below are some of the ones that we did take. Everything in the museum is amazingly interactive: you can step inside the armored troop carriers and sit at the wheel, you can (kind of) move some of the flak guns around, and you can step on some metal platforms and see what the tops of the tanks look like and stuff. I didn't get on the cruiser, but there were tons of people walking around the decks and the insides of the ship.

 

Unfortunately it was drizzling that day but we still got some good pictures.

 

1: The entrance of the War Memorial of Korea, with the Seoul Tower in the background

 

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2: One of the plaques at the entrance of the memorial "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE"

 

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3: Me in front of a K1 tank. This is the first Korean-made tank and is heavily inspired from the American M1A1 Abrams tank, with a German-made cannon. As for the WoT shirt I'm wearing, I won that in a Facebook competition and got it delivered from Jinx for free :) I'm wearing that shirt and the white hat for the rest of the pictures.

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4: A view of the outdoor exhibit of tanks, with a Republic of Korea Air Force plane in the back (don't know the model). The kid with the blue shirt (and the blurred head) is my little brother, who pestered me to blur his face out because he gets bashful like that. I'm to his right, on the giant artillery tank.

 

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5: The finest examples of post-WWII sky cancer that South Korea has to offer

 

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6: My little brother and I crouched behind an ATC. This museum is awesome in that you can get inside ATCs and check the insides out. Apparently they used to let people climb on top of the tanks but there must have been a few incidents or something of people falling off, so now the tops are fenced off. A pity...

 

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7: The legendary M46 Patton which was so useful in the Korean War. A rather ugly frontal view but it's the genuine thing. 

 

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8: A side view of the M48A3 Patton! 

 

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9: Pointing a flak gun at yours truly.

 

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ha_satan #4 Posted 08 August 2015 - 08:18 PM

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I've been to the Korean War memorial in Washington D.C.  I think its important that we never forget the past.  Still, it's weird having a 'memorial' of a war that has yet to come to an end. Even though an armistice has been reached, no official peace treaty has ever existed between the two states.

 

 


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Lokeen #5 Posted 08 August 2015 - 10:12 PM

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Very cool man thanks so much for posting this! :)

ErikBlack #6 Posted 08 August 2015 - 10:18 PM

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Cool, thanks for sharing.  Nice shirt.  I'm not 100% sure you are aware, the US M1A1's 120mm Main Gun is also German (Rheinmetall AG).

Silevern #7 Posted 09 August 2015 - 04:53 AM

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View Postjky44, on 08 August 2015 - 03:18 PM, said:

I've been to the Korean War memorial in Washington D.C.  I think its important that we never forget the past.  Still, it's weird having a 'memorial' of a war that has yet to come to an end. Even though an armistice has been reached, no official peace treaty has ever existed between the two states.

 

 

 

That's true. Earlier in June my family and my uncle drove up near the Demilitarized Zone to get to a restaurant nearby. On the way there was a river or something to the left of the highway and every kilometer or so (2.2km per mile), there was a wooden bunker with Korean soldiers (holding assault rifles, no less) surrounded by sandbags and radio antennas. And this was maybe 5 kilometers away from the DMZ itself.

 

All over Seoul there are emergency shelters. All of the metro stations have shelves of gas masks in the case of gas attack. Civilians have no right to bear arms yet police often carry submachine guns. Last time I visited in 2013, the security in Incheon International Airport (just west of Seoul and not far from the DMZ) was armed with MP5s.

 

So yeah, South Korea is not pretty looking. Not sure when exactly a real armistice will come around.

 

View PostErikBlack, on 08 August 2015 - 05:18 PM, said:

Cool, thanks for sharing.  Nice shirt.  I'm not 100% sure you are aware, the US M1A1's 120mm Main Gun is also German (Rheinmetall AG).

 

I did not know that. Thanks for the info! I did read somewhere that lots of Korean tanks have guns from Germany, possibly the same Rheinmetall AG company.



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That's pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing dude!

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Mate awesome I have been in every memorial in Wasington D.C never found a tank about all these war. I wish I could go to a war Museums with tanks or a Tank museum here in North America. Cool mate
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Wow, I wish I came across this thread earlier. Thanks for sharing the pictures!


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View Post_DiEnD10Fever, on 24 August 2015 - 07:07 AM, said:

Mate awesome I have been in every memorial in Wasington D.C never found a tank about all these war. I wish I could go to a war Museums with tanks or a Tank museum here in North America. Cool mate

 

There is one Ordnance Museum that I know of that displays a crap load of tanks and its located at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland.  However I had heard they are in the process of moving the museum to Ft. Lee Virginia.

Edited by jky44, 30 August 2015 - 03:00 PM.

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