On April 1, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is opening the Yongsan City Memorial Exhibition Hall to exhibit and store the records of the historical changes that took place in Yongsan. Celebrating the opening, the video of the interior and exterior of Yongsan Garrison shot by the US Army will be available to the public for the first time. You can watch the changing history of Yongsan with photos and videos, including the 31st Infantry Regiment that formed in Yongsan in 1947, Yongsan during the Korean War, and the lives of Yongsan residents in the 1950s-60s.
The exhibition hall comprises the first floor, where the materials and works related to the changes in Yongsan are displayed, and the second floor, where you can find the archive with over 300 photos of Yongsan Garrison as well as related videos and documents.
On the first floor, the permanent exhibition shows visitors the transformative process of Yongsan, once a gathering place of goods and manpower as well as an important traffic center, which passed the Japanese occupation period and the Korean War, turning into Sinyongsan.
On the second floor, the archive room with bookshelves not only shows the current status of Yongsan but also provides foreign records, books and materials for visitors to access.
In the archive room, you can also watch a short 2-minute 30-second documentary that compiles videos collected by the US National Archives and Records Administration.
Yongsan City Memorial Exhibition Hall is open from 10 AM to 7 PM from Tuesday to Saturday. Visitors must reserve via the Seoul Public Service Reservation website (https://yeyak.seoul.go.kr) or register in person. Visitor capacity may be limited according to the COVID-19 situation.
Exterior of Yongsan City Memorial Exhibition Hall
Interior of Yongsan City Memorial Exhibition Hall
KATUSA soldiers marching in file (1955) (present-day Camp Coiner with Namsan Mountain in the background; ca. 1950s)