My 5: UN Memorial Cemetery – Busan, Korea.

United Nations Memorial Cemetery Busan Korea

1. February 2015. This beautifully landscaped graveyard, located in Busan’s Nam district, is the world’s only United Nations cemetery. Constructed in tribute to UN command casualties in The Korean War, the fourteen-hectare complex opened in 1951. My self-guided tour started here at The Memorial Hall where a short film takes you through the cemetery’s history.

2. February 2015. The compound contains around 2300 graves, which are set out across twenty-two sections designated by nationality.

3. February 2015. Each section has a memorial statue, while the graves usually state full names, the unit served and date of death. It’s a sobering experience, especially when you stop to think about the likes of J.A. Mundy, a nineteen-year-old private who perished in 1951 serving The King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.

4. February 2015. The pretty Daunt Waterway lies in memory of The Korean War’s youngest fallen UN soldier, Australia’s JP Daunt. He was just seventeen at the time of his death.

5. February 2015. The Wall of Remembrance is an equally poignant affair. Comprised of 140 marble panels, it lists the names of 40,896 either killed or missing during The Korean War. The cemetery is open all year round between the hours of 09:00-18:00. Admission is free.

For more on this cool city, have a leaf through my other 5s on Busan.  

You can also leaf through my various articles from around Korea.

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