UNMCKDesignated by the UN, the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea is the only holy ground of its kind in the world.
Designed by a Korean architect named Jung-Up Kim as a symbol paying tribute to the fallen UN forces who sacrificed their precious lives in the Korean War, the gate was dedicated by the citizens of Busan on 30 November 1966.
Walking in through the Main Gate, one may see the entry arch to the cemetery on the left. The map of the cemetery and the statistics of the interred at the UNMCK are engraved on the wall near the entry arch.
The Memorial Service Hall was built by the UN in memory of the UN fallen during the Korean War. It was completed on 21 August 1964. Architect Jung-Up Kim, after carefully considering the diverse religious backgrounds of the UN forces, realized a design with six support beams and a triangle representing geometric abstraction and eternity.
The stained glass decorating both sides of the Service Hall consists of many smaller artistic designs. Each symbolizes an apostle of peace, sublimation, tragedies of war, love and peace. There are 16 lines representing the 16 nations from the center of the floor radiating through the UN logo and the ceiling to the sky. It is a fitting addition to the sanctity of the Hall as it symbolizes the wish and will for non-occurrence of the tragedies of war. To the visitors who enter the Hall, light colors and bright lights in harmony with the splendid stained glass brings forth the desire for peace as well as mystical feelings as the home of the 2,300 fallen, since the Hall features a short documentary on the Korean War and the UNMCK.
The 10-minute-long documentary on the Korean War and the history of the UNMCK has been prepared in 5 languages so that students and visitors alike may better understand the Korean War and the role of the UN troops in the Korean War.
The Memorabilia Hall and the Office of the UNMCK were built simultaneously by the UN in 1968.
The Commission for the UNMCK, CUNMCK, held its first meeting in the Memorabilia Hall after the management of the UNMCK was transferred from UNCURK in February, 1974. Photos of the UN troops in the Korean War and memorial artifacts are exhibited as well as the first UN flag used in the Korean War.
The photos are exhibited in alphabetical order of the nations.
Below the photos, one can find various memorial artifacts. Also exhibited are pictures of the UNMCK from the past, a variety of Korean War Monuments in Korea, VIPs from around the world visiting the UNMCK
This area originally stored the list of all the UN troops who fell during the Korean War. With the completion of the Wall of Remembrance in 2006, upon which are inscribed all the names of the UN troops who perished during the War, it was remodeled for public exhibitions.
Along with a permanent panel exhibition of photos of the fallen buried at the UNMCK, which are provided to the UNMCK by the bereaved family members of the heroes, various related memorabilia are also exhibited. There are also special, thematic exhibits held year round. The hall is about 30㎡.
It is named after the youngest brave soldier interred at the UNMCK, Mr. J. P. Daunt, an Australian soldier who fell at the age of 17. The waterway runs between the Grave Area and the Green Area and symbolically represents the line between Life and Invaluable Sacrifice. It is 0.7 of meter wide and 110 meters long with fish and water lilies living in it.
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