Known as the nation’s sanctuary, the Seoul National Cemetery (국립서울현충원) is where martyred patriots and dedicated civil servants rest in peace. Established by President Syngman Rhee (이승만) in 1955, these hallowed grounds measure approximately 1.43 million square meters. It is a beautiful and peaceful place where people can honor fallen heroes. It is also a place where people can enjoy nature and celebrate freedom that was afforded them by the service and sacrifice of 165,000 brave souls.
Presidents, generals, and a Lady were also interred at the national sanctuary.
Seoul National Cemeterary has been designated as a park where visitors and bereaved families can rest and enjoy nature.
The cemetery also has a great view of Seoul and the Han River (한강). It is indeed a beautiful place to honor Korea’s heroes.
Seoul National Cemetery is easily accessible by Subway Line #4 or #9, exit #8 of Dongjak Station (동작역). For more information, go to their official website or call the tourism hotline (02-1330).
My maternal grandmother passed away almost a week ago (May 29, 2013 PDT). This post is dedicated to her and all those who have sacrificed much and dedicated their lives for their families.
Do you have loved ones that you visit at a cemetery?