Seoul National Cemetery

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Seoul National Cemetery
South Korea
Used for those deceased 1950–present
Established 1956
Location Dongjak-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
37°29′56″N 126°58′20″E / 37.49889°N 126.97222°E / 37.49889; 126.97222Coordinates: 37°29′56″N 126°58′20″E / 37.49889°N 126.97222°E / 37.49889; 126.97222
Seoul National Cemetery
Hangul 국립서울
Hanja 國立서울
Revised Romanization Guklib Seoul Hyeonchungwon
McCune–Reischauer Kungnip Sŏul Hyŏnch'ungwŏn

The Seoul National Cemetery (Hangul국립서울현충원) is located in Dongjak-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea. When established by presidential decree of Syngman Rhee in 1956, it was the country's only national cemetery. As the cemetery reached capacity in the early 1970s, Daejeon National Cemetery was established in 1976. Both cemeteries had been overseen by the Ministry of Defence (South Korea) until 2005 but in 2006 the Daejeon National Cemetery was transferred to the Ministry of Patriots' and Veterans' Affairs (South Korea).

The cemetery is reserved for Korean veterans, including those who died in the Korean independence movement, Korean War, and Vietnam War.[1]

In August 2005, controversy was stirred by the visit of a North Korean delegation to the cemetery. The delegation was led by Kim Ki-Nam, and numbered 182 officials. The visit not only sparked outrage among those opposed to warmer relations with the North, but also raised fears that a future delegation from the South might be expected to pay their respects to Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang.[2]

The late president Kim Dae-Jung was interred there on Aug 23, 2009.

The Seoul National Cemetery is near Dongjak Station on Seoul Subway Line 4 or Seoul Subway Line 9. Except for some special days, normally, the Seoul National Cemetery allows access to the public.

Notable persons buried[edit]

Tomb of President Park Chung Hee in Seoul National Cemetery
Seoul National Cemetery 26th Sanctuary

Incidents and controversy[edit]

Bombing incident at the gate of Seoul National Cemetery[edit]

On June 22, 1970, three North Korean agents broke into the cemetery and planted a bomb. One agent was killed when the bomb was accidentally detonated.[4][5]

Visited by the North Korean delegation[edit]

On August 14, 2005, a group of North Korean delegations including Vice Chairman of North Korea's Peace and Reunification Committee of the DPRK, visited the Seoul National Cemetery.

Special place on the Seoul National Cemetery for the former President[edit]

In 2009, when Kim Dae-jung died at the time of the death, he was decided to be buried in Seoul, not in Daejeon area which was the initial planned place.[6]

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