In June of 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea and the Korean War commenced. The North was backed by communist China and the South was supported by the United States. The war continued until an armistice was signed on July 27th 1953. Even though the war was relatively short, the amount of casualties was high with over 5 million people killed.
In 1994 the Statue of Brothers opened to the public, it was designed by artist Choi Young-jeep. The statue depicts two soldiers embracing each other on the battlefield. The fictional story behind it involves two Korean brothers who meet on the battlefield during the Korean War. The eldest of the two is a man serving as an officer for South Korea and the younger brother is serving as a soldier for the North Korean Army.
The powerful symbolism behind the statue is the wanting of reunification of both sides from the Korean people. The dome that is cracked in the middle represents their separation. Inside the dome there is intricate mosaic work depicting scenes of the battlefields and characters from the war as seen below. The statue stands at 11 metres tall and is a symbol of the Korean War.
My visit to this memorial was very interesting; South Korea is a country with a very deep history. I strongly recommend visiting this site in Seoul and I will be discussing several other historical sites and landmarks in South Korea in my future blogs.
How to get there: Take subway Line 4 or 6 and get off at Samgakji Station.
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