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, Republic of 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

The Seoul National Cemetery (Hangul: 국립서울현충원; MR: Kungnip Sŏul Hyŏnch'ungwŏn) 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 are overseen by 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] Only one non-Korean person is buried there, the Englishman Francis William Schofield.[2][not in citation given]

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.[3]

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]

Seoul National Cemetery 26th Sanctuary

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "The Dawn of Modern Korea 236: Candid Camera". Korea Times. 24 October 2004. Retrieved 9 January 2006. 
  3. ^ "N.Korean National Cemetery Visit Sparks Concern". Chosun Ilbo. 14 August 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2006. 

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