Seoul National Cemetery
|Seoul National Cemetery|
|Used for those deceased 1950–present|
|Location||Dongjak-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
The Seoul National Cemetery (Korean: 국립서울현충원; 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 cemetary 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. Only one non-Korean person is buried there, the Canadian Francis Schofield.
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.
The late president Kim Dae-Jung was interred there on Aug 23, 2009.
Notable persons buried
- Syngman Rhee - President of Korea - buried 1965
- Park Chung-hee - President of Korea - buried 1979
- Yuk Young-soo - wife of President Park - buried 1974
- Kim Dae-jung - President of Korea - buried 2009
- Park Tae-joon - Founder of POSCO - buried 2011
- History of South Korea
- Daejeon National Cemetery
- Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – in North Korea
- List of Korea-related topics
- List of national cemeteries by country
- Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery – in North Korea
- Patriotic Martyrs' Cemetery – in North Korea
- United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan
- Cemetery for North Korean and Chinese Soldiers in Paju
- War Memorial of Korea – in Seoul
- "The Dawn of Modern Korea 236: Candid Camera". Korea Times. 24 October 2004. Retrieved 9 January 2006.
- "N.Korean National Cemetery Visit Sparks Concern". Chosun Ilbo. 14 August 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2006.