Seoul National Cemetery
|Seoul National Cemetery|
|Used for those deceased 1950–present|
|Location||Dongjak-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
|Seoul National Cemetery|
|Revised Romanization||Guklib Seoul Hyeonchungwon|
|McCune–Reischauer||Kungnip Sŏul Hyŏnch'ungwŏn|
The Seoul National Cemetery (Hangul: 국립서울현충원) 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).
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
- Kim Young-sam – President of Korea – buried 2015
- Park Tae-joon – Founder of POSCO – buried 2011
- Chae Myung-shin – ROK Marine Corps General – buried 2013
- Jang In-hwan – Korean Independence activist and assassin of Durham Stevens - buried 1975
Incidents and controversy
Bombing incident at the gate of Seoul National Cemetery
Visited by the North Korean delegation
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. It is similar to the worship, In 1985, President Reagan's visit to Bitburg, it is the National Cemetery of the soldiers' headquarters.
Special place on the Seoul National Cemetery for the former President
- 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
- May 18th National Cemetery
- http://www.snmb.mil.kr/snc_2009/web/eng_snc/m12.jsp# Archived 2012-06-10 at the Wayback Machine.
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