Nakdong River Victory Memorial Hall

published by Devon Furbush

The unexpected Korean War on June 25, 1950 is documented as one of the most complicated affairs for the United Nations. In 1947, two years after World War 2 ended, the Koreas were politically split into two: the USA held down the South, and Russia ran the North. What ensued over the next three years would be a troublesome case of fruitless meetings and failure to see eye-to-eye. By the end of 1948, two separate countries were finally formed.  

While the south was on the verge of being wiped out in the first few weeks, they were pushed to retreat to the Nakdong River defense line. This operation known as the Nakdong River Defense Battle successfully defeated the communist troops who came to put an end to democratic nations. You can even say that the Nakdong River saved the Republic of Korea from falling into the hands of communism. Had it not been for the help of foreign soldiers and Koreans working in unison to utilize the river, who knows if South Korea would even exist today. Though many lives were lost, they didn’t perish in vain. The actions that took place drastically reduced the number of casualties. 

The Nakdong River Victory Memorial Hall is a dedication to the strength of unity and democracy that reigned during the Korean War. This cultural-educational space elicits historical awareness and the realization of the tragedy that goes along with it; a constant reminder not to forget the brave soldiers who were killed in action on the battlefield. 

Outside are several armored vehicles and weapons that have been operated by the Korean Army over the past decades. 

More than 200,000 volunteer student soldiers took combat weapons to the battlefield wearing their school uniforms. At the time, the Korean Student Volunteer Army Camp was located near Daegu Station and it was there where students went to enlist for combat. Many of them requested to be placed at the Nakdong River, but all-in-all they successfully fought at numerous battles in Daboodong, Youngcheon, Hyunpoong, and Pohang as well. When they were ordered to return to school, about 100,000 of them refused to. Instead, they opted to get official military serial numbers and continue their loyal services. In the end, 7000 of them perished for the sake of freedom of the country. 

In this memorial hall, you will not only learn about the Nakdong River Battle, but you can also see the countries that help the South, learn Korean geography, see relics and weapons used in the war, send letters to veterans, see how South Korea rebuilt itself from the dirt, and enjoy the photo zone.

Address: 574-110, Apsansunhwan-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu

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