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War and Division

July 11, 2011

This weekend I went to visit The War Memorial of Korea.  Past the bizarre streets of Itaewon (the foreigner district) and past parts of the U.S. military base, lies the huge memorial site.  Outside you can see and also go inside many helicopters, planes, tanks and even a ship.  Inside holds another 3 floors of exhibits.

There were a surprising amount of kids running around the outside grounds of the memorial.  They seemed to be having a field day playing in the ship and pretending to fire off the missiles.  In one area we saw artwork done by many students about their thoughts on reunification of the Koreas.  Many of the pictures expressed a torn country waiting for a day when Korea will again be one.  I’ve seen a lot of the same type of paintings in my school.  When learning the history of Korea, and what the future may hold, the subject matter of Korean public schools teaches children that reunification is good.  Though I don’t see this happening anytime soon, it seems that there is a strong sense of hope for the day when it is possible.

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