Some of the existing buildings inside Yongsan Garrison were constructed by the Japanese in early 1900’s . They built permanent structures to support their thousands of troops Most of these structures are still in use today
Memories from Darrell Brown:
South Post Bunker Yongsan. Built by the Japanese in 1920s, still some evidence of Korean War damage on Bunker. I spent many hours in the Bunker during exercises in late 70s, early 80s. In later years attended many planning conferences here. Guardian Control maintained operations in lower levels of the Bunker. It is still utilized by joint US/ROK personnel.
Note From Veteran Paul Black:
After looking at the inside the on Facebook the USO building looks nothing like it did in 58-59. https://www.facebook.com/yongsanlegacy/#
I’m sorry I don’t have any photos of the inside of the building.
It was being used as a warehouse back then, not very nice inside at all. Each room housed a different product. I wish Mr. Woo could see it now.
The most striking thing I remember was the door ways were only about 6′ or less throughout the building, as per average height of a Japanese person.
I am happy to know that a building I frequented is still in use and has been brought up to date inside.
What will happen to Camp Kim once the Yongsan Base closes and all the GI’s are gone?
What about the roof, is it the same tile as installed in 1959? That could be a stretch even for a tile roof?
Note from John Nowell: In the future, when you take a photo of a building on Yongsan Garrison, please also look for the bldg #. It will be located on the bldg and you should take a photo of that # as well. When we see that number we will know if the bldg is on South or Main post. I try to get the bldg number in the photo as that is very helpful to know where it is located. Thanks for sharing this photo. There many small bldgs with the same redbrick construction scattered on both posts. So, it is confusing for those who haven’t seen these bldgs with taller vegetation all around the bldgs.
Note from John Nowell: The Japanese built building at the East side of the HQs, JUSMAG-K was supposedly occupied by a Japanese Military Doctor for the hospital which was located further up the hill passed the Dental Clinic. If this is a photo of that bldg. But, it doesn’t look quite right as it appears to be larger than that small bldg. That is why I suggested that it looks like the redbrick bldg on South Post which is a bit larger and has lots of trees around it. But, I will take a look at both bldgs to get a better perspective on both bldgs. More later.
Note from John Nowell: Only those folks who worked on Yongsan Garrison would say this is a bldg on South Post Yongsan Garrison. I do not recall the original purpose of this bldg, but probably an Officer’s quarters. It has been modified with an air conditioner and a few other improvements over the decades that it has existed.