• Note and photos from darrell Brown:
    I Purchased this oil painting in 1990 from an artist who had a shop on Yongsan South Post. It hangs on my Sun Porch here in NC. It has a sense of calmness for me.
    I bought it in a shop that it is not there anymore, It was located where the South Post Barber shop is now, snack bar building. The artist had a base pass and painted both in his shop on base and his home. I have no idea if he had an off post shop at that time. They also had artists in the Arcade, beside the Library, but I did not like their work.
  • Darrell Brown: Yes, drive over, through, around for many years. It caused lots of traffic jams.

    Yongsan Legacy: Darrell what years were those?
    Darrell Brown: 1978-1879, 1981-1997. 2000-2006 when I returned in 2008, by then I think the rotary had been demolished. Left in 2010 returned in 2012-2016
    I would add, my first time going through Samgachi was in 1961, departed in 1963. At the time Seoul still had Trolly cars and cobblestone streets, no asphalt. Samgachi was mostly dirt street with Red Light district. Gate # 1 was Main Gate. Castle Club was just inside the Gate. In front of Seoul Station there was elevated police box used to direct traffic. The 25th Trans BN. was Hq at Seoul Station. Camp Coimer was occupied by the 304th Signal BN. What is now Yongsan Library was Main PX. Frontier Club on South Post was for Top NCO grades. The Club by gate # 10 was lower enlisted. I remember it had a door that opened directly on the street, so you could come in and out without using the gate. Dawn to dusk curfew, 728th MP BN patrolled both on and off post. All the shops in Itaewon, once called Japanese Village, were heated with kerosene stoves, with stove pipes fashioned from soda/beer can. They had little stools to sit on. I also remember the poverty, with people living in Caves dug into the banks of the Han River. No major buildings between South Post and Han River.

    John Nowell : I too remember many of those things as much hadn’t changed from 1965 to 1970. Thank you for your comments Darrel. It reminded me of things I didn’t mention in the lecture. But, there is really too much to say when one gets started talking about those days

    Mike Chang: The rotary had already been torn down by 2002 when I returned. I believe its demolishing was part of the construction of the line 6 subway. I remember it clearly from 95-97 though. Anyone have pictures of the old Yongsan train station?

    • Do you remember the elevated road of Smagakji? asked John Nowell @janowell during his talk at USO HQ’s on 29th May 2017 when he shared his early memories from Yongsan Garriosn.
      Samgakji was once covered by an overpass for cars…. the circle…
      • Darrell Brown: Yes, drive over, through, around for many years. It caused lots of traffic jams.

        Yongsan Legacy: Darrell what years were those?
        Darrell Brown: 1978-1879, 1981-1997. 2000-2006 when I returned in 2008, by then I think the rotary had been demolished. Left in 2010 returned in 2012-2016
        I would add, my first time going through Samgachi was in 1961, departed in 1963. At the time Seoul still had Trolly cars and cobblestone streets, no asphalt. Samgachi was mostly dirt street with Red Light district. Gate # 1 was Main Gate. Castle Club was just inside the Gate. In front of Seoul Station there was elevated police box used to direct traffic. The 25th Trans BN. was Hq at Seoul Station. Camp Coimer was occupied by the 304th Signal BN. What is now Yongsan Library was Main PX. Frontier Club on South Post was for Top NCO grades. The Club by gate # 10 was lower enlisted. I remember it had a door that opened directly on the street, so you could come in and out without using the gate. Dawn to dusk curfew, 728th MP BN patrolled both on and off post. All the shops in Itaewon, once called Japanese Village, were heated with kerosene stoves, with stove pipes fashioned from soda/beer can. They had little stools to sit on. I also remember the poverty, with people living in Caves dug into the banks of the Han River. No major buildings between South Post and Han River.

        John Nowell : I too remember many of those things as much hadn’t changed from 1965 to 1970. Thank you for your comments Darrel. It reminded me of things I didn’t mention in the lecture. But, there is really too much to say when one gets started talking about those days

        Mike Chang: The rotary had already been torn down by 2002 when I returned. I believe its demolishing was part of the construction of the line 6 subway. I remember it clearly from 95-97 though. Anyone have pictures of the old Yongsan train station?

    • A few well-known names from the Samgakji art district include Park Soo-keun, a prominent self-taught Korean artist who died in 1965 and whose painting, “Ladies of a Marketplace,” in 2007 shattered the record for any art piece auctioned in the country.

    • http://mengnews.joins.com/view.aspx?aId=2904695

      Samgakji’s roots go back to the 1950s when Koreans who painted portraits for U.S. military officials flourished around the base, attracting a subsequent influx of frame makers, art brokers and galleries to the area.
      Business boomed in the 1960s and ’70s, as Korean paintings made their way overseas.

    • i wanna make the gallery map with an open street map….

    • There are more than 50 galleries and frame shops near Samgakji Station (Line 4 and Line 6). Even local Seoulites wonder why there are so many galleries and frame shops here. In the 60’s, Artists around the country moved and set up ateliers and galleries near Samgakji to paint family portraits for GI’s.
      • A few well-known names from the Samgakji art district include Park Soo-keun, a prominent self-taught Korean artist who died in 1965 and whose painting, “Ladies of a Marketplace,” in 2007 shattered the record for any art piece auctioned in the country.

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