Does anyone remember when the Greyhound buses were operating in Korea? It was just after the Expressway from Seoul to Busan was opened in 1970. The buses were parked and operated from near the Seoul Railroad Station up behind where the USO was previously located. If memory serves me correctly, the Greyhound bus service only lasted about two years. I do not know the reason for the short duration of their operation, but it was the first bus in Korea that sported a toilet on the bus. This was unheard of in Korea and was quite the topic of conversation.
Note from Dawn Cahill Gibbons:
I’m the final Manager of the Chosun Gift Shop on Yongsan South Post, Bldg. #4223. I can provide history and an enormous amount of photos. The liquidation and closure of the CGS was in preparation for the return of the prime real estate to the Korean people. We were able to close the popular store at a high point, securing donating funds to be used for donation through the AFSC’s American Welfare and Korean Welfare groups. I sat on the board for the Korean Welfare Group after the closure of the CSG and were very happy to serve as a volunteer.
My husband, SGT. Brian Gibbons was the USFK Commander’s Staff Photographer from 2011-2014. He photographed all the events that the commanding General participated in and has thousands of photos.
HOW MANY OF YOU REMEMBER THIS VIEW?! 🙂 by Peter T Yeschenko
Yongsan parade grounds on main post in 1970. If you recall this was right next to base theater number two.
The building to the left in the picture was the bowling alley if I recall correctly. And up on the hill to the right but not in the picture was the Main Base Church.
I use to go to that Church or South Post Church on Sundays…..when we first got to Korea….we went to the church on Camp Coiner. 🙂
Note from Joe Pagano @joseph-f-pagano-jr:
Do you remember when there were ‘9’ Clubs on Yongsan Garrison?
The Crossroads Club?
The Hide-a-Way Club (Country Music)?
The Navy Club (Free Movies Saturday Morning)?
The AFN Club?
The Main Post Club?
The Embassy Club (Sunday Morning Buffets)?
The Frontier Club (South Post Club)?
The Rod & Gun Club (Chinese Restaurant)?
The Officer’s Club (Current Reception Center)?
Joe, over the years there were many clubs and places to eat and be entertained. Here are some others to recall: the Castle EM Club by the old Gate #1; The StarLight Club on Camp Coiner (which may have been closed before you were stationed here); The Kimchi Kabana Club was initially located on South Post in bldg 4305 (now US Army Garrison HQs) but later took over the KMAG Officer’s Club located on Main Post near the Navy Club. The Rod and Gun Club was later renamed The Oriental Garden Club. Hartell House was the General’s Closed Mess for several years, but opened membership to lower grades when the drawdown in military troop strength was reduced with the departure of the 7th Inf Div. I finally got membership in the Hartell House as a GS12 in 1993 when I was promoted for the Job as the Public Affairs Officer for HQs, 34th Support Group. We also had the 8th US Army Golf Club which was later named Commiskeys. Commiskeys is now a Community Activity Center (CAC). The 8th Army Officer’s Club as you noted is now the 1RC where all new personnel are handled and the former Harvey’s Lounge is now a USO facility. And, on the UNC compound, there was the NCO Club and the Officer’s Club. Camp Kim didn’t have a club, but did have a Snack Bar in the USO where one could get a great breakfast and Lunch. So, besides the PX Townhouse Cafeteria and other PX Snack Bars, Burger King and Popeyes, these were the places where folks spent their time having meals and in some cases entertainment. Oh, and I almost forgot the Civilian Club on the EDFE compound which was previously an NCO Club. But, that club was closed sometime later in the 80s or 90s. And, prior to the Dragon Hill Lodge, we had the Seoul Garden Hotel and at that same time and prior to it, the Naija Hotel AFRC with its’ Gourmet Dining Room and Bar Lounge in downtown Seoul near the Gyeongbok Palace. The US Air Force operated the Seoul House in Sodaemoon where one could have lunch and dinner as well. Back in the late 60s, 70s and 80s we had numerous places to wine and dine. But, those days are now gone. Basically, its DHL facilities, Main Post Club, AAFES townhouse, US Embassy Assn, Yongsan Lanes, and the various AAFES Snack Bars, Burger King and Popeyes where folks go now to get something to eat.
I remember when the Reception Center was located at Camp Market. I processed out of the US Army on 23 February 1966 and I had to report there to get my separation papers. The Rep Center was later moved to Camp Coiner into that huge Quonset Hut.