• Japanese Prison on Yongsan 2017. July. 16. captured by Yongsan garrison residents

  • Note from Veteran Chris Vaia;

    During 1984 or 1985, our 17th Aviation Company offices were inside the old prison. Someone decided to have a little Haunted Prison for Halloween. The trick or trickers were brought there before visiting the homes and told about the prison. It was dark and very little light. At the end of the talk, I let out a loud and spooky scream that delighted the kids. It was the beginning of their Trick or Tweet quests for sweet candy.

  • Daniel Oh posted an update in the group Group logo of Former Garrison PrisonFormer Garrison Prison 1 year, 1 month ago

    Creepy Crematorium Tale
    by Stars and Stripes (October 31, 2007)

    Many of the buildings on Yongsan Garrison in South Korea have been there longer than the U.S. military. Some date back to Japan’s occupation of Korea before and during World War II.

    One of those buildings, near the gas station on the garrison’s South Post, has been surrounded by rumors for years.

    “I hate being here at night. The hairs on the back of my neck stand up just talking about it,” said Sgt. 1st Class Riviere Cools, 52nd Medical Battalion as he eyed the squat, red-brick building in the center of his unit’s complex of offices. “I don’t believe in that kind of stuff, but in the back of my mind, there are souls here.”
    The entire compound, surrounded by a thick, crumbling, brick wall, was a prison during the occupation.

    For years, said U.S. Army Garrison spokesman David McNally, soldiers working there have passed along stories claiming that the area, especially the small building in the center, was haunted.

    McNally said the building was most likely the prison’s administrative office, but those working around it have a more sinister theory.

    “Everybody that’s worked in that building right there has either seen something or heard something,” said Staff Sgt. Sae Kim, 52nd Medical Battalion. “Because that’s where they burned people.”

    McNally was quick to point out there was no evidence to suggest that the building was a crematorium, but that doesn’t stop the stories from spreading.

    “I haven’t seen any ghosts,” said Sgt. 1st Class Freeman Witherspoon. “But I definitely have heard the rumors. People say they see shadows when they have duty at night.”

    (https://www.stripes.com/news/stories-tell-of-haunted-places-on-u-s-bases-1.70595)

    • During the Japanese occupation of Yongsan Garrison (1910-1945), they had a crematorium located at the far northeast corner of Main Post. The Japanese military also had a hospital located up behind the two-story bldg now used as the JUSMAG-K HQs, (previously HQs, KMAG).

      • Fascinating!!! Our historian, Kim Chunsoo, didn’t know cremation was exercised during the Japanese times! Wow! Do you have any photos or any stories related to the crematorium or the hospital? Perhaps… a ghost story??? I love ghost stories!

  • Daniel Oh posted an update in the group Group logo of Former Garrison PrisonFormer Garrison Prison 1 year, 1 month ago


    Positioned at the hill of Mt. Dunji, Former Garrison Prison is the only remaining prison facility of the Imperial Japanese Army in Korea. Its construction was completed in 1909, yet part of the building structures and the walls of the prison are still intact in their original shapes. Following the liberation of Korea, the facility was used under the name of ‘Itaewon Army Prison’ as a part of an ordeal in modern history. It was also the place where the Righteous Army, Kang Gi-dong, who converted himself from an assistant of military police to lead the Righteous Army against Japanese Imperialism in Gyeonggi-do, was once imprisoned. This storied prison has a long list of notable inmates, including An Du-hee who assassinated a Korean nationalist politician, Kim Gu, Kim Du-han, a son of a great General, and poet Kim Soo-young who was well known for his poem, ‘Pul(grass),’ but imprisoned during the Korean War after failing to take refugees.
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