• YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of Yongsan through the Smothers’ lensesYongsan through the Smothers’ lenses 5 months ago

    Photo of a the Moyer Service Center and bus depot in 1965, Seoul, Korea on the 8th US Army Compound in Yongsan, South of downtown Seoul. By Bill Smother
    • Note from Micah Granderson:
      I was there from the late eighties, through the nineties, mostly as a teenager. Also have had a few chances to visit since. Those large pipe barricades were still there at the time and I recall walking them as a balance beam while waiting for the bus to arrive. At that time the Moyer Rec had a large auditorium at one end ( apparently it was the former enlisted theater and all the projector booth was still visible ). The middle was travel and tour offices. Right side was Arts and Crafts. The crafts included photo lab, pottery, and wood shop. My brother and I got into photo development and have a lot of fond memories of messing with dials and film canisters along with the every present oder of photo chemicals. The top floor had offices and a large pool hall ( with a very stern man that made sure only enlisted military were allowed in, hence I didn’t spend much time up there ). There was also a glassed in space, you can kind of see it in the picture above the main entrance, where stamp and money collectors met on the weekends. I recall that section of the building wasn’t very well insulated so it was sweltering or cold most of the year, so it didn’t get a lot of use. Later they swapped out some of the travel offices for snack stands and yet another arcade, the former theater was home to the Performance Arts Center ( an amazing community theater group ) for its last few performances. Visiting more recently, the theater is now a tax prep office with the stage area demolished, and the arts and crafts were evicted for another pool hall. Overall the building doesn’t have the creative buzz that it somehow had back then. I would always cut through it just to see what was going on and who was there.

    • Note from Bill Smothers: ….I am not sure why I took this photo of the bus stop or what I was doing here on the EUSA Main Post? It could be I took an Army bus to Main Post from our home in UN Village so I could go to the nearby SASCOM Theater-2 to see a movie!
    • Note from Enrique Blanco : Oh ya, I also remember the pack and wrap lady, who really did not care for me demoing the bldg, when i left Korea inj 2014 she was still working in the Arcade….

    • Note from Bryan Dorrough: I remember that there was a Concession Stand at the end off the bus terminal that had hot dogs and other fast food. Also had popcorn that newbies fed the pigeons with and what a menace they were.

    • Note from Kyongu YI: Building is nothing changed only changed buses.

    • Note from Enrique Blanco : Travel many times to various Cp,s. Later while in DPW, have these area flood many times.

    • Note from Joseph F. Pagano Jr. : More than I can remember. I spent a total of 26+ years here on Yongsan!!!

    • Note from John Aubry Nowell @janowell: This is a very old photograph of the Moyer Service Club (that is what it was called back then). NOTE the word ‘CLUB’ above the bus. Actually, there have been several changes to this building. The one significant change is the Theater portion of the Moyer was destroyed in the mid-2000s due to a weakened structural problem in the ceiling of the Theater. The footprint of the old Theater is now a parking lot.

    • Note from Mitchell Gore: The bus terminal was the one place I visited the most at Yongsan. I was stationed at Camp Howze and would take the bus to Yongsan at least once a month and many more times on some months.

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