Yongsan Garrison 龍山基地 February 23, 1904 ~ November 2, 2018

Contributor: Nam Sang-so for Yongsan legacy

U.S. Army Yongsan Garrison are nearly completing their relocation to a new home in Pyeongtaek, leaving behind fine memories of the 73 years of Yongsan legacy.  K-6 or Camp Humphreys, is a fine region for your cantonment, with an abundant underground water source.  

Topic: History, Mapping, Yongsan Legacy
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My magical days in Yongsan Garrison 1970-1977

Contributor: Diane Dahnert

I have beautiful memories of Yongsan. I really do! My time there was magical; something I’ll always treasure and never forget. It may have been a military base, but I can assure you that my friends and I knew that something unique was going on there. It was a time when everyone got along, loved Korea and looked on people as friends. I wish the rest of the world could have had the same experience.

Topic: Celebration, community, cultural exchange, Education, People, Yongsan Legacy
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My Halloween in Seoul Area Command (Yongsan Garrison) in 1957

Contributor: Bill Morgenstein

“For some reason Halloween was a big holiday for us.  Halloween was party time. You drank until you fell. The ambassador was long gone and…

Topic: Celebration, community, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Yongsan Garrison opens to Korean public for first time in 114 years

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

The Yongsan Garrison, which served as the US military headquarters in South Korea until the headquarters’ relocation to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, in June, opened to the public for the first time in 114 years on Friday.

Topic: cultural exchange, History, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Inside and Outside of the Gates of Yongan Garrison

Contributor: Marsha Altvater

The Korea I remember and dream about no longer existed, but I knew it would probably be like that.

Topic: People, Uncategorized, Yongsan Legacy
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Yesterday’s enemy, tomorrow’s friend

Contributor: Nam SangSo

“If we knew each other. If we understood each other as a friend. This foolish war would never have happened. I sincerely hope that a day would come where everyone could overcome their differences through talking and not fighting. Finally, we are friends now,” the former Imperial Japanese Navy pilot who had dropped the first and only bomb onto the American soil, wrote in his diary.

Topic: Education, History, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Helping people through the American Red Cross

Contributor: Jakziri Gray

I will always cherish the memories I’ve made while working on Yongsan.
I love that I’m able to help people, not only during their darkest times, but also with meaningful way in which they can give back to their community. 

Topic: community, People, Yongsan Legacy
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“Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

It’s the definition for the three Michelin starred dining establishments – in French “Une des meilleures tables, vaut le voyage.”  For the hierarchy of two…

Topic: Food, Yongsan Legacy
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Helping one heart at a time

Contributor: Robert T Mounts

It is important in closing that I make clear that the greatest honor I have received is the feeling I got when I looked into the eyes of the children. I am humbled by the honors that have been given to me, but be assured they do not measure up to the honor one gets from being able to serve another. And when the one being helped is a child, the honor is all that much greater.

Topic: community, Health, Medicine, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Returning to Korea in search of Long lost family

Contributor: Marsha Altvater

My father was a young MP during the mid-1950’s assigned to Yongsan when he met my mother. Toward the end of his tour, he finally…

Topic: community, love, People, Uncategorized, Yongsan Legacy
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Chopstick culture

Contributor: Chang Soon He

One of the First Ladies of Korea once told foreign journalists that Korean craftsmen are far more skilled in producing handmade equipment, tools, or art…

Topic: cultural exchange, Food, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Two villages in DMZ

Contributor: Mr Nam Sang So

They were next door neighbors. The villagers were all friendly Koreans who wore similar clothes. They enjoyed farming festivals together and spoke with a tinge…

Topic: community, cultural exchange, History, People, Yongsan Legacy
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The mysterious fire of 1969  

Contributor: Frank Tims

One reason the black market was such a major activity in the 1960s was scarcity of consumer goods in Korea and the abundance in the…

Topic: community, fire, People, shopping, Yongsan Legacy
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Mount Baekdu and Korean spirits 白頭山과 民族의 精氣

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

Time flew fast, and in September 2018, President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea and their entourages went up to Mount Baekdu (spelled Paekdu in North Korea). And the First Lady of South Korea brought a plastic bottle of water scooped at Mount Halla, the southernmost island of Korea, and poured into the crater lake called “Heaven Lake,” on the peak of the mountain. Then President Moon scooped the Heaven Lake’s water into the same bottle and brought back to Seoul.

Topic: History, Yongsan Legacy
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Gifford Cheesman at Building 1510, Yongsan Garrison

Contributor: Mr Nam Sang So

Gifford Cheesman, a native of Surrey, England, first came to Korea with his father in 1931. He was 23 years old. His father was a…

Topic: architecture, construction, Engineering, People, Yongsan Legacy
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