The Samgakji Stories Project

Contributor: Li-lian Ang

The birthplace of Chocopie, the site of a vibrant art scene and a US military base. While we were walking through Samgakji on a tour, it never occurred to us that Samgakji was all these things.
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Topic: cultural exchange, History, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Korea’s postwar country music scene keeps kicking

Contributor: Kyung Lee

[Yongsan Legacy] Park Soon-hwan, “Jackie,” left, and Kim Dong-seok of Western Jubilee perform at a U.S. military event in 2018. / Korea Times photo by…

Topic: Music, Yongsan Legacy
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Daughter found her father on Yongsanlegacy.org

Contributor: Mr. Nam SangSo

My name is Daphne Cheesman. I googled my father and came across an article about my father on yongsanlegacy.org. I would very much like to communicate with you.   Sincerely, Daphne.

Topic: architecture, construction, People
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Voices and faces from Seoul American Elementary School

Contributor: Coco Cugat for Yongsan legacy

” I will miss the library where I spent so many hours going through books, and you know what? There is where I learned how to read!” 

Topic: community, Education, People, School, Yongsan Legacy
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Memories of Quonset huts

Contributor: Nam Sang-so

Quonset hut is a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated galvanize steel having a semicircular cross-section. The name comes from the site of their first manufacture at Quonset Point in Rhode Island.

Topic: architecture, construction, Engineering
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Walking runways as Korea’s 1st foreign fashion model

Contributor: Coco Cugat

  Model Melanie Glock poses in an ad for Daehan Synthetic Fiber Co. in the early 1970s. / Courtesy of Yongsan Legacy If you were…

Topic: Fashion, Yongsan Legacy
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Final handprints at SAES

Contributor: Quinten Russo

We are down to the last five days with children in our beautiful, perfect, legacy school.  While bare shelves and walls are the norm any…

Topic: Books, Education, School, Yongsan Legacy
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Letter from a Little M.P.

Contributor: Robert V Doepke

In October 1958 My best friend Joe Sciortino and I enlisted into the US Army, in July the following year we were on our way to Korea. I was assigned to C Company, 728th MP Battalion in Yongsan.

Topic: Books, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Outside Gate 1 in 1961

Contributor: Darrell Brown

Samgakji area of Seoul in 1961, just outside of gate number 1 later on gate 16, was made up of poorer Korean style homes. There…

Topic: community, Entertainment, Mapping, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Yongsan Garrison schools to close in June after six decades of teaching military kids

Contributor: By KIM GAMEL for STARS AND STRIPES

The schools are part of a system established by the military shortly after World War II to ensure an American education for the children of troops deployed overseas. Then-named Seoul American High School opened in 1959 when classes were held in Quonset huts.

Topic: Education, Yongsan Legacy
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