Mount Baekdu and Korean spirits 白頭山과 民族의 精氣

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

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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Offering help to making a difference in Koreanwelfare

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

A True Story of Mrs. James Simmerman and The Chosun Gift Shop. Early in 1966, the ladies of the OWC (officers wives club) started work…

Topic: community, cultural exchange, People, shopping, Yongsan Legacy
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An ordinary day of my drafted years in South Korea

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

The 570th Ord Co Das was a “Working” camp and had none of the military harassment. We had “young Korean House Boys” that cleaned the…

Topic: Draft, Food, People, Uncategorized, Yongsan Legacy
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Seoul American Elementary School

Contributor: John M Blom

“Over nearly 60 years, SAES has instructed thousands of students and allowed them to learn about the American and Korean cultures, building bridges between the two nations.”

Topic: cultural exchange, Education, People, Uncategorized, Yongsan Legacy
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Aigo, aigo!

Contributor: Chang Soon-hee

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to teach the most used Korean word to newly arriving U.S. military personnel in Korea?

Topic: cultural exchange, Cultural shock, Education, Language, People
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Action in the Yongsan Commissary

Contributor: Scott Forrey and everyone who contributed to YSL

The new Commissary didn’t replace this one until well after the early 80s… remember the banana fights…

Topic: Food, History, People, shopping, Yongsan Legacy
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From Samgakji with love

Contributor: Chang Soon Hee

Sara told us they are going to marry as soon as her divorce is finalized. Sara said he is a civilian working at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. The smiling American invited us to have a lunch and we all squeezed into his car which had a U.S. Army number plate.

Topic: cultural exchange, love, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Golfing in the middle of Seoul

Contributor: Darrel Brown

[Yongsan Legacy] Golfing in the middle of Seoul By Darrell Brown This 1969 photo of the Yongsan area shows the Eighth U.S. Army golf course…

Topic: Engineering, People, sports, Yongsan Legacy
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AFKN disk jockey and discotheque

Contributor: Nam SangSo

We Korean architects had heard of the disco but never had the design experience. And noticing the AFKN disk jockeys talked like avant-garde artists at a commissary diner, I decided to visit the station just across the street.

Topic: cultural exchange, Music, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Yongsan land after US Forces are relocated

Contributor: Nam SangSo

When Korean government announced that the United States and Korea agreed in 2003 to relocate the U.S. Army Yongsan Garrison to Camp Humphreys by the end of the year 2017, and the Yongsan land will be developed to a large park, larger than London’s Hyde Park, many Seoul citizens not only overjoyed with the good news …

Topic: Habitat, Landscape, Mapping, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Learning English with an American GI

Contributor: Bill Morgenstein

As the U.S. military relocates out of Yongsan Garrison, Yongsan Legacy aims to archive the living memories of those who served, worked and lived there.…

Topic: cultural exchange, People
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HOT ROD JEEP IN SOUTH KOREA 1958-59

Contributor: George Breen

HOT ROD JEEP part 1 I will begin to tell you about how building this “HOT ROD Jeep” in South Korea came about. First may I…

Topic: Cars, People
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Larry & His Very Busy Community Theater

Contributor: Micah Granderson

Larry and His Very Busy Community Theater By Micah Granderson There was a large parking lot on South Post in Yongsan. It served as a…

Topic: People
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Well played librarian, well played.

Contributor: Micah Granderson

The staff of the Yongsan Library babysat me for a small but significant portion of my childhood. I was barely well-mannered enough that they never…

Topic: Books, Education, People, Yongsan Legacy
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