So for the time being Yongsan Garrison remains a mystery. ….For now, the public can only to continue to wonder: Yongsan Legacy hopes that the park it will be a “mirror,” in which Koreans will see whatever meaning they need to see. It’s an ambiguous explanation for an ambiguous space, that continues to occupy an ambiguous place in the minds of Koreans and expats alike.
If dedicating USAG Yongsan’s 70-year existence without taking into account the childhood memories, search for loved ones, or a cultural tour of Seoul, our future generations will grasp little or nothing if the military base was simply replaced by a grassy field with only bronze plaques reading passages from textbooks verbatim.
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.
The blue print showing the west area of the Main Post Yongsan Garrison was one of the hundreds of topographic maps plotted by the engineers and surveyors of Trans-Asia Engineering Associates, Inc. (TAE). It had been performed some time in late 1959 and early 1960.
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 …