Canadian Korean War Memorial Garden

*Note: There have been recent changes to the Korean alphabet. For example, Pusan now reads Busan and Kapyong reads Gapyong. In order to maintain historical relevance, the older versions of the names are used in this article.

Canadian Memorial Naechon/Kapyong

The Canadian Korean War Memorial Garden is situated in Naechon, northeast of Kapyong-gun and just below the hills which were defended by Canadian Forces in the Battle of Kapyong in April 1951.

Mr. Chi Kap Chong, a retired Korean journalist and former member of the Korean National Assembly, selected land for a memorial park and raised funds to purchase the land. He subsequently supervised the construction of the Canadian Korean War Memorial Garden to commemorate Canada’s assistance to his country during the Korean War.

Three monuments have been erected at this site:

  • a stone cairn to commemorated Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI);
  • a stone tablet with three panels in Korean, English and French listing the units of the Canadian Forces which participated in the Korean War; and
  • a larger memorial, unveiled in 1985, and dedicated by the people of Korea to the memory of the approximately 26,000 Canadian who served in Korea. Of these, 516 died and 1,255 were wounded.

A number of scholarships, awarded each year by various Canadian organizations to Korean students of the Kapyong Buk Middle School as a "living memorial", also provide ongoing support to the Korean people. The children from this school assist in maintaining the memorial park.

Directions

The Canadian Korean War Memorial Garden is situated in Naechon, northeast of Kapyong-gun and just below the hills. Detailed travel directions are not available at this time.

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