Squirrel’s Secret Spot 16 : United Nations Memorial Cemetery

In the middle of the bustling city of Busan, South Korea’s second largest city, lies a 14 hectare oasis of tranquility.  It is the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, the only one in the world honoring those that have fallen while serving the UN cause.  Twenty-one nations sent men and women to serve in the Korean War and 11 of those countries are represented with plots in the cemetery.

However, it is still relatively unknown to many people.  When I made enquiry about it to a couple of local Korean tourist guides, they expressed surprise that I would be interested in visiting the place.  However, one of them came with me and left with a different and much more appreciative attitude.  She promised that she would recommend it to other visitors in the future.

The Korean War was the costliest conflict involving troops serving under the United Nations flag with about 41,000 killed or missing.  Among the casualties were not just soldiers but medical and aid personnel.  The United States lost 36,600 service personnel with another103,300 injured.    Last weekend, was Memorial Day in the U.S. which was the spur for this post.

When visiting a war memorial cemetery like this, one cannot help but ponder about the young men and women who served and died for a people and a place that they did not know and are now interred forever away from home.

There are 2,300 lie buried here including 4 known only to God.

The place is beautiful and serene.  The Commission for the United Nations Memorial Cemetery (CUNMCK) has  done a wonderful job and the Korean soldiers that stand watch over the place give honor to those that died in service for their nation.

How many roads must a man walk down

Before you call him a man?

Yes, ‘n’ how many seas must a white dove sail

Before she sleeps in the sand?

Yes, ‘n’ how many times must the cannon balls fly

Before they’re forever banned?

(Bob Dylan)

(Photo by LGS)


Memorial Chapel (photo by LGS)


Flowers for the UN Fallen (Photo by LGS)
The Gardens (Photo by LGS)


For each of the countries that answered the call. (Photo by LGS)


Those That Are Buried at the Cemetery (Photo by LGS)


The Layout of the Cemetery (Photo by LGS)


The Rows of the Fallen (Photo by LGS)


The Stones Tell a Story (Photo by LGS)


A Soldier’s Kit (Photo by LGS)


Memorial to the British Soldiers (Photo by LGS)


The New Zealand Memorial with Mauri Motif (Photo by LGS)


Thailand – one of the many that contributed to the UN forces (Photo by LGS)


To the Unknown Heroes (Photo by LGS)


Canada’s Memorial remembers the sacrifice of the servicemen and their families (Photo by LGS)

8 thoughts on “Squirrel’s Secret Spot 16 : United Nations Memorial Cemetery”

  1. I missed this post……. so am glad I scrolled down as I rather like cemeteries. This one is very different from most war cemeteries and is beautifully landscaped.

  2. VioletSky,
    I did think about you when I made this post as I know you also enjoy cemeteries. I also did one a bit earlier on the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. Have you been to that?

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