Korean War Veterans Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Quick Facts

Korean War Veterans Memorial

District Of Columbia

(202) 426-6841

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Overview

"Freedom is not free." Here, one finds the expression of American gratitude to those who restored freedom to South Korea. Nineteen stainless steel sculptures stand silently under the watchful eye of a sea of faces upon a granite wall--reminders of the human cost of defending freedom. These elements all bear witness to the patriotism, devotion to duty, and courage of Korean War veterans.

Map of Korean War Veterans

Latitude, Longitude: 38.887910, -77.048128

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    The public may visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial 24 hours a day. However, Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

    From 1950 to 1953, the United States joined with United Nations forces in Korea to take a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide. At war's end, a million and a half American veterans returned to a peacetime world of families, homes, and jobs - and to a country long reluctant to view the Korean War as something to memorialize. But to the men and women who served, the Korean War could never be a forgotten war. The passing of more than four decades has brought a new perspective to the war and its aftermath. The time has come, in the eyes of the Nation, to set aside a place of remembrance for the people who served in this hard-fought war half a world away. The Korean War Veterans Memorial honors those Americans who answered the call, those who worked and fought under the trying of circumstances, and those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom.

Seasonality/Weather

Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation, and, on occasions, major snowstorms.

Park Partners

Trust for the National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall. The trust's goal is to make the National Mall the best park in the world. The Trust for the National Mall will help restore, revitalize and preserve the National Mall, home to the enduring symbols of democracy, for present and future generations.

(202) 407-9408

Tourmobile

Tourmobile open-air trams offer live narrated tours of DC and is the only riding tour of Arlington National Cemetery. You will be taken right where you want to go with unlimited reboarding. Hop on an off throughout the day. You choose where to stop, stay as long as you want, then reboard and ride to another historic location.

Guest Services manages all retail operations (stores and kiosks) for the National Park Service-operated National Mall in Washington, D.C.

(202) 554-5100

Directions

Driving

Interstates 66 and 395 provide access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the north. Interstate 66, Route 50 and 29 provide access from the west. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east. Parking is extremely scarce in Washington, D.C. Parking is available on city streets during non-rush hour times (9 a.m. until 4 p.m.) during the week. Parking is available along Ohio Drive near the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.

Flying

Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

Public Transportation

The nearest Metro station to this site is Foggy Bottom at 23rd and I Streets, NW; other Metro stations providing access to this memorial are Arlington Cemetery across Arlington Memorial Bridge and Smithsonian at 12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW. All stations lie between 7/10 and 3/4 of a mile from the memorial.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(202) 426-6841

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