Imjinkak, located in the northernmost end of Tongillo stretching through Kupabal, is the place on which the grief over the Korean War and the antagonism between two Koreas were branded.
Imjinkak with one story below and three stories above ground with a floor space of 742pyong was established in December 1972. On every New Year's Day, nostalgists and tourists hold a memorial service to pray for the unification of the two Koreas in Mangbaedan - a worshiping altar.
There are a variety of monuments and exhibitions in memory of the Korean War on 6,000pyong of land. The outdoor exhibition includes the Imjin river battlefield monument, US soldier's monument and examples of airplanes, tanks and artillery used during the conflict. The exhibition hall displays artifacts and 400 pictures related to the military, political, social and living conditions in North Korea. Other exhibitions includes a miniature exhibition of Panmunjeom, a memorial tower of the diplomatic envoys who died in the bomb blast in Myanmar and are buried in the Aung San National Cemetery in Myanmar and Mangbaedan - an altar of nostalgia.
A train that once ran along the rails to Shineuiju - the northern end of the Korean Peninsula - before national division is on display. There were originally 2 Imjin railway bridges side by side, however, one was destroyed during the war and only the piers remain to vividly show the scars of war.
Bridge of Freedom
The bridge was called the 'Bridge of Freedom' when 12,773 POWs returned to South Korea through this bridge during a prisoner exchange.
Since the Kyeongeuiseon railway bridge was destroyed at the time, POWs who arrived at the railway bridge by trucks crossed this bridge on foot as it was temporarily rigged at the time.
A new bridge has recently been built as the political situation between the two Koreas has improved. When the broken railroad is restored, this 'Bridge of Freedom' will remain in our memory as a vestige of the Korean War.
Bell of Peace
The 'Bell of Peace' was built by the will of the 9 million residents of Kyeongki province to stridently ring in the new Millennium and praying for world peace and national unification, looking down towards the north from the top of Imjinkak.
This bell weighs 21tons to symbolize the 21st century with a height of 3.4m and a diameter of 2.2m. It was struck 21 times at 0:00 January 1st,2000. The pavilion for the bell is a magnificent
wooden structure with a four-cornered roof, which is 21pyong in land and a height of 12.2m.
Every New Year's Day and Chuseok (Harvest Festival in autumn), the nostalgists who have a longing for their home in North Korea visit here in Mangbaedan, the closest available place to the North, and hold memorial services.
This is the place where the grief of the dispersed families who are anxiously looking for family members whose fate is unknown.
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