The words honor, freedom, and peace are inscribed on gray granite slab.

Korean War Monument at Busan


Twenty-one UN member nations participated in the Korean War, helping to defend the Republic of Korea (ROK). The United Nations Command established its central cemetery in Busan, Korea (formerly Pusan) in mid-January 1951. It is the only UN memorial cemetery. The cemetery contains 2,300 graves of service members from 11 countries; 36 are from the United States. The United States contributed the greatest number of persons to the conflict, 1.7 million, of which 33,739 were battle deaths. Most were reinterred in the United States.

The U.S. Monument, dedicated in 2013, honors American service members who fought in the Korean War.

The inscription on the entry stone at the threshold of the monument reads:

This monument is to the American men
and women who gave their lives in defense of
the freedom of the Republic of Korea 1950-1953
Dedicated by the
American Battle Monuments Commission 2013

After World War II, Korea was divided into North (under Communist control) and South (the Republic of Korea) by the 38th Parallel.

June 25, 1950: North Korean units attack across the 38th Parallel.

June 27: UN Security Council urges member states to help the ROK repel the invasion. The U.S. leads the UN Command that forms.

July 1: First U.S. combat units arrive. The North Korean offensive continues southward before being stopped along the Nakdong River line.

August 4: The Pusan Perimeter is established.

September 15: A U.S. amphibious assault at Inchon flanks the enemy.

September 16: U.S. Eighth Army surges northward out of the Pusan Perimeter.

October 28: Chinese Communist Forces (CCF) enter the conflict, reinforcing North Korea.

1951 and 1952: Offensives and counteroffensives by both sides drag out the conflict.

July 27, 1953: An armistice is signed between the UN Command and the Chinese North Korean Command.

South Korea

Visiting Hours

The U.N. cemetery is open daily to the public. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 1 through September 30, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year.

Contact Us

U.N. Memorial Cemetery in Korea
93 UN Pyeonghwa-ro
South Korea
tel Phone: 82-51-625-0625

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