South Korea: The Bridge of Freedom

The year of 1953 is a date forever etched into Korean history. With the Korean War coming to an end, the Freedom Bridge is a representation of a time that influenced the lives of so many people. Located in Imjingak Park, the bridge was officially opened in 1952 and forms a link between the truce site of the Panmunjom and the Seoul Republic. Imjingak Park was built in 1972 to provide consolidation to homesick refugees who fled from North Korean during the war. There are monuments and altars scattered throughout the park and, at the end of the bridge, a wall full of messages for Korean unification. The name “Freedom Bridge” comes from the fact that over 12,000 soldiers returned to South Korean (Land of Freedom) once the battle was over.