Picture of the Day: The Old Imperial Japanese Army Hospital on Yongsan Garrison

I saw this interesting Yongsan Garrison history lesson posted on the USFK Facebook site:

Regimental Bachelor Officers’ Quarters; later Imperial Japanese Army Hospital; now JUSMAG-K Headquarters.

Garrison Front Gate on Itaewon-ro (now the finance office).
The Japanese began their construction of the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, which served as their occupation headquarters until the end of World War II in September 1945. These were early milestones in the establishment of the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan by the Japanese:

-1905: IJA appropriates 10,000,000 pyong (c. 8,169 acres) for military use in Korea

-May 1906: IJA establishes architecture division to plan construction of new garrison

-1906: IJA designates 1,179,800 pyong (c. 964 acres) between Namdaemun (South Gate) and Han River for permanent garrison construction

-1906-1913: Garrison construction (Choson Military Compound/Camp Ryuzan) took place from 1906 to 1913, at cost of 4,462,530 won

-Oct 1908: Headquarters for Korean occupation transferred to Yongsan

-Aug 1909: Infantry barracks constructed (78th and 79th Infantry Regiments)

-1915: Garrison designed to hold division headquarters and two regiments (IJA 9th Division, 1914-1916; 13th Division, 1916-1920; 20th Division, 1919-1931).

Memories of the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1905-1945 linger in the nation’s collective psyche. The current U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan, built on the foundations of the Imperial Japanese Army garrison constructed between 1906 and 1913 and occupying many of the remaining 174 original buildings, is a tangible reminder of this period of Korean history.

(Image courtesy of the UNC/CFC/USFK Command History Office)  [USFK Facebook]

Picture of the Day: Foreigners Only Mega-Casino Opens In South Korea

S. Korea's first casino resort opens

Pictured is the casino of Paradise City, South Korea’s first casino and hotel complex, which opened in Yeongjongdo, close to Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on April 20, 2017. The construction of the mega-scale foreigners-only casino resort, worth 1.3 trillion won (US$1.14 billion), kicked off in late 2011 on a 300,000-square-meter lot. (Yonhap)

Picture of the Day: Samsung Galaxy S8’s First Subscriber

First subscriber to Galaxy S8

The first subscriber to Samsung Electronics Co.’s new smartphone Galaxy S8 receives a device from Taeyeon of K-pop girl group Girls’ Generation during a presale activation event in Seoul on April 18, 2017, which was hosted by No. 2 mobile carrier KT Corp. The Galaxy S8 is slated to hit South Korean and U.S. stores on April 21. (Yonhap)

Picture of the Day: Gold Bars In High Demand In South Korea

Gold bars in high demand

Seen here are mini gold bars for sale at the Gold Exchange in downtown Seoul on April 17, 2017. Gold demand has sharply increased this month as it is deemed a “safe asset” amid widely circulated rumors on “an April Korean Peninsula crisis” accruing from North Korea’s military provocations. According to the exchange, about 400 bars are sold a day currently, compared to some 100 a day in previous months. (Yonhap)

Picture of the Day: Hanbok Clad Jesus In Germany

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, far right, and German Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grutters, second from the right, view the paintings by Korean modern artist Kim Ki-chang (1914-2001) that depict the life of Jesus in a Korean traditional style of painting. They are at the opening of “The Luther Effect : Protestantism – 500 Years in the World” exhibition at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday. The paintings are on loan from the Seoul Museum [Joong Ang Ilbo]

Picture of the Day: Guarding the Maritime Border

Border fishing grounds

A speed boat from the First Naval Fleet guards a group of boats catching fish in the country’s northernmost Jeodo fishery ground bordering North Korea in the East Sea on April 11, 2017. Located just 1 kilometer away from the inter-Korean border, the rich Jeodo area is opened only between April and December under the Navy’s strict protection against possible North Korean provocations. (Photo courtesy of First Naval Fleet) (Yonhap)