Korean War Veterans Memorial


"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.



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.



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.


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 Transport: 

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.