Meet the provisional capital, Busan
Provisional Capital Memorial Hall, the trace of the Korean War
Provisional Capital Memorial Hall, the trace of the Korean War.
Shortly after the breakout of the Korean War—the nation’s biggest tragedy—on June 25, 1950, the government organizations, including the president, moved to Busan, which became a provisional capital. The provincial office of Gyeongsangnam-do Province was used as the presidential residence, which has continued to remain as a monument that contains the history of Busan today.
The presidential residence includes a reception room, a study room, and an office room, which were reproduced from the ones used at that time. The reception room used to be a space where important political decisions and foreign diplomatic work were done. Its unusual Western-style structure indicates that the room must have played an important role during the days of evacuation.
In the study room, you can see a wax figure of former President Rhee Syngman. At the time, President Rhee Syngman spent most of his time here, working and resting. The living room displays miniatures that show the political activities, life, and education during the period, designed to remind visitors of the time period vividly.
On the second floor are the office room and the room of retrospection. The office room was where President Rhee Syngman did his personal affairs, and Francesca, his Austrian wife, did housework. At present, it remains the way it was without exhibits. The room of retrospection, which was used as a guest room, is designed for visitors to watch a film about Busan.
Why don’t you take a look at a page of history and clearly feel the breath of the people in Provisional Capital Memorial Hall?
Address45, Imsisudoginyeom-ro, Seo-gu, Busan
Closing DatesJanuary 1, Every Monday
Operating Days and HoursTuesday−Sunday
Traffic InformationWalk for 6 min from Exit 2 of Toseong Station on Busan Metro Line 1
Get off Bus 15, 40, or 81 at Busan Youngnak Presbyterian Church
Get off the Village bus Seo-gu 3 or Seo-gu 3-1 at Bumin e-Pyunhan Sesang Apartment
RemarksDisabled parking; disabled restrooms; wheelchair free rental; guide dogs allowed; wheelchair accessible (Exhibition Hall)