Ambassador to the Republic of Korea commemorates the Battle of Kapyong in Seoul

Ambassador to the Republic of Korea commemorates the Battle of Kapyong in Seoul

On the 24 April we marked the Battle of Kapyong, an important battle of the often-labelled ‘Forgotten War’, the Korean War.

29 April 2021

On the 24 April we marked the Battle of Kapyong, an important battle of the often-labelled ‘Forgotten War’, the Korean War.

The Korean War, 1950-53, was the first major conflict of the Cold War and the first to involve troops, including Australians, fighting under the auspices of the United Nations Command (UNC). It began with a North Korean invasion of South Korea and ended with an armistice that left the Korean peninsula divided. 

The Battle of Kapyong was a significant battle, during which Australian, Commonwealth and other UNC forces helped stop a communist advance on the South Korean capital, Seoul.

The Australian Embassy in Korea set up a special photo exhibition at the War Memorial of Korea commemorating the Battle of Kapyong and the service of Australians introducing their personal stories curated by the Australian War Memorial. The Embassy also plans to host another similar exhibition later in the year in partnership with Gapyeong County. 

In the Korea War itself, some 18,000 Australians who served during the Korean War and in the post-armistice phase, including some 50 nurses.  As well as, the around 340 who tragically died, the some 1,200 who were wounded, and the around 30 who were taken prisoner during the war. Of these, more than 30 were killed, nearly 60 wounded and a small number taken prisoner during the Battle of Kapyong itself. 

On the anniversary of this significant battle, the Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Ms Catherine Raper, took the time to visit the photo exhibition and mark the day, remembering all the Australians who served in the Battle of Kapyong. 

Ambassador to the Republic of Korea visiting the photo exhibition with two others

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