Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Scottish Korean War Memorial

Last weekend I went for a walk in the Bathgate Hills and discovered this little known war memorial,which due to recent events in South Korea I thought appropriate to share with a wider audience.Erected in memory to those who were killed in the Korean War 1950-53 it is situated in the Bathgate Hills near to Beecraigs Park.Built in traditional Korean style,the small wooden pagoda is surrounded by 110 Korean pine trees (one for every ten Britons who died in the conflict), 1090 Birch trees (one for each of the fallen) and picnic tables along a pathway named United Nations Avenue. This avenue is surrounded by 21 trees, representing the twenty-one nations involved in the UN force in Korea. Inside the pagoda contains lists of those who died in the conflict.  More than 200 Scots were killed.The pagoda,erected in 2000 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of the war is soon to be demolished and replaced with a new one.

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  2. I just stumbled across this and curiously I was the student whose design was chosen for this memorial pagoda! I remember the competition was sponsored by RBS and I won £500, somewhere I still have photos of the opening ceremony and newspaper clippings. The new memorial looks great too: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-23469745

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