North Korea Peace Museum

The North Korea Peace Museum is in the building constructed to house the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement on 27 July 1953. It is located in the former village of Panmunjeom (P'anmunjŏm) in North Hwanghae Province, North Korea.

North Korea Peace Museum
North Korea Peace Museum in 2012
Korean name
조선민주주의인민공화국 평화박물관
Revised RomanizationJoseon Minjujuui Inmin Gongkwaguk Pyeonghwa Bangmulgwan
McCune–ReischauerChosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk P'yŏnghwa Pangmulgwan

It is located approximately 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) north-west of the Joint Security Area (JSA), in the northern half of the Demilitarized Zone. The building is all that remains of the former village, and since the mid-1950s, references to Panmunjom actually refer to the Joint Security Area itself. It is about 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) north-east of Kijong-dong, often referred to as Propaganda Village.

The weapons used to kill U.S. Army Captain Arthur Bonifas and Lieutenant Mark Barrett in the axe murder incident of 1976 are housed within the Museum.[1]

There is a symbol of a dove above the door. At the time of the signing of the armistice, a copy of Pablo Picasso's The Dove was hanging inside the building. The Americans objected to it as a symbol of Communism (Picasso was a Communist), and it was covered up.[2]

See also


  1. Mark Seddon (9 April 2013). "How to take the heat out of the North Korean crisis". Evening Standard. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  2. Jager, Sheila Miyoshi (2013). Brothers at War – The Unending Conflict in Korea. London: Profile Books. pp. 284–285. ISBN 978-1-84668-067-0.

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