South Korean visitors take a selfie outside the gates of a historic Japanese military stockade located inside Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (MATT KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES)
South Korean visitors take a selfie outside the gates of a historic Japanese military stockade located inside Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (MATT KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES)

South Koreans get rare peek inside US base expected to become Seoul’s Central Park

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Shin Bong-nan has lived near this sprawling U.S. military base for 30 of her 73 years but never knew of the historical riches hidden behind the concertina-lined concrete walls.

“It feels like another country,” she said Tuesday as she joined dozens of other South Koreans on a bus tour of the Army garrison, which is expected to become Seoul’s version of Central Park after the Americans finally turn over the keys.

The tours, which began late last year, have given many South Koreans their first chance to step inside Yongsan, which is spread over some 630 acres in one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Seoul.

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