Upon the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice on 27 July 2023, the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Premier of Western Australia and H.E. Mr Kim Wan-joong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Australia unveiled the Korean War Memorial, commemorating and reflecting on the service of those who fought in the Korean War and honouring those who lost their lives.
The Memorial was conceived and created through the work of the Perth Korean War Memorial Committee, bipartisan political support, the unanimous support of the RSLWA Board, the Perth Korean Community, the Vietnam Veterans Association of WA, and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA).
Comprising a dedication space, reflective space and dedication walls in granite, the County of Gapyeong in South Korea donated and shipped the 10 tonne centrepiece stone and plinth for the memorial. The stone is from the area where the Battle of Kapyong took place in 1951. It was a critical year for the Korean War and the men of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment showed great courage in this significant battle.
Iconography relevant to Korean culture and environment is threaded throughout the memorial including cultural, architectural, and environmental references and design motifs, building on the strong relationship between Perth’s Korean community and Western Australians.
The competition of an acoustic performance shell in late 2024, comprising the public amenity component of the memorial project, will be set in the amphitheatre area opposite the Tobruk Precinct, linked by footpaths to the memorial precinct and adjacent bushland. The completion of this community gathering and performance space will realise the full vision for the Korean War Memorial.