The POW Camp on Geoje Island

Though Geoje Island offers spectacular views of the ocean, rocks jutting up in the sky and beaches there is also another darker side to the island, that is the POW Camp (거제도 포로수용소 유적공원).

The camp that once held 173,000 prisoners during the Korean War has been developed into an outdoor museum with dioramas depicting life in the camp, the barracks and shows the harrowing tale of the kidnapping of Brigadier General Dodd.

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Of the 173,000 prisoners there were 20,000 communist Chinese and the rest were North Koreans. The communists and the anti-communists often fought which led to bloody battles on the grounds where they were held. The diorama is the first place visited on the tour and it depicts how the prisoners lived and how fights between them occurred, it also depicts the kidnapping of Brigadier General Dodd.

Relics and remakes cover the grounds that take about one hour to peruse.


경상남도 거제시 고현동 362

362 Gohyeon-dong Geoje-si Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea

Phone: 055-639-8125


Geoje Bus: 15 , 70 , 71-1 , 100 , 101, 102 , 110, 111, 113, 114 , 120, 121 , 130 , 131


April ~ October: 9:00 – 18:00

November ~ March: 9:00 – 17:00


Adults: 4,500


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  1. March 3, 2014

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