Defense Policy

Veteran’s care and memorialization Project

Paying ptoper respect and Compensation to veterans
The government intends to apply a more systematic process of providing compensation and honoring our martyred veterans as part of fulfilling Korea's national responsibility. Moreover, it is engaging in efforts to recover the remains of the fallen during the Korean War.

Fulfilling our responsibility of paying proper respect to the spirit of our patriotic forefathers

Seoul National Cemetery

  • Seoul National Cemetery is a sanctuary for the remains of martyrs, patriots and departed war heroes.
  • It is divided into sections according to the position of the deceased, such as head of state, patriot, person of national merit, officer and police officer.
  • Main tasks
    • Chunghondang burial service: When the need for burial arises
    • Memorial day tribute
    • Visiting student’s guided tour: Educate our youth on the spirit of our patriotic forefathers
    • Photo and article exhibition hall to display artifacts of our forefathers
  • Burial/tablet status (as of Jan. 2020) [Unit : body]
    Burial/tablet status (as of Jan. 2020) [Unit : body]
    Classification Total Grave burial Chunghondang Enshrinement Tablet Enshrinement Unnamed Korean War Heroes
    Total Memorial monument Chunghondang
    Total 182,507 54,450 18,812 103,876 6,369 6,369 0

    * Chunghondang : Charnel House

  • Eligible persons for burial
    • Persons who held the position of president, chairman, chief justice, constitutional court judge, and/or who were given a state funeral.
    • Departed patriots, persons with distinguished military achievements and contributions to the nation, etc.

MND Agency for KIA Recovery and Identification (MAKRI)

  • MAKRI has been engaged in a project to locate the remains of the patriots who sacrificed themselves for our country during the 6·25 Korean War, and return them to the bosom of their motherland or to their families.
  • MAKRI was established in January of 2007, has is operated as a specialized agency for recovery operation comprised of 5 divisions (planning, search, recovery, identification and support) and has approximately 300 agents.
  • The recovery operation for the 6·25 Korean War dead consists of 4 steps: search and exploration – recovery and collection – identification – follow-up (transfer to the family of the deceased, or burial in the National Cemetery). As of Dem. 2019, 10,880 remains have been recovered, and 138 have been transferred to their family members after an identification process.
  • Over time, the recovery operation project is becoming more and more difficult due to a number of factors, such as the aging of family members and regional development, among others. However MAKRI remains dedicated to its mission, as a means of fulfilling our nation's final obligations to these patriots.
  • Current status of the recovery (as of Dem, 2019) [Unit : body]
    Current status of the recovery (as of Dem. 2019) [Unit : body]
    Classification Total Before 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
    Current status 10,880 3,387 1,328 1,301 991 671 809 563 386 453 361 630