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International Design Competition for Korean War Memorial Park for Civil Victims

International Design Competition for Korean War Memorial Park for Civil Victims

On September 11, 2020, by the support of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety of the Republic of Korea, the local government of Dong-gu district in Daejeon, launch an international design competition for a National Memorial to honour the civil victims during the Korean War and the bereaved families.

The Memorial’s site, surrounded by calm landscape, is located in the gentle valley where thousands of political prisoners were persecuted after the outbreak of the Korean War.

The design challenge is to create an outstanding and sensitively-designed Park and a Memorial Hall that is spiritual while offering visitors an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Korea’s darkest hour. This competition seeks to identify the very best design talent to create Memorial Park as a national symbol and a home to the local community.

Eligibility: This competition is open to domestic and international professionals in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and other relevant areas. In the case of a joint submission, a team can have up to a maximum of five (5) participating members. One of the members must be designated as the representative who will have the responsibility for design contract and the delivery of construction. The representative cannot be changed, and a change in team members can only be made during the registration period.


  • Charles Waldheim, Harvard University
  • Waro Kishi, Kyoto University
  • Francisco Sanin, Syracuse University
  • Andreas Fries, Herzog & de Meuron
  • Sung-kwan Lee, HANUL Architects & Engineers, Inc.
  • Jae-hun Jung, Kyung Hee University
  • Yi-gyu Choi, Keimyung University

Reserve Jurors: So-jin Lee (Leeon Architects), Han-song Lee (thinkTREE Architects & Partners, Inc.)


  • 1st Prize: Contract of architecture design development, construction document, and landscape design development only (total design cost of 632 million KRW, VAT included)
  • 2nd Prize: 15 million KRW
  • 3rd Prize: 10 million KRW
  • 4th Prize: 5 million KRW
  • Honorable mention (4 entries)

Key Programs

  • Memorial park
  • Memorial hall (memorial space, exhibition space, education space, office, and amenities)
  • Outdoor service facility

Winner Announcement: Friday, December 18. 2020.

More information will be released on the official competition website.

This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "International Design Competition for Korean War Memorial Park for Civil Victims" 15 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/947690/international-design-competition-for-korean-war-memorial-park-for-civil-victims> ISSN 0719-8884

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