U.S. Army School at Yongsan Base to Close in June

  • By Jung Ji-sup

    January 14, 2019 13:13

    A school that was built at the U.S. military base in Yongsan after the Korean War will close in June this year now U.S. Forces Korea headquarters has moved south to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province.

    The school was established to educate the children of military personnel. When it first opened in 1959, it consisted of a collection of Quonset huts, but more permanent structures were built later.

    More U.S. military personnel brought their families with them when the country's economy began to grow in the 1970s and living conditions improved. By 1982, a brick building had replaced the Quonset huts and the school grew to some 2,200 students in the 1990s.

    But once the base moved to Pyeongtaek in 2016, the numbers has dwindled to a mere 500.

    After the closure plan was announced last September, 190 alumni of the school visited the base for a reunion ceremony. 

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