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BiG exhibition «Memories from Korea. Everyday life, culture and Swiss peacebuilding»

The exhibition at the Library Am Guisanplatz presents private mementos from the 21-year-old Korea Collection. Immerse yourself in the history of the Swiss soldiers who for decades have been monitoring the ceasefire between North and South Korea.

A Swiss military officer facing a statue of a Korean king. Photograph from the friendship book ‘Korea’ by Paul Eynard (1955), Korea Collection, Library Am Guisanplatz.
A Swiss military officer facing a statue of a Korean king. Photograph from the friendship book ‘Korea’ by Paul Eynard (1955), Korea Collection, Library Am Guisanplatz.

From Friday, 21 August 2020, 8:30am
To Friday, 25 February 2022, 4:30pm

Papiermühlestrasse 21 A, 3003 Bern
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Swiss military officiers have served as neutral observers in Panmunjom, Korea as part of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC) ever since the two warring parties signed the armistice on 27 July 1953.

The Library Am Guisanplatz has interesting documents from former NNSC members in its Korea Collection. The exhibition of diaries, photgraphs and other memorabilia looks at the everyday life of the Swiss NNSC delegation.

Diaries, photographs, letters and interviews

The armistice of the Korean War (1950-53) led to the division of the peninsula into two Koreas by the Military Demarcation Line that runs along the 38th parallel. Two commissions were established to oversee the Armistice Agreement: the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission (NNRC) and the NNSC which was composed of the nations Poland, Czechoslovakia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Diaries, photographs, letters and other mementos of the Korea Collection provide a glimpse into the Swiss delegation’s everyday life including the delegation members’ experience in the country and their encounters with the people there. The exhibition focuses on mementos from Max Erpf, Fred Bieri and Josef Vollmeier, which document the early days of the mission.

Guided tours

During the exhibition, five guided tours will be led by Jean-Jacques Joss, Head or the Swiss NNSC delegation from 2007 to 2012 and President of the Swiss-Korea Association.

To sign up for a guided tour, please contact us at least a week before the tour date. You can either send us an email ( with your first and last name and phone number or give us a call at +41 58 464 50 99. These guided tours are free of charge. Tours can include a maximum of 20 people. The meeting point is at the reception in the Library Am Guisanplatz, Papiermühlestrasse 21 A, 3003 Bern.

  • Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 5pm – 5.45pm (cancelled)
  • Thursday, 25 February 2021, 5pm – 5.45pm
  • Wednesday, 05 May 2021, 5pm – 5.45pm
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021, 5pm – 5.45pm
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 5pm – 5.45pm

Due to the current situation, we have taken measures to ensure your protection and the protection of other visitors and staff. Thank you for following the indicated instructions, maintaining social distancing and disinfecting your hands. Protective masks and hand santizer are provided.

The exhibition will run from 21 August 2020 through 25 February 2022, and will be open to the public during opening hours of the Library Am Guisanplatz:

Monday – Friday

8:30am – 11am, 2pm – 4.30pm

Library Am Guisanplatz Papiermühlestrasse 21a
CH-3003 Bern

+41 58 464 50 99
+41 58 463 19 06


Library Am Guisanplatz

Papiermühlestrasse 21a
CH-3003 Bern