I was away from home on Easter, in Seoul, South Korea. While Easter is not a recognized holiday in South Korea, it is celebrated at the American bases. Inside the US Army base, there are Easter egg hunts, elaborate brunch buffets and kids running around in bunny costumes. I visited the the Garrison Yongsan base, which is located in the center of the capital city of Seoul, and headquarters of US military presence in South Korea.

Easter Egg Hunt in South Korea

American kids at Easter in Seoul

The 620 acres of the base is spread out with housing areas, a large Commissary and Post Exchange, a dog park, restaurants (including McDonalds, Subway and Starbucks), indoor and outdoor sports complexes, a library, a bowling alley, a skateboard park, a miniature golf complex, a hospital, a dental clinic, schools, swimming pools, an automotive care center, and a self-service gas station. American families living on the base don’t really need to step out for anything. They can even use US Dollar for transactions and pay the same prices they would normally pay back home.

Inside Yongsan Army base

Hotel at Yongsan

There is also a hotel located inside the base where families and employees can stay. Surrounded by ponds, beautiful gardens restaurants, it feels like you are back at a Hilton in US, rather than in close proximity of the world’s largest electronics market of Yongsan.