(confirmed: register now) A Walk through Lower Seochon: Tongui-dong to Sajikdan

Saturday, November 7, 2015 -
1:30pm to 5:00pm
Seochon neighborhood in Seoul
20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Jennifer Flinn

Hanoks in Seochon

In this excursion, we will explore part of Seochon (West Village) neighborhood of Seoul that sits between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Inwangsan. Composed of 13 small administrative districts called "dongs," the neighborhood is a showcase of the layers of 20th-century urban history. Korean-style houses (hanok) and winding alleys represent the 1930s-1950s, markets, commercial strips, and two-story houses the 1960s-1980s, concrete-tile residential buildings represent the 1990s-2000s, and new galleries and cafes represent the present.

We will use 1840 and 1936 maps for historical reference, we will begin the excursion at Gyeongbokgung Station. We will first explore the alleys of Tongui-dong, which include an eclectic mixture of hanok, Japanese colonial-period houses, and modern museums and galleries. In recent years, the area has become one of Seoul's newest art districts, and will drop into a few galleries along the way.

Moving across Jahamunno, the main street in the area, we will walk through the alleys of Chebu-dong, Nuha-dong, and Pilun-dong. Our first stop will be Yi Sang's House, an art and cultural space in a hanok that sits on the site where the early 20th-century poet Yi Sang lived. The area has one of the highest concentrations of alleys that date from Joseon period (1392-1910) in Seoul. Despite development in recent years, the alleys still have a high concentration of hanok, and we will visit the Yi Sang-beom house, a restored 1930s hanok, and (permission depending), several houses, including recently renovated ones. We will also discuss various issues related to the preservation and adaptation of hanok.

Our next stop will be the grounds of Baehwa Women's University, which has several excellent examples of early 20th-century missionary school buildings and offers attractive views of the area. The grounds also contain several important Joseon-period stone carvings.

From Pilun-dong, we will visit the Sajikdan, an alter built in 1394 for biannual harvest rituals. Japanese colonial authorities turned the Sajikdan into a park in 1940 and it has been reduced in size over the years. The front gate dates from 1720, but was moved in 1962. The excursion will end with a walk through Geumcheon Market on what was once the main street leading from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Sajikdan.

Please reserve by Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Meet the group at Exit #3 of Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3 or orange line) at 13:30.

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Please accept a booking for my husband Graham Greenleaf and I for this walk. I am a member. my husband is not. We would like to pay on the day, as it is expensive to pay in won from Australia where we live.
Please confirm by email to jill@austlii.edu.au

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