Architecture in Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong

Saturday, September 22, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Daehangno, Hyehwa-dong
W20,000 members; W25,000 non-members
Tour Leader: 
Robert J. Fouser

Meeting Point:   Exit #2 of Hyehwa Station (Subway Line 4)

During this excursion of Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong, we will look at a variety of styles of Korean architecture in the 20th century. The excursion will begin around Marronnier Park, which were Seoul National University and its Japanese colonial forerunner, the Gyeongseong Imperial University, were located. Several university buildings built during the colonial period still stand, including the former headquarters building which was designed by Park Kil-yong (1898-1943), a noted Korean architect during the colonial period. The Marronnier Park area is also home to three buildings designed by Kim Swoo-geun (1931-86), Korea's most famous 20th-century architect. The buildings have ornate brick work and multi-leveled spaces, which typified Kim's style in the 1970s.

From the Marronnier Park area, we look at the headquarters of the Seoul National University Medical School, another colonial era building. From here, we will walk through a small "redevelopment district" lined with hanoks, or traditional Korean-style houses. The area is typical of a "redevelopment districts" in cities around the country. From here, we will walk through commercial areas of Daehangno and look at examples of commercial architecture and signage from the 1990s to the present.

Entering Hyehwa-dong, we will visit the house of former Prime Minister Chang Myon who led Korea between the fall of Syngman Rhee in 1960 and Park Jung-hee's coup d'état in 1961. Though based on hanok design concepts, the house includes Western and Japanese styles and is an excellent example of mid-20th century upper-class residential architecture. From here we will walk through Hyehwa-dong, passing several interesting hanoks on the way.

We will make our way to Seongbuk-dong, passing part of the Seoul Wall on our way. Our next stop is Choi Sun-woo's house, a beautifully restored hanok maintained by the National Trust of Korea. Choi Sun-woo (1916-84) was a noted writer on Korean art and culture and the 4th director of the National Museum of Korea. He met Kim Swoo-geun in 1963 and taught him much about Korean aesthetics. During the 1970s, the two men traveled throughout Korea looking at important historic sites, which helped Kim gain a greater appreciation of traditional Korean architecture. The house is an excellent example of a larger hanok outside of the Seoul Wall.

We will begin the excursion at 13:00 at Exit #2 of Hyehwa Station (Subway Line 4). The excursion will last until about 17:00 and will end at Choi Soon-woo's house with the nearest subway station being Hansung Univ (Samseongyo) station (Subway Line 4). Participants may join Robert afterwards for a coffee or an early dinner (not included in the excursion fee) in the neighborhood. The walk is mostly flat, but comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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