Exploring Korea University and Nearby Neighborhoods
During this excursion, we will explore Korea University and residential neighborhoods nearby. Beginning at Hansung University station, we will make our way through several neighborhoods that contain groups of hanok, or traditional Korean style house, that were built in the 1930s. The hanok in these areas are generally smaller than Bukchon because they were designed for middle-class. As we walk, we will also explore the local markets and look at the changing cityscape of older neighborhoods in Seoul.
The walk includes several small Buddhist temples that are good examples of urban temples that developed as Seoul grew in the 20 th century. As we approach Korea university, we will stop at Geunsa Temple, which traces its heritage back to 1394. The current buildings date from the late 19 th and 20 th centuries. Nearby is Botasa Temple and its dramatic sitting bodhisattva image carved into a large rock. Dating from the late Goryeo Period, the carving was excavated in 1992 and is now designated a National Treasure. Korea University was founded as Bosung College in 1905 and become Korea University in 1946. The university moved from nearby Jogyesa Temple to its present location in 1934. The Main Building and the Clock Tower Building form one of the most famous collections of academic buildings in Korea. At the end of the excursion, we will explore the University Museum and the Centennial Memorial Samsung Hall. The University Museum has an extensive collection, including Celestial Globe that appears on the back of the 10,000 won note and the original wood block used for the famous “Suseonjeondo” (1840) map of Seoul. The Centennial Memorial Samsung Hall contains exhibits on the history of the university that offer a unique window into the history of higher education in Korea in the 20 th century.
We will meet at the top of Exit 2 of Hansung University station (Line 4) at 1:00 p.m. The excursion will end at Korea University station (Line 6) around 5:00.
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