Exploring Korea University & Nearby Neighborhoods

Saturday, October 6, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Top of Exit #2 of Hansung University station (Line 4)
W20,000 members; W25,000 non-members
Tour Leader: 
Robert J. Fouser


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 hanoks, or traditional Korean-style houses, that were built in the 1930s. The hanoks 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 20th century. As we approach Korea University, we will stop at Gaeunsa Temple, which traces its heritage back to 1394. The current buildings date from the late 19th and 20th centuries.  Nearby is Botasa Temple and its dramatic sitting bodhisattva image carved into a large rock. Dating from the late Goryeo Period (918–1392), the carving was excavated in 1992 and is now designated a Treasure.

Korea University was founded as Bosung College in 1905 and become a 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 20th century. 

We will meet at the top of Exit #2 of Hansung University station (Line 4) at 13:00. The excursion will end at Korea University station (Line 6) around 17:00. Participants may join Robert afterwards for 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.


Please register your RSVP for the Exploring Korea University & Nearby Neighborhoods Walking Tour, Wednesday, October 3, 2018, by simply click here.

                         Please register one RSVP at a time.
                 ☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
         SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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