Exploring the Seoul Station Area
In 2016, the City of Seoul started work on a project to turn the extensive overpass into a green park. The project has stirred renewed interest in long-overlooked areas nearby the station. During this excursion, we will explore the area in detail and ponder its future after the park project is completed.
We will begin out walk at Chungjeongno station (Line 2) and explore nearby neighborhoods that contain a mixture of hanok, 20 th -century Western-style houses, and some of earliest apartment buildings in Korea. As we make our way to the station, we will stop at the historic Yakhyeon Catholic Church (1886), the oldest catholic church in Korea. The current building is a reconstruction of the 1892 church.
Our walk will take us to the Sohn Kee-chung Park on the former site of Yangjeong High School. Sohn Kee-chung (1912-2002) won a gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and became a hero to Koreans for refusing to acknowledge the Japanese national anthem at the award ceremony. He was given the honor of carrying the Olympic torch into the stadium at the opening of the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.
Next, we wind out way through narrow allies and end up at the Malli Market, an example of a market moved indoors during the 1970s. From here will follow the neighborhood commercial street leading toward Hyochang Park and Sookmyung Women's University. Kim Koo and three presidents of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea are interred in the park. We will see the Kim Koo Museum, which offers an excellent introduction to the independence movement against Japanese colonial rule.
The last area on the walk is Huam-dong on the other side of the main street that passes in front of Seoul Station. The area has the largest number of houses from the Japanese colonial period in Seoul because hills and narrow allies have made new construction difficult. At the end of our walk, we will visit the thriving Huam Market. From there, we will walk to Seoul Station where the excursion will end.
We will meet at the top of Exit 3 of Chungjeongno station (Line 2) at 1:00 p.m. The excursion will end at Seoul Station around 5:00.
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