Exploring the Seoul Station Area - A Waking Tour (Confirmed)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Seoul Station area
20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Robert Fouser


Exploring the Seoul Station Area


Date: Sunday, April 22, 201 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Departure: We will meet to begin the tour at the top of Exit 3 of Chungjeongno station (Line 2) at 1:00 p.m. 
End of the tour is planned for around 5pm.
Destination: Area surrounding Seoul Station
Cost: W20,000 for RASKB members and W25,000 for non-members (Lunch is not included in the price of this tour)
Tour Leader: (experienced guide) Robert Fouser, PhD.            


In 2017, the city of Seoul completed a controversial project to turn the high overpass near Seoul Station into walk through a variety of potted plants. Called Seoullo 7017, 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.

We will begin out walk at Chungjeongno station (Line 2) and explore nearby neighborhoods that contain a mixture of hanok, 20th-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.

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.

Participants who would to like to have a meal (not included in the excursion fee) at the Seoul Station Grill, which opened in 1925, are free to join Robert after the excursion.

Please be sure to check back to this RAS-KB web site on Thursday, April 19, should you not already get an email from us, to see whether we are confirming or canceling this walk. 

To register, click here by Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Please wait for a confirmation before making a payment.                 

☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:

             SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)


Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 5 but we are short staffed and there are meetings elsewhere often: please call or email before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796
Email - royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

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