[*FULL-UP*] Seochon: Ten Years of Change

Sunday, September 1, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Seochon neighborhood in Seoul
20,000won for members; 25,000won for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Dr. Robert J. Fouser
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Seochon: Ten Years of Change

Meeting Point:  Exit #3 (above ground) of Gyeongbokgun Station (Line 3) at 1:00 pm. 

Please RSVP by Friday, August 30, 2019 by clicking here.

    In this excursion, we will the Seochon (West Village) neighborhood with a focus on contemporary history. The neighborhood is a showcase of the layers of 20th-century urban history. Starting at Gyeongbokgung Station, we will first explore the alleys of Tongui-dong, which include an eclectic mixture of hanok, Japanese colonial-period houses, and modern museums and galleries. Beginning in the 2000s, the area has evolved into one of Seoul’s newest art districts and has recently attracted a number of independent bookshops.

    Moving across Jahamunno, we will walk through the alleys of Chebu-dong, Nuha-dong, and Pirun-dong, areas with a high concentration of small hanoks. Many parts of this area were slated for redevelopment into apartments in 2000s, but toward the end of that decade, the city of Seoul put the brakes on those plans. The change in policy caused a wave of gentrification in the 2010s that has crested only recently.

    Our first stop in this area will be the Yi Sang House, an art and cultural space in a hanok that sits on the site where the early 20th-century poet Yi Sang (1910–1937) lived. We walk alleys nearby and look at various types of hanok renovations and other recent changes in the neighborhood. Next, we will visit the house where Yi Sang-beom (1897–1972), a famous Korean-style painter of the mid-20th century, lived and worked, and discuss various issues related to hanok preservation.

    Next, we will walk through Nuha-dong to Nusang-dong, an area crowded with four-story multi-family residences that begin the center of a wave of commercialization in the mid-2010s. We will then walk up to the we will visit the Tongin Market, one of the most active open markets in Seoul. From here, we will walk to the Suseongdong Valley, a city park that replaced aging apartments that were demolished in 2011. The park was designed to revive the Joseon-period landscape depicted in a painting by Jeong Seon (1676–1759).    

    We will then go through Tongin Market on our way back to the subway. This will also give us a chance to study the cityscape along Jahamunno. The excursion will end with a walk through Geumcheongyo Market near Exit #2 of Gyeongbokgung Station.

    Please meet at Exit #3 of Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3) at 13:00. Most of the area is flat, but there is a steady climb to reach Suseongdong Valley Park. Participants are welcome to join Robert for a meal (not included in the fee) in the market after the walk ends.

Please register your RSVP for the Seochon Walking tour
by Friday, August 30, 2019 by clicking 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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Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
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