Jongro Area History Walking Tour (confirmed)

Monday, May 7, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Jongro Northern Area, Seoul
W20,000 for members and W25,000 for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Jihoon Suk


Jongro Area History Walking Tour 

Date & Time:      Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm (Children's Day observed)

Meeting Point:   In front of Boshingak bell pavilion (Jonggak Station, Exit 4, Line #1)

We will meet in front of Boshingak, the 1979 reconstruction of the Joseon-era City Belfry, which is also the origin of the name "Jongro" (literally "Bell Street"). From there, we'll head north into Gwanhun-dong and Gyeonji-dong where we will see four colonial-era buildings. Next we'll visit Jogyesa Temple and talk about its history, which centers around a series of reform movements within the Korean Buddhism during the first half of the 20th century. After that we'll wander into the alley behind the temple and view some of the places there, before visiting a statue of Min Young-hwan, a minister of the Korean Empire with a fascinating life story. 

We will then pass through Insa-dong, where we will see the recently "restored" Min Byeong-Ok House, one of the finest examples of the urban, modernized Hanoks of the 1930s. After that, we will visit the Central Temple of Cheondogyo, the modern offshoot of the Donghak movement, which, in recent years, had been exposed to serious decline. After briefly seeing the Unhyun-gung, the primary residence of Heungson Daewongun, we will then move up to the Nakwon Arcade and the Pagoda park, discovering its fascinating history and discussing the recent developments within the area. After that we will then go through Gyedong, with many colonial houses and buildings with historical importance. Finally, we will go through the Wonseo-dong, the neighborhood located at the west side of Changdeok-gung, another neighborhood rich in history.

The excursion will end near Anguk Station (Line 3), but participants may join Jihoon afterwards for a coffee or a meal (not included in the excursion fee) nearby.

Jihoon Suk received a BA and MA in Korean modern history from Yonsei University, and currently preparing for his Ph.D. program in Korean Studies at University of Michigan Ann Arbor which he will begin in September of this year. His primary interest is the cultural history of Korea during the first half of the 20th century, particularly the process of reshaping and propagating of "national culture" or "tradition" by the means of modern non-textual media. He also maintains a strong interest in urban development during the colonial period, currently working on a personal project on identifying historic sites by using his accesses to old city property registers and various maps of Seoul produced during the first half of the 20th century. He has been working with various museums and archives in Korea and around the world, including the Independence Hall Museum of Korea, the Korean Film Archive, the National Gugak Center, U.S. Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, and the University of Hawaii-Manoa. 


By Thursday, May 3, 2018, please register your RSVP for the Jongro Walking Tour, Monday, May 7, 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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Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
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