(confirmed) A Walk through Lower Seochon: Tongui-dong to Sajikdan

Saturday, September 9, 2017 -
1:30pm to 5:00pm
Seochon neighborhood in Seoul
20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Jennifer Flinn

Hanoks in Seochon


In this excursion, we will explore part of Seochon (West Village) neighborhood of Seoul that sits between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Inwangsan. Composed of 13 small administrative districts called "dongs," the neighborhood is a showcase of the layers of 20th-century urban history. Korean-style houses (hanok) and winding alleys represent the 1930s-1950s, markets, commercial strips, and two-story houses the 1960s-1980s, concrete-tile residential buildings represent the 1990s-2000s, and new galleries and cafes represent the present.  

Using some older maps for historical reference, we will begin the excursion at Gyeongbokgung Station. We will first explore the alleys of Tongui-dong and wind our way up to Changseong and Hyoja-dong, which include an eclectic mixture of hanok, Japanese colonial-period houses, and modern museums and galleries. In recent years, the area has become one of Seoul's newest art districts, and will drop into a few galleries along the way.

Moving across Jahamun-no, the main street dividing the area along the north-south axis, we will walk through Tongin Market, a traditional market that has been revived by a range of creative measures from the city and local community.  We will then move up the lower slopes of Inwang Mountain to Suseong-dong Valley Park along Okin-gil, which has become an epicenter for Seochon’s revival as a domestic tourism draw.  On our way down the mountain, we will visit the alleys of Chebu-dong, Nuha-dong, and Pilun-dong, including a stop at the Yi Sang-beom house, a restored 1930s hanok, and Yi Sang's House, an art and cultural space in a hanok that sits on the site where the early 20th-century poet Yi Sang lived. The area has one of the highest concentrations of alleys that date from Joseon period (1392-1910) in Seoul. Despite development in recent years, the alleys still have a high concentration of these traditional structures. We will also discuss various issues related to the preservation and adaptation of hanok.

From Pilun-dong, we will visit the Sajikdan, an altar built in 1394 for biannual harvest rituals. Japanese colonial authorities turned the Sajikdan into a park in 1940 and it has been reduced in size over the years. The front gate dates from 1720, but was moved in 1962. The excursion will end with a walk through Geumcheon Market on what was once the main street leading from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Sajikdan.

Although the area is compact, we will be doing lots of walking - please wear comfortable shoes and bring some spending money if you want to purchase drinks or snacks at one of the markets.


Please reserve by Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Meet the group at Exit #3 of Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3 or orange line) at 13:30.

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