“Hangul Gaon-gil” means the Hangul (Korean alphabet) Center Road designated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) to promote the excellence of Hangul across the world. The 1.8 kilometer-long road starts in Saemunan-ro 3-gil and ends in Saejong-daero 23-gil.
The road is full of a great variety of intriguing episodes and stories about Hangul, which was created by King Sejong some 570 years ago. They include “Hangul once used as secret codes” and “Great Hangul advocate Ju Si-gyeong’s extraordinary love of hangul.”
The SMG has created Hangul Gaon-gil with plenty of Hangul tourism resources installed along the road including “The Ten Hangul Episodes (inscribed on street structures) on the Creation of Hangul,” “Hangul Hide-and-seek for 18 Hangul artworks,” “Hangul Story Panels,” and “Hangul Story Maps.”
As a walking tour, the “Hangul Gaon-gil Storytelling Tour” is a combination of the traditional tourism resources of the time-honored area in Central Seoul with the city administration’s newly developed Hangul tourism resources.
On October 6, 2013, the tour program debuts in the form of a tour experience event with historical reenactments at major points along the road as well as Hangul hide-and-seek and a lot more.
On that day, walking tours start every ten minutes between 11:00 and 18:00. Foreign residents and tourists are welcome. Storytellers who are fluent in English, Chinese, and Japanese will lead international tour groups.
In addition to regular onsite registration, foreigners are allowed to make e-mail reservations (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well if they want to participate in a tour precisely at their preferred time.
Special programs prepared for the day include free printing of participants’ pictures of Hangul artworks hidden along the route and presentation of Hangul souvenir to each and every participant. Come and join us. You will learn a lot about Hangul, a prized cultural heritage and the biggest source pride of this country and its people, and have plenty of fun.