Seoul plans to expand the Hangang History Exploration Program through which participants can learn about the history of Seoul and make amazing memories while on a journey accompanied by a commentator. Greeting the autumn season, the city will open a special program that will be operated, even for just a single person, in order to offer more citizens the opportunity to have an historical experience. The special program for solo participants will be operated from September 4 to November 30, 2019.
Until now, Seoul has operated the Hangang History Exploration Program for 8 years, in which over 17,000 citizens have participated since 2012. The city operates this program in order to grant citizens the opportunity to easily and enjoyably learn about the long history of the Hangang River and its surroundings, where cargo vessels transporting crops and silk came and went and where the icehouse used to be located.
The 2019 Hangang History Exploration Program will include ▲ five courses along the Hangang River’s upper stream (Gangbuk) and ▲ seven courses along the Hangang River’s lower stream (Gangnam). It is a walking travel program with detailed commentary provided by Hangang historical commentators on the history, culture, and people surrounding the river.
Among the five courses along the Hangang River’s upper stream (Gangbuk) are ▲ Gwangnaru-gil, touring around the upper and lower streams of the Hangang River, from Gwangjingyo Bridge to Gangdong-gu, ▲ Yanghwanaru-gil, surveying the sites of Catholic martyrs and the Cemetery Park of foreign missionaries, and ▲ Nanjikkotseom-gil, browsing the past and the present of Nanjido, as well as the Oil Tank Culture Park, and more.
Unique courses out of the seven courses along Hangang River’s lower stream (Gangnam) include ▲ Seonyudo-gil, visiting Seonyudo that was reborn into a natural ecology park by recycling a purifying facility for the first time in the country, ▲ Yeouinaru-gil, offering a great view of the Hangang River, retaining the history of contemporary Seoul and filled with the energy of cultural events throughout the four seasons, and more.
All twelve courses are operated free of charge. However, participants must pay the admission fees for the paid museums, such as ▲ the Heojun Museum of Gongamnaru-gil and ▲ the Gyeomjae Jeongseon Memorial Museum of Gyeomjaejeongseon-gil.
The program is in operation six days of the week (with the exception of Tuesdays and Chuseok holidays (September 12-14)). Reservations can be made anytime during the period of operation (September 4-November 30) starting on August 30. The program will be operated for foreigners who are interested in Korean history and culture, families of marriage immigrants, disabled persons, and even for just a single person. English commentary is available for each course and wheelchair-using disabled individuals should be accompanied by a guardian. The meeting places for each course will be the nearby subway stations of major cultural artifacts, and the length of operation for each of the 12 walking courses is an average of two hours.
For more information, call the Management Office of the Hangang History Exploration Program at ☏82-70-4290-6967 or visit the program’s website (http://visit-hangang.seoul.kr).
|Yanghwanaru-gi – Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine||Nanjikkotseom-gil – Nanji Hangang Park|
|Photos of Participants|
|All on Foot||Course 1||Gwangnaru-gil||The Beginning of Gyeonggang River & War||Earthen Fortification in Pungnap-dong – Statue of Mrs. Domi – Monument Engraved with Seogeojeong’s Poem Praising Gwangjin – Gwangjingyo 8th Avenue – Hankang Hotel – Gwangnaru Station (Line 5)|
|Course 2||Songpanaru-gil||Formation and Development of the City||Samjeondo Monument – Seokchon Lake – Songpa Naru Monument (Landmark) – Seokchon-dong Ancient Tombs – Seokchon Gobun Station (Line 9)|
|Course 3||Ttukseomnaru-gil||The Establishment of Joseon & Gathering of Wood||Jeongwanwon – Majodan – Salgoji Bridge – Jungnangcheon Stream – Gong’s Bookstore – Ttukseom Railroad – Ttukseom Station (Line 2)|
|Course 4||Nodeulnaru-gil||Loyalty and Filial Piety & the Building of the Bridge||Hyosajeong – Memorial Monument to Volunteer Student Army – Hangangdaegyo Bridge – Site of Jugyosa Office – Yongyangbongjeojeong Pavillion – Site of Nogangseowon Confucian Academy – Sayuksin Park|
|Course 5||Dongjakjin-gil||The History of Dongjakjin, Built in the Perfect Spot||Site of Dongjaknaru Wharf – Seoul National Cemetery|
|Course 6||Yeouinaru-gil||The Miracle of the Hangang River||National Assembly – Culture Square of Yeouido Park – Korean Traditional Forest – Yeouido Hangang Park|
|Course 7||Seogangnaru-gil||Shipping Site of Fish and Grain as a Tax||Gwangheungchang – King Gongmin’s Shrine – Bamseom Bugundang –Site of Sogangnaru Wharf – Bamseom Park – Hyeonseok Underpass|
|Course 8||Yanghwanaru-gil||The Inflow of Foreign Culture||Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery – Site of Yanghwajin – Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine – Site of Yanghwanaru Wharf|
|Course 9 for Individuals||Seonyudo-gil
|The Development of the Hangang River and its Environment||Seonyudo Monument – Seonyudo Park – Northwest Observatory Deck|
|Course 9 for Groups||Seonyubong-gil
|The History of Seonyudo||Yanghwa Hangang Park – Gongmudohaga Monument – Seonyugyo Bridge|
|Course 10||Gongamnaru-gil||The Tale of the Hangang River and Heo Jun||Heo Jun Theme Street – Tapsan Mountain – Heoga Rock – Gongamnaru – Gwangju Rock – Heo Jun Museum★|
|Course 11||Gyeomjaejeongseon-gil||The Painting of Hangang River by Gyeomjae||Yangcheon Hyanggyo – Soangnu Pavilion of Gungsan Mountain – Gyeomjae Jeongseon Memorial Museum ★|
|Course 12||Nanjikkotseom-gil||Nanjido’s Yesterday and Today||World Cup Stadium – Bulgwangcheon Stream – Pyeonghwa Park – Nanji Hangang Park – Haneul Park – Oil Tank Culture Park|
※ The routes for Seonyudo-gil and Seonyubong-gil courses are similar to each other. The city named the two courses differently to distinguish the former from the latter, part of which was designed considering the walking path for large groups.