5 Walking Trails through the Heart of Seoul
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is continuing to build a series of Urban Trails: five walking trails of 25.4㎞ in the heart of Seoul within the four main gates in Seoul, a city with a large floating population and 600 years of historical and cultural resources.
Once the trails are completed, five walking routes, including ▲Connecting Trail ▲Old Scenery Trail ▲Forever-young Trail ▲Jongno Unjong Trail ▲Cheonggye Water Trail will connect the center of Seoul in a grid.
Each route and trail will feature major attractions and unique characteristics.
First, Connecting Trails (circle route, 9.5㎞) starts at Seoul Station, the center of modern transportation and once the major gate of Seoul. The trail then leads through Jeong-dong – Gwanghwamun – Insa-dong – Heunginjimun Gate – Myeong-dong and then back to Seoul Station. It is the only circular route among the five trails.
Old Scenery Trail (4.5㎞) starts from Waryong Park and goes through Unhyeonggung Palace, leading to the intersection of Toegye-ro 2ga. You can look around and enjoy a traditional atmosphere walking on the trail.
Forever-young Trail (3.8㎞) starts at Hyehwamun, which had disappeared in the Japanese occupation period and was restored as a part of the Hanyang Wall in 1992. The trail leads to Daehangno, the representative area of culture and art, and Dongdaemun Market, the fashion zone. The trail is full of art and culture, with youth and passion.
Jongno Unjong Trail (4.0km) starts at Seodaemun and goes through the Jongno area, where you can observe its living culture. The trail was named after Unjong Street, which indicated the area and translates to “people gathering around like clouds.”
Finally, Cheoggye Water Trail (3.6km) goes through the old site of the National Tax Service leading to Seun Plaza, the first multi-purpose building in Korea where the urban regeneration project is in progress. You can enjoy a variety of cultural events and food through the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream.
On the Urban Trails, road stripes will indicate the start and finish points, 100m intervals, and information points using the BI of “Walk, Seoul,” so that anyone can easily recognize them. Historical sites including the old city office, the old National Assembly building, and the old site of six administrative offices will be indicated so as to easily understand the history of each site by installing and rearranging the signs.
The SMG will also improve walking convenience and safety by creating and relocating crosswalks and organizing obstructions causing inconveniences to walking, such as inappropriate braille blocks and bollards.
The SMG has announced the urban trail construction plan, including the details above, and has stated that it will complete the 6km upper section of Connecting Trail (Seoul Station – Gwanghwamun- Heunginjimun Gate) within the first half of the year, and complete the other 4 trails within the year. The rest of Connecting Trail is scheduled to be finished by April 2017 in accordance with the Seoul Station 7017 Project.
For foreigners, including tourists, to easily enjoy the urban trails, the official website of Seoul tourism (www.visitseoul.net) and the “I tour Seoul” application will provide foreign language services (texts and voices) in English, Chinese, and Japanese, and other languages.
☎ Contact: Walking & Bicycle Division +82-2-2133-2413