Storytelling Tour Course consists of 5 representative tour routes(Dongdaemun, Arisu, Seoul Baekje Palace Road, Seoul City Wall, Sejong-daero and Hangeul Gaon-gil) that are discovered during the Seoul storytelling tour course development project, with the stories for tourists to watch, listen and experience while walking.
Dongdaemun is more than just a fashion town that sells clothes. It is a place that has many stories about people to be told.From Hanyang (the capital of the Joseon Dynasty) to present day Seoul, Seoul Heunginjimun (East Gate of Seoul) has existed in its same location for 600 years. An endless series of stories await visitors in this area, including at Hadogamteo Site and Hullyeonwon Park, which hold the spirits of soldiers who protected the Joseon Dynasty; Gwangjang Market, a 100-year-old market from the Joseon Dynasty; Gwanghui-dong, a small global village inside Dongdaemun; Seoul City Wall and Igansumun (Water Gate), which were hidden underground until recently; and Dongdaemun Design Plaza, which creates a new landscape with its streamlined architecture.
Walking along Dongdaemun’s Storytelling Course provides stories related to history, culture, and life in the Dongdaemun area.It is a short 1 hour and 40 minute walking course that allows people to be able to explore the Dongdaemun area. Seoul Heunginjimun (East Gate of Seoul), Ogansugyo (Bridge), the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park, Gwanghui-dong neighborhood, Hullyeonwon Park, Bangsan Market, and Gwangjang Market will be introduced with insightful storytelling.
Seoul Heunginjimun (East Gate of Seoul)
Sanga Wollyeongga Station (Ogansugyo (Bridge)
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
The Story of Seoul as told by the Hangang (River), which is the lifeline of the 2,000-year old city of Seoul.
If you want to listen to the Han River’s story about the changes and history of Seoul, take a walk along Hangang Park.Seoul City has created storytelling tour courses in four locations along Hangang Park. You can walk or ride a bike and explore a number of the interesting stories that are hidden in the many sites along the Hangang (River). Let’s take our tour along the Hangang (River),which holds 2,000 years of Seoul’s history.
Each of the story courses in the four parks of the『Arisu Storytelling Tour』has a theme to demonstrate the history of the Hangang (River).In Yeouido’s story course of the, 「Miracle of the Hangang (River)」, you will be able to walk in Yeouido Park and learn about the history of Yeouido and Seoul, the change in Hangang’s bridges, and the history of Maponaru.Along the「Nature-Side Nanji」course, you can hear new stories about the Hangang (River) and how the dumping ground, Nanji, was reborn into an ecological park. Along Banpo’s 「Manmade Nature」course, visitors can see Seoraeseom and the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, which is listedin the Guinness Book of World Records. The course will also show special man-made structures, such as the Joseon Dynasty’s baedari (boat bridge). While taking a bicycle tour in Ttukseom, you can learn about the history of the Hangang (River) via stories of people who enjoyed the river just as much as you do now.
Total length2.07㎞ Duration40 minutes
1. The Hangang Park Entrance for Yeouido
2. Nogeumsu Plaza
3. Cascade Plaza / Cascade Stage
4. Bamseom Viewpoint
Total length2.0㎞ Duration40 minutes
Location : Nanji Hangang Park in Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu
Transportation Information : Take a red bus number 9707 (towards Gajwa-dong) and get off at Nanji Hangang Park bus stop
1. The Hangang Wildlife Exploration Center
2. Bird Observatory
3. Ring Walk
4. Galdaebaram-gil (Reed Wind Trail)
Total length1.7㎞ Duration40 minutes
1. Jamsugyo (Bridge)
2. Floating Island
4. Rainbow Fountain at Moonlight Plaza
Total length5.53㎞ Duration60 minutes
1. Jabeolle Hall
2. Rest area below Seongsudaegyo (Bridge)
3. Ipseokpo Dock
4. Salgojidari (Bridge)
Pungnaptoseong Fortress and Mongchontoseong Fortress in Songpa-gu, are wonderful places to take a walk. They are perhaps the most beautiful walking course in Seoul. They are very close to the Hangang (River), making them easily accessible by bicycle or on foot. The open grassy fields and green scenery are perfect for picnics with family, friends, or a date. Despite its popularity, very few people know that the park was once the center of the Baekje, an ancient Korean dynasty. While walking along the Seoul Baekje Palace road, let’s learn more about the Baekje Dynasty, which was a kingdom that flourished some 2,000 years ago.
The core and longest section of this path consists of two earthen fortifications. One is Pungnaptoseong Fortress, which is right outside Cheonho Station, and the other is Monchontoseong Fortress, which is also called Olympic Park. The two earthen fortifications were built during the Baekje Dynasty, which was an ancient kingdom that flourished on the Korea Peninsula. The Seoul Baekje Palace road connects these two Baekje fortifications and tells the tale of a magnificent ancient kingdom. Are you ready to go?
7. Chiljido (seven branched sword)
10. The Mongchon Museum of History
12. Dugout Hut Gallery
14. Seoul Baekje Museum
Seoul City Wall Storytelling Tour; the Stories of Paths consists of twenty themed paths that start at Namsan (Mountain), take in Inwangsan (Mountain), Bugaksan (Mountain), and Naksan (Mountain), and end at Namsan (Mountain).The paths follow Seoul City Wall walls, and takes in many interesting historic sites and legends.For more information on Seoul City Wall and other Storytelling Tours available in Seoul, visit our official website at www.seoulstory.org.
Durationapprox. 2 hours
1. Hehwamun GateHyehwamun Gate
2. Jangsu Village
3. Naksan Park
4. Seoul Heunginjimun (East Gate of Seoul)
Gaon is an old Korean word that means “center” or “in the middle.” This course consists of places that are related to the stories of Hangeul, such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is where the Korean alphabet was created; the headquarters of the Korean Language Society; and the site of the house where a Hangeul scholar, Ju Si-gyeong, used to live! The course starts at Sejong-daero, which is where the statue of King Sejong the Great is situated, then moves onto Hangeul Gaon Street, which is the central area related to Hangeul.
While thinking about Korean ancestors who dedicated their life to the creation and transmission of Hangeul, visitors will soon find themselves in the downtown area of the city surrounded with beautiful landscapes. Barely anything remains from Korea’s olden days in today’s bustling downtown, but visitors will be able to get some inspiration while discovering hidden stories along the Hangeul Gaon Street.
Total Length2.5㎞ Total Time Needed40 min
1. Gyeongbokgung Palace
2. Ganghwamun Square
3. Sejongno Park
4. Statue of King Sejong the Great and the Story of King Sejong the Great
5. Sejong Center
6. Sejong Art Garden (Site of Jangyewon)
7. The Salvation Army Office Building (Hangeul 10-Madang)
8. The Korean Language Society
9. Doryeom Green Square
Yongbieocheonga (The Site of Ju Si-gyeong’s Home)