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Information as of 21 Feb, 2017

What is Storytelling Tour Course?

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.

Heunginjimun Gate

Dongdaemun Storytelling Course

Introduction

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.

Course

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.

  • Heunginjimun Time Capsule (Dongdaemun Seonggwak Park)
  • Seoul Heunginjimun (East Gate of Seoul)
  • Sanga Wollyeongga (Ogansugyo)
  • 600 Years of DDP’s memory (Dongdaemun Design Plaza)
  • Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
  • Gwanghui Junction
  • Hunllyeonwon Park
  • Bangsan Market
  • Gwangjang Market (Duration 5 hours)

Tourist Attractions

Heunginjimun Gate

Seoul Heunginjimun (East Gate of Seoul)

  • Heunginjimun is the last remaining gate from the Joseon Dynasty in downtown Seoul, and it is the symbol of old Hanyang.
  • This gate has been with the history of Joseon’s 500 years and modern Seoul’s 100 years.
  • The gigantic gate, also known as Dongdaemun (East Gate), protected Hanyang 600 years ago with its overwhelming height and size.

 

Sanga Wollyeongga Station (Ogansugyo (Bridge)

  • After walking along Cheonggyecheon (Stream) to Dongdaemun, you will see pictures hanging around Pyeonghwa Market.
  • The pictures, along with photos and writings, show how Dongdaemun merchants lived over the past 100 years.

 

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

  • The DDP’s streamlined curve resembles nature, and its rooftop looks like a grassy mountain ridge.
  • The DDP is located right next to a fortress from the Joseon Dynasty. It portrays the past, present, culture, history, and the environment of Dongdaemun.
  • It is like an oasis where people can take a relaxing break from the crowded streets of Dongdaemun.

 

Dongdaemun History & Culture Park

Dongdaemun History & Culture Park

  • Seoul City Wall and Igansumun (2-hole sluice gate), the traces of the Joseon Dynasty, were discovered after having been buried underground for over 80 years.
  • Igansumun (2-hole sluice gate) was a water gate that was used for diverting the flow of water from Namsan (Mountain) to Cheonggyecheon (Stream), which is located outside the fortress.
  • Five sites of Hadogam, which were a part of Hullyeondogam ( a military unit of the Joseon Dynasty), were discovered.

 

Gwanghui Junction

Gwanghui Junction

  • The area is called the Silk Road of Seoul or the Central Asia of Seoul.
  • Gwanghui-dong has been transformed from a Russian town, to a Central Asian town, to a Mongolian town.
  • The Silk Road signpost can be seen from streets.

 

Bangsan Market

Bangsan Market

  • Bangsan Market is more of a printing and packaging street than a market.
  • The shops in the market make labels for clothing, shopping bags, and the type of paper that lines bread baskets in bakeries. They print all types of paper and sell various kinds of packaging materials.

 

Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market

  • A traditional food market is located in the center of Seoul.
  • Customers at the Gwangjang Market enjoy eating kkoma gimbap (small size Korean rolls) as they think of Korea’s poor days.