The Seoul History Museum (director: Kang Hong Bin) is holding a special exhibition titled “Seoul has City Walls” from February 21 to May 19, 2013 at the Event Hall (basement) of the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park as a pre-event for the opening of the Hanyang Castle Walls Exhibition Center.
The event will serve as an opportunity to see the diverse meanings contained in the Hanyang Castle Walls. The international symposium scheduled for February 21, titled Historic Cities and Urban Castle Walls, is also expected to be a significant event.
The exhibition held this time consists of four sections: Birth and Operation of the Castle Walls; Damages to Them; Restoration, A Look at Them.
- Name of the Event: Special exhibition titled “Seoul has City Walls”, a pre-event for the opening of the Hanyang Castle Walls Exhibition Center
- Place : Event Hall (basement) of the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
- Period : February 21 ~ May 19, 2013
– Check on diverse meanings contained in the Hanyang Castle Walls and changes they have gone through
– Promoting the opening of the Hanyang Castle Walls Exhibition Center
- Hosted by : Hanyang Castle Walls Research Institute, Seoul History Museum
- For inquiries, please call : +82-2-2266-7077.
Stones used to build the Castle Walls – In carrying out the work of building the 18km-long Castle Walls, groups of people sent from regions across the country were assigned sections of the walls divided into 97 sections. Names of the official in charge, work supervisor, and team responsible for each section were inscribed on the stones to have them take responsibility in case of poor workmanship.
The Chinese characters “崗字六百尺”as inscribed on this stone, which was used to build the Castle Walls, shows that the section where it belonged was the 48th section (the letter is the 48th letter in the primer of Chinese characters), and that the section was 1.8km long. The work for the section was carried out by those sent from Gyeongsang Province.
A postcard featuring a photo of Chosen Jingo (Shinto Shrine in Korea) – During the colonial period, Japanese colonists demolished part of the Walls in Namsan Mountain in Seoul to build the Shinto shrine.
Gyeongseong (Seoul) Stadium – This stadium was built between Dongdaemun and Gwanghimun to commemorate the wedding of Crown Prince Hi…