Locations of Peace Around Seoul
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Locations of Peace around Seoul
Since the successful inter-Korean summit this past September, there has been a growing craze for North Korean food. Pyounghwa (Pyeonghwa) Market, Olympic Park, Berlin Wall in Seoul, Peace Culture Bunker, DDP Press Center... These are all places born from desires of peace.
From 1962 to the present, discover and learn about the many peace locations that were erected during the last 60 years and find out how to enjoy your visits to those special locations.
274 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Located between Dongdaemun and Dongdaemun History Museum, Pyounghwa (Pyeonghwa) Market is Korea’s biggest wholesale clothing market in Korea. During the Korean War, North Korean refugees who’ve managed to escape to the South made, dyed, and sold clothing here. Pyounghwa (Pyeonghwa) Market was given its name as a “peace market” to symbolize the refugees’ wishes of unification and peace. Known for cheap, affordable clothing, Pyounghwa Market continued to attract many merchants, leading to the creation of Dongdaemun Shopping Center and going on to become one of Seoul’s main attractions.
Because of how overwhelming and hard it is to browse through all the shops and stores in this huge 3-story shopping complex, it is highly recommended for visitors to visit the website to find out the location of the store they wish to shop in before visiting the market.
Website : http://pyounghwa.com/eng/
Phone Number : +82-2-2265-3531~3
424 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Covering a wide area of 1.4 million square meters, Olympic Park is a place filled with natural spaces and park facilities, originally built for purposes of holding the 1986 Asian Games and 1988 Summer Olympics. At the present, it is a multipurpose park with various recreational facilities, cultural events, ecological spaces, and historical sites. The many beautiful sceneries of the park make it not only a popular venue for sport competitions and concerts, but also a popular shooting location for films and commercials.
Open all year round, all areas of the park are open to the public from 5:00 to 22:00 (except the square area which is open until 24:00.)
Website : http://www.olympicpark.co.kr/
Phone Number : +82-2-410-1114
86 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
A symbol of unification, a portion of the Berlin Wall is installed near the Cheonggyecheon area. A gift from Germany back in 2005, there’ great significance in having this symbol of unification in Korea, a country that still remains divided to this day. The portion of the Berlin Wall in Seoul is 3.6m high and 0.4m thick. However, a portion of the wall is damaged and there’s been great effort to protect the state of this historical monument from further damage.
This coming November, Seoul Lantern Festival 2018 is expected to take place along the area of Cheonggyecheon Stream near the Berlin Wall in Seoul.
Festival Period : Nov 2 (Fri) – Nov. 18 (Sun)
Location : 11 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Cheonggye Plaza)
Website : http://www.seoullantern.com/en/
932 Madeul-ro, Dobong-gu, Seoul
Located in the Dobong-gu, an area in the northern end of Seoul, this once forgotten military bunker was nothing but a neglected relic of the war. However, through urban regeneration efforts, it has been recently transformed into the Peace Culture Bunker, a cultural and art space symbolizing the renewed hope for peace and the arts. Created for military purposes back in the Korean War, this site still continues to hold traces and remnants of the past when it was invaded by North Korean tanks in the war.
The Peace Culture Bunker is currently lending out its facilities as accommodation and work spaces to writers participating in various art residency programs in an effort to revitalize local culture and art community.
Website : http://culturebunker.or.kr/ (Korean)
Phone Number : +82-2-3494-1970
281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a cultural space for holding various cultural events and exhibitions. Its near vicinity to the 600 year-old Seoul City Wall and various fashion and design industries also makes DDP a central hub for fashion and culture. This past September, a press center holding a seating capacity of 1,000 was constructed for the purpose of holding the 2018 inter-Korean summit. So that live feed could be attained during the entirety of the summit, various facilities such as main briefing room, International Broadcast Centre (IBC) master control room, interview rooms, photo/video press rooms, and more were arranged to suit the convenience of media reporters.
In celebration of a successful inter-Korean summit, visitors can visit DDP to see the DDP Rose Garden, a permanent exhibition of 25,550 LED roses that light up during sunset.
Website : http://www.ddp.or.kr/main?hl=en_US
Phone Number : +82-2-2153-0000
Hours of Operation : 19:00 - 24:00
Hope for peace has never before been greater than it is at the present. With interest in peace running so high, we believe it’s crucial to walk around these locations of peace and contemplate once more about the importance of attaining and maintaining world peace.