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Walking Through Wonseo-dong Alleyways

Published Date : Jul. 28, 2019 / Edited Date : Aug. 07, 2019

Changdeokgung Palace

Walking Through Wonseo-dong Alleyways


Walk through Wonseo-dong, a quaint neighborhood located next to Changdeokgung Palace, to see the harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity in one place. Beneath the blue sky, weave your way between low tiled roofs to spend a quiet, peaceful day exploring the small shops and stores within Wondseo-dong's alleyways.

Writer. Ha Eun-a - Photo. Lim Hak-hyeon

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King’s Walkway

Changdeokgung Secret Garden


Changdeokgung Palace

The best place to start your walk to Wonseo-dong is Changdeokgung Palace. Housing Biwon (Huwon), a beautiful garden enjoyed by past Joseon kings, the palace is a must-visit attraction.

Entry to the garden is only allowed via guided tours which are offered daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Featuring Buyongji Pond Pond, Aeryeonji Pond, Yeongyeongdang Complex, and Jondeokjeong Pavilion, the Secret Garden looks and feels differently by season. A place free from the city’s noise, Changdeokgung Secret Garden is the perfect place to go for people looking for some peace and quiet.

  • Address 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Hours 09:00 - 18:30 (Jun - Aug), Huwon Secret Garden 10:00 - 16:30 (Guided tours offered in 30 min. intervals), Closed Monday
  • Website cdg.go.kr
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    Artist’s House

    Go Hui-dong’s House


    Go Hui-dong’s House 01 Go Hui-dong’s House 02

    Korea's first painter to adopt the Western style of painting, Go Hui-dong came back from studying abroad in Japan to design and build his own hanok house in 1918. A house retaining the characteristics of houses built specifically in that time period, Go Gui-dong's House was where the artist spent his next 41 years making his art. Constructed with a long hallway, glass doors, and a modern toilet, the square-shaped building is a mixture of styles belonging to the traditional and modern. Featuring an exhibition hall with Go Hui-dong's works and his actual studio, the building also has a well-preserved room where artists used to gather together back in the past.

  • Address 40 Changdeokgung 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Hours 10:00 - 18:00, Closed Monday
  • Phone +82-2-2148-4165
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    Origin of Korean Modern Architecture

    Former Space Group Building


    Former Space Group Building 01 Former Space Group Building 02

    Walk along Changdeokgung Stonewall Walkway to come upon a brick building covered in ivy. Formerly known as Space Group Building, this building currently known as Arario Museum in Space and can be seen as the starting point of modern Korean architecture. Built in 1971 and registered as Cultural Property No. 568, this building carries great meaning and significance. After studying abroad and graduating from a Japanese university in 1960, Kim Swoo-geun, a renowned Korean architect, came back and completely transformed the Korean architecture scene along with Kim Joong-up. Many of his works, including Walker Hill Hill Top Bar, Sewoon Shopping Center, and more can still be found throughout the city. Reminiscent of kiwa roof tiles, the ivy-covered black brick walls coexist harmoniously with the neighboring hanok houses. The building underwent expansion in 1977, added new spaces 20 years after that, and restored the hanok house connecting the old building with the new spaces in 2002, bringing this place to its current appearance today.

  • Address 83 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Hours 10:00 - 19:00, Closed Monday
  • Phone 10:00 - 19:00, Closed Monday
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    Essence of Walks

    Small Shops Within Small Alleyways 


    Wonseo-dong

    Located next to Changdeokgung Palace, Wonseo-dong is a quiet little neighborhood where the only form of public transportation are the small green town buses. But upon closer look, visitors will be able to find many cute little shops, cafes, and workshops nestled in between the old, twisting alleyways of this area.

    #1 Treasure Trove

    PAIRS


    PAIRS

    Located in a remote area inside Wonseo-dong, PAIRS is a small little showroom/vintage shop selling both domestic and international products. The reason why the owners opened up a shop in such a remote place is because they hoped it would only attract customers who were really into their products. Some of their most popular products are LP records of 70s soul and punk music, Levi's 501 jeans, and Fruta earrings. A treasure trove of products with the look and feel of a particular era, PAIRS is a popular place for shopping enthusiasts.

  • Address 101 Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Hours Mon - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
  • Phone +82-70-7867-9996
  • Website @pairs.shop
  • #2 Seoul Dining

    Dining in SPACE


    Dining in Space

    Located inside the new glass building of Arario Museum in Space, Dining in Space is a French restaurant offering stunning view of the city. Using French-style cooking techniques, Chef Noh Jin-sung often incorporates reinterpretation of dishes based on the availability of ingredients. Listing only the ingredients instead of dishes, the restaurant's menu was designed this way to prevent diners from developing a certain expectation of their orders and to allow diners an experience where they could just purely enjoy the taste of their food. Chef Noh Jin-sung is very proud of his "Sea Urchin, Lemon" dish. As stated in its name, this dish is made from sea urchins and lemons. Taking inspiration from sushi, the chef substitutes lemon zest for vinegar and add in some greens, uni, and cream to make a whole new kind of dish. To enjoy this unique dining experience against a stunning cityscape of Seoul, visitors should remember to make their reservations in advance.

  • Address 83 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Hours Lunch 12:00 - 15:00, Dinner 18:00 - 23:00, Closed Sunday
  • Phone +82-2-747-8105
  • #3 Desserts inside a Hanok

    Fritz Coffee Company Wonseo


    Fritz Coffee Company

    Opening in a 2-story western-style house in Dohwa-dong, Mapo-gu, this place is the 2nd branch store of Fritz Coffee Company. Because of how they roast their own coffee beans and make their own bread, Fritz Coffee Company is a beloved brand in Korea. Visitors often buy their bread inside the Wonseo branch store, located inside the new building of Arario Museum, and take their food outside to enjoy them inside a hanok house. Surprisingly, the savory taste of bread and fragrance of wooden hanok houses blend well together for a unique sensual experience.

  • Address 1F, 83 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Arario Museum)
  • Hours 10:00 - 21:00
  • Phone +82-2-747-8101
  • Website fritz.co.kr
  • #4 One & Only

    FIBRENO


    Fibreno

    Mostly known for their sharp and vividly colored bags, Fibreno is a stationery boutique shop selling products like deskpads, pencil holders, key rings, tray, and bags. Majoring in graphic design, the owner fell in love with leather while working as a fashion MD, and after studying in Scuola del Cuoio, a leather school in Firenze, she came back to open up this shop. Featuring vivid colors and a simple design, Fibreno's products are perfect as everyday bags. Feeling that real leather wasn't a good fit for desk products, the owner uses synthetic leather for her stationery products.

  • Address 106-1 Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Hours 11:00 - 19:00 (Closed Monday)
  • Phone +82-2-741-5495
  • Website www.fibreno.com
  • #5 Complete the look with hats

    Aya


    AYA

    Aya is a hat making workshop run by a designer who studied fashion in Paris and hat design in Japan. Selling handmade hats for men and women, the owner studied fashion design in Esmod Seoul in her youth, only to go study hat design in Japan during her fifties. It's been 4 years since then. Adding hat making skills to her sensibility as a fashion designer, she was able to create a style of products belonging to her brand Aya. Designed with the concept of her products being "everyday wear for normal people", her hats are full of interesting details. Every wrinkle, corsage, and stitch put into her hats are intentional. Rarely using synthetic fibers like polyester, most of Aya's hats are made with natural fibers to retain a prettier shape.

  • Address 93 Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Hours 11:00 - 18:30
  • Phone +82-2-745-5422
  • #6 Tradition and Modernity

    NOO


    NOO

    Displays of elegant candles casted in the shape of porcelain-shaped pottery inside the showroom make it seem as if you've stepped into a museum. A craft working selling candles and soap, Noo evokes a spirit of consumerism in its visitors. The candles are made from natural ingredients such as beeswax and soy wax and casted in the shape of Korean pottery. Made using techniques from candle-making and ceramic-making, the candles look like minature pottery, making them perfect decorations to adorn the inside of your house.

  • Address 79 Changdeokgung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Hours 12:00 - 19:00
  • Phone +82-2-565-3328
  • Website www.nookorea.com
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    예약 전 안내사항

    • 예약은 관광일 기준 최소 1주일 전까지 가능합니다.
    • 덕수궁의 경우 복지카드를 지참한 관광객에 한하여 무료입장이 가능합니다.
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    • 희망하시는 날짜 및 코스에 활동가능한 해설사가 없는 경우 예약은 취소될 수 있습니다.
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      (최소 5일~한달 전)3회 이상 전화통화가 이뤄지지 않을 시 예약이 취소될 수 있습니다.
    • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
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    • 예약은 관광일 기준 최소 1주일 전까지 가능합니다.
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      観光日前日基準)

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        ※歩行弱者1人当たり少なくとも1人以上の補助人を伴う
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    • 微細ホコリの非常低減措置発令及びその他の気象悪化(猛暑、台風、暴雨など)によって
        徒歩観光の運営が困難な場合、すべての予約は一括キャンセルされます。
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    • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光
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      (观光前日基准)

    预约前说明事项

    • 观光日基准最少1日前方可进行预约。
    • 本线路是为了行动不便者(行动不便的高龄者、残疾人、婴儿车利用者等)的路线。
    • 无辅助人员(或同行人)伴随时,不可利用。
      ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的辅助人员陪同。
      ※ 电动辅助器具(电动轮椅、电动独轮车等)使用者时,每一位辅助人员最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
    • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
    • 为了确认预约,徒步观光事务局(02-6025-0777)会致电进行确认。
      (最少5日~一个月前) 3次以上无法连接时,预约将被取消。
    • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光解说员概不负责。
    • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
      (观光前日基准)

    預約前說明事項

    • 觀光日基準最少3日前方可進行預約。
    • 下個月的預約可從前月15日開始。
    • 周末及公休日、春秋旺季的預約可早期結束。
    • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
    • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光解說員概不負責。
    • 未伴隨保護者的未滿14歲兒童遊客,會在現場取消觀光。
    • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。(觀光前日基準)

    預約前說明事項

    • 觀光日基準最少1日前方可進行預約。
    • 本線路是為了行動不便者(行動不便的高齡者、殘疾人、嬰兒車利用者等)的路線。
    • 無輔助人員(或同行人)伴隨時,不可利用。
      ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的輔助人員陪同。
      ※ 電動輔助器具(電動輪椅、電動獨輪車等)使用者時,每壹位輔助人員最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
    • 希望觀光的日期及線路上無解說員時,預約有可能被取消。
    • 為了確認預約,徒步觀光事務局(02-6025-0777)會致電進行確認。
      (最少5日~壹個月前) 3次以上無法連接時,預約將被取消。
    • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光 解說員概不負責。
    • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。 (觀光前日基準)