Where Past and Present Overlap, Where Korea Exist Together with the World - Part 1
See & Do Tours
Yongsan, an iconic multi-cultural district of Seoul encompassing Itaewon, Haebangchon, and Gyeongridan-gil, is filled with unique old stores and Oraegages. Along with the potteries of Hanshin Onggi stacked next to the US Military walls and the old, used books gathered and collected by Foreign Book Store from the US military trash piles, this is a unique area where Korean and other cultures have managed to mix together in harmony.
Constructed in 1925, Culture Station Seoul 284 is Korea’s oldest railway structure and a important relic of the Korea's modern history. Since its opening in August 2011, numerous cultural and art activities have been conducted here, making it a place of open communications between artists and creators. Symbolizing the architectural structure prevalent during the time of Japanese imperialism, this place has been maintained to look historically accurate, offering visitors a chance to remember and experience important events in Korean history such as Korea's independence, Korean War, democratic movements, etc. A symbol of Korea's modern history, it is frequently served as a venue for lectures, performances, exhibitions, research, and various other programs.
1 Tongil-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (Culture Station Seoul 284)
10:00 -19:00 (Closed Monday)
Seoul Station, Exit 2
Safety concerns and issues were raised about the old highway overpass of Seoul Station in 1970, leading to its transformation into Seoullo 7017, a pedestrian park in 2017 through the city's urban regeneration efforts. Walking along the path, visitors can enjoy the various events and exhibitions happening on the walkway. Featuring an observatory and cafe, it's also the perfect place to rest and admire the urban view of Seoul.
432 Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
00:00 - 24:00
Seoul Station (Line 1), Exit 7
Located in Hoehyeon-dong, Jung-gu, Baekbeom Square Park features statues of Korean activists Kim Gu and Yi Si-yeong, and General Kim Yu-shin's horse. Visitors are also walk along and visit N Seoul Tower and Seoul City Wall.
Hoehyeon-dong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Hoehyeon Station Exit 4, roughly 8 min. on foot / Seoul Station (Line 1) Exit 8, roughly 15 min. on foot
Sowol-gil was named after the pen name of Poet Kim Jeong-sik (Sowol) who was born in North Korea and wrote the poem Azalea. He grew up in Namsangol and used to trek up the hill to see the moon. You can learn about his life and appreciate his work, walking along the trails and enjoying the view of Haebangchon and Hangang River.
51-1, Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul (Namdaemun Market) ~ 726-74, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Haebangchon was first formed after Korea’s liberation when North Korean refugees came and started to settle by building shacks at the foot of Namsan Mountain. Once made up of empty market spaces and alleyways, the area has undergone transformation through urban regeneration to become what it is today. Filled with many trendy cafés, restaurants, workshops, bookstores, and arcades, there’s plenty to enjoy in this neighborhood.
95-9 Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Noksapyeong Station, Exit 2, roughly 10 min. on foot
Through gentrification of Gangnam, Hongdae, and Itaewon, Haebangchon Alleyway began to transform into the gathering place for aspiring young artists and creators. The area is full of unique little workshops, cafes, and bookstores. Meanwhile, cafes and restaurant with a more sophisticated atmosphere has been appearing near the street of Sinheung-ro, continuing to attract many visitors to the area.