Seoul City Walking Tours

Mongchontoseong (Mongchon Earthern Fortress)

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Walking Tour Introduction
Feel the history of the Samguk Era!
Learn about the Samguk Era (Three Kingdoms Period) with the Mongchontoseong tour.
This walking tour focuses on the historical areas of Olympic Park, a relaxing public park located in the heart of the city. Originally built in 1988 for the Seoul Olympic Games, Olympic Park now serves as a welcoming green oasis that offers Seoulites a wide range of cultural, sporting and leisure opportunities, featuring an outdoor sculpture park, an art museum, water fountains and walking trails. Although the park itself was built in 1988, it is also the home of two historically important Baekje sites: Mongchontoseong (Mongchon Earthern Fortress) and Pungnaptoseong (Pungnap Earthern Rampart). With this tour visitors will be able to learn about the Samguk Era, or the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BCE – 668 CE), and more specifically, the Baekje Kingdom Period (18 BCE – 660 CE), all while enjoying a beautiful stroll in this peaceful park.
Walking Tour Details
Route
Gangdong-gu Office Station - Pungnap toseong - Palgakjeong - Gommaldari - Mongchontoseong - Peace Plaza - Seoul Baekje Museum


Length of tour : 2~3hours

Meeting Place : Gangdong-gu Office Station, exit 4

※ Experience programs offered by museums are not included in the walking tour. Participation in experience programs must be done individually once the tour is over.

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Major Tourist Attractions
Pungnaptoseong (Earthern Rampart)
Songpa-gu is the former location of capital city of the Baekje Kingdom (18 BCE – 660 CE), and is home to two Baekje earthern fortifications: Mongchontoseong and Pungnaptoseong. The latter is estimated to have been built before Mongchontoseong during the Hanseong Baekje Kingdom period (18 BCE - 475 CE) and is thought to have served as the king's castle. It is approximately 3.5 km in circumference and its official name is Gwangju Pungnap-ri Toseong.
Mongchon Museum of History
(Historic Site No. 297) Located within Mongchontoseong, the Mongchon Museum of History displays artifacts from the excavations of the earthen fortifications as well as other artifacts of the Baekje Kingdom period, offering a glimpse into Baekje culture. A model of a Baekje dugout hut site reveals ancient dwelling patterns. The museum also serves as an educational institution for children and families, providing diverse cultural programs.
Website : http://baekjemuseum.seoul.go.kr/dreamvillage/
Mongchontoseong (Mongchon Earthern Fortress)
Mongchontoseong is the remains of some earthern fortifications from the early Baekje Kingdom period. It is considered to be a historically important Baekje site, actively being used for the study of the Baekje Kingdom. It is about 2.7 km in circumference, with a vertical diameter of 730 m and horizontal diameter of 540 m. It is strongly suggested that while Pungnaptoseong was the king's castle, Mongchontoseong was an auxiliary castle. The fortification was in use until Baekje moved its capital in response to Goguryeo attacks. After the attacks, the fortification site became Goguryeo territory. It is presumed that the fortifications were out of use from 475 CE. As Olympic Park was created with no boundary between the fortifications and the park, Mongchontoseong provides as a welcoming green space to relax and unwind for tourists and residents alike. A massive juniper tree stands alone on the wide green field of grass; hence the tree is known as “single tree”. Amid the lush green of the field, the still deeper green of the tree represents a famous image of Mongchontoseong.
Gommaldari (Gommal Bridge)
"Gommal" is the ancient, pure Korean word for "Mongchon". "Mong" means "dream", which in ancient, pure Korean is "Gom", while "chon" means "village", which in ancient, pure Korean is "mal". So in other words, Gommaldari translates to "Bridge of the Dream Village", adding to the romanticism of Olympic Park.
World Peace Gate
World Peace Gate is located in the center of Peace Plaza, in the southwest corner of Olympic Park near the main entrance of the park. Designed by Kim Jung-eop in commemoration of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, this imposing arch has an air of grandeur and purpose that fits perfectly with the spirit of the games. About 30 poles, which are shaped like Korean traditional totem poles and feature face masks, are lined up to the right and left of the gate. The torch of the 1988 Seoul Olympics sits in the center of it, still burning vividly above the Seoul Peace Declaration. Walk further into the park, and you will find the Square of National Flags, an area that features the flags of the 160 nations that participated in the Seoul Olympic Games.
Seoul Baekje Museum
The Seoul Baekje Museum is a newly constructed museum slated to open in 30th April 2012. The museum will display major artifacts and relics from the Hanseong Baekje Kingdom period. The Hanseong Baekje era refers to 493 years out of the 678 year timespan of the Baekje Kingdom. This era covers the time when the kingdom was at its greatest, having Hanseong (the ancient name of Seoul) as its capital. It was designed so that its appearance resembles the contours of Mongchontoseong; its shape resembles a ship, a symbol of the Hanseong Baekje Kingdom (a maritime power); and in a way that it may naturally harmonize with its surroundings and serve as a landmark.
Phone +82-2-2152-5800
Website : http://baekjemuseum.seoul.go.kr
Map of Walking Tour Route