Seoul Guided Walking Tour

Seongbuk-dong

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Walking Tour Introduction
See where some of the greatest Figures in Korean history once lived
This walking tour takes visitors on a journey through the historical and cultural records hidden in the back streets of Seongbuk-dong. These streets trace the historical paths of some of the greatest Figures in Korean history including Choi Sunu, Han Yongun and Yi Taejun. The landmarks of Seonjamdanji, Gilsangsa, and Seoul Seonggwak each played important roles in Korean history, religion and architecture.
Walking Tour Details
Route
1)Shuttle bus Seongbuk 02 -> 2)Gilsangsa -> 3)Site of Seonjamdan -> 4)Choi Sunu House -> 5)Lee Jongseok’s Villa -> 6)Simujang -> 7)Lee Taejun’s House

Length of tour : 2~3hours

Meeting Place : In front of Subway Line 4 Hansung Univ. Station, Exit 6

Transportation : Take subway line 1 or 2 to City Hall Station and go out exit 2 or 12.
※ 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
* Choi Sunu House (Open April 1st, 2012)
Choi Sunu (1916~84), who was the president of the National Museum of Korea and the famous author of “Leaning Against Baeheullim Pillar of Muryangsujeon,” lived in this hanok (Korean traditional house) from 1976 -1984. It was opened to the public in April 2005 and designated as Civilian Cultural Heritage No. 1 by the Korea National Trust.

Hours : April - November, every Tues - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone : +82-2-3675-3401~2
Website : http://www.choisunu.com
 
Seonjamdanji (Site of Seonjamdan Shrine)
Designated as Historic Site No. 83, Seonjamdanji is the site of the Seonjamdan Shrine, where mulberry trees were grown to feed silkworms raised in a silkworm raising room. It was established in 1471, during the 2nd year of King Seongjong's rule (the 9th king of the Joseon Dynasty). The Seonjam ceremony started in the beginning of the Goryeo Kingdom period, modeled after the old system of China. One of the official duties of queens in the Joseon Dynasty was holding the Chinjamrye ceremony. Agriculture and sericulture were key industries during the Joseon Dynasty, and thus sacrificial rites for the god of sericulture took place at Seonjamdan.
 
Gilsangsa (Temple)
Gilsangsa was once one of the most famous restaurants in Korea, Daewongak. The Daewongak restaurant was founded by the late Kim Yeong-han, and was operated by the same family for three generations from the late 1960s to the early 80s. In 1987 Kim donated the property to Buddhist monk Rev. Pubjeong, a noted Zen master, who turned it into a Buddhist temple in 1997. Temple stay is available from 3 p.m. on Saturday to Sunday morning on the fourth week of every month.

Phone : +82-2-3672-5945~6
Website : http://www.kilsangsa.or.kr
 
Villa of Yi Jong-seok
Designated as Seoul Folk Material No. 10, this villa was built in the 1900s at the end of the Joseon Dynasty by Yi Jong-seok, a merchant. This house offers a glimpse into the life of merchants at the time.

Closed : Mondays & Sundays (advance reservation required)
Phone : +82-2-741-5161
 
Simujang
Designated Seoul Monument No. 7, Simujang is the house where "Manhae" Han Yongun, the illustrious monk-poet and activist of the March 1st Independence Movement, spent the last years of his life, after being released from imprisonment due to his participation in the movement. Unfortunately, he passed away in this house right before the liberation of Korea (in 1945).
 
House of Yi Taejun (Suyeonsanbang, a traditional tea house)
This hanok was once the home of novelist Yi Tae-jun, one of the fathers of modern Korean literature. He is acclaimed for having pioneered modern writing technique in Korea with his short stories “Gamagwi”, “Dalbam”, and “Bokdeokbang”. It was renovated by his granddaughter and is now being run by her as a traditional tea house named Suyeonsanbang.

Hours : 12 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Walking exploration available only in the afternoon)
Phone : +82-2-764-1736
Map of Walking Tour Route