Walk for about five minutes out of Mapo Station, and you will find yourself in Mapo Food Street lined with famous restaurants and eateries. Visitors can enjoy a variety of great dishes ranging from Mapo Galbi, a leading local delicacy created based on the tradition of salting meat with coarse sun-dried salt before cooking, to Bossam (vegetable wraps with pork) and Kalguksu (noodle soup).
It is the specialized section of the trail newly built in 2018, consisting of the dust path, stone path, forest path and flower path in that order. You can look back on your past while walking along the paths that symbolize the progress of pilgrimage from toleration of hardships to blooming of flowers in the end.
It is a key site of martyrdom for the Korean Catholic church where hundreds of Korean Catholics were executed during the Byeongin Persecution (1866-1873) known as the most severe persecution in the history of Korean Catholicism. The place became known by the name Jeoldusan after the persecution, because the Korean word jeoldu means decapitation and many Catholics were killed there by beheading.
Yanghwajin was a key location for transportation and defense on the riverside of Hangang River. A foreigners’ cemetery was formed there starting with the burial of John Heron, the second director of Gwanghyewon, the first Western-style hospital in Korea.