Walking Tour Introduction
Traverse 600 years of history and see the city’s evolution from the walled city of Hanyang, to a metropolis of millions of people.
Walk along Seoullo 7017’s green pedestrian walkways and see the transformation of Seoul from Hanyang, as the city was known during the Joseon era. Experience the city’s ancient and modern history at sites such as Sungnyemun Gate and Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall, and Seoul Station. Learn more about how Seoul has changed over the past 600 years to become the great city it is today.
Walking Tour Details
※ Experience programs are not included in the walking tour. Participation in experience programs must be done individually once the tour is over.
Culture Station Seoul 284 - Seoullo 7017- Severance Building - Sungnyemun Gate - Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall - Baekbeom Square - Ahn Jung Geun Memorial Museum - Namsan Samsoon Stairs - Hoehyeon Sibeom Apartments - Namsan Pedestrian Overpass - Hoehyeon Station Exit 5
Length of tour : 2 hours and 30 minutes
Meeting Place : Exit 15 of Seoul Station
Major Tourist Attractions
Seoullo 7017 is an elevated public park that is comprised of several pedestrian walkways. The Seoullo 7017 project brought about the transformation of a disused highway into a green space for pedestrians. 7017 is a nod to the highway’s foundation in 1970, and the highway’s rebirth in 2017. The 17 also refers to the number of pedestrian walkways that make up Seoullo.
Culture Station Seoul 284
Before Seoul Station was built, there was Namdaemun Station, a humble wood building that was just 33 square meters in size. In 1925, in preparation for a Japanese advance into China, the Japanese colonial government built Gyeongsong Station on the site of Namdaemun Station. The station was modeled after Lucerne Station in Switzerland and sold fancy Western food and coffee.
Sungnyemun Gate was built in 1396 as part of the city’s 18.6 kilometer-long fortress wall. The gate’s connecting walls were demolished by the Japanese colonial powers in the early 20th century. Sungnyemun Gate is the oldest wooden structure in Seoul and as such it was designated National Treasure No. 1 in 1962.
Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall
Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall, was built along the city limits during the Joseon era. Construction starting during the reign of King Taejo and initially, the construction process was simple and did not involve the use of special techniques or tools. Later, with the advancement of technology during the reigns of King Sejong, King Sukjong and King Sunjo, stones were cut and stacked.