It is a season to keep a maple leaf with the memories of summer inside between the leaves of a book.
‘Smile Grandma’ in the Street of Youth | Interview | A popular figure in the Street of Youth in Gwancheol-dong ~!
Do you know “Smile Grandma”?
The street of youth in Gwancheol-dong has been renovated by rearranging Jongno’s stalls on the road, which used to cause messed-up streets and inconvenience for pedestrians, to become the sights for natives and foreigners. Everyone who has been to this place may have seen a grandma selling flowers on a stall in the middle of the street. She could have been missed, but we suddenly got curious about her who has been selling flowers with the same clothes in the same spot.
Writing∙Photos | by News Reporter Team of Tourism Division
“Gwancheol-dong Smile Grandma” of 37 years’ stay in Jongno”
It is Un-ju Jo (71) who has been selling flowers every day in the crowded street in front of Exit 12 of Jonggak Subway Station, Subway Line 1 for 37 years.
“As per myself, I am always wearing this T-shirt printed ‘The Street of Youth’. I am wearing all day while I am selling flowers. I was wearing when I made a trip to Boseong Green Tea field with my family, and when I went to Hwacheon, Gangwon-do with my friends in in the neighborhood, and even when I visited my hometown, Gochang in Jeollabuk-do. I really want to boast of this T-shirt~!”
The right of pedestrians in Jongno streets used to be heavily restricted by messed-up stalls. The stalls for their livelihood had been supervised and controlled, but they did not have any other choice, which caused a vicious circle. However, now they moved to the permitted zone in the Street of Youth, which changed into a pleasant walking theme street linked to tourist attractions like Cheongyecheon and Insadong nearby.
“We used to sell on pedestrian streets, which caused a lot of inconvenience to tourist passing by this area and troubles with local officials. But now look at this clean Street of Youth, where we can sell comfortably.”
The Street of Youth, turned into a new tourist attraction
The Street of Youth in Gwancheol-dong is a start point of tourist courses with great accessibility, linking with Jongno’s main attractions such as Cheongyecheon, Insadong and Dongdaemun. Also the goods of these stalls are very low-priced and various like accessories, clothes and miscellanies.
“Lots of foreign tourists are visiting this area. But I believe that we should be more courteous and friendly to them, if we wish there are more visitors to come. We always welcome tourists with a smile. Besides, the goods for sale here are inexpensive with good quality. We refund strictly and never rip them off, which is a point to be trustworthy.”
The Grandma said that she is very proud of selling in the Street of Youth in Gwancheol-dong, keeping a big smile on her wrinkled face through the interview.
“I will continue to sell flowers with pride in this Street of Youth. There is no rule that only celebrities can promote. I am a spokesperson of this street~! I will go on selling flowers mixed with courage and hope for the busy and tired people. (Smile)”
Is the reason that flowers are filled with courage and hope? The scent of flowers the Smile Grandma is selling makes people smile naturally.
| Special Feature of This Month | Seokpajeong
The Yangban (the two upper classes in the Joseon Dynasty)’s Villa in the middle of Seoul, ‘Seokpajeong’
Writing∙Photos | by News Reporter Team of Tourism Division
Named “Samgyedong Pavillion” as “Samgyedong” was carved on a rock
There is a Hanok (a traditional Korean-style house) style architecture on the hill to the left passed through Jahamun tunnel on the way from Gyeongbokgung toward Sangmyung University. This is Seokpajeong, the Prince Daewon (1820~1898)’s Villa, which is No.26 tangible cultural asset of Seoul.
Seokpajeong, a villa with a farm, originally belonged to Kim Heung-geun (1796~1870) who served as a high-ranking official including Yeong-uijeong (a prime minister of the Joseon dynasty), and it was very famous for its its scenic beauty all over Hanyang (the old name of Seoul). Thus the Prince Daewon, who was a man of power of the day, asked to rent it for a day and visited it with his son, King Gojong. Hearing of their visit, Kim Heung-geun presented this villa to the Prince Daewon, as he could no longer visit the place where King Gojong stayed. The story was introduced in Hwang Hyeon’s book, Maecheonyarok.
As the letters of ‘Samgyedong’ was carved on a rock to the northwest of Seokpajeong’s back, it was called “Samgyedong Pavillion” when Kim Heung-geun owned it. Then, after the Prince Daewon had this villa, he changed his pen name into ‘Seokpa’, named after the rocks in front of the villa, and the name of its pavilion was also changed into Seokpajeong.
All the gates of this private land are shut fast, so there are few opportunities to look inside. But the ower of Seokpajeong, Seokpa Cutural Co., Ltd., specially allowed us to get in this time. From now on, let’s walk into the villa of the Yangban at the end of the Joseon Dynasty, more than 100 years ago.
The tinkling of wind-bells…
At the entry of Seokpajeong, there is a valley on the left, linked to Mt. Inwang, and the valley water is running down resulting in a pond, where a rock was written ‘Sosuunryumam’ (a little temple nestles in the valley water with a cloud shade) by Gwon Sang-ha (1641∼1721). Climbing a slope to the left of this valley for a while, there will appear the buildings of Seokpajeong surrounded by maple trees and pine trees. Seokpajeong now consists of the main house in the east, a detached house in the west, and other buildings including an annex on the hill of the detached house’s backside.
The detached house is for men of the family. Its structure made a graceful impression without authoritative touch, as it might not have needed to boast of the power with the high stylobate in such valley surroundings. An old handsome pine tree (No.60 reserve-tree of Seoul) is laying its green leaves in the side yard. The building that had located between the detached house and the rock carved ‘Samgyedong’ was moved to 125, Hongji-dong, Jongno-gu in 1958 by Sojeon, Son Jae-hyeong, a chirographer, and it was designated as No.23 tangible cultural asset of Seoul under the name of ‘Prince Daewon’s Villa’ in 1974. Then, its name has recently changed to ‘Seokpajeong Annex’ in consideration of its history and character. Now it is used as a high-class Korean traditional restaurant.
The main house with a ‘ㅁ’ structure keeps the features of closed living spaces for Joseon’s women. Opening the gate to get in, the wall is seen first not to reveal the main house at once. It faces the south with a storeroom in front and a kitchen in the side. Women who are busy treating visitors can be visualized.
There is a pathway to the annex between the detached house and the main house. An arch gate is decorated with painted and crane-shaped bricks. The arch gate very well matches with roofs in the middle. Climbing a flight of stone steps and pass through a small gate, there appears the annex with a ‘ㅡ’ structure. The annex has its own space, separated by the wall. Standing here, the scenic view of Mt. Inwang and Bukak can be seen at once. Noisy automobile horns die away and rustling leaves and tinkling wind-bells are heard instead.
All concerns and worries disappear by the view of autumnal tints from a pavilion…
Going down the stone steps and climbing a path along the stream toward Mt. Inwang, between small valleys there is a little Chinese-style square pavilion with a bronze roof, named ‘Yususeong-jung-gwanpung-ru’. Sitting on the pavilion and listening to the sound of water are likely to remove all worldly conceptions. The Prince Daewon may have tried to forget his concerns here. There used to be a garden with a pond and a pavilion surrounded by various flowers.
However, the aspect of those days was introduced to a book, Sochisillok, of Sochi, Heo Ryeon (1808~1893), a great master of Namjonghwa (a Chinese painting of the Southern School), who wrote the memories of his stay at Seokpajeong under Kim Heung-geun’s favor.
“When watching the Lantern Festival in the evening last year, Kim Heung-geun took me into the pavilion of Samgyedong. It was located outside Changuimun. Streams and mountains were very deeply laid and the surroundings of the pavilion looked like a fairy land. He took a rest on the Hyeondaeru, and walked over the stream on the Wolcheonjeong. He built a house after the Chinese style in the west of the Hyeondaeru. All the walls and railings were carved manually, and the garden was full of the flowers and plants of fairyland. Entering the gate, there were their scents making the sky comfortably warm.
The most particular thing was that there were red flowers of wisterias in a cluster, emitting their scents here and there on the well shelf in front of the eaves. Coming out of a gate in the west of the house, there appeared a hexagonal pavilion among trees with the sound of a stream.
Walking along a narrow path, there was a little pavilion with a curved railing floating over the sound of running water. The stone walls in the both sides looked as though it were embroidered in silk thread. Mysterious birds came near to sing their songs and there was also a spring that had never got dry at the end of the stream. Passages were made by digging the rocks and ditches were by penetrating the rocks, which were the running ways of the stream to the pavilion over the water. He must have paid thousands of money for that elaborate construction.
Kim Heung-geun specially liked me, and allowed me to stay at an annex in the west. During the one-night stay, I had a very nice dream, and I seemed to get into Hyeonpo (the location for virtuous persons’ living in Mt. Gonryun of old Chinese myths) and Nangwon (the location for wizards).
It might be ascribed to the owner, Prince Daewon’s adverse fate? Seokpajeong was handed down to the Prince Daewon’s decedents, and was used as the Koromba orphanage run by the Catholic foundation after the 1950's Korean War, and then was auctioned in the past. Fortunately, the present proprietor, Seokpa Cutural Co., Ltd., has announced that they will restore Seokpajeon and open to the public. Thus we are looking forward to seeing the villa as citizens’ belongings.
Toward Sangmyung University
Buam-dong Community Service Center
Changuimun Resting Spot
Insamyeonok | Food and Mood |
A restaurant with a really good taste and flavor, ‘Insamyeonok’
An honest restaurant specializes in real Hamheung Cold Noodles.
Insadong with a touch of the elegant classic flavor and old cultural history! Walking around in the crowded streets of Insadong without realizing the time, hunger comes in the end.
What is today’s special meal for the hunger? There is a famous traditional restaurant boasting of its original taste of Hamheung cold noodles. It is the very ‘Insamyeonok’.
The autumn is fast approaching, but the heat wave is still unyielding. Let’s enjoy the original cold noodles before the summer completely ends.
If you think that there are no special cold noodles, you are totally mistaken. The Hamhung cold noodles which are mainly made from sweet potato starch, differently from Pyeongyang cold noodles from buckwheat flour, make you feel its original taste from their tight fine noodles and broth mixed with various fruits and special seasonings. The cold noodles with iced broth remove the heat wave at once! The cold noodles with assorted spicy mixtures!
If you still feel hungry with those cold noodles, you can try buns! (They are really big!) You will give an exclamation of joy with the buns, stuffed with seasoned minced pork, bean curd, and vegetables.
Also you can choose Seollungtang, a soup made with the bones of the the brisket of beef, and Ddukbaegi Bulgogi, high-quality beef seasoned with soy sauce, sugar, pear juice in an optimized mixture method. Both are representative menus loved by foreign tourists as well as Korean. Enjoy the food of ‘Insamyeonok’ together with Insadong’s culture in Jongno during your leisurely weekend!!!
Nam-Insa Tourist Information Center
Insamyeonok: 196-8 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul ☎ 02-723-1442
Every Nook and Corner of Our Neighborhood | Sajik-dong
The place like hidden fine jewelry, Sajik-dong
Writing∙Photos | by News Reporter Team of Tourist Division
The hot summer is going slowly and the autumn is coming with a cool breeze in the mornings and evenings. It is the very season to go out at fine weekends or even after work. Where is the best place? If you don’t like the crowded place, or if you consider the trips to the sea or mountain burdensome, we would like to recommend Sajik-dong in Jongno-gu, where you can enjoy a rural and fresh atmosphere at the center of the city. Let’s visit Sajik-dong cheerfully with a small camera.
Sajik-dong was named after Sajikdan (an altar to the State deities) built by the Joseon Dynasty. Sajik-dong is located at the bottom of the mountain between the east and the south areas from the peak of Mt. Inwang. The place is in harmony with the park and the residence zone.
� Invitation to the shades of gingko trees, Yeongchumun-gil
You can walk along Yeongchumun-gil beside the wall of Gyeongbokgung to the Blue House (the Korean Presidential residence). The street is the best place for a promenade since gingko trees in the both sides of the street give fresh and cool shades. You would find the peaceful tranquility even in the crowded downtown. As there are various nice cafés and art galleries across the street, you can take a rest for a while during your walk.
When you walk through the sideway from Tongui-dong to Chebu-dong and take a direction to Exit 2 of Gyeongbokgung Subway Station, you can find one of the most famous Korean restaurants, Tosokchon. The special menu of the restaurant is a chicken broth with ginseng. Although it is likely to wait in a long queue for this special menu, you will not be disappointed with the special taste.
� A white pine, the guardian spirit of Tongui-dong
When you are fully satisfied with the food, let’s move to the residence area turning to the right in front of the restaurant. Walking along the street in the first sideway, there appears the site of a white pine, which used to stand there. It was designated as a natural monument No.4 because the species of white pine is hard to find in the Korean Peninsula. Unfortunately, the oldest tree fell down by heavy storm in 1990, so now you can only see the site with its bottom.
One of the interesting stories about the tree is that the study of its annual rings it revealed that the growth of the tree had stopped from the year of 1910 to the late 1940s. The growth discontinuity of the tree overlapped with the period of Japan’s illegal occupation of the Korean Peninsula. It is believed that the tree may have been in deep sorrow at such Korean circumstances at those days.
Leaving the secret of the white pine, which few people know, and walking toward Sajik-dong community service center, you will get to Sajik-Bunsik (Korean style snack bar) that was introduced to the famous cartoon, Sikgaek (the food story).
This restaurant is famous for Cheongkukjang (fermented soybeans). Even though the place looks humble, it is crowded with office workers who are willing to wait for a long time to enjoy the great Korean traditional food at lunch time. Walking along the array passing the restaurant, you can meet Paihwa Girls’ High School founded by the American missionary, J. P. Campbell in October, 1898. She established the girls’ school to deliver modern education as well as Christianity.
The building has been looking cozy and lovely from its foundation through Japan’s colonial rule. It is truly different from red building lumps of ordinary schools in Korea so that you can take wonderful pictures against the backdrop of the school. You should not miss the landscape of Seoul from the view point of Baehwa Women’S University nearby Paihwa Girls’ High School. It is superb and impressive.
� Sajikdan (an altar to the state deities), breathing of ancestors and Hwanghakjeong (Pavilion)
Walking down from Paihwa Girls’ High School to Sajik-dong community service center, you will find Sajikdan and Sajik Park. Sajikdan is an altar to the deities of land (SA) and the deities of crop (JIK) to pray for the country’s peace and its people’s happiness. After King Taejong appointed Hanyang (the old name of Seoul) as the capital of the Joseon Dynasty in 1394, the third year of King Taejong, the King ordered to construct an altar (Dan) in the next year. When the construction was completed, the building was enclosed with fences for the rooms and doors for the deities. Behind Sajikdan, there is Sajik Park, which lots of people use as a resting spot during their walk since it is near the entrance of Mt. Inwang.
Strolling along the upper way of Sajik Park, you can see a site for archery, Hwanghakjeong. The site was built by King Gojong (the last emperor of the Joseon Dynasty) to have soldiers practice archery near the northern wall of Huisangjeon in Gyeongbokgung. At that time the new weapons started to appear and the military service examination was abolished so the archery was gradually antiquated. To build Gyeongseong Middle School, Japan destroyed Gyeonghuigung in 1922 and sold the building so that it had to be moved and reconstructed as a current Hwanghakjeong. Nowadays the site is open to only members and many people visit the site to enjoy a Korean-style bow. If you are lucky, you can have an opportunity to closely look at the real scene of Korean-style archery.
Leaving Hwanghakjung and sauntering about a wooded path, you can find Dangunseongjeon (a sacred shrine). Originally it was located at Namsan (mountain) in Seoul, but in 1925 Japanese imperialism destroyed it to build Joseonsingung which was a temple for ancestors of Japan. In 1957 the temple was rebuilt at Sajik-dong. In the temple there is a statue of Dangun who was the founding father of the Korean nation. Looking at the statue that is different from normal statues of Buddha, you would feel strange and odd.
At last you can move to Sungkok Art Museum that established to pay tribute to the memory of the late Kim Sung-kon, the founder of SSangyong Group. After you see great art works in the museum, you may complete the tour of Sajik-dong by taking a break in a nice café nearby. Added to this, you can find Jongno Culture and Sports Center and Gwanghwamun Arts Hall after 5 minutes’ walk in front street of Dangunseongjeon.
It is good to know that there is a permanent performance of Kim Duk-soo’s traditional play, which is famous for Samulnori, at Gwanghwamun Arts Hall.
Sajik-dong Community Service Center
Paihwa Girls’ High School
Exit 2 of Gyeongbokgung Subway Station, Subway Line 3
| Recommended Tour Course by Themes | Jongno Tour by Psychological Tests
My Style and My Sense
Psychological Test Flow / Performance Courses
Start YES ▶ NO ▶
I prefer plays to movies
I am very stressful nowadays.
I believe that I am patriot.
I prefer a noise place to a quiet place.
Yes A No C
I enjoy listening to music.
I consider mood and feeling very important.
I prefer sneakers to shoes.
My best favorite subject in school day was history.
Yes B No A
I prefer a grilled steak to a seasoned rice cake.
Diversified performances are always waiting for you who are living with enthusiasm
in Daehangno, the street for the youth.
B Type / Classic Style
You seem to prefer settlement to change with a passive character.
Do you often hear that you are stereotyped?
It is time you should get new energy for your life.
Let’s dance to the rhythm of Kim Dok-soo’s Samulnori performance.
No more stress at once.
C Type Romance Style
You must be romanticist
who loves music and art and
who thinks that mood and feeling are essential to your life.
Are you still dreaming?
Why don’t you indulge yourself in a romantic atmosphere
with jazz music flowing in the downtown?
A Type Youth Style Course Daehangno � Marronnier Park � Naksan Park � Fortress Wall of Seoul � Heunginjimun (the east gate of Fortress Wall of Seoul)
Daehangno, the Mecca of performance art.
If you want to feel youth, let’s go to Daehangno, the Mecca of performance art.
Daehangno’s performance culture has globally been recognized as you can always view performance art freely. You must have a great time watching a variety of performances such as plays, musicals and non-verbal performances that are born in Dahangno and expand to the world.
OPEN RUN Performance information: Drawing show, Liar, Music in My Heart, boy-meets-girl story cartoon etc.
Open Concert in Naksan Park with a splendid night view of Seoul.
You can find Naksan Park when you stroll behind Marronnier Park in Daehangno.
Every weekend many permanent performances are held with a beautiful night view at outdoor stage in Naksan Park. Semi-classic concerts such as orchestral music have been conducted twice a week in order to make a find spot of culture and rest for domestic and foreign tourists.
Performance information: PM 6:30, Fridays and Saturday of every week (May, October) / PM 8:00, Fridays and Saturday of every week (From June to September)
B Type Classic course Sajikdan� Hwanghakjeong � Gwanghwamun Arts Hall � Hong Nan-Pa’s House � Gyeonggyojang
：Viewing the first traditional play of Korea
Gwanghwamun Arts Hall is the first permanent traditional play theater of the Republic of Korea located inside Jongno Culture and Sports Center. This is a theater born to publicize Korean traditional play performance equipped with popularity and entertainment not only in Korean but also in all over the world by continuously implementing development and exploration works of excellent Korean traditional play. The theater is playing a key role in developing traditional cultural tourism products.
Performance information: PM 7:30(Weekday), PM 4:00(Weekend, Holiday) / Closed: Monday and Tuesday of every week
：Meeting music in the House of Hong Nan-Pa
Hong Nan-Pa lived in the house of Hong Nan-Pa for 6 years before he passed away during the time of Japanese occupation. He was a composer, violinist, conductor and educator and is considered as the first Korean composer in a Western music style. The house is appointed as a cultural asset of registration No. 90 of Seoul in 2004. Lots of meaningful performances and concerts have continued to play at the house. The fact that concerts have been held at the house, filled with Hong Nan-Pa’s musical passion, provides inspiration and sensation for the audience.
C Type Romance course Gwancheol-dong, the Street of Youth � Cheonggyecheon � Gwanghwamun KT Arts Hall � Gwanghwamun Plaza � Samcheong-dong
：Gwancheol-dong, the Street of Youth, Busking Concert
‘Busking’ is a performance in the streets that you can easily see at the plaza or the streets of foreign countries. In Korea you used to meet busker’s performances mainly at the Hongik University areas, but now you can enjoy Korean famous busking at the center of Seoul, Jongno. In Gwancheol-dong, where new street music appears every day, the proceeds of the performances are spent for neglected people who cannot get married.
Performance information: At noon, Friday, 1st week of every month
：A Jazz feast that you can enjoy only with 1,000 won in the downtown
KT Culture Center, ‘KT Arts Hall’, which newly opened in 9th of April, 2007, is the multi-complex of culture and art where every citizen can always stay and enjoy freely. At KT Arts hall you can enjoy jazz concerts every day with various drinks at Jazz and the City Café.
You can also request to make multimedia files of the propose events of lovers in UCC studio and appreciate the fine arts of young talented artists in ‘T Arts Gallery’ on the 1st and 2nd floor. The multi-complex of culture and art exists totally for the townsfolk. It is also trying to publicize jazz music to ordinary people as well as jazz mania by implementing special Jazz concert series by themes. It is another great benefit that you can enjoy jazz concerts with very low entrance fee, only 1,000 won.
| Tourist attractions with sisterhood relationship tied | Anseong-si Gyeonggi-do
Baudeoggi festival with touring company in ‘Anseong-si Gyeonggi-do’
Anseong-si has actively had the cultural exchange with Jongno-gu since they tied the sisterhood relationship with Jongno-gu. Anseong-si is famous for its good-hearted citizens, food and various cultures. Let’s go to Anseong-si which has the real craftsmen’s spirit and changes to the culture and art city.
Anseong’s Tourist Attraction「New Eight Famous Spots in Anseong」
1. Calm and tranquil Lake Geumgwang
The lake size is 450,000-pyoeng and it is a good fishing place where there are crucian carps in spring, native crucian carps in summer and carps and big crucian carps in autumn. Along the lakeside, there are quiet and exotic cafes and luxurious sleeping accommodations for the family weekenders.
2. Thickly-wooded and beautiful Mt. Seoun
It is thickly-wooded and has beautiful geographical features. There are picturesque lake and lonely temple around the mountain. In summer, the mountain is overgrown with tall pine trees and broadleaf trees, which present good scenery.
3. Millennium temple with high dignity, Seongnamsa (Temple)
It was built in the reign of King Munmoo of Silla Dynasty and rebuilt by the national priest Hyegeo in the reign of King Gwangjong of Korea Dynasty. It has simple and grand main temple, flying crane-shaped Palzak roof and Zibinyeongsanjeon. In winter, the snow-covered Seongnamsa is more cozy and grand.
4. Mirinae sacred ground with the holy walk and spindle trees
Mirinae means the Milky Way in Korean and it is the Catholic sacred ground where Korea first Catholic priest Daegun Kim is enshrined in. Over 100,000 pilgrims and tourists visit every year. When promenading along the spindle trees, we feel quiet and peaceful.
5. Main temple of Chiljangsa (Temple) with discolored and antique pictures
Some say that it was built by the priest Jajang in the reign of Queen Seondeok on the 5th year (636) and some say that Hongjaegwan was built as the self-discipline place by the priest Hyeso in Korea in the location of Bigak and rebuilt in the reign of King Hyeonjong on the 5th year. The main temple with the discolored and antique pictures lost its pattern but boasts the grave figure.
6. Jukjusanseong with natural beauty
Jukju is the old name of Juksan. The circumference of the fortress wall is about 1.2km and was built in the era of the Three States. It is the stony wall consisting of the main wall, exterior wall and interior wall. It is very strong and holds the natural beauty. When walking between the pine trees and acicular trees along the historical castle you can hear the shout of the violent ancient war.
7 Wet foggy and dreamlike Lake Gosam
The wet foggy and dreamlike scenery in the early morning, the prop over the water and the fishermen make us think of a piece of oriental painting. It is the location of the movie ‘The island” and very wide as if it is the sea surrounded by the land. It has beautiful scenery and many fishermen visit here even on weekdays.
8. Sunset of Mt. Bibong dying the mountain red
There is the mud castle built along the ridge on top of 227.8m-high Mt. Bibong. There is Jangsubawi (rock) which is for the old peddlers. Specially, the sunset of Mt. Bibong is the great scenery. The Anseong citizens do the light exercise in this mountain.
Anseong Brass-ware workshop → Dogi-dong Three-story stone tower→ Nagwon Park → Anseong Gupo-dong Catholic Church → Anseong Confucian temple → Mt. Bibong (Bibongsanseong) → Anseongmachum Museum
Eastern Tour Course
Yeongchandaegun Tomb → Jukjusanseong → Taepyeongmiruk → Juksan-ri 5-story stone tower → Hundulbawi → Juksan Confucian temple → Chiljangsa (Temple)(Dangan, Priest Hyeso tombstone, Stone statue of Buddha) → Mang-I sanseong → Gisol-ri stone statue of Buddha
Northwestern Tour Course
Memorial hall of March 1st Independence Movement → Cheongwonsa (Temple) → Deokbong lecture hall → Old house of Ojeongbang → Unsooam (Muhanseongteo) → Anseongmachum Family Park → Yangseong Confucian temple→ Mirinae sacred ground → Lake Gosam
Southeastern Tour Course
General Leedeoknam tomb → Baudeoggi (touring company leader) tomb → Lake Cheongryong → Cheongryongsa (Temple) → Seongnamsa (Temple) → Lake Geumgwang → Anseong inn
Anseong touring company’s Baudeoggi Festival
In Joseon Dynasty, Anseong is the cradle and head temple of the touring company and the center of the pop culture. Anseong-si holds the festival every year since 2001 in order to succeed to and develop the traditional culture of the touring company and the artistic mind of ‘Baudeoggi’.
Since 2007, for the visitors’ sake the festival place was moved to the riverside park within the town and was programmed for the people’s sentiment and taste. There are six shows including Eorum (tightrope dancing), Pungmul (instruments play for folk music), Salpan (tumbling), Deolmy (puppet show), Deotbegi (masquerade) and Beonanori (dish-turning trick). The best shows of the touring company are the dangerous and splendid tightrope dancing and Pungmulnori. And also, since 2006, this was designated as the formal festival of the Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF) which is the international cultural NGO in formal consultative relations with UNESCO and has provided the various cultural experiences with the overseas folk bends.
Unfortunately, this year has no touring company’s Baudeoggi Festival because of Influenza A virus subtype H1N1. In 2010, the Baudeoggi Festival will be held more splendidly.
| With Foreign Tourist | Foreign tourist’s Recommendation
A cup of coffee in ’Buam-dong’
Writer | Mirjar
To me, Jongno is the place for taking a meal with friends and chatting. It is an ideal place to me who enjoys reading because there are many bookstores.
I think I know Jongno well because I have lived in Seoul for five years.
But, I felt completely new about Jongno in taking the promotion video of Jongno-gu. When I travelled every corner of Jongno, I realized I know Jongno partly. Especially Buam-dong gave me a very special and pleasant experience.
Impressive ‘Sanmotungi’ café located near Bugaksan(Mt.)
Buam-dong was broadcasted many times and famous for the location of dramas and CF but I didn't know well. There are many cultural assets, art galleries, museum, but the most impressive thing was small cafés around the village.
Of those, the café ‘Sanmotungi’ near Bugaksan(Mt.) was the most impressive to me. Because it is famous for the location of TV drama ‘Coffee Prince’, there were many Japanese drinking coffees when I went there for interview.
The interior of the room is decorated with the various art works and properties which were used in TV drama and the terrace has nice view and scene. With the sweet music, a cup of coffee and the scenery of Bugaksan(Mt.) and Inwangsan(Mt.), I forgot this is the heart of Seoul.
I was amazed that there was such natural place in Jongno, the heart of Seoul. One problem about this place is hard to get. But it is good for walk because it is clean and silent.
Falling for the warm-hearted Korean
Frankly speaking, Seoul is not familiar with Europeans.
I came to Korea for just 6-month study but I was fascinated with Korean, which made me stay here for 5 years and act as the mediator between Korea and Germany. Likewise, I hope more Europeans would fascinate with Korean’s warm heart and Seoul where the nature and urban life coexist.
“I was amazed that there was such natural place in Jongno, the heart of Seoul. One problem about this place is hard to get. But it is good for walk because it is clean and silent.“
Sanmotungi: 97-5 Buam-dong Jongno-gu Seoul ☎ 02-391-4737
Appears in KBS ‘Global Talk Show’
Interpreter and Translator and Columnist of sports journal
Reporter of German magazine
| Lodging Information | Bukchon Guest House
Old-fashioned composure and romanticism, a special night in ‘Hanok’
Reporting and Photos | Reporting Team, Tourism Business Dept.
Recently as the interests in the Korean traditional house, Hanok are getting high, more and more tourists visit the Bukchon Hanok Village. Not only natives who long to see the traditional things but also foreigners being fascinated with the beauty and charming of the Korean traditional house visit here.
There are also many Hanok-style sleeping accommodations in the Bukchon Hanok Village.
If you really enjoy the genuine sentiment of Hanok, just to see is not enough. Let’s enjoy the composure and romanticism staying in the Ondol room of Hanok. It will also give foreigners a special opportunity to experience the Korean culture and life style
| TEA Hanok Experience Center |
You feel refreshed after a sound sleep in Hanok made of the nature woods, bamboo and yellow earth.
Traditional trifling articles such as millstone and stone lantern and antique furniture in the room represent the Korean traditional beauty. You can enjoy the traditional tea in the tea room with well-displayed tea-things and wooden table. The annex to the main building provides the separate and cozy place for the family and travelers.
Homepage: http://www.teaguesthouse.com | Guest room: 7| Charge: 50,000~160,000Won
| Bukchon Hanok Experience Center |
This is the house of Baeryeom, the oriental painter and it is a registered cultural assets No. 85. Cozy Hanok and trifling articles such millstone and mortar show us the essence of the Korean culture. There are traditional fence and small garden in the court.
Location: 72 Gye-dong Jongno-gu | Reservation: (02) 743-8530
Homepage: http://www.bukchon72.com | Guest room: 5 | Charge: 40,000~70,000 Won
| Sophia Hanok Experience Center |
When opening the door, the small trees planted in the court catch our eyes. Sophia Hanok Experience Center has 150-year-old history. It has clean and cozy guest rooms and provides the western breakfast.
Location: 157-1 Sogyeok-dong Jongno-gu | Reservation: (02) 720-5467
Homepage: http://www.sophiagh.com | Guest room: 10 | Charge: 35,000~70,000 Won
Gingko Tree at Seoul Munmyo (Natural Treasure No. 59th) | Special Products and Places |
The symbol of the Sungkyunkwan scholar’s spirit, Gingko Tree at Seoul Munmyo
Four old gingko trees in Seoul Munmyo boast its grand appearance
There is Seoul Munmyo (Confucian shrine) enshrined Confucius’s tablet on the right side of the guard office of Sungkyunkwan University in Myeongnyun-dong Jongno-gu. Seoul Munmyo which was built in the early Joseon consists of Daesungjeon (royal audience chamber) and Myeongnyundang where the Confucian scholars studied. It was burnt in the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592 and was rebuilt in the end of King Seonjo. Two big gingko trees stand close. Two more gingko trees stand in Daesungjeon. There are total four gingko trees in Seoul Munmyo displaying its grand appearance.
In the 14th year (1519) of King Jungjong, Daesaseong Yoontak planted two trees under Myeongnyundang. He emphasized that the learning can grow based on the profound basic as the tree can grow based on the strong root.
According to ‘Jengbomununbigo(Korean traditional encyclopedia)’, following the Haengdan’s system of Confucius, they planted two gingko trees in the court of Seoul Munmyo. Then, whenever it bore fruits it fell from the trees and the air was impregnated with filthy odors. Because the slaves picked these, Seoul Munmyo was in a terrible mess. One priest of Sungkyunkwan felt pity for this mess and prayed when his performing the religious service. Next year, the trees didn’t bear fruits. Whether it proves to be true or not, the gingko trees in Seoul Munmyo are male trees with no fruit. There are seven small trees around the main trunk. Of two trees, one on the west side is 21m high and 7.3m wide. It has three 60cm processes (respiratory function) near the breast of the tree. It is resulted by the tree’s aging. The age of this tree is about 500-year-old. It puts out its branches to the four directions and is harmonized with surrounded building. Through the Joseon Dynasty, as the trees had heard the scholar’s reading it seems to represent the old scholar’s spirit.
Why don’t you reading books and musing in this golden autumn with the yellow gingko trees.
Gingko Tree at Seoul Munmyo
Travelling the every corner of Jongno from July to September [Dong Tour Course performed on experiment]
Jongno-gu has developed the tour courses for Korean and foreigners and performed the ‘Dong Tour Course’ since July in order to provide the useful tour guide.
The reason to perform the Dong Tour Course on experiment is revitalizing the tourist attractions of Jongno’s alley and complementing the existing courses.
Last year, Jongno-gu developed 16 Dong tour courses through the ‘Dong Tourist Attractions Presentation’ and selected 6 Dongs including Gyonam-dong as the excellent Dong.
This experimental operation will be last for three months from July to September consisting of the sightseeing and experience of two Dongs (Gyonam-dong and Pyeongchang-dong). After monitoring by the staffs it will extend to the citizens and foreigners. And its tour course will extend to Buam-dong, Gahoe-dong and fortress.
The 1st Jongno Tour Photo Fair in Great Success
The 1st Jongno Tour Photo Fair for developing Jongno’s tourist attractions ended in great success. The experience team who passed the 750:1 competition was given the qualification to join the 1st Jongno Tour Photo Fair and learned the camera techniques from Olympus Korea. And also, they had opportunity to use freely the newly released PEN Camera for one week.
They travelled and took pictures of the every corner of Jongno including Samcheong-dong and Bukchon Hanok Village for one day. The presented photos will be printed in the Jongno-gu promotion broacher and the still cuts will be presented in the offline exhibition.
For the qualified photos, please refer to the online Jongno tour cafe(http://cafe.naver.com/jongnotour).
| Culture Event of This Week|
Seoul University-Avenue Festival
SUAF 2009 - The 8th Daehak-ro Culture Festival
There is special gift in the autumn of 2009. That is ‘SUAF 2009 - The 8th Daehak-ro Culture Festival’ held from 18 Sept. to 20 Sept. This Daehak-ro Culture Festival’s main theme is ‘street university’ making everyone communicate as a ‘university students’ regardless of gender, age and position. It consists of various booths, events and performances on the street as well as the stage, which will bring us joy and happiness.
Inquiry: 02-731-1160 (Culture and Publicity Dept. Jongno-gu)
The 22nd Insa Traditional Culture Festival
Insa-dong is selected as the first place that the foreigners want to go. In this Insa-dong, traditional culture festival will be held. This festival entering upon 22nd this year will be held from 9 Sept. to 15 Sept. for 7 days in Bukinsamadang and Insa-don Culture Street. You can experience the various performances, traditional culture and Taekkyeon.
Inquiry: 02-731-1161 (Culture and Publicity Dept. Jongno-gu)
The 4th Royal Court and Noble Family Traditional Food Festival
The 4th Royal Court and Noble Family Traditional Food Festival will be held from 18-19 Sept. in Unhyeongung (Palace) and Nagwon-dong, which will give us the opportunity to have various traditional food and experience the noble family’s life style. You can enjoy the Royal Court’ food, Noble Family’s food style and King’s birthday table as well as a Royal carriage, Royal table by Daejanggum, making traditional food (experience) and others.
Inquiry: 02-731-0204 (Health and Sanitation Dept. Jongno-gu)
Inhabitants Song Contest and Jongno Love & Share Concert
Greeting Chuseok, Jongno-gu holds the Inhabitants Song Contest in the outdoor stage of Naksan Park on 6 pm, 29 Sept. to encourage the inhabitants. After Inhabitants Song Contest, Jongno Love & Share Concert will be continued to deliver the love and share. The preliminary song contest will be held in the grand hall of Jongno-gu Office on 6pm, 23 Sept.
Inquiry: 02-731-0455 (Physical Exercise and Education Dept. of Jongno-gu)
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