Changsin-dong Walking Tour

Sunday, April 28, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Changsin-dong area, near Hansung U.
W20,000 for members; W25,000 for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Robert Fouser, Ph.D.
Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch

Changsin-dong Walking Tour

Meeting Point:   Exit #4 of Hansung University Station (Subway Line 4)

During this excursion, we will explore Changsin-dong, an old and varied neighborhood just outside of the Seoul Fortress Wall and north of Dongdaemun. The excursion will begin at the Hyehwamun near the Hansung University Station. From there, we walk along the Seoul Fortress Wall and then visit Jangsu Village just outside of the wall.

Jangsu Village is one of many “moon villages,” housing areas built without building permits on the side of mountains in the 1960s. We will then make our way to the Samgunbu Chongmudang, the Joseon-period headquarters of the Korean military. Built in 1868, the building was moved to its present location in 1930. From there, we stop at the reconstructed Biudang where the famous silhak scholar Yi Su-gwang lived.

The next two stops are Buddhist temples. The first is Cheongnyongsa Temple in nearby Sungin-dong. The temple was founded in 922 and is famous for several large paintings. We will wander through the side streets of Sungin-dong on our way to the Anyangam Hermitage in Changsin-dong. Founded in the late 19th century, the hermitage sits near the top of a rocky hill and integrates the rough terrain into the layout.

From Anyangam, stop by the Changsin Craft Center and take in the views of the city and the remnants of a quarry that was used to supply building stones during the Japanese colonial period. Next, we will make our way down to commercial areas in Changsin-dong stopping at the Iumpium Museum of Sewing History that honors the area’s heritage of supplying clothes for Dongdaemun Market.  

The Changsin-dong and Sungin-dong have a number of hanoks scattered amid late 20th- century cityscape. We will visit several alleys lined with hanoks and stop by the Nam June Paik Memorial House in a hanok near the house where Paik grew up.

Our last stops will be the Dongmyo and the nearby flea market. Dongmyo is a shrine to the Guan Yu, a 3rd century Chinese military commander. The shrine was built in 1599 with funds from Ming Dynasty China to strengthen China’s position in Korea after the Japanese invasions in 1592 and 1597. Since the late 1980s, a large flea market has developed in the areas around the shine.

We will begin the excursion at 13:00 at Exit #4 of Hansung University Station (Subway Line 4). The excursion will last until about 17:00 and will end at Dongmyo Station (Subway Lines 1 and 6). Participants may join Robert afterwards for a coffee or an early dinner (not included in the excursion fee) in the neighborhood. The walk is mostly flat, but comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Please register your RSVP for the Changsin-dong Walking Tour, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, by simply click here.

                         Please register one RSVP at a time.
                 ☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
         SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)


Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

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