(confirmed!) 3 Museums & Myeongdong Chinatown Walking Tour

Saturday, January 13, 2018 -
10:30am to 3:00pm
Greater Myeongdong
W38,000 - W43,000 (incl. lunch)
Tour Leader: 
Jun Y.K. Shin


Start: Hoehyeon Station (회현역, Station No. 425, Blue Line #4), Exit No. 7 (Inside, hallway connecting Bank of Korea and Shinsegae department store)

Destination: Hoehyeon Underground Arcade, the Woori Bank Museum and Money Box Gallery, the Korea Postage Stamp Museum, the Money Museum at Bank of Korea, State Tower Namsam and Myeongdong Chinatown

Cost: 38,000 won for RASKB members and 43,000 won for non-members. Lunch (Black-bean-sauce noodles , Sweet and Sour Pork , and a glass of Qingdao beer) is included in the price of this tour.

Tour Leader: Veteran Guide Jun Y.K. Shin


It is a cold and freezing winter, so let's explore somewhere warm mainly indoors. We will visit three special museums which retain a variety of collections on money boxes, stamps and banknotes from around the world in the vicinity of the Hoehyeon Underground Arcade as well as Myeongdong Chinatown
First, we will browse around some shops at Hoehyeon Underground Arcade, one of the long-standing underground shopping areas in Seoul. Here is where you can find golden oldies such as old vinyl record albums (LPs) and CDs, as well as used postage stamps and old banknotes for those old enough to remember.

Next, we will move to the Woori Bank Museum and Money Box Gallery close to the Arcade. At the museum we can see the miniature set related to the financial streets and buildings near Namdaemu-ro under Japanese Colonial Period around 1920s, and find the information on the Korean banking history from late 1870s to the 2000. In the gallery we can appreciate approximately 1,000 artistic collections on money boxes (so-called piggy-banks in Korea) such as pigs, cows, mice, cats, owls, frogs, fish, fruits, cars, carriages, shoes, books, bills, sport balls, celebrities and even Disney characters from Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, USA, UK, Germany, France, Mexico and so on.

On the way to our lunch, we will drop by the Korea Postage Stamp Museum, and can see postboxes and postmen’s uniforms and many kinds of stamps in the world, for example, the first postage stamps, art stamps, unique stamps and commemorative stamps to be included nature, animals, plants and celebrities etc. In addition, we can check various Korean stamps to be printed relevant to the year when you were born and can create your own stamps for a fee in the museum.

At the lunch time, we will move to a Chinese restaurant at Myeongdong Chinatown and enjoy some fusion-style Chinese foods such as Black-bean-sauce noodles (짜장면), Sweet and Sour Pork (탕수육), and a glass of Qingdao beer. The leader will introduce the history and origination of the two foods and the beer, how they were localized in China and Korea respectively.

After the lunch, we will look around the landmark buildings such as the Chinese Embassy in Korea (the 2nd largest embassy in the world), a Chinese Elementary School and a former Taiwanese building to be attached with Taiwan’s flag and Chinese shops at Myeongdong Chinatown. In addition, Mr. Shin will explain why large-scale Chinese merchants came to Joseon in the late Joseon Dynasty and how the Chinatown was formed at Myeongdong, as well as compared to different Chinese heritages and cultures originated from Old China, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) and the PRC.

After visiting the Chinatown, we will go up to State Tower Namsan building and will have a coffee break. There we will look down the Shinsegae Department Store (formerly the Mitskosi Department Store), SC First Bank (formerly Joseon Savings Bank), the Bank of Korea (formerly the Bank of Joseon), the Woori Bank, the Chinese Embassy in Korea, a Chinese school and the Daeyeongak building where tour leader works, and compare the change of the financial streets near Namdaemu-ro between in 1920s and these days.

Lastly, we will visit the Money Museum at Bank of Korea. By visiting the museum, we can understand the origin of money (don in Korean), history of commodity and metal currencies, designs and symbols of old western coins and current banknotes, chronological banknotes of the Bank of Korea, major currency units such as Pound, Dollar, Peso and Yen, a diversity of currencies in the West and Orient, and the shape and characteristics of old Chinese coins and so forth.

Jun Y.K. Shin is a council member of the RASKB and co-leads Business & Culture Club meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Please be sure to check back to here on the RASKB web site on Thursday, January 11, to see whether we are confirming or canceling this walk.

To register online, click here - or email the below RSVP information below to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 8, 2018. Please wait for a confirmation before making a payment.
Please reserve space on the 3 Museums & Chinatown Walking Tour, SATURDAY, Jan. 13, 2018 for the following:
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