Exploring the Eastern Sections of the Seoul City Wall

Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Eastern Sections of the Seoul City Wall
20,000 for RASKB members and 24,000 for nonmembers
Tour Leader: 
Dr. Robert J. Fouser

During this excursion, we will walk along eastern sections of the Seoul City Wall and explore several neighborhoods along the edges of the wall. The excursion will begin at the Hyehwamun near the Hanseong University Station. From there, we walk along the wall heading south, stopping at Naksan Park. At the park, we will make a short detour to visit Jangsu Village, a troubled "redevelopment district" that has sponsored several public art projects. Continuing south along the wall, we make another detour to visit public art projects in Ihwa-dong, before coming to the end of this section of the wall at Honginjimun (Dongdaemun). The villages offer interesting insight into efforts to revive older neighborhoods in Korean cities.
After looking at Honginjimun (Dongdaemun), we will visit the new Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, which sits on the site of the old Dongdaemun Stadium. Remnants of the wall and other historical relics have been preserved in the park. From there, we trace the path of parts of the wall that are no longer extent, stopping at Gwanghuimun and walking through Jangchung-dong. The destruction of this part of the wall during the Japanese colonial period opened up areas to the east for rapid development.
The wall begins again in Yaksu-dong and will walk along this section until the pavilion at the top of the mountain behind the Tower Hotel. Yaksu-dong an interesting example of a mixture of genres of important genres of residential architecture: detached houses, multi-family units, and apartment complexes. From here, we will make our way to the Beotigogae Station (Line 6) where the excursion will end. The excursion will cover almost the entire eastern section of the Seoul Fortress Wall and will stop frequently to take in views of the city on both sides of the wall.

We will meet to begin the excursion at 13:00 at Exit #4 of Hanseong University Station (Subway Line 4). Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
Cost : 20,000 for RASKB members and 24,000 for nonmembers

Please register by sending an email with the following information to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com by Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

TO: R.A.S.
Please reserve space on the Seoul City Wall Hike on Saturday, November 10, 2012 for the following:
NAME: _________________________________ MEMBER _____ NON-MEMBER _____
NAME: _________________________________ MEMBER _____ NON-MEMBER _____
PHONE NO. (Mobile) ________________ (Home/Office) ______________________
Please make payment to the following account: Shinhan Bank Account #100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
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