(note date change) Exploring the Eastern Sections of the Seoul Fortress Wall

Saturday, April 22, 2017 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
in Seoul
20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Robert J. Fouser
During this excursion, we will walk along eastern sections of the Seoul Fortress 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. Continuing south along the wall, we make another detour to visit well-known public art projects in Ihwa-dong, a neighborhood that had been threatened by redevelopment but that is dealing with commercialization and gentrification. We will then continue along the wall, making a stop at the new Seoul Fortress Wall Museum, before coming to the end of this section of the wall at Honginjimun (Dongdaemun).
After looking at Honginjimun (Dongdaemun), we will visit the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, which includes the new (and controversial) Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) designed by the late Zaha Hadid and Samoo Architects & Engineers. 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 as the city grew rapidly.
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. This section of the wall contains a number of stones with the names of leaders teams of workers that participated in building the wall. From the top of the mountain, 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 we will stop frequently to take in views of the city as we walk.
We will begin the excursion at 13:00 at Exit #4 of Hanseong University Station (Subway Line 4). Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
Background information on the wall: http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5781/

Please register by **Wednesday, April 19**. To register, click here or email the information below to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

**This walk was originally planned for April 16, but was moved due to a schedule conflict with our leader.**


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