Yangcheon Hyanggyo and Gaehwasan Walk

Sunday, May 10, 2015 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm
Western Seoul
20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Matt VanVolkenburg

Now located in western Seoul, Yangcheon was the center of its own district in the Joseon era and was known for its natural beauty. At the center of the district was Yangcheon Hyanggyo, a government-run Confucian shrine and academy. Other remnants of the Baekje and Joseon era can be found in the area, especially around Mt. Gungsan, which also offers views of western Seoul. Not far to the west lies Mt. Gaehwasan, which overlooks the Han River and Gimpo Airport, and, with its temples, grave sites, and Korean War memorials, offers visitors a glimpse into Korea’s past, both distant and recent. This tour will visit both locations.
Starting from Yangcheon Hyanggyo Station, we will visit Gyeomjae Jeong Seon Memorial Museum and learn about Jeong Seon (1676–1759), also known by his pen name Gyeomjae, the innovative painter who once served as a magistrate in Yangcheon and who is known for painting its landscapes. This will also serve as an introduction to the history of the area. From there we will make our way to Yangcheon Hyanggyo, which was established in 1411 and which is the only Confucian shrine still remaining in Seoul. Then we will walk up Mt. Gungsan to Soakru Pavilion, where local literati once rested, and take in views of the area. After walking through the park at the top of the hill, where a Baekje Era fortress once stood, we will visit Seongju Well, which once quenched the thirst of travelers, and which sits beneath an aged Gingko Tree.
From there we will take the subway to Banghwa Station to explore Mt. Gaehwasan. After passing through a park with a number of 400-year-old zelkova and gingko trees and learning about how the area almost became a royal tomb, we will head up the mountain to see the numerous tombs, flanked by beautifully carved stone statues and gravestones, of the Pungsan Shim clan, who for several generations served the Joseon kings and were memorialized for their meritorious deeds – one of which was taking part in the overthrow of the notorious king, Yonsan-gun. We will also visit Yaksasa Temple and see a statue of the Buddha and a three-story stone pagoda which date back to the Goryeo Era. An even larger such statue dating from the same time period will be visited outside Mitasa Temple, on the other side of the mountain. We will also visit the Memorial to the Loyal Dead, which was erected to remember the 1,100 soldiers of the Korean 1st Army Division who died defending Mt. Gaehwasan during the opening of the Korean War, and learn more about the fighting which took place on the mountain during the war, as well as its military importance in the present. We will also stop at numerous points along the way to take in views of the surrounding area and enjoy its natural beauty.

This walking excursion will set off at 1:00 pm from exit 3 of Yangcheon Hyanggyo Station (양천향교) #906 (subway line number 9). This tour will involve walking up and around two low mountains, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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