Seochon: Wandering Seoul's Last "Untouched" Neighborhood
In this excursion, we will explore the Seochon (West Village)
neighborhood of Seoul that sits between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt.
Inwangsan. Composed of 13 small administrative districts called
"dongs," the neighborhood is a showcase of the layers of 20th-century
urban history. Korean-style houses (hanok) and winding alleys represent
the 1930s-1950s, markets, commercial strips, and two-story houses the
1960s-1980s, concrete-tile residential buildings represent the
1990s-2000s, and new galleries and cafes represent the present.
Moving across Chahamunno, the main street in the area, we will visit the
Tongin Market, one of the most active open markets in Seoul. From here,
we will walk to Nusang-dong, an area crowded with four-story
multi-family residences, stopping by several interesting buildings on
our way to the newly restored Suseongdong Gyegok, a natural historic
site. Next, we will wander through alleys in Nuha-dong and stop at the
first hanok renovated with support from the city of Seoul under a
renovation program that began in 2010. We will wander more alleys lined
with hanok and make our way to Chebu-dong where we will explore some of
the most interesting alleys in Seoul. On the way, we will visit several
hanok, a brick church, and a small Buddhist temple. We will end our
tour at the Gyeongbokgung Station.
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