The whole neighborhood of Haebangchon is filled with history as it once was a place were refugees fled to during the Korean War.
Seoul National Cemetery (국립서울현충원)
In this Cemetery are entombed more than 165,000 soldiers, martyrs, police officers, and reserves forces.
Buamdong is a quiet and picturesque neighborhood, located between the mountains Inwangsan and Bukhansan.
Ikseondong Hanok Village (익선동)
Ikseongdong Hanok Village is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the center of the city.
Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun Gate) (동대문 – 흥인지문)
Heunginjimun Gate was built to protect Hanseongbu, which historically housed important government facilities. Heunginjimun Gate was the gate on the east side of the outer wall of Seoul Fortress among eight gates. It is referred to as Dongdaemun Gate as well. The gate was constructed during King Taejo’s 5th year Read more [...]
Seodaemun Independence Park (서대문독립공원)
Seodaemun Independence Park was built on the former Seoul Guchiso (Detention Camp). It was used to imprison thousands of Korean independence activists until the liberation from the Japanese occupation on August 15, 1945, as well as the political prisoners during the political turmoil in 1960. When the prison was moved Read more [...]
Sukjeongmun Gate (북악산 숙정문)
Of the 4 Great Gates (Sukjeongmun, Namdaemun, Dongdaemun, and Seodaemun), established by the Emperor of 1396, Sukjeongmun is called the north gate. Located to the north of Seoul, this gate, with Gyeongbokgung Palace in the center and Changaemun (Jahamun) to the right, makes up the wings of the north gate. Read more [...]
Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon (창덕궁과 후원) (UNESCO World Heritage)
Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, Read more [...]
Jeoldusan Martyrs Grounds (절두산 순교성지)
Past names of Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine included Yongdubong (Dragon Head Peak) and Jamdubong (Silkworm Head Peak), but was renamed in 2000. Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine is the site of the Byeonin Persecution of 1866, where many Roman Catholics were brutally murdered. This site was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Read more [...]
Dongnimmun Gate ( 독립문 )
Dongnimmun stands at a spot originally known as Yeongeun, where envoys were once treated. When a Chinese envoy visited, the King would go out through this door to greet him. It’s in 1897, to announce that our independence to Japan, Russia which had influence and threatened China, Korea for a Read more [...]
Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) ( 청와대 )
The signature markings of the Presidential Residence of Cheong Wa Dae are its blue tiles. It is the first thing that catched one’s attention upon entering the premises. The blue tiles and the smooth roof blend beautifully with Mt. Bugaksan in the backdrop. The unique buildings Cheong Wa Dae are Read more [...]
Jongmyo Shrine ( 종묘 )
Jongmyo Shrine was a primary place of worship for kings throughout Joseon Dynasty. The memorial service, called Jongmyo Jaerye, is said to be the oldest complete ceremony in the world and was carried out in obedience to the king’s order. The ceremony was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Read more [...]