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Introduction to the historic and cultural resources in the area near Seoul Station

History Pilgrimage on Jungnim-dong Yakhyeon Catholic Church and Seosomun Martyr’s Site

Yakhyeon Catholic Church, belonging to Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul, is the country’s first western style of cathedral. The brick construction was built in 1892 in Romanesque fashion. Together with the Myeong-dong Cathedral, it was designates as a cultural property (Historical Site No. 252) in 1977 because it is an important piece in the history of modern Korean architecture.

Meanings in History of Architecture

Yakhyeon Catholic Church is a basilican type of brick construction with little gothic elements but it is the country’s first western style of brick building of great significance in the history of architecture. Among a few western style of buildings constructed before 1900, it was made directly by the western countries, not via Japan. In this context Yakhyeon Catholic Church is of great meaning in the Korean architecture history together with Myeong-dong Cathedral.

Of course, it was not built in complete and pure western medieval style like Myeong-dong Cathedral. But we may give deeper significance to the catholic church in the aspect that the several core factors of the western construction were adopted and tested prior to the construction of Myeong-dong Cathedral.

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Seosomun History Park and Song Kee Chung Ring Road

Seosomun History Park located in Uiju-ro, Jung-gu is a large-scale neighborhood park for the citizens by having fountains, pavilions, gate ball court, physical fitness center, archery filed, etc. on 10 thousand square meter of filed.

There is a ring road in 1050 meter in length and 30 min. walking distance connecting Song Kee Chung Memorial Hall of Jungnim-dong, Yakhyeon Catholic Church, Seosomun, etc. At the starting point of the ring road, there is a mural paintings displaying scene of finish line reaching in the Berlin Olympic Games, and foot printing is on the sidewalk.
The Son Kee Chung Memorial Hall was opened on 14 Oct. 2013 to commemorate the one hundredth birth of Son Kee Chung, an athlete who won the gold medal in the marathon race in the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936, when Korea was invated by the Japanese imperialists. The memorial hall was built by remodeling the Yangchung High School established in 1918 in Malli-dong. Son Kee Chuing graduated the high school (21st graduation).
Tourist Information of the Son Kee Chung Memorial Hall

Consisting of the First exhibition hall (Challenge, Overcome, Victory), the Second exhibition hall (Affection for the people, the Willing for peace, Preciousness of the nation), Image Hall(Memory of the world: Impression and Harmony) and the Special Exhibition Hall (Change and Communication)

  • Address and Traffic Information

    101 Son Gee Chung-ro (Malli-dong 2ga), Jung-gu, Seoul

  • Subway

    Gate 5 of Chungjeong-ro Station of Line 2 and 5 (10 mins. by foot)

  • Bus

    0016, 163, 261, 263, 604

  • Opening Hours

    10:00 ~ 18:00 (Enter 1 hour before closing. Close every Monday, New Year’s Day (Gregorian and Lunar), and Korean Thanksgiving Day

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Time-avoiding Yeomcheongyo(Bridge) Handmade Shoes Street

On the Yeomcheongyo(Bridge) hanging over the Gyeongui Line (Railroad) of Seoul Station, a time-avoiding landscape is stretched. The jam-packed men’s black shoes and women’s party-colored dance shoes are displayed in the show window along the block. The shops have kept their places in spite of ups and downs of economy since the independence of 1945. The persons engaged in the shoes business from the shoes technicians and to the founder of Kumkang Shoe Company went through this area once or more.

After the flourishing days in the 1970s~1980s, only the persons who knew this place visit the block, but it keeps the 70 years old skills and the trace of time as they were, being a place of the history of Korean shoes industry.

The place that has endured the time for a long time in silence is preparing another revival with the theme of healthy shoes to continue the success of Sungsu-dong shoes street. Competent shoe makers and merchants who devoted their life in the shoe industry are exerting their endeavors for a better service and environments.

Time-avoiding Yeomcheongyo(Bridge) Handmade Shoes Street photo