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Cheongpa Hyochang Course

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A course full of old memories and amazing stories

It is a walking course starting at the National Theater located in the west part of Seoul Station, turning the alleys of Seogye-dong where the old atmosphere of Seoul remains, passing through Mallijae and taking a walk in the Son Kee Chung Athletic Park of Jungnim-dong. The original name of Seogye-dong was ‘Cheongpa’ meaning blue hills but it was renamed in the Japanese colonial era to Seogye because it was located on the west part of Banseok-bang(district), one of the 9 bangs of west Hanseongbu (Seoul). When Gyeongseong Station was built in 1905, towns were formed around the station and residential streets for the Japanese were naturally established. The enemy’s houses built at that time remain all over the Seogye area. Seogye-dong is adjacent to Seoul Station, nevertheless has not been developed for a long time. What is the reason?

Course Information

  • Course

    Seoul Station-National Theater-Ant Supermarket-Malli Market-Seongwoo Barbershop-Hyochang Park

  • Level of Difficulty

  • Walking Time

    Around 2 Hours

  • Recommended for

    Persons who miss the old landscapes of Seoul, have big interest in the alleys and have curiosity about the surrounding area of

Seogye-dong is adjacent to Seoul Station, nevertheless has not been developed for a long time. Why don’t we try to find the reasons?
  • step.01 National Theater

    This place had been taken by the transportation unit of Defense Security Command (DSC) for around 30 years since 1981. DSC in the Korean Forces took the role as military intelligence agency. Thus, tight security was emphasized so that nobody could build houses near DSC with higher walls or ceilings that those of DSC. That’s why the old houses in the area could be left up to now.

  • step.02 Ant Supermarket

    It is a small supermarket keeping its position for more than 100 years. The owner remodeled his urban style of Korean traditional house with a small yard and opened a small store to sell cigarettes, toys for children, etc. Later, he expanded the room and install a glass door, making the 1st floor a supermarket. He built up the 2nd floor by himself to run dance classes in the space. There are intact traces showing that he converted the furnace in the kitchen into a briquette boiler system and switched it again into the modern kitchen system with a sink. In the room where he had stayed until his death, you can find old Bandaji (chest of drawers) and worn wooden desk. If you’d like to know more about the town, why don’t you ask to his wife?

  • step.03 Seongwoo Barbershop

    Seongwoo Barbershop is the oldest one in Seoul keeping its position for more than 90 years since its opening in 1927. Now, the 2nd generation barber Mr. Nam-yeol Lee, son-in-low of the 1st generation barber Mr. Jae-deok Seo, is running the barbershop up to now. Seongwoo Barbershop insists on the old ways of haircut for the frequent customers who prefer the old ways. The barber sharpens razors for shaving and uses vinegar for shampoo. The barbershop was designated as a Seoul Heritage for the Future thanks to its value of private life.

  • step.04 Hyochang Park

    Hyochang Park was the Hyochangwon Royal Tombs of Munhyo and his mother. Munhyo, the crown prince of King Jeong-jo, died young and his mother followed him several month later. In the Japanese colonial era, the two tombs were forced to Seosamneung and the name of this place was changed to Hyochang Park. The graves of key figures of the Provisional Government of Korea including Gu Kim were made here. The park has dense forests thank to its long history, showing its won attractions different from those of newly built parks.