Yakhyeon Catholic Church

Yakhyeon Catholic Church, built in 1892, was the first Catholic church in Korea. The first Catholic missionary from Spain arrived in Korea in 1593. But it didn’t affect people much in Korea, where Buddhism was the dominant religion. The Late 18th century, Catholicism was finally started to grow in Korea. That’s, unfortunately, also when the…

Gyeong-ui Line Forest Park

The Gyeongui railway line dates back roughly 100 years and it was the line from Seoul all the way to Shinuijoo, the city next to the Korea and China border, now in North Korea. The railway line was disconnected after the Korean War. The Gyeong-ui Line Forest Park was created when the Gyeongui railway line…

Hyochang Park

Hyochang Park used to the site of the tombs for the royal family during the Joseon dynasty. During the Japanese occupation, however, Japan turned it into the park. Hyochang Park (well, the name already explains it) is still a park. It is also, however, the home of activists who fought for the independence of Korea…

Gilsangsa

You will find this temple on the way to the Korean Furniture Museum, one of the popular tourist sites. But this is not the place you should just pass by. Gil-sang-sa(Kilsangsa) is the temple in the middle of Seoul. It’s so quite and peaceful place you could take a break away from the busy city….

Choi Sunu House: Memorial Museum

This small but beautiful Hanok in Seongbukdong used to be the home of the renowned art historian, Choi Sunu. He posted up the sign ways ‘두문즉시심산(杜門即是深山)’, which means ‘When I close the door, it’s like I’m in the woods’. You would understand why he said that once you visit here. open: April ~ November, 10:00~16:00…

Yeouido Hangang Park

Yeouido Hanggang park is one of the three popular Hangang parks along with Banpo and Jamsil. This park will be extremely crowded during the Spring Flowers Festival (early April, about 10 days) and the Firework Festival (September or October, but only a few days.) Other than that, it won’t be crowded that much except weekends….

Jeong Dong

The Joseon dynasty finally opened its door to the world in 1860s, and Jeongdong was the area where foreign countries built their embassies and legations because it’s so close to the palaces. There are many old buildings from that time. Plus, many modern buildings later, especially between the 1950s and 80s, followed the architecture’s tradition…

Unhyeongung

Un-hyeon-gung used to be a home of Gojong, 26th King of Joseon Dynasty in the late 19th century and was the house of his father, Heungseon Daewongun, who actually ran the country when the king was too young to rule. They put ‘gung’ in the end, which mean ‘palace.’ Technically, this place was not part…

Hyosajung Park

Hyo-sa-jung Park may be a small park only known to locals. The view from here is awesome. You can see Lotte World to the east, N Tower in the middle, and Yeouido in the other end. This place is one of the best places to watch the Yeouido Firework Festival. So expect a pack of…