Memories Travel Course
A trip to Seochon Village, located west of Gyeongbokgung Palace, enables people to see traces of Seoul in the 1970s and 1980s. People can experience entering an old coffee house, a comic book store and a photo studio from the 1970s at the “Street to the Past,” located in the outdoor exhibition hall of the National Folk Museum. Cheongwadae Sarangchae is located on the way to Seochon Village. The starting point of Seochon Village is Tongin Market. As soon as people enter the market, a delicious aroma will stimulate their sense of smell. Kkwabaegi (twisted breadsticks) and gireum tteokbokki (spicy oil rice cakes) taste exactly like in the past. There are lots of worthwhile things to see in Seochon Village such as Daeo bookstore (60 years of operation) and ‘Okgin game room’ (an old electronic game room recreated by the fundraising of Seoul citizens).
The National Folk Museum of Korea displays the folk culture of Korea. Cultural materials related to agriculture, fishing and hunting are exhibited here. The outdoor exhibition is made into a park that consists of Street to the Past, waterwheel, and jangseung (Korean traditional totem pole at the village entrance).
Cheongwadae Sarangchae is a comprehensive tour promotion hall where you can look around Korean culture and walk in the footsteps of former Korean presidents. The first floor is divided into the Gallery of Korean Culture and Tourism and the special exhibition room, where various themes are displayed throughout the year. Blue House Hall, located on the second floor, introduces the Blue House and former presidents while Happy World Hall shows the vision the government is aiming for .
Tongin Market is a famous traditional market in Seoul, popular even as a date course. An estimated number of 70 diverse shops fill up the narrow alleys, ranging from banchan (side dish) stores, restaurants, vegetable stores, fish stores, to tailor shops and other stores. Tongin Market is also well-known for their “dosirak (lunch box) café,” where people use yeopjeon (brass coins) to buy banchan of their choice at the market for a take-out lunch box. Yeopjeon can be purchased with cash at the entrance of Tongin Market.
This gallery uses the house in which painter Park No-Soo lived for 40 years. The painter constructed an independent style by adding simple bold lines and audacious touch to Korean traditional paintings. It takes about an hour to look around the gallery of donated works, collections, garden, observatory, and structural beauty.
Along with Bukchon, this village is a famous attraction for people to see pleasant alleys of Seoul. This village is referred to as ‘Sejong Village’ because this is where the Great King Sejong, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty, was born. Daeo Bookstore, continuing its business for 60 years, Okin Game Room, old souvenir shops, and other worthwhile attractions allow many Koreans reminisce the old days. Many people visit the village on a meokbang tour (food tour) because there are many famous restaurants and dessert shops.
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Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.
The National Folk Museum of Korea has three permanent exhibitions and two special exhibitions as well as a library, souvenir shop, and other subsidiary facilities.
Cheongwadae Sarangchae is a space to learn about Korean culture and the history of former Korean presidents. The area is comprised of a planned exhibition hall where various special exhibitions are held. Korea Tourism Exhibit Hall and a special hall with hidden stories of Cheong Wa Dae are on the first floor, while Cheongwadae Hall which introduces former Korean presidents and Citizens Communication Experience Hall which presents government online contents are on the second floor.
Tongin Market dates back to June 1941, as a public market set up for Japanese residents near the Hyoja-dong neighborhood when Korea was still under Japanese rule. After the Korean War, the nation experienced a swift rise in population, which led to a natural increase in consumption and demand. As a result the area’s street vendors and stores used the former Tongin Market area as their marketplace. Now, Tongin Market consists of 75 stores, most of which are restaurants and grocery stores. There are also some shops selling manufactured goods like underwear and shoes.
Seochon Village, literally meaning west village, is named in reference to its location west of Gyeongbokgung Palace. The old hanok houses lining the long alleys well harmonize with newly emerging shops and stores. Walking through the alleys that resembles a big maze, visitors will be nicely surprised by murals and adorable pictures.
A hint of Korea's tradition is truly well balanced with many modern and stylish spaces that bring out the authentic and simple beauty and coziness of Seochon Village.