• Fri, March 22, 2019
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This is a guided visit to Western Jung-gu with Sohn Gi-jeong Park, Yakhyeon Cathedral, Soseomun Park, Seoullo 7017, Old Seoul Station and Namdae-mun Gate

This is a fairly new and eclectic tour for SIWA that covers some very interesting but yet perhaps little-visited sites on the west side of the center of downtown Seoul.

Sohn Gi-jeong Memorial Park contains the story of Korea’s greatest Olympic Hero (well, until Kim Yu-na) and a shining beacon of anti-Japan nationalism. By the statues of him atop the scenic hill, our guide will tell his dramatic tear-drawing triumphant story – and point-out the infamous “Hitler Tree”.
Yakhyeon Cathedral is actually the first major Catholic Church built in Seoul, pre-dating the more imposing and magnificent Myeong-dong Cathedral. Designed by the same priest-architect, it has a few interesting aspects to its construction and history.
Soseo-mun Park is a nice little oasis in the middle of urban madness, containing a few interesting relics and views from being the site of the now vanished “Little West Gate” in the city wall, and a major shrine for the many 19 th -century Catholic Martyrs who were executed there.
Seoullo 7017 is the new artistic walkway created from an old overpass, offering some great views, that we will use to get between the park, the station and the gate.
Seoul Railway Station was constructed by 1925 as one of the most prominent and meaningful symbolic structures of the new Japanese imperial colonial rule over Korea – and is generally considered the greatest architectural masterpiece remaining from those days. Closed for a decade as the new 21 st -Century station (with KTX and shopping mall) replaced it, it has now been reopened as a charming and fascinating little museum combined with gallery of modern art.
Sungnye-mun (Gate of Exalted Ceremonies) was the main gate for the walled city of Hanyang (now downtown Seoul), and is now popularly known as “Namdae-mun” [South Great Gate]. It became the primary portal for the capital of all Korea, with varied practical and symbolic functions. A large “Namdae-mun Market” developed just inside the gate, the gate itself became a leading symbol of the traditional legacy of Seoul, and was designated as National Treasure #1.

Tour Leader: Prof. David Mason

David A. Mason is an American who has been in Korea since 1982. He is an expert on the history of Korean traditional culture and has authored many books and articles.  He currently serves as a professor of Cultural Tourism at Seoul’s Sejong University.

Participants: 10 minimum – 20 maximum


  • This tour will be held in cooperation with the German Club Seoul.
  • Non-Members pay an additional fee towards Welfare.
  • A cancellation fee in the amount of the ticket price is owed after March 19, 2019.




248-1, Chungjeongno 3-ga, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Venue Information:

  • Chungjeongno Station  (충정로역)  #243 / #531
  • Exact meeting point will be communicated to registered participants before the event.