|Started from line no. 4 Hyehwa station.|
You can reach Changgyeong-gung by walking a short distance from Hyehwa station. Exit the station through gate 3 and walk along the road in the direction of Seoul National University hospital. It will take about 15 minutes. Changgyeong-gung, known as one of the five great palaces of the Joseon period (1392 ~ 1910), used to have magnificent features.
However, during the Japanese colonization (1910 ~ 1945) the palace was reconstructed as a park by establishing a zoo, garden and museum in it. Changgyeong-gung was restored to its original condition back in 1983. This superb place has a big forest in which about 50,000 trees of 165 different species grow to show the beauty of Korea. It's closed on Tuesdays.
Jeonkyeong-gak and Sungkyunkwan on the Campus of Sungkyunkwan University,
Jeonkyeong-gak and Sungkyunkwan are only a 10-minute walk from Changgyeong-gung. Sungkyunkwan was founded in 1398 as a National University during the reign of the Joseon Dynasty's first king, Taejo.
Its original purpose was to teach Confucianism, which was a national subject of study at that time. Today, it is continuing its legacy as Sungkyunkwan University. Since 1992 Songkyungkwan Univ. has been operating a class in Korean courtesy. Anyone can learn appropriate ways of bowing, dressing in the national clothes, drinking tea, and many other subjects related to traditional courtesies. You will also be given a chance to learn about traditional games and how to play them with much fun.
Another 15-minute walk from Sungkyunkwan Univ. brings you to Marronnier Park. You can also find it by taking subway line 4 to Hyehwa station and exiting through gate 2. Marronnier Park is a place for the young generation. Many performances and events take place around this park, keeping it crowded every weekend. New and fresh songs by amateur singers are performed on the outdoor stage, and street artists under the trees draw pictures of the visitors.
The East Gate of Seoul is Designated as Cultural Treasure No. 1 To arrive at Dongdaemun, you have to walk toward Ewha Woman's University hospital for approximately 20 minutes. If you choose to take a taxi, it will cost around 1,300 won (less than 1.3 dollars).
Dongdaemun, built during the reign of Joseon Dynasty's first King, Taejo is the East gate of the ancient walls around Seoul, as well as Cultural Treasure No. 1. It symbolizes the spreading love for others toward the outside world. Architecturally, it represents the style of the late Joseon period, since it was restored in the mid 19 century.
Shopping Mecca that Creates the Latest Fashion Styles
The whole area surrounding Dongdaemun is known as Dongdaemun Market. After passing under the elevated road on the left side of Dongdaemun, you will find Doosan Tower, Migliore and Designer Club. In addition to these, there are Dongdaemun general market, Pyeonghwa Market, Gwangjang Market and Heung-in Market, which make Dondaemun a very special shopping place.