the charming "Heart of the Daehan Empire" 1880s~1920s
This is a very picturesque, historic and relatively quiet neighborhood just on the western side of downtown Seoul, but often overlooked by residents and visitors.
Jeong-dong is filled with architectural treasures exemplifying the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, as Korea's Joseon Dynasty (temporarily called the Great Han Empire) came crashing down under pressures from many foreign imperial powers. I will tell many poignant stories from that era.
Included will be the Seoul Anglican Cathedral, old Salvation Army Headquarters, entrances of the British and American Ambassador's Residences, Old Courthouse, PaiChai Boy's School, First Methodist Church, Simpson Hall of Korea's first high school for girls, the historic Jungmyeong-jeon Hall and the former Russian Legation Tower -- along with the small museums contained in many of those!
If you are interested in the history and great architecture of the 1880s~1920s era, this tour will fascinate you. . .
We will visit the Seoul Anglican Cathedral (with crypt),
Old Salvation Army Headquarters (with museum),
entrances of the British and American Ambassador's Residences,
Old Supreme Courthouse, now the Museum of Modern Art,
Doldam-gil Lover's Lane
PaiChai Methodist Boy's School (with small museum),
Jeong-dong First Methodist Church,
Simpson Hall, Korea's first girls' high school (with museum),
historic Jungmyeong-jeon Hall (with small museum)
former Russian Legation Tower -- and more!
This is all nearby Seoul's City Hall, downtown.
A 1-2 hour tour of Deoksu-gung Palace on the edge of this neighborhood could be added-to this tour, possibly with meal-break in-between, if you wish, for a small extra charge.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at your hotel, or else we meet at the Seoul City Hall Metro Subway Station (in front of Deoksu Palace).
End location: anywhere that you wish
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
a 1-2 hour tour of Deoksu-gung Palace on the edge of this neighborhood could be added-to this tour, possibly with meal-break in-between, if you wish, for small extra charge.
walking tour, city center
Just my guiding around and explaining all; there are no entrance-fees for any.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2000 KRW - just for incidentals; nothing required; no entrance fees.
meal, drinks, snacks, coffee as you wish
I do not have a car in Korea, do not drive. I can arrange for a mini-bus or taxi if you wish, at extra expense. Otherwise we will use the cheap taxis that are easy to catch, and Korea's excellent and fast system of subway trains, and buses, together.