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Pleasant Streets and Trails for an Autumn Stroll

  • Tag etc History Tour
  • Date10/24/2019
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Deoksugung Palace Stone-wall Road

The perfect season to go on a walk is here – fall! Out of all the four seasons in Korea, there is something special about fall. Green leaves begin to change their colors while the cool autumn breeze seems to lighten the steps of travelers.

Seoul offers many streets and paths to explore, including unique alleys that will captivate your heart and walking trails that lead to a world of fascinating nature. The history of Korea and traces of lifestyles remain in every path where people have lived or passed by. Set out for a walk along one of these roads as fall approaches.

Walking Through Alleys: A Search for Hidden Treasures

An Attraction Nestled in the City, Hanok Streets in Ikseon-dong

Ikseon-dong Hanok Street

Despite its location in the urbanized streets of Seoul, the many alleyways of Ikseon-dong did not receive much attention until recently. Built as a city-type residential hanok village even before Bukchon Hanok Village, it is currently the oldest hanok village in Seoul. Whereas Bukchon Hanok Village consists of large and spacious hanok houses, Ikseon-dong’s hanok buildings are relatively simple and charming.

Several hanok buildings have been renovated into cafés and restaurants by young entrepreneurs who fell in love with the streets’ tranquil atmosphere. You can entertain yourself just by looking around the many alleys or you can choose to relax at a café with a cup of tea as well as enjoy a meal at a restaurant.

Ikseon-dong Hanok Street
  • ☞ Address: Area of Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 익선동 일대)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 3 min from Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 6

A World of Cartoons, Jaemi-ro Street

Jaemi-ro Street decorated with paintings and statues of cartoons

Myeong-dong is one of the most popular areas in Seoul for international travelers to visit! Famous for shopping and street food, Myeong-dong is also a home to Jaemi-ro Street, a unique street dedicated to cartoons. This one-of-a-kind street was created by the participation of 70 cartoonists who used their skills to create a lively and energetic mood that stands up to its name (jaemi means “fun” in Korean).

Jaemi-ro Street is located in the direction of Namsan Mountain from Myeong-dong Station and is full of hidden attractions that can easily slow down any passerby. You can meet diverse cartoon characters of Korea that fill the corners and the walls of every road. You can also visit the nearby multicultural center Jaemirang and Seoul Animation Center while you explore the streets.

Jaemi-ro Street
  • ☞ Address: Areas of 110-5, Chungmu-ro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 충무로 2가 110-5 일대)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 1 min in the direction of Myeong-dong Community Service Center from Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3

A Place Where Time Stands Still, Yeji-dong Clock Alley

Scenes of shops along Yeji-dong Clock Alley

As if time has stopped in the past, the old-fashioned Yeji-dong Clock Alley seems worn out at first sight. This alley was formed when merchants along Cheonggyecheon Stream moved their shops to Jongno-gu in the 1960s and was popular for preparing wedding gifts. Today, we can only see a glimpse of its old glory through a few of the remaining clock stores and repair shops. The alley is a good place to visit if you want to see a different side of Seoul or take a peek at its past.

Yeji-dong Clock Alley
  • ☞ Address: Area of Yeji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 예지동 일대)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Jongno 5(o)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 8. Located across from Gwangjang Market

Where Iron meets Art, Mullae-dong Shearing Alley (Mulle Arts Village)

The streets of Mullae-dong Shearing Alley (Left photo credit: Seoul Tourism Organization)

Mullae-dong Shearing Alley is known as a street of art in Seoul. Packed with iron factories, these dark and gloomy backstreets began to transform into creative and artistic alleyways as artists began to move in and settle down in the 2000s. The area of Mullae-dong Shearing Alley begins from Creative Village Information Center. Walk past the structures made of steel to find iron factories and continue to entertain yourself with diverse artworks and images embedded along each alley.

TIP) Use Caution in Mullae-dong Shearing Alley

There are a few things to keep in mind when visiting Mullae-dong Shearing Alley. Please be aware of your safety at all times due to trucks that often pass by with heavy loads of steel. You must ask for permission before taking pictures of people at work or the interior of the iron factories.

Mullae-dong Shearing Alley
  • ☞ Address: Area of Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 문래동 일대)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Mullae Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 7

Stroll Along Pathways: Finding Peace in the City

A Rising Attraction in Hongdae, Gyeongui Line Forest Park

Old railroad transformed into Gyeongui Line Forest Park

Acting as an intersection for Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui Line, and the airport railroad, Hongik University Street, aka Hongdae, is always crowded with people as one of the most popular downtown areas of Seoul. By merging its region name of Yeonnam-dong and “Central Park,” Gyeongui Line Forest Park has earned the nickname “Yeontral Park.”

With a length of 6.3 kilometers, the area of an old railroad line was reused to create a wonderful park. Of the park’s three sections – Saechanggogae Hill, Waugyo Bridge, and Yeonnam-dong neighborhood - Yeonnam-dong section has gained the most popularity. Not only are you able to enjoy the pleasures of nature in the middle of a city, but you can also relax in peace at any of the several unique restaurants and cafés that you find along the way.

Gyeongui Line Forest Park
  • ☞ Address: Areas of Yeonnam-dong and Daeheung-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 연남동 및 대흥동 일대)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 2 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 3

Korea’s Most Famous Road, Deoksugung Palace Stone-wall Road

Snapshots along Deoksugung Palace Stone-wall Road

The first place in Korea that comes to mind for a walk is none other than Deoksugung Stone-wall Road. It is both the best road to walk in fall and the most famous road in Korea. Deoksugung Palace Stone-wall Road has appeared in countless song lyrics and it even has a myth saying that any couple who walks this path together will end in a break-up. The myth was known to have originated because a family court was situated here in the past, but for whatever reasons it may be famous for, its beauty lives up to its fame.

The autumn landscape is especially astounding as ginkgo and zelkova trees along the walls go well together, offering a spectacular scene. Jeongdong Observatory and Seoul Museum of Art located nearby are another reason to visit for cultural entertainment.

Deoksugung Stone-wall Road
  • ☞ Address: Area of Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 정동 일대)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 3 min from City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 1

Slip into the Past, Seoul Hanyangdoseong City Wall Trail

Nightscape from Naksan Park

Hanyangdoseong City Wall Trail is a walking trail where you can encounter nature and history at the same time from the heart of Seoul. More commonly referred to as Seoul Seonggwak-gil by Koreans, Hanyangdoseong City Wall Trail is a relatively long walking path as it passes through four mountains and four gates.

Views from Hanyangdoseong City Wall Trail

The trail is divided into six courses and the course most recommended for travelers is the second route, along Naksan Mountain. The Naksan course begins from Hyehwamun Gate, passes by Naksan Park and Dongdaemun City Wall Park, and ends at Heunginjimun Gate. With gradual slopes not too hard on one’s feet, it is a great path for a relaxing stroll while looking around. It particularly offers a breathtaking view after sunset as vivid city lights merge with luminous wall lamps.

Seoul Hanyangdoseong City Wall Trail
  • ☞ Address (Hyehwamun Gate): Area of 307, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 307 일대)
  • ☞ Directions (Hyehwamun Gate): Walk for approx. 3 min from Hansung Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 5
  • ☞ Website: seoulcitywall.seoul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

A Refreshing Stroll, World Cup Park’s Forest of Hope

Forest of Hope (top) & Haneul Park Entrance (Bottom)

The term “metasequoia road” brings to mind Namiseom Island in Chuncheon or Damyang, Jeollanam-do. However, one can easily enjoy metasquoias in the city of Seoul as well. The Forest of Hope built within World Cup Park is a pathway where anybody can take a nature walk in the city.

Just by walking along the avenue lined with metasequoias on both sides, one can enjoy an exotic atmosphere that offers a moment of peace and stress-free relaxation. Additionally, the beautiful landscape stretching into the distances can serve as an excellent background for memorable photos.

World Cup Park’s Forest of Hope
  • ☞ Address: Area of Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 상암동 일대)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from World Cup Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1
  • ☞ Website: parks.seoul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish)

A Place Where Kings Rest in Peace, Seonjeongneung-gil Path

Seonjeongneung-gil Path Scenery

Situated among the skyscrapers of Teheran-ro Avenue; COEX Mall, busy with events; and residential apartment complexes is a “Green Island,” referring to Seonjeongneung. This site holds the tombs of Joseon dynasty’s 9th king, Seongjong (r. 1469-1494); his wife, Queen Jeonghyeon; and their second son, Jungjong (11th king of Joseon dynasty, r. 1506-1544).

The royal tomb site is populated by a dense forest of pine trees. Seonjeongneung-gil Trail offers a rather different feeling from the other walking paths. Its distinctive atmosphere is fine for a walk with someone else, but it is absolutely perfect for a quiet walk alone.

Seonjeongneung-gil Path
  • ☞ Address (Seolleung Royal Tomb Management Office): 1, Seolleung-ro 100-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 선릉로 100길 1)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Seolleung Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Bundang Line), Exit 8
  • ☞ Operating hours: February–October 06:00-21:00 / November-January 06:30-21:00
    * Closed Mondays
    * Free admission on
    the last Wednesday of the month
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 1,000 won / Teenagers & Children 500 won
    * Free admission for preschoolers and senior citizens
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers & Children (ages 7-18) / Preschoolers (ages 6 and under) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)
  • ☞ Website: royaltombs.cha.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in October 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

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