Hongneung (홍릉) is a neighborhood in Seoul with a unique history and a beautiful arboretum. Hongneung was originally the royal tomb of Empress Myeongseong whose tragic death in 1895 was an omen of the difficulties Korea had in the first half of the 20th century. At the same time, however, it is now a symbol of Korea's modernization efforts because of many government-funded institutes located in the neighborhood. We will start by taking a walk in Hongneung Arboretum, the the first arboretum in Korea established in 1922. The arboretum houses a variety of domestic and international plants for both visitors to enjoy and researchers to study. The arboretum is an oasis away from the bustling city of Seoul. After visiting the arboretum, we will explore Hongneung neightborhood by walking along the main street. We will visit historic sites (e.g., King Sejong Memorial Hall) and art & research institutes (e.g., Korea Creative Content Agency, KAIST College of Business) in the neighborhood. Our afternoon walk in Hongneung will end at a beautiful local cafe.
Coffee or tea
Tickets to historic sites
I have been living, studying and working in Hongneung neighborhood on and off for more than 17 years, so I know the neighborhood very well. I have always thought the neighborhood is a jewel in the bustling capital of Korea. I am very proud to show this interesting neighborhood to both locals and visitors.
We will meet at Korea University Station of Seoul Subway Line 6. We will spend about an hour in Hongneung Arboretum before visiting historic sites and art & research institutes in Hongneung neighborhood. Our afternoon walk will end at a beautiful local cafe.
문화 도보 여행
홍릉에서 즐기는 오후 산책