Korea Trip #5 – Seoul City Wall

The Hanyangdoseong, or the Seoul City Wall is a series of walls made of stone, wood and other materials, built to protect the city of Seoul against invaders. The wall was first built in 1396 to defend and show the boundaries of the city, surrounding Hanyang in the Joseon Dynasty. Along the Seoul City Wall, there once stood eight gates that were originally built between 1396-1398, but only six remain standing. The North, South, East, and West gates of the wall are known as the “Four Great Gates” (Sukjeongmun, Heunginjimun, Sungnyemun, Dongdaemun).

While we were there we started our journey on the wall from Dongdaemun.  Here is the view of Dongdaemun as a starting point to City Wall.

Even though the City Wall at Seoul is not as magnificent as the Great Wall at China, it provided us with an unique angle to view the city.

Along the wall we not only saw those modern skyscrapers but also saw those residential buildings carrying traditional elements.  Seoul has been thriving to a prosperous modern city, while still remaining its ancient root in its heart.

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