Deoksugung Place stonewall path is a walkway where friends, families, and couples can stroll along feeling the drop of temperature on their skin as autumn begins. The path exist in popular songs and in our memories. This 20 minute walking path following along the left side of Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace connecting to Kyunghyangshinmun Building is called ‘Jeongdonggil’
The beginning of stone wall path along the left side of Deoksugung Palace
The rotating ceremony of chief gatekeeper at Daehanmun Gate, Deoksugung Palace
Although this particular walkway comes to mind in autumn, it is a beautiful walkway across all seasons. I took a slow paced tour along Jeongdonggil and the surrounding area one weekday afternoon.
Observatory cafe looking down on the whole area of Jeongdong, 13th floor in Seosomun annex at Seoul City Hall.
Jeongdong Observatory looking down on Deoksugung Palace
Foreign artist performing on street
The Ongi Mailbox placed on the side of the path caught my eyes. When someone writes about the worries and troubles they have and place it within this mailbox, they will receive a sincere reply from someone else regarding their concerns. This heart-warming mailbox resembles Jeongdonggil as they both have such warmth.
Seoul Museum of Art, always worth a visit
Seoul Museum of Art
The front of Seoul Museum of Art had been rebuilt recently on top of the old Supreme Court but the original architectural style of this old building from 1920s is preserved. This place always offers exhibitions of quality. Hidden figurines are placed among trees in a small garden around the museum.
Chungdong First Methodist Church, the first methodist church in Korea
Chungdong First Methodist Church
Chungdong First Methodist Church is one of the first methodist churches in Korea and was founded in 1885. The beginning of this church was when Henry Apenzeller, an American protestant missionary, gathered his followers for religious services at his house. Since then, it had been registered as 256th historical site in Korea and called the first methodist church in Korea.
Jeongdong Theater, embodiment of the restoration of ‘Wongaksa Theater’ and the artistic spirit of modern art.
When we have a foreign visitor, we always show them our dramatic art performances here at Jeongdong Theater. Although this theater opened in back in 1995, this is a representative building of Jeongdonggil as it holds historical value as a restoration of ‘Wongaksa,’ the first modern theater in Korea, and as an embodiment of the modern art spirit.
Jungmyungjeon Hall at Deoksugung Palace
Pathway leading to Jungmyungjeon Hall at Deoksugung Palace
Jungmyungjeon Hall at Deoksugung Palace
As you follow to the right of Jeongdong Theater, you will come upon Jungmyungjeon Hall area in Deoksugung Palace. Jungmyungjeon Hall housed Emperor Gojong of Korea from 1904 to 1907. This is also a tragic site where Eulsa Treaty had been executed in 1905. This also served as the Royal Library since its founding in 1899. The Yewon School area beside Jungmyungjeon Hall had been the residential area housing western missionaries in the past.
Former Russian Legation and King’s Road
Path to Former Russian Legation
Site of Former Russian Legation
As you enter the right pathway after you pass by Yewon School, you come upon a pathway leading to the Former Russian Legation. When you come to a small park, you will be able to visit the site of Former Russian Legation on top of the park. This is where the Emperor Gojong and his prince resided for a year in 1896. Most of the building had been destroyed during Korean War and only a few parts of this building remains intact. It had been built in a Renaissance styled brick structure back in 1890. Beneath the Former Russian Legation, a pathway of 120m leads to the stone wall path of Deoksugung Palace. This path is assumed as the pathway used by the Emperor Gojong when he paid a visit to Deoksugung Palace from the Former Russian Legation during his stay.
Where Ewha Girls’ Highschool, Ewha 100th Memorial Hall, and Ewha Museum comes together
Across from Yewon School is the area where Ehwa Girls’ Highschool, formerly known as Ehwa Hakdang, Ehwa 100th Memorial Hall, and Ewha Museum all of which offers opportunity to look back upon the path treaded by Korean Women throughout the history. Ehwa Hakdang had been established back in 1866 and Ehwa Museum opened in 2006 to commemorate the 120th year of Ehwa Hakdang.
Path for finding the remnants of historical sites
A sign stone for Boguyeagwan area
As you walk along Jeongdonggil, you come upon a small sign stones placed letting people passing by of places they could have overlooked otherwise. Despite these places are gone now, they have existed in our history. I felt thankful for these stones as they mark the existence of these place that are gone now
500 years old nursing tree