Seoul City Wall VIP Tour with Mayor Park

Mayor Park shows the different styles of stonework that are along Seoul's City Wall

Mayor Park shows the different styles of stonework that are along Seoul’s City Wall

If you’ve been reading my blog there’s no need to remind you of how in love with Seoul I am! I feel really lucky to have experienced so many aspects of the city and Korea in general. With all the great things Seoul has to offer it is really difficult to pick a favorite, but I must admit I do have one, and it’s Seoul’s City Wall.

Beautiful gardens surround Seoul City Wall

Beautiful gardens surround Seoul City Wall

Yesterday, (May 20th 2015) I was thrilled to be invited to attend a VIP tour of the Seoul City Wall lead by Mayor Park! The government is currently working to preserve and beautify what has been one of Seoul’s overlooked gems for years. As of 2014 over 70% of the wall has been restored and currently projects are underway that will create a comfortable place for tourists to enjoy.

Mayor Park presents the map of Seoul City Wall

Mayor Park presents the map of Seoul City Wall

Seoul’s city wall follows the natural landscape of Seoul, curving along the ridges of Bygaksan, Naksan , Namsan and Inwangsan and stretching 18.6 km. Built over 620 years ago, the history of Korea is engraved in the many varieties of stone work, 8 city gates and surrounding tourist attractions.

Mayor Park observes a shop located along the wall that sells organic souvenirs made by traditional material.

Mayor Park observes a shop located along the wall that sells organic souvenirs made by traditional material.

A shop located along the wall that sells organic souvenirs made by traditional material.

A shop located along the wall that sells organic souvenirs made by traditional material.

A unique aspect of Seoul’s city wall is that it is easily accessible from Seoul’s subway and in close proximity to many tourism attractions, cafes and restaurants. Mayor Park’s Tour lead us along the Naksan Mountain Trail which can easily be picked up from Dongdaemun Station.

One of the many museums showcasing art along Seoul's City Wall

One of the many museums showcasing art along Seoul’s City Wall

Street art on one of the alleyways near Seoul City Wall.  All of the artwork done along the wall was made with organic material

Street art on one of the alleyways near Seoul City Wall. All of the artwork done along the wall was made with organic material

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After enjoying the bustle of Dongdaemun, having a delicious meal, and looking at the modern marvel of the Dongdaemun Design center, there is no better way to step away from hustle and bustle of the city (while actually still remaining right in the city) and quietly stroll along the city wall while taking in magnificent views!

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The Naksan Mountain Trail is an easy 2.1km portion of the wall and takes under an hour to walk.   Café’s, museums and shops line the outskirts of the wall making it a lovely place for tourists to stroll, or take a rest. The trail is wheel chair and stroller accessible and has public restrooms. These facilities have been recently added and is a wonderful addition to this magnificent attraction.

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Yesterday was an exceptionally gorgeous day in Seoul, and there was truly no better place to be then enjoying the tranquil city wall while learning about the history and rebuilding efforts from Mayor Parks perspective.

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If you are a resident or visitor of Korea do not miss the opportunity to visit a portion of Seoul’s wall. For more information visit www.seoulcitywall.seoul.go.kr or pick up the ‘Seoul City Wall Guide Book’ at any tourist information center.

The Seoul City Wall Guidebook available at tourist information

The Seoul City Wall Guidebook available at tourist information

Resources inside the 'Seoul City Wall Guide Book' that show how to access tourism attractions surrounding the wall

Resources inside the ‘Seoul City Wall Guide Book’ that show how to access tourism attractions surrounding the wall

If you’d like to see more media coverage of the Mayor’s VIP tour you can visit any of the following news agency links:

Financial News

http://www.fnnews.com/news/201505201538308696

 Newsis

http://www.newsis.com/pict_detail/view.html?pict_id=NISI20150520_0010962559

 YTN (video clip)

http://www.ytn.co.kr/_ln/0115_201505201700167844

TBS ( video clip)

http://tvcast.naver.com/v/397438

  Mayor’s Blog

http://blog.naver.com/seoulwonsoon?Redirect=Log&logNo=220365409373&jumpingVid=E76F55A15782AB94B47605037D38BE569F5F

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