Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Seodaemun Independence Park Historical Site

Seodaemun Independence Park Historical Site | by Meheartseol
Walked out from Seodaemun Prison History Museum, where we'd a glimpse of the darker side during the Japanese colonialism in Korea. In order to gain its own independence, a lot of independence activists and pro-democracy activists were imprisoned, brutally tortured, and many were killed after suffering inside this prison. (Vera Lee) 
 Independence Park (서대문독립공원) outside Dongnimmun Station.

Apart from red bricks Seodaemun Prison, a range of historic monuments and buildings are also located at this historical site:

1.  Yeongeunmun (영은문)

During Joseon Dynasty, this place is known as Yeongeun. It's where Qing Dynasty envoys were welcomed by the King on their annually visit to collect tribute on behalf of the Chinese Emperor. (Vera Lee)
   Two pillars remnants of Yeongeunmun (영은문)
in front of Dongnimmun Independence Gate.

2. Dongnimmun Independence Gate (독립문)

The Independence Club raised funds across the country for constructing Dongnimmun Gate. This Western-style monument was built symbolizes the ending of vassalage to China. (Vera Lee)
Dongnimmun was built to replace Yeongeunmun Gate. (Vera Lee)

Dongnimmun Independence Gate is designated as Historical Site No. 32. (Vera Lee) 
Dongnimmun was modeled the famous 'Arc de Triomphe' in Paris. (Vera Lee)
    On the top it is written ‘Dongnimmun’ in Korean with the national flag 
craved on each side. On the inner-left side there are stone stairs leading to the attic. (Vera Lee)
Dongnimmun is highlighting the entrance to Seodaemun 
Independence Park with modern squarish water features.

3.  Statue of Dr. Seo Jaepil (서재필).

You'll be greeted by statue of Korean independence activist Seo Jaepil standing at this Independence Park around Dongnimmun Gate. He's the founder of Independent Newspaper (독립신문), the first Korean newspaper in Hangul, breaking with the tradition of publishing in Chinese. (Vera Lee)
 Dr. Seo Jaepil holding Independent newspapers. (Vera Lee) 
As the Founder of Independence Club (독립협회)
he made great contributions to uplift people's spirit of 
independence to fight for Korean independence and 
support political reformation to promote civil rights.

4.  Declaration of Independence Monument (Vera Lee)
 At the opposite side of Seo Jaepil's statue is Declaration of Independence Monument. (Vera Lee)
 It would be best historical sites for educational for all the youths 
in other countries to learn about the unyielding 
patriotism that our forefathers have shown us.

5.  Independence Hall (독립관)

This Dongnipgwan Independence Hall was originally called Mohwagwan. The original building which was built in 1407 and used as Chinese envoys guesthouse.

Independence Club renovated this structure after the reform of 1894 (Gabo Gyeongjang). It's renamed to Independence Hall by Seo Jaepil and used it as association hall for their meetings and office works. (Vera Lee)
 Independence Hall was a symbol of Korea's spirit of anti-foreign 
encroachment and national independence toward the end of the Joseon period.

The present building was built by the Seoul City Government after demolished by Japanese. The construction was based on the original one-story building in a traditional Hanok style,but with the addition of an underground floor. (Vera Lee)
 Memorial tablets of Koreans who gave their lives fighting for 
March Fist Independence Movement were enshrined at the underground floor. (Vera Lee)
Seodaemun Independence Park is easily accessed from 
Dongnimmun Station (Line 3) Exit 4 or 5. 

Related Posts: