Today I’m going to introduce you to our pick of the top 3 landmarks in Seoul that bear the traces of Korea’s history. Hello, Visit Seoul TV viewers! I’m Ari Choi, here to tell you about the best things to do in Seoul. Today is the 74th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule. On the occasion of Liberation Day, shall we visit sites of the resistance movement and memorials that will make us think about the meaning of liberation? August is the height of summer. When the days are this hot, clothes made of cool materials are a must. Shall we visit key sites of the resistance movement in our smart black and white clothes? This is the Ahn Jung Geun Memorial Hall, located on Namsan. This is where you can pay tribute to Ahn Jung-geun’s spirit and will, and look back on his life. On the way to the Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall, the heart-felt words and handprints of the patriotic martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for independence are engraved into the wall. Their noble spirit of sacrifice, along with their desire for independence, can be felt from the entrance. Entering the exhibition hall on the basement level, you will see Ahn’s statue in front of a large “Taegukgi” — the South Korean flag. In early March 1903, Ahn and his 11 comrades formed a group called the Dongui-danji-hoe, cut off the ends of their left ring fingers and wrote the words “Korean Independence” in blood on the flag. The second exhibition hall on the first floor is full of information about Ahn Jung-geun’s activities, including the Education Movement, the National Debt Redemption Movement, and the Righteous Army Movement. Most members of Ahn’s family were involved in the resistance movement and there are medals and genealogies offered by the family on display. Why don’t we go upstairs and look at the third exhibition room? Here, you can hear Ahn Jung-geun’s complicated feelings before he assassinated Ito Hirobumi at Harbin Station. The site was recreated to give visitors the impression that they have entered the center of history. After Harbin, Ahn spent five months in Lushun Prison before he died, and he wrote two books called ‘A Treatise on Peace in the East’ and ‘Ahn Eung-Chil’s Life History.’ You can view these and the pen Ahn used in prison. After wandering around the Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall, how about walking down Namsan Memory Road to see traces of the Japanese colonial era? I hope as you walk along Namsan Memory Road you can reflect on the painful wounds of Namsan and its history. In Apgujeong-dong, Dosan Park is dedicated to Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, an independence activist and educator. When you walk through the entrance, you will see a memorial hall on your right. Dosan Ahn Chang-ho formed the San Francisco Korean Friendship Society, the first organization of Korean residents in the U.S., to raise funds for independence and deliver them to the provisional government. The memorial hall is filled with photographs taken when he was working at a California orange farm, his pocket knife, his signature, et cetera. Seventy-one artifacts, a letter from Shin Chae-ho to Ahn Chang-ho, the temporary government archives and even a diary are on display. Dosan Ahn Chang-ho’s period works are well-organized and you can enjoy vivid pictures of him and his quotes through the touch screen. If you follow the fresh forest path of Dosan Park, you will see the tomb where Ahn Chang-ho and his wife, Lee Hye-ryeon, were laid to rest. On the way out of Dosan Park,
why don’t you go to the Horim Art Center, one of Korea’s top three private art museums? There are also a variety of restaurants and cafes on Apgujeong Rodeo Street, where Dosan Park is located. Simujang in Bukjeong Village in Seongbuk-dong is where Han Yong-un lived from 1933 until his death in 1944. This place offers a unique view of the hills in the northeast. It was an expression of his desire to face away from the Japanese Government General located south of the building. Han Yong-un’s writings, research papers, and prison records are preserved in Simujang. Gyeonggyojang is the last building of the Provisional Government of Korea and where Baekbeom Kim Gu lived for four years. After about three years of restoration, the building was opened to the public for free. There is an exhibition hall in the basement of Gyeonggyojang, which provides a glimpse into the history of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea. So it will help children study Korean history, right? That’s the end of our history tour celebrating Liberation Day! How was it? If you’re satisfied,subscribe to Visit Seoul TV and like the video! Comments are always welcome. See you next time!