The Cradle of Independence

Main sights: Dongnimmun, Ansan Sequoia Forest, Seodaemun Prison History Hall

Seodaemun, literally meaning "The Great West Gate", is an area built around one of the four gates of the capital of Joseon - Hanyang (modern Seoul). Unfortunately, the gate was destroyed, but the name stuck.

Seodaemun is a middle- and upper-class residential area with a number of historic and cultural sites scattered around. Seodaemun Prison now turned museum, was opened in 1908 under the Japanese colonial regime and served to incarcerate Korean liberation activists. After Korea gained independence, the prison was used for general criminals up until 1987, and was later turned into the memorial and history museum it is now. 

Next to the Sewodaemun Prison Museum stands another independence memorial - the Dongnimmun, or Independence, Gate. It was built to inspire the Korean people after the long history of oppression by the Chinese and became the symbol of liberation during the Japanese rule.

Despite its grueling history, the district has a lively and youthful vibe. Sharing with the neighboring district of Mapo the student towns surrounding Ewha and Yonsei Universities, Seodaemun offers cheap shopping, fun nightlife, and some cheap housing.


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COEX C-Festival: Contents Showcase Festival


    The biggest festival by COEX, C-Festival 2019 starts today until May 5th (Sunday). C-Festival combines different exhibitions, experiences and showcases into one so you definitely don't want to miss this experience out! C-Festival 2019 is divided into several sections: - 360 Seoul - Creative Challenge Global Conference         Start off by attending a conference, featuring world-wide analysts dealing with the issues of creativity, technology and Networking. You will surely gain some new business insights after this conference.   Admission:  1 Day Early Bird: 30,000 KRW ~ 2019.04.19 Regular: 50,000 KRW ~ 2019.04.30 On-Site: 50,000 KRW ~ 2019.05.02~05.03 2 Days Early Bird: 50,000 KRW ~ 2019.04.19 Regular: 80,000 KRW ~ 2019.04.30 On-Site: 80,000 KRW ~ 2019.05.02~05.03   - Stage C-    Date: 05.02~05.05 Location: COEX 1F Hall A Entrance fee Very Goods 2019 features and showcases some of the best brand goods and artworks. There are several experience zones such as live art shows, talk shows, and a goods fair market. Date: 05.02~05.05 Location: COEX Hall B Entrance fee Exhibition about environmental-friendly vehicles and technology, featuring world-wide automobile industries. Date: 05.03~05.05 Location: COEX Hall C Entrance fee One of the biggest K-beauty , make-up related exhibition and showcase. It also features some famous models and beauty creators.   Date: 05.04~05.04 Location: COEX Hall A 1, A 2 Limited Entry A Fashion show/festival with music. It is one of Seoul's biggest brand fashion festival featuring several world-wide models, brands and celebrities Date: 05.01~05.05 Location: COEX Lobby (East Gate) Featuring kid-friendly showcases and experience zones featuring safety programs by Hyundai Automobiles, a Lego Motor Show, and creating your own fairy tale event.     Main Stage         Meet your favorite artists, K-Pop Stars and bands who will be performing during C-Festival! Don't miss out artists such as N-Flying (May 4th), Eric Nam (May 5th), Haon (May 6th) and girl group Girlfriend (May 5th)!

May 2, 2019 ~ May 5, 2019