Administrative District


Area: 17.61 km2 (6.80 sq mi)
Population: 327,451

Seodaemun-gu is a gu located in northwestern Seoul, South Korea. Seodaemun-gu incorporates residential areas and historical areas including Bongwon Temple, Sinchon Railway Station(the oldest train station in Seoul) and Seodaemun Prison History Hall. Also it has a historic culture site "Seodaemun Independence Park". This place located at Dongnimmun station, allows people to learn about history through 3.1 independence memorial statue, Independence Gate and more. This educational park is a major tourist attraction of Seodaemun-gu that provides a comfortable place of culture and leisure.

Seodaemun-gu is a Rest Place together with nature surrounded by Mt. Ansan, Mt. Baengnyeonsan and Hongjecheon stream in the city. Also known as Mt. Muaksan, Mt. Ansan has many steep slopes, but because it has an altitude of only 295.5m, it is a favorite hiking trail among locals. There are about ten climbing courses where everyone can enjoy a walk in the forests filled with wild flowers, pine trees, cherry blossom trees, etc. At the summit, there is Ansan Beacon Mound, where you can view Mt. Bukhansan, Mt. Inwangsan, Haegjusanseong Fortress and Hangang River.

Mt. Ansan is a highly popular tourist attraction of Seodaemun-gu. In addition to, on Mt. Ansan path the first Seodaemun Museum of Natural History to have been built by the local governing body exhibits various geological and biological relics and records. Named after Hongjewon, which was where Chinese envoys were greet and entertained, Hongjecheon Stream was where the women who were forcefully taken to the Qing Dynasty cleansed their bodies upon returning home. The once dried stream was restored and today there is a musical fountain, a water mill, a man-made waterfall, hiking trials and more for locals and tourists to enjoy.

Seodaemun-gu is a city of education in which prestigious educational institutions such as Yonsei University and Ewha Womans University are located. And there are shopping streets for young, "Walking street" in Sinchon and "Fashion street" near Ewha Womans University. Here, People can enjoy shopping according to their own style from head to toe and still have money left for a cup of coffee. The district covers 17.6 square kilometers, approximately 2.9% of the total area of Seoul. Seodaemun literally means "Great West Gate" which was one of the four great gates in the wall surrounding the Joseon capital city of Hanyang; only Dongdaemun and Bukdaemun survive intact. Seodaemun-gu is populated by middle and upper-income families.

Points of Interst[edit | edit source]

  • Muaksan
  • Seodaemun Museum of Natural History
  • Ewha Women's University
  • Sinchon Shopping District
  • Sinchon Railway Station
  • Seodaemun Independence Park
  • Bongwon Temple

Transportation[edit | edit source]

Seodaemun-gu is accesible through two subway lines.

Subway[edit | edit source]

  • Seoul Line 2
(Mapo-gu) ← Sinchon — Ewha Women's Univ. — Ahyeon — Chungjeongno → (Jung-gu)

  • Seoul Line 5
(Mapo-gu) ← Chungjeongno — Seodaemun → (Jongno-gu)
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