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Disabled travel ‘Seoul 600 years’ - Korea, Seoul

Culture Station Seoul 284

Disabled travel ‘Seoul 600 years’

Korea, Seoul

Traveling far is not necessarily a journey. If you can feel yourself out of your daily routine, it is a journey in itself. If you look for it, there are many places to enjoy in Seoul as well. Jung-gu and Jongno-gu that bear the old palace are typical. These places have 600 years of history in Seoul from 1392 to 2017, so you can whirl and study history. In recent years, the city has been regenerated, and the travel has become much more fun. I looked around Jung-gu and Jongno-gu in Seoul by public transportation (subway + low-floor bus + walk).
Complex cultural space where time crosses, Cultural Station Seoul 284
At one time, the symbol of Seoul was Seoul Station. It is a story of the old history, where Western arches stood out in the magnificent dome. Cultural Station Seoul 284 refers to a complex cultural space that restored the old history that had been neglected after giving its role to the new Seoul Station in 2011. '284' is the historical number of Seoul Station, where various cultural events are held centering on exhibitions. Most of them are free so anyone can enjoy them.
What makes Seoul Station 284 unique is that the past and the present intersect intermittently. It seems that the exhibition event prepared in 2017 was exhibited in the space of 1925. This is because the space was remodeled to make the most of the space. A particularly noticeable space is the VIP waiting room on the second floor. Western fireplaces and colorful chandeliers remain, giving a glimpse into the time.
VIP waiting room with fireplace
There is an elevator going up and down the first and second floors, and wheelchair movement in the station is relatively free. There is a toilet for the disabled in the 3rd floor waiting room. There is also a toilet for the disabled in the new Seoul Station, about 150 meters away.
Culture Station Seoul 284 2F Corridor
The current exhibition is 'Time Traveler's Clock' (until July 23).
'Time Traveler's Clock' Exhibition Scenery
It is said that it is fun because the viewers can enjoy the works that reconstruct the interesting stories related to time.
'Time Traveler's Clock' Exhibition Scenery
If you are looking for a cultural station Seoul 284 by subway, use the elevator (Exit 2) of Seoul Station on Line 1 for easy access.
Polyhedral picture matching origami experience
From the elevated road to 'Public Arboretum', Seoullo 7017
Culture Station Seoul 284 and Seoulro 7017 are connected. They are spatially connected, but culturally they resemble each other. Just like Seoul Station 284, Seoul Station was reborn as a complex cultural space.
Seoul-ro 7017 panoramic view
In particular, the arboretum was opened exclusively for pedestrians. That is why it is a 'walking road' that floats from the ground and a 'sky garden' with a sky roof. It is also known as the 'public levitation arboretum'.
Seoul-ro 7017 Arboretum Park (overpass)
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, 50 trees and 228 species of 24,000 plants were planted on the overpass. However, it was not grown enough to shade, so direct sunlight fell. It is a good idea to bring a hat or sunglasses that can block UV rays.
Seoul-ro 7017 Arboretum Park (overpass)
The name Seoullo 7017 has various meanings. 7017 is a combination of '70' in 1970, the year that the Seoul Station Overpass opened, and '17' in 2017, the year reborn as a pedestrian path. Seoulro has two meanings: 'the way to represent Seoul' and 'the way to Seoul'.
Tempered glass under the bridge
The length is not long. It is 1,024m from Manli-dong Square at the west end to Hoehyeon Station at the east end.
Magnolia cafe ice cream
There are elevators, escalators, and stairs that connect this road to the ground.
Public nature shelter
A total of six elevators are installed in the vicinity of the Manri-dong Square, near Culture Station Seoul 284, Namsan Overpass Connection Point, Hoehyeon Station Connection Point, and near Seoul Square. Among them, toilets for the disabled are located in the Seoul Road Management Office, Seoul Road Terrace (1st floor), and Hotel Manu (2nd floor).
Seoul-ro 7017 Information Center
It is also proud to transform itself into a different atmosphere from the daytime. More than 550 pots planted on trees and 550 LED lights installed on street lights are lit together. The night view point is the middle of the bridge where you can see Sungnyemun Gate and Culture Station Seoul 284. Here, you can even see the pictures unfolded with LED lights on the Seoul Square building. In the wind over Seoul, it feels like it cools down to the heat of the summer night.
Blue Milky Way Road (Night view) at Seoul-ro 7017
'Seoullo 7017' stands out above all, and Seoulro 7017 stands out for its facilities for the disabled. The lower part of the curiosity potted plant was drilled to allow wheelchair wheels to enter, and it provides an electric wheelchair charging service (traveler cafe, Seoul Road Management Office).
Seoul-ro 7017 elevator
In addition, for the convenience of the visually impaired, a braille sign with braille blocks and destination information was installed at the starting and ending points of the pedestrian line, and a voice guide was placed at the entrance and exit.
Seoul-ro 7017 elevator
If you use the 'Seoullo 7017' app, you can also receive voice guidance for related amenities and trees. 'Seoul-ro 7017' can be accessed by subway line 1, Seoul Station Elevator (Exit 2) or Line 4 Hoehyeon Station Elevator (Exit 4).
Curious flower pot with good wheelchair access
Namdaemun Market, a 24-hour shopping paradise
Namdaemun Market is also directly connected to Seoulro 7017. Namdaemun Market is just across the pedestrian crossing from the east end where the arboretum ends. As a representative traditional market in Korea, it is a 24-hour shopping paradise
Early evening namdaemun market scenery
There are a lot of inexpensive products, and the sections are divided by items such as watch alleys, flower markets, and bowl shops, so you can enjoy shopping. The variety of foods is also good.
Namdaemun Market Alley
The representative food alleys are Galijorim Alley and Kalguksu Alley. Although Kalguksu Alley has no steps, it is difficult to access because it is cramped. However, since the height is various, some restaurants are accessible with the assistance of a companion. It is an old restaurant, so there is little difference in taste.
Sashimi Alley Landscape
week... http://namdaemunmarket.co.kr ), And use the open toilet at Namdaemun Police Box. Disabled toilets are installed. To find Namdaemun Market by subway, use the elevator (Exit 4) of Hoehyeon Station on Line 4 and cross the pedestrian crossing. You can enter Namdaemun Market through Gate 5.
Braised stew set meal
• Public Transportation Tips 1 •
If you check the public transportation information on your mobile during the Seoul tour, you can travel more easily and conveniently.
Low-floor bus 'Thank you ~ Thank you !! ^^'
'Naver Map' app or 'T-map public transportation' app is typical.
Low-floor bus interior
In particular, the Naver Map app can check whether a low-floor bus is operating by setting the destination and clicking the route map of the bus to the destination. The walking map is also quite detailed.
'Traffic weak seat' sign on the low-floor bus
• Public Transportation Tips 2 •
When you go from Deoksugung to Culture Station Seoul 284, you can go on foot, but we recommend using a low-floor bus or subway.
Wheelchair seat in subway
Subway Line 1 City Hall Station Exit 2 is the most convenient access route. Elevators are installed in two places in front of Deoksugung Daehanmun (Exit 2) and in front of Seoul City Hall Square (Exit 5).
Waiting line in subway station
On the road, meet modern cultural heritage, Jeongdong-gil
Jeongdong-gil is an elegant walking trail and a valuable historical trail. The exact starting point is from Deoksugung Korean Gate to Jeongdong Intersection with Kyunghyang Newspaper. The distance is less than 1 km.
Deoksugung Stone Wall Road
What makes this street so famous is that it has both the lyric of the road and the pain of history.
Jeongdong Theater
The lyricism of the road originated from a long stone path along Deoksugung Palace, and the pain of history is deeply learned from the many Korean Empire-era buildings that were located in Jeongdong-gil.
520 year old painting tree
Baejaehakdang, Ewha Girls' High School, Jeongdong Jeil Church, old Russian construction hall, Jungmyeongjeon Hall, Anglican Church of Seoul, Deoksugung Palace, etc. are the faces of this road.
Former Russian Corporation
Here, the Seoul Museum of Art and the special space of Jeongdong Observatory were added to further enhance the attractiveness of the road.
Seoul Museum of Art
The first place to find is Jeongdong Observatory. Located on the 13th floor of the Seoul City Hall Seosomun Office, this is a cafe and an observation deck.
Deoksugung from the Jeongdong Observatory
When you order a drink and sit by the window, the scenery around Jeongdong-gil can be seen at a glance. Right below the front is Deoksugung Palace, and the mountains behind it are Inwangsan and Bukaksan.
Jeongdong Observatory Cafe
Behind the lush forest is the old Russian construction hall and the Anglican Church of Seoul. The wheelchair is close to the window, or it must be moved away from the window to see a little.
Jeongdong Observatory Cafe
If you go up a little further from Seosomun Office, you will see the Seoul Museum of Art. This is where the Supreme Court building built in the 1920s was transformed into an art museum. The driveway from Jeongdong-gil to the museum is impressive. By creating a smooth road on the side of the rough road, the inconvenience of wheelchair movement was reduced.
Seoul Museum of Art Entrance
In some sections, 'barrier free' (architecture design without barriers) is reflected. It is a pity that 2-3m did not care about the last minute.
Seoul Museum of Art Exhibition

If you have enough time, pass through the Orthodox Church to the Russian Federation and San Damiano Café at St. Francis Cathedral. The Russian Pavilion is worth a look at Jeongdong Park, and the San Damiano Café has easy access to wheelchairs, so it's good to take a break while reading a book. The 520-year-old painting tree in front of the Canadian Embassy is also worth seeing. Then, when you are hungry, you can eat at an Italian restaurant or Korean restaurant with a ramp.

Deoksugung Junghwa Exhibition
There are more cafes, restaurants, and toilets in Jeongdong-gil that are easier to access than other spaces in Seoul. The advantage is that vehicles are controlled from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and from 11 am to 2 pm on weekdays. The walking distance section is 310m from Deoksugung Daehanmun to the circular fountain in front of Jeongdong Church.
Park Seok-gu section with inconvenient mobility (in front of Junghwajeon)
Jeongdong-gil's Hwaryong branch is taken at Deoksugung Palace.
Deoksugung Palace
Traditional wooden buildings and stone carvings go hand-in-hand, and Western-style buildings such as Jeong Gwan-heon and Jungmyeong-jeon are combined to create a unique look.
Junganmun ramp
Park Seok's peculiar to the old palace occupies most of the court yard, which is inconvenient to access, but if a ramp is installed, you can move to the front yard of Junghwajeon, where there is a pontoon stone.
Deoksugung Grounds (Shadow Play)
Among other things, Deoksugung Palace is the only attraction in Seoul that opens until night. You can enjoy the night view of the palace without competing for the fierce reservation competition, so it is rare to have such a luxury.
Deoksugung Hamnyeongjeon ramp
There are three toilets for the disabled in Deoksugung Palace, and some of the ramps require assistance in the case of a Gapala manual wheelchair.
Deoksugung Junghwajeon ramp
If you visit during the day, don't miss the visit to the alternating ceremony of the water gate, which is held three times a day (11:00, 14:00, 15:30).
A solid dirt road in the grounds where you can move freely
City Stream Cheonggyecheon Stream
From Deoksugung to Jongmyo, where Jeongdong-gil begins, you can walk by listening to the sound of Cheonggyecheon. Cheonggyecheon Stream is a 10.79km river that crosses Jongno-gu and Jung-gu, in the middle of downtown Seoul, and has convenient transportation facilities such as an intermediate middle elevator and a ramp. Elevators are installed at Samil Bridge (left) and Hwanggyo School (left), and Cheonggye Plaza entrance (right) and Seun Bridge (left), Willow Bridge (left), Dasan Bridge (left), Biwoodang Bridge (right), Dumul Bridge (Right), Alpine bridge (left), etc. are equipped with ramps. For more information on convenient facilities, visit the Seoul Facilities Corporation website ( http://www.sisul.or.kr ).
Cheonggyecheon stream in the city center
When you go from Deoksugung to Jongmyo along Cheonggyecheon, Cheonggye Plaza is the starting point. The distance from Cheonggye Plaza to Seungyo Bridge is about 1.53km, and the entrance from Seungyo Bridge to Jongmyo is about 281m.
Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seun Bridge ramp entrance
Only the Seokseok section (about 20m) near Gwangtong Bridge is inconvenient to move, and the rest of the section is okay. However, since the direction of the ramp installation is on the left and right sides of the waterway, you must enter the Seun Bridge and cross the arched wooden bridge between Gwanggyo and Gwangtong Bridge before you can get out of the ground using the Cheonggye Plaza ramp.
Cheonggyecheon Samil Bridge (Elevator)
It is recommended to take a walk in the early morning or on a summer night when the surroundings are illuminated with light since the shade of the tree is quite thick after 10 years since it has been restored.
Cheonggyecheon promenade
If you are inevitably enjoying a midday walk, it is a good idea to rest sufficiently under the shade of a tree or under a bridge.
Subway stations that are easily accessible are Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5) and City Hall Station (Line 1). Gwanghwamun Station is equipped with a lift (subway platform to the first floor under the ground) and an elevator (located between the first floor and the ground, located between Exit 1 and Exit 8), and City Hall Station has an elevator (Exit 2 and 5).
Cheonggyecheon stepping stone
Jongmyo, a World Heritage Site where the souls of the Joseon Dynasty fell asleep
Jongmyo Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the defeat of kings and queens during the Joseon Dynasty, and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Jongmyo entrance
Construction began in December 1394, when Taejo moved the capital to Hanyang and was completed in September of the following year.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
It was destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (1592) and rebuilt in Gwanghaegun in 1608.
Commentator explaining the blackout
The most important buildings in Jongmyo are the Blackout and Yeongnyeongjeon. In the blackout, 19 kings, including Taejo, and the 49th rank of the queen are enshrined. In Yeongnyeongjeon, the 34th rank of kings and queens, who were not attended by the ancestors and blackouts, are enshrined in Yeongnyeongjeon. As a result, both buildings were excluded from the colorful decoration and were built simply and frugally. In particular, blackouts stand out. It expands with every increase in status, and on the surface it consists of 19 doors, but the interior is all open. It has become the longest single wooden building in the world.
Power outage with the 49th rank
However, in front of the blackout, the wall is made of thin stones and spreads wide, making it difficult to access it close by a wheelchair. It is supposed to go outside Woldae and exit through the opposite door. All open buildings are equipped with ramps, and some ramps are recommended to be accompanied by assistants who can help in the case of the Gapala manual wheelchair. The rest of the trails are relatively sturdy and easy to move. There are three toilets for the disabled on the grounds (in front of Jaegung Palace, in front of Yeongnyeongjeon Hall, and behind the company office), and there is one general toilet in the park outside Jongmyo Shrine. Emergency bells are installed in regular toilets.
Solid dirt trails
For parking, use the Jongmyo parking lot at the Seoul Facilities Complex in Jongmyo Square Park. Free viewing is only available on the last Wednesday of every month and every Saturday, and the rest of the day is accompanied by a commentator (09; 20, 10:20, 11:20, 12; 20, 13; 20, 14:20, 15; 20, 16 : 20 and 17:00 (March to September) are the basics. It is closed on Tuesdays, and reservations must be made in advance through the Jongmyo website.
Jongmyo Blackout Restoration
If you have enough time, you can also visit Changgyeonggung Palace, which is about 1.12 km from Jongmyo Shrine, and Changdeokgung Palace. Although these two palaces were originally located in the area of Jongmyo, they were separated by the Chosun Governor during the Japanese occupation. Changgyeonggung Palace is relatively quiet compared to other palaces, making Changdeokgung Palace a beautiful supporter, and it is easy to fall into the coziness of the forest.
Shinto (* way to the soul)
When using the subway, use the elevator (Exit 12) of Jongno 3-ga Station on Line 1, and then cross the pedestrian crossing.
Shinto (* way to the soul)
Properly 'Taste Holic', 112-year-old open space market
From Jongmyo, Gwangjang Market is about 496m (walking). This is the first permanent market opened in Korea. It was opened in 1905, so it is 112 years ago. At the time of its establishment, the name was Dongdaemun Market, and since then it has been called Gwangjang Market since the 1960s. The scale is also large. More than 5,000 stores across Jongno 4-ga and Yeji-dong were located in a three-story market. The majority of stores handle fabrics and old products such as hanbok fabrics, suits, and dressmaking. This is why Gwangjang Market is also called a bailout or textile market.
Gwangjang Market Food Marketplace
However, the symbol of Gwangjang Market is 'the food market'. In the middle of the first floor of the market, there is a long stall in the shape of a cross. At first glance, it varies from bindaetteok to nausea kimbap, barley rice, forearm sundae, yukhoe, kalguksu, and cold noodles.
Barley Bibimbap ingredients
The sizzling tsar ~ On the one hand, the sound of beating daedaetteok is loud, and on the other hand, there is a long line to buy the drug gimbap. It seems like every day is a crowded day in the city of Munjeonseong. This is a unique market open space.
Gwangjang Market
Currently, there is no elevator in the market, so only the first floor can be visited. Most stores have ramps, and there are two toilets for the disabled on the first floor (greengrocer toilet, dawn market toilet).
Gwangjang Market Entrance

For parking, use a paid parking lot near the market. Parking lot information is open to the Gwangjang Market website ( http://jkm.or.kr ). Gwangjang Market is easily accessible by using the elevator (located between Exits 8 and 9) of Jongno 5-ga Subway Station (Line 1).

Stores in the stepless market
Travel information

Recommended travel course (same day course)

Gwangjang Market-> Jongmyo Shrine-> Cheonggyecheon Stream-> Jeongdong-gil (night walk at Deoksugung Palace)

Jeongdong-gil-> Munhwa Station Seoul 284-> Seoulro 7017 (Night Walk)-> Namdaemun Market

Recommended travel course (2 days and 1 night course)

first day : Gwangjang Market-> Jongmyo Shrine-> Cheonggyecheon Stream-> Jeongdong-gil (night walk at Deoksugung Palace)

Second day : Culture Station Seoul 284-> Seoulro 7017-> Namdaemun Market


-Gwangjang Market: 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul / 02-2269-8855, 02-2272-0967




-Jongmyo Shrine: 157 Jongro, Jongno-gu, Seoul / 02-765-0195 / http://jm.cha.go.kr

-Cheonggyecheon: Around Changsin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul / 02-2290-7111 / http://www.sisul.or.kr

-Jeongdong Observatory: 13th floor, 1st building, Seosomun Office, Seoul City Hall, 15 Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul / 02-2133-1125

-Seoul Museum of Art: 61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul / 02-2124-8800 / http://sema.seoul.go.kr

-Deoksugung: 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul / 02-751-0734 / http://www.deoksugung.go.kr

-Culture Station Seoul 284: Seoul Station, 1 Tongil-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (Bonok) / 02-3407-3500 / https://www.seoul284.org

-Seoul-ro 7017: Area 432, Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul / 120 Dasan Call Center / http://seoullo7017.seoul.go.kr

-Namdaemun Market: 21 Namdaemun Market 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul / 02-52-1913 (English, Chinese, Japanese available)


-Tourist Information: 120 (Dasan Call Center)

Barrier-free information

-Gwangjang Market

* Parking lot: Paid parking near the market.

* Restrooms: Handicapped restrooms (greengrocer restrooms, morning market restrooms). Both are common for both men and women.

* Others: There is no elevator, so access is not possible on the 2nd or 3rd floor.


* Admission fee: Yes. 25 to 64 years old 1,000 won.
Free of charge for persons with reduced admission fees to the “Welfare for Persons with Disabilities” and other individual laws and regulations.
Children under 6 years old, youth between 7 and 24 years old, Koreans over 65 years old (free with ID)

* Parking lot: Seoul facility complex parking lot in front of Jongmyo.

* Toilets: There are 3 places in the nursery of the disabled. All three are male and female respectively.

* Others: Some people are uncomfortable with some access, so they need assistance, and free rental of wheelchairs and strollers.

- Cheonggyecheon

* Parking lot: Paid parking lot near Cheonggyecheon.

* Restrooms: Restrooms for people with disabilities around Cheonggyecheon (Dong-A Ilbo, SK Building, Finance Building, Korea Tourism Organization Seoul Center)


* Others: Left and right installation directions of moving convenience facilities such as ramps and elevators are different.

-Jeongdong Observatory

* Admission fee: None.

* Parking: Yes. Handicapped parking area available. Pay on weekdays (80% discount for welfare card holders), free on weekends


* Toilet: There is a toilet for the disabled on the 1st floor of the Seosomun Government building in Seoul City Hall

* Others: When approaching the Seosomun Office in Seoul City Hall, the manual wheelchair needs assistance.

-Seoul Museum of Art

* Admission fee: None.

* Parking: Yes. Paid use (80% discount for welfare card holders). Narrow.

* Toilet: There is a toilet for the disabled on the first floor.

* Others: Free wheelchair and stroller rental.


* Admission fee: Yes. 25 to 64 years old 1,000 won.
Free for disabled persons and their guardians (Level 3 or higher).

* Parking lot: None. Paid parking for Seosomun Office in Seoul City Hall.

* Toilets: There are 3 toilets for the disabled in Deoksugung Palace.

* Others: Free wheelchair and stroller rental.

-Culture Station Seoul 284

* Admission fee: None.

* Parking lot: KORAIL parking lot (Seoul Station parking lot) paid use.

* Toilet: Disabled toilet available. There is also a disabled toilet in the nearby New Seoul Station.

-Seoul-ro 7017

* Admission fee: None.

* Parking lot: Paid parking nearby in Seoul Square and KORAIL parking lot.

* Restroom: In the handicapped restroom (Seoullo Management Office, Hotel Manu, Seoul Loteras). Male and female respectively.

* Others: Electric wheelchair charging service provided by management offices and tourist cafes.

- Namdaemun Market

* Parking lot: Use the paid parking lot in the market.

* Toilet: There is one toilet for the disabled at Namdaemun Police Box.

* Others: Regular holidays every Sunday (autonomous sales of outbound stores).

Move information
Travel Information / Public Transportation Information
-Seoul Facilities Corporation Disabled Call Taxi: 1588-4388 / http://www.sisul.or.kr/open_content/calltaxi/
-Kia Motors Green Tour: 1670-4943 / Advance reservation / Up to 2 nights 3 days. / http://greentrip.kr
Food and lodging information
-Hotel Manu: 19 Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul / 02-777-0100 (1 room for the disabled) / http://www.hotelmanu.com/
-Somerset Palace: 7 Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul / 02-6730-8888 (1 room for the disabled) / http://www.somersetpalace.co.kr/

Restaurants near
-Myeongdong Gyoja: 02-776-5348 / 29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
* Main Menu: Kalguksu + Dumplings
* Accessibility: No parking. Installation of ramps. There is a standing table.

-Momo Restaurant: 02-752-2555 / Ehwajeong-dong Building, 17 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
* Main Menu: Budae Jjigae
* Accessibility: Parking available. Handicapped parking area available. There is a standing table.

-Ahabababraka: 02-753-7003 / 1st floor of DUB Building, 35, Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
* Main menu: Steak, ink pasta, bongole pasta, etc.
* Accessibility: No parking. Installation of ramps. There is a standing table.

Support: Korea Spinal Cord Disability Association

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