Part 1 : Deoksugung Palace – Agwan Pacheon (Korea royal refuge at the Russian legation) and Russian legation – Emperor Gojong's way


The Mobility Humanities Education Center in Konkuk University holds one of the various events of 'Mobility Humanities Fair' this year, and during the events participants will visit our neighborhood on four occasions every Friday from May 10 to 31.

Exploring Our Neighborhood is a local cultural commentary tour that aims to familiarize the general public with the meaning of mobility by exploring the culture of the community in which the local community is based. This is a tour of the local culture through local culture visits through mobility, in order to help them to recognize newly the values of the humanities.
It was time to walk along the road of Deoksugung – Agungpachun, Russian Legation – King Gojong’s road under the theme of ‘Emperor Gojong's way’ under the direction of Chan – woong Lim’s cultural heritage commentator in from 10 am to Noon on Friday, May 10.

The Deoksugung Palace, designated as the National Historic Site # 124, which is located in Jeongdong, Jung-gu, Seoul, is the palace of Chosun Dynasty and is the first residence of Wolsandaekun. It was used as a temporary residence of King Seonjo after the Imjin War and called Jeongneung-dong Hangkung. It was renamed as Kyungunkung in Gwanghaekun. Then, in 1907, when King Gojong stayed at this place after he abdicated the throne in favor of King Sunjong, it was renamed again as Deoksugung Palace, in the hope that King Kojong live a long life.

Since the transfer of the King Gojong’s residence from the Russian legation to here, many western-style buildings have been built in the palace, including Chunghwajeon.  From the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century, about 10 years after the reign of King Gojong, large and small things happened and the palace became the main stage of political turmoil, and each building in the palace was used as the stage of such a historical event.

Local residents who participated in this trip could see the will of reform and the time of frustration that Emperor Gojong dreamed in the rivalries of the imperial powers, walking on Jeong-dong road, where Emperor Gojong's willingness to pursue a new road with the “Gwangmu Reform” was inscribed.