A few weekends ago, just before 장마 (rainy) season began, we took a newcomer to Seoul up for another day of exploration of the Seoul Fortress Wall that I blogged about a month or two ago now. Since I'd been before, we decided this time it would be a day more for photography since the yellow dust made my photos come out so miserably the first time around. 이화동 makes a great place to take photos, and to take the same route as me, you should start from Dongdaemun, going on the high road along the fortress wall which starts across the street from Dongdaemun gate.
First we walked up to 낙산공원, Naksan Park again and caught a few interesting sights on the way up.
Or, "Don't park here or we'll puncture your tires."
Don't mess with this guy...
The old falling down houses in this neighborhood always impress me the most. It's hard to believe you're in Seoul when walking through this neighborhood.
Finally, we got to Naksan park and decided to double back through the park and head down through 이화동 but before we left, we came across this little garden with a long history. It's called Hong Deok's Garden and it belonged to the caretaker of a prince many many years ago during the times of serious Chinese influence in Korea. The prince had to go to China for many years before he became King and he was able to take along a woman named Hong Deok as his caretaker. She kept a garden there and cooked him many wonderful meals, as when they returned to Korea, he gave her this garden so that she could continue to grow cabbage to make the kim chi he so dearly loved. And, now, still to this day, the garden is kept up to remember Hong Deok's beloved cooking.
Then, from there, we made our way further inside 이화동 and stumbled across a little part of town where many buildings have been painted. I've never heard of this place, but apparently it's on the tourist map because we passed quite a few Japanese here snapping photos before jumping back into their tour vans.
To follow the same course we did, start from Dongdaemun station and follow the high side of the fortress wall which starts across the street from Dongdaemun gate. Follow the trail up to Naksan Park. Then head down the stairs to the left toward 홍덕이밭 or Hong Deok's Garden. From there just wonder through the streets of 이화동 (Ehwa-dong) and see what discoveries you make! It is quite close to Daehakno, so you may want to stop over there too and check out the theater district too!