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Incheon Chinatown aptly earns its reputation as a small China within Korea. It encapsulates the history of overseas Chinese, who arrived in Korea after the opening of Incheon’s port. Within Chinatown, a well-organized venue awaits those interested in the history of Incheon and its Chinese residents—the ‘Korea-China Cultural Center, Incheon Overseas Chinese History Museum.’ Situated at the entrance of Chinatown, ...

Not far from Dong-Incheon Station, which leads to Incheon’s historic Guwol-dong, you can find a long-standing attraction. This well, known as the Yongdong Large Well, has been flowing down for a long time and is considered a historical site. It is a well that has been passed down to have been formed into its current state around the time of ...

Incheon Open Port Street has been a residence for foreigners from various countries since the opening of Incheon Port. Among them, especially considering the proximity to China and Japan, there are remnants of Chinatown and a Japanese-style street. At the heart of Open Port Street, you can find an exhibition hall that introduces the history of the first Western-style hotel ...

Given the long history preserved in Incheon’s Open Port Street, numerous modern buildings reflecting that history can be explored. The “Modern Architecture Exhibition Hall” found on Incheon Open Port Street is no exception, having been erected by Japan as the location of the 18th Bank’s Incheon branch. “Building Remodeled from the 18th Bank Incheon Branch” Established in 1890 by the ...

Around Incheon Station, alongside Chinatown, you can discover the birthplace of modern history, the “Open Port Street.” This area, located in the neighborhoods of Songhak-dong and Jungang-dong in Jung-gu, Incheon, has been a diverse modern cultural heritage site developed from the late Joseon Dynasty to the Japanese colonial period. It is also often referred to as the “Open Port Nuri-gil.” ...

If you head north from Jonggak Station, where Seoul’s Bosingak is located, you can find the “Gongpyeong Urban Relic Exhibition Hall.” This exhibition hall is a small museum currently located inside a building. It serves as both a free exhibition hall and a museum located in the underground of the Centro Polis building. “Gongpyeong Urban Relic Exhibition Hall” In the ...

In the Gwanghwamun area of Seoul, various museums can be found. Towards the southeast of Gwanghwamun, you’ll discover the “National Museum of Korean History.” The National Museum of Korean History is dedicated to unraveling the history of modern and contemporary Korea. While it touches on some aspects of earlier history, its primary focus is on modern and contemporary history. “Preserving ...

In the bustling area of “Myeongdong,” which foreign tourists never miss when visiting Seoul, you can discover historical architecture alongside the vibrant shopping scene. Myeongdong Cathedral serves as the principal church of the Archdiocese of Seoul in the Catholic tradition, characterized by its Neo-Gothic architectural style. The hill in Myeongdong where the cathedral stands was once known as “Myeongryebang,” the ...

In Japan, Osaka Castle is considered one of the three major castles alongside Kumamoto Castle and Himeji Castle. Osaka Castle, situated in Osaka, holds a poignant history related to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a figure associated with our painful past. “Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Chūsokaku in Osaka Castle” Osaka Castle was constructed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi after he unified Japan. Built in 1783 under Toyotomi ...

Osaka Castle, along with Himeji Castle and Kumamoto Castle, is renowned as one of Japan’s three famous castles. Interestingly, Osaka Castle has historical ties to Korea, as it was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a figure associated with a painful chapter in Korean history. “Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi” This castle was constructed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a key figure in the ...

Heading south in Osaka, there is a Buddhist temple that can be read as “Sacheonwangsa” in our native Korean characters. It is a Buddhist temple called “Shitenno-ji.” Although it may seem like a typical Buddhist temple, it has historical connections to Korea. This temple was originally established by Prince Shotoku in 578, who received three artisans from Baekje, an ancient ...

In the Jongno area of Seoul, various cultural heritages can be discovered. Walking along the main road from Jonggak Station towards Euljiro-1ga Station, you will come across a building to the east known as “Gwangtonggwan.” Presently utilized as the Woori Bank building, it is the “Woori Bank Jongno Financial Center.” “Gwangtonggwan (廣通館): A Modern Cultural Heritage Used as Woori Bank ...