Jongmyo is a shrine from Joseon dynasty and it is basically a collection of all the names of kings and queens of Joseon. The shrine itself is an interesting place to visit but what we are going to do is actually walking around the wall of this shrine. Perimeter neighborhoods of this wall truly captures the vibe of Seoul I used to live in back in 70s and 80s. Korea has been in the center of rapid economic growth ever since the end of Korean war in 1950s' and Seoul has been changing so rapidly everyday. I saw this change throughout my life. I wish to share the old Seoul I remember from my days. During the walk, I will share many stories from a big historical event of this country to a small personal story of an everyday person we meet. And I won't forget to feed you guys some good old Korean food.
I was the unofficial guide in my previous company for 20 years. I traveled all over Asia because of my work in garment and clothing import industry. I happened to guide either to my colleague from Korea in another country or to foreign visitors to my company when they were in Korea. By the time I retired from my job, I accumulated a lot of touring experience for 20 years and most times, I took my guests to Jongmyo area for its beautiful and serene environment. I spend good amount of my everyday reading about the history of Korea, which I quite enjoy. I should be able to fulfill your questions on Korean history or just Korean ways of living.
Delicious old school Korean meal (Vegetarian option available too)
Around the wall of Jongmyo shrine, 1 of very few places in the heart of Seoul where you can still find the cultures before the modernization of the city. Pace of life here along the wall is very slow since a lot of people who hang out here are retired elders. Since this area is frequented by elders, there is no whatsoever translation and for even young Koreans, this area can be very difficult to get used to.Don't worry! I know this place so well!
Around the Jongmyo Shrine Wall