Walking through the fortress, you feel as if you are going back 600 years. The inside and outside of the fortress has changed a lot, but the fortress remains the same. The fortress is called the ‘Fortress Wall of Seoul’.
The fortress and gate surrounding Seoul are called the Seoul City Wall.
Among Seoul city wall section, which extends to 18.6km with an average height of 5 ~ 8m, Naksan park corresponds to 2.1km.
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Naksan is similar to camel’s back, so it was formerly called camel mountain. It was also called “Taraksan” because cows that supply milk for the Joseon royal family were raised here.
Tarak is another word for milk. It is no longer a clumsy walked cow, but only an old castle keeps its place.
Hanyang Doseong(Fortress Wall of Seoul) marked the boundaries of Hanseong, the capital of the Joseon Dynasty, was built to reveal the authority of the dynasty and to prevent external invasion. Now it is popular as a dating course on weekend evenings.
To get to Naksan Park Observation Deck, you can either depart from Hyehwa Station or depart from Hanseong University Station, but it doesn’t take long to go from anywhere. Even if you climb slowly, you will reach the top in 1 hour.
The place I chose is Hanseong University station (Line 4). When you get out of the station, you will first see a sign that says ‘Fortress Village’.
As you follow the signs of the fortress town, you’ll see an uphill that looks like you’re breathing up to your chin. On both sides of the upstairs, tight houses welcome us.
And faced with the ‘369 fortress town’.
On a weekday morning, when everything disappeared into the building forest, a few sportsmen came and went and stayed quiet. I was curious about the name of the village, but the sign said “369 Fortress Village.”
Based on the village’s identity and culture, the village was named 369, meaning “hilly village” where residents can live happily together.
In “369 Fortress Village,” the museum is operating a 369 art hall where exhibitions of local artists’ works, exhibitions of village art exhibitions and classes linking young writers from Hansung University. There is also ‘369 Drink’ where visitors can experience traditional liquor or traditional food.
Passing 369 Village to the right, Hyehwamun comes out, and to the left, you can see the entrance to the castle. Sunlight along the fortress, faced cats and heard the last rustling of fallen leaves.
If you walk like that, you will reach ‘Jangsu Village’.
If you go up to Jangsu Village, you will see the main road of the fortress. I didn’t walk along the fortress for a long time, but when I climbed the ‘Second View Plaza’, I could see the downtown of Seoul at a glance.
When darkness falls, lights and streetlights light up the fortress one by one, and lights come in from the village outside the fortress, and the romance of the night that reminds you of the movie ‘LaLa land’ will begin.
It is said to be famous for its nightscape attractions, where the soft, orange waves are shining.
Of course, the open scenery during the day comforts the mind. The villages under the dense Naksan Mountain are intertwined in cold weather, and beyond, the city forms a forest of buildings. People are hiding in the forest.
A group of people, a resident who came out for exercise, and a couple who came up on a date fill the ‘Naksan Park’.
Naksan Park has three observatory. Among them, “Second View Plaza” is the best for us personally.
The cold hand was stuck in my pocket and walked quietly with a thick shawl. And when I reach the summit I think of it again.
“I’ll have to come and hold someone’s hand next time.”