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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Places to visit near Chungmuro Station + Chungmuro Pet Street

Posted by Carrie Ang
Chungmuro has been known as the street of culture, artists, and film industry. Chungmuro was named after Chungmugong, the posthumous title of Korean Admiral Yi Sun-shin, which means "martial subject of loyalty." The last syllable "ro" refers to road in Korean. Nowadays many film studios moved from Chungmuro to the Gangnam district, Chungmuro still symbolizes the Korean film industry and continues to be used as a metonymy for it.

Places of interest in Chungmuro:
  • Chungmuro Camera District
  • Daehan Cinema
  • Pet Street
  • Korea House
  • Namsangol Hanok Village
Camera District
Here you could still pretty much find the best of what Korea has to offer in terms of equipment, as well as specialized black-and-white, slide, scanning, and printing services.

Daehan Cinema
Chungmuro is considered the best place to view Korean movies. Just outside the exit by the rear entrance to Dongguk University is Daehan Cinema (대한극장), where Chungmuro Film Festival in Seoul was first held.
Daehan Cinema is just right beside of Chungmuro Station Exit#1.

Chungmuro Pet Street
Chungmuro Pet Street in Seoul is the biggest pet shop street of the country, home to 40 or so such shops, vet hospitals for pet medical check ups, vaccinations and treatment, beauty salons for pets and more. Well-known also overseas, a lot of pet-owning foreign tourists visit here.
This World Pet 21 building could be seen adjacent to Chungmuro Station Exit#8.
Korea is one of the country where cute tiny pets can be seen strolling with their owner.
Look at how cute this pup is.
Lines & lines of shop houses selling pet dogs, cats, hamsters, etc... A well variety of pet supplies & vets can also be found here.

Korea House
It is a traditional Korean building that introduces the culture and lifestyle of Koreans, where you can experience traditional architecture and a classical atmosphere. The building was built in the style of the Joseon Dynasty's Jagyeong-jeon building at the Gyeongbok Palace. It is the only building built in the traditional architectural style.

Program Information
* Traditional performances: 18:30-19:30 / 20:30-21:30

* Traditional Culture Experience Programs
- Schedule: Monday-Sunday / 09:00-11:00, 14:30-16:30
- Participants must be at least 20 people for each program.

Programs / Participation fees
- Kimchi making: 45,000 won
- Traditional dance learning: 30,000 won
- Tea etiquette learning: 30,000 won
- Taekkyeon (traditional martial art): 30,000 won
- Samulnori (traditional Korean percussion quartet): 30,000 won
- Hanji crafts making: 40,000 won
- Danso learning(a short bamboo flute): 35,000 won
- Traditional mask making: 40,000 won
- Traditional knots learning : 40,000 won
* Kimchi & Bulgogi making
- Schedule: 12:00-13:30
- Participation fees: 55,000 won
- Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
For more info: http://www.koreahouse.or.kr

Namsangol Hanok Village
Namsangol Hanok Village, also known as "A Village of Traditional Houses in the Namsan Valley", is a Korean village located in the area of Pil-dong neighbourhood in Jung-gu, a central district of Seoul, South Korea where hanok (한옥) or Korean traditional houses have been restored to preserve the original atmosphere of the area.

~~How to get there~~
Chungmuro Pet Street
Chungmuro Line 4 Exit# 1 or 8
Daehan Cinema (대한극장)
Chungmuro Line 4 Exit# 1 or 2
Korea website: www.daehancinema.co.kr

Korea House (한국의집)
Chungmuro Line 4 Exit# 3
Turn right, then left up the diagonal street, Namsangol-gil (남산골길)
Hours: Sun-Sat 9:00 – 22:00; For performance hours see website
Korean website: http://www.koreahouse.or.kr
(02)2266-9101

Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골 한옥마을)
Chungmuro Line 4 Exit# 3 or 4
U-turn, south on Toegye-ro-34-gil (퇴게로34길)
Namsangol Hanok Village
Hours: April – October: 9:00 – 21:00, November – March: 9:00 – 20:00; Closed Tuesdays
Guided Tour Times
English: M,W – 15:30; Th, F, Sa – 10:30, 14:00; Su 12:00, 15:30
한국어: 월,수: 10:30, 14:00; 일 12:00, 15:30
Korean website: hanokmaeul.seoul.go.kr
(02) 2264-4412

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