Mongchontoseong Station (몽촌토성역) Line 8 – Station #813

It’s our ‘hood!! Love it here…

Seoul Sub→urban

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When one thinks of the history of Seoul, thoughts usually jump to the north bank, with its palaces and walls, its monuments and markets.  Much of the city south of the river didn’t even exist prior to the 1970s, and though it’s now the focus of much of Seoul’s economic, political, and cultural life, at times it can feel as if it’s lacking any history of its own.  In truth, though, it was here that the city’s history and its pedigree as a capital began, when in 18 BCE the 54 member states of the Mahan Confederacy were united under the banner of Baekje, establishing one of the peninsula’s earliest kingdoms.

Behind Gangnam’s glass and steel, its wide avenues and European cars, traces of ancient history are there, if you know where to look.  We first stumbled across the area’s relics at the Baekje Tombs in Bangi, but some…

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