The City of Prague Museum

Seoul Has the City Walls

Seoul Has the City Walls

Main Building

25. 9. 2013 – 10. 11. 2013

An exceptional exhibition organized in cooperation with the Seoul Museum of History.

Based on Asian urban tradition, a city cannot exist without walls--especially a major city like Seoul. Its fortifications were built shortly after the city was founded by the royal Joseon dynasty (1392–1897). For about 500 years the walls had a defensive role and also provided order to the living space of the citizens, with trade moving between Seoul and different provinces according to the opening and closing schedules of the fortress gates.

The exhibition presents the origins of the town fortifications; their development and partial damage during the modernization of the city; and their rediscovery and subsequent reconstruction. Visitors will have a chance to explore the history of this remarkable cultural monument, become familiar with archaeological research, and even “walk on the ramparts” to view the surroundings.


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