The city walls of Seoul were destroyed ages ago, but you can still see the gates. The Dongdaemun Gate is the number one on the list of National Treasure (I don’t think that the order has any actual meaning). This can be very handy if you don’t know how to pronounce the Korean names – just use the numbers instead. You will risk sounding like a Bingo game, though. Originally built by King Taejo in 1369, the current gate dates back to 1869. Around the gate there is some heavy car traffic going. It’s not a very calm place.
After Dongdaemun I went to the Tapgol Park where are some statues of people important for the Korean independence movement.
Because so much history on an empty stomach is difficult to bear, I bought some cookies at a store.