Mapo History and Culture Course

Mapo-gu Religion and History Course

  • Themefamily, alone, History/Culture
  • CourseMapo Tourism Information Center Hapjeong Station Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine Jamdubong the Nine

Mapo Tourism Information Center

Location: On the second basement level in Hongik Univ. Station (Airport Railroad)

Opening Hours: 11:00~20:00 (all year-round)

Service Languages: English, Chinese, and Japanese

Employees: Two Tourism Interpreters

Tel.: 02-334-7878

Main Tasks

-Interpretation service for foreigners and supply of convenience services for tourists including Internet searching and various tourism promotion materials.

-Detailed guidance for Hongdae region and supply of Mapo-gu tourism information

-Operation of Movable Vehicle Tourist Office (Hong Car) and free mobile phone recharging service.


Hapjeong Station

A transfer station of Seoul Subway Lines 2 and 6, Hapjeong Station is located between Dangsan Station and Hongik Univ. Station on Line 2, and between Mangwon Station and Sangsu Station on Line 6. Hapjeong Station was originally opened on May 22, 1984, and was re-opened after the extension of Line 6 on December 15, 2000.

The station’s name stems from the name of the area (dong) in which it is situated, Hapjeong, which itself derives from an old well, called Jogaeumul (clam well), situated in the area. Neighboring buildings and attractions include the Segyo-dong Community Service Center, Seogyo Post Office, the Information Center for Young Women in Crisis, Seongsan Middle School, Seongsan Elementary School, Yanghwadaegyo Bridge, Yeongjin Market, Jeoldusan Martyrs Museum, and the Hapjeong-dong Community Service Center.


Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery

Yanghwajin used to be not only a gateway of Seoul but also the base for foreign missionaries to preach the gospels as it was the merchants’ passageway that connected all over the country. In the cemetery, there are some 550 graves of missionaries from 17 countries. The 100th Anniversary Memorial Church receives reservations for the cemetery guide for visitors. The reservations should be made in advance.
Yanghwajin Promotion Center provides the cemetery guide for visitors and promotes Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery and the Christian holy ground that show the modern history of Korea to the public.


Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine

Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine is also called Jamdubong Peak as it resembles the head of silkworm. This location with beautiful scenery bears the sad story of Korean Catholic history during the late Joseon period.
Jeoldusan, is the site where many Catholics were brutally murdered during the Byeongin Persecution of 1866, which is considered the harshest persecution in the history of Korean Catholics. Thus, the Memorial Hall was established to appease those martyrs’ souls. The Memorial Hall, consisting of a Church, Relics of 12 Saints, and a Museum, displays relics of the Korean Catholic church, various documents and remains of martyrs. In addition, a statue of Kim Dae-geon (the first priest in Korea) and other martyrs’ monuments are also erected on the holy ground.


Jamdubong the Nine