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[Long-standing Shop Story Tour] Nokdu Street and Park Jong Cheol Street

By SeoulStoryMaster 2020-01-03
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" The 2019 Seoul Storytelling Team first walked 

the course of the <2019 Long-standing Shop Guidebook>, 

which is planned to be published later this year. "




[Course 1: Gwanak-gu]



The Autumn of 2019 is heading to its end.

Before it gets colder, I visited a special promenade during the bright and sunny time of the day.

This is a promenade where you can feel the old university culture in Gwanak-gu among the many course roads

 inside the '2019 Long-standing Shop Guidebook', which is planned to be published later this year.





" Seoul National University "


The beginning of the course is Seoul National University. 

Seoul National University, which has a large sculpture symbol shaped like Korean letter 'Sha', 

is the representative national university of Korea.



 


In 1945 after independence, the Chosun Education Council, 

which consisted of 100 members, proposed the establishment of the National University of Korea. 


In 1948, it was renamed Seoul National University.



In the 1960s, the 4.19 revolution arose from government dictatorships and the unfair 3.15 elections, 

which played a decisive role in successfully leading this revolution.

It then played a pivotal role in the student movement during the Renovation and Fifth Republic period.



 



As you walk a little from the main gate of Seoul National University, 

you can see the way to Gwanaksan Park and Gwanaksan.


If you have a little more time, it would be good to take a walk around Gwanaksan or the park.




" Nokdu Street "



Walking through the park, you will find a place called Nokdu Street. 

Pubs and restaurants began to gather in Goshichon- the alley 

where many students preparing for national exams stay for several years- becoming the current Nokdu Street. 


There are many cheap restaurants and pubs because the main customers here are students preparing for exams 

such as judicial exams, administrative exams, and public exams.




 




" Park Jong Cheol Street "



There is Park Jong Cheol Street inside the Nokdu Street.

This street, established in 2018, was made to memorialize and remember martyr Park Jong Cheol. 

This street is also the place where martyr Park Jong Cheol lived, 

debated national politics, and drank rice wine with his friends.






Martyr Park Jong Cheol was a student in the Department of Linguistics at Seoul National University 

and died from torture at the Dept. of Nam Young-dong during the Democratization Movement.


His death became the catalyst of the June Democratic Uprising, 

which evolved into a nationwide protest in 1987.




Both history and reality are in front of us. Poor people are, too.

They are our parents, sons and daughters of the people.

The special social situations in our country have continuously demanded many things of university students.

Sometimes even rash action. 

Even if you are not a college student, anyone who is putting their feet on the ground, 

especially young people, should at least seriously consider the reality of the land and their position and role in it.


- The letter martyr Park Jong Cheol wrote in jail to his family, 1986





" When the Day Comes "



There is a unique bookstore with a name of a song, 

‘When the Day Comes’, the song martyr Park Jong Cheol likely sung. 

Humanities and social sciences bookstores, which are an unfamiliar sight now, 

are a type of bookstore that was common in the 1980s when the student movement was active.



 



After the Democratic Uprising in 1987, 

there were many academics and clubs studying humanities and social sciences, 

so there were many bookstores like ‘When the Day Comes’ on Nokdu Street.


But the collapse of the socialist state and the shrinking of the bookstores by social media made 

‘When the Day Comes’ into the last humanities and social sciences bookstore in the area.



 



Most bookstores today display bestsellers, 

but here they mainly display the books that have value for creating a better society. 

You can also find books from small publishers that are hard to find in large bookstores.



 



A walk with a theme like this felt like much more unique than a simple walk.

Furthermore, even if it was indirect, going to historical places from the 1980s that 

I only learned about in books felt good, and peeking into the campus life of 1980s was meaningful to me.





Written and photographed

2019 Seoul Storytelling Team Park Byung Gyo




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