Tapgol Park, Seoul

Tapgol Park, Seoul

This site originally housed Weongaksa Temple. Two relics remain from the temple; the Monument of Wongaksa and a pagoda. The Monument of Wongaksa is an intricately carved stone tablet built in 1471 to commemorate the new temple. The tablet sits on a turtle-shaped base. Two carved dragons reach towards the sky at the top of the tablet.

Wongosa Pagoda is a 12 meter (39 feet) tall, ten-story stone pagoda. It was built as part of Weongaksa Temple in 1467. The Wongosa Pagoda is one of the few pagodas built with marble. It's considered to be one of the finest pagodas from the Joseon dynasty. During the 1590's Imjin War, the top of the pagoda was dismantled and laid next to the pagoda. American engineers replaced the top of the pagoda in 1947. Today, the pagoda is protected by a glass case.

Tapgol Park was established in the late 1800s. Bas-relief sculptures commemorate the March 1, 1919 movement. The Korean Proclamation of Independence was first read at Tapgol Park.

Today, Tapgol Park is a wonderful place to take a break from shopping and enjoy the green space.

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Sight Name: Tapgol Park
Sight Location: Seoul, South Korea (See walking tours in Seoul)
Sight Type: Park/Outdoor
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