In addition to Seoul’s sectional opening of the closed Deoksugung Stone Wall Path area in August 2017, the remaining 70 meters (British Embassy Seoul’s rear entrance – main gate) will open in its entirety in October 2018 after deliberation and cooperation among the city of Seoul, the British Embassy Seoul, and the Cultural Heritage Administration.
With this, the disconnected section (170m) of the Deoksugung Stone Wall Path that was restricted by the occupation of the British Embassy Seoul in the past will be fully connected for visitors to walk the entire stone wall path of 1,100m without taking a detour.
Creation of Pedestrian Path Connecting Deoksugung Stone Wall Path
(Before & After)
< Inner Pedestrian Path of Deoksugung Palace >
< Pedestrian Path at the British Embassy Seoul Main Gate >
< Sejong-daero 19-gil >
The 70m section that newly opens leads to the pedestrian path within Deoksugung Palace as Deoksugung and the British Embassy Seoul are merely divided by a single wall. A new passage gate will be installed at the main gate of the British Embassy Seoul where the pedestrian path ends.
※ Completed Deoksugung Stone Wall Path (total 1,100m): Deoksugung Daehanmun Gate – Deoksugung Path – The Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (Habib House) – British Embassy Seoul rear entrance – pedestrian path in Deoksugung Palace (*new opening of 70m) – British Embassy Seoul main gate – Sejong-daero
In addition, the ‘Path of Gojong’ (Deoksugung-gil – Jeong-dong Park), which has been on a trial run by the Cultural Heritage Administration will be included in the completed stone wall path to officially open in October, 2018 through which visitors will be able to walk the ‘Path of Gojong’ to Jeongdong-gil and Gyeonghuigung Palace without taking a detour.
Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government