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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Streets of Seoul, Part IV: Eulji Avenue (Euljiro)

A certain Shu General collides with 7th Century Goguryeo General at Hanseong. I don't mention the name 'Seoul' in this case though.

Eulji Avenue a.k.a Euljiro (을지로/乙支路) is an avenue that stretches 3km (1.86 miles) from Seoul City Hall Taepyeongno Main Office in Taepyeongno 1-ga, Seoul Jung-gu to Hanyang Technical High School in the same district which intersects Toegye Avenue a.k.a Toegyero. The interesting fact about this avenue is located same direction with Seoul Metro Line 2 which connects Seoul City Hall Station to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station - starting and finishing points for Euljiro.

This avenue consists 6-lane motorway and bestowed from General of Goguryeo Dynasty, Eulji Mundeok (Hangul/Hanja: 을지문덕/乙支文德) who saved Goguryeo from Invading Chinese Sui Forces in 7th Century.

Euljiro is originated from seven areas in Hanseong (Old name of Seoul) during Joseon Period (1392~1910) which are:
* Gwangtongbang (광통방/廣通坊)
* Hoehyeonbang (회현방/會賢坊)
* Hundobang (훈도방/薰陶坊)
* Daepyeongbang (대평방/大平坊)
* Seongmyeongbang (성명방/誠明坊)
* Nakseonbang (낙선방/樂善坊)
* Myeongcheolbang (명철방/明哲坊)

Four years after Japan annexed Korean Empire, it is previously known as Kogane-cho 1~7-chome (Korean: Hwanggeum-jeong 1~7-jeongmok/황금정 1~7정목/黃金町 1~7丁目). In 1946, Kogane-cho is renamed as Euljiro - bestowed from General's surname of Eulji Mundeok. As you can see in Korean Republic Postal Code Directory, the postal codes for Euljiro 1~7-ga are from 100-191 to 100-197.

Euljiro is a legal precinct for three administrative precincts in Seoul Jung-gu: Euljiro-dong, Gwanghui-dong and Myeongdong. Euljiro 1~2-ga cover the Myeongdong Administrative Precinct while Euljiro 3~5-ga cover the Euljiro-dong administrative precinct and Euljiro 6~7-ga cover the Gwanghui-dong administrative precinct.


Legend:
Seoul City Hall Taepyeongno Main Office in Taepyeongno 1-ga - Hana Bank Main Office - Lotte Hotel Seoul - Euljiro 1-ga Station (Euljiro Ipgu-yeok) - Korea Exchange Bank Main Office - Euljiro 3-ga Station - Sampoong Market - Daerim Market - Euljiro 4-ga Station - Hullyeonwon Park - National Medical Center of Korea - Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station - Hanyang Technical High School Intersection (3-geori)