Tapgol Park is the first modern park to be built in Seoul, and it was originally built as a temple site to house Wongaksa Temple during the 13th year of the Joseon Dynasty. However, the temple was destroyed under the reign of Yeonsangun and remained closed until 1897, when the provincial advisor, Englishman named John Mcleavy Brown, made a proposal to renovate the site into a park. The park contains several national treasures, including Wongaksaji Sipcheungseoktap Pagoda (Ten-story Stone Pagoda of Wongaksa Temple Site) and Wongaksabi Stele, and Palgakjeong Pavilion, where the Independence Proclamation was first declared; the independence movement relief plate; and the statue of Son Byeong-hee. The park is of great historical value and national spirit as it was the starting point of the March 1 Independence Movement.
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off at Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul
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Walk for about 5-minute toward Jonggak to arrive
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