Thursday, March 2, 2017

Modern road of Daegu, Korea : Walking along Cheongna Hill - Presbyterian Church of Daegu, Missionary houses and Independence movement road.

Explore Beautiful and Historic Cheongna Hill

Historic Cheongna Hill(Cheongna Unduk) is one of Daegu’s most well-known landmarks, known not only for its beautiful architecture and sweeping city views, but also for its important role in Daegu’s past.

● First Presbyterian Church of Daegu

Begin your tour at the top of Cheongna Hill, where Christianity first took root in the region. This granite Gothic-style church is built on the site of the first Protestant church in Daegu, and in the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. In 1897, missionaries established the church, out of which grew several academies, the region’s first Western hospital (now Dongsan Medical Center), and twenty-two regional churches. Je-il church’s twin spires and eighteen stained glass windows have become one of the city’s most recognizable architectural icons.

● Missionary Houses

The former homes of Christian missionaries, built in the Western style, have been preserved and converted into several museums. Step back into time as you tour these missionary houses.

▶ Switzer’s House
Named after American missionary worker, this East meets West home incorporates both old and new materials and fuses together both Western  and Korean architectural styles. The building uses Western elements such as brick and stained glass as well as a Korean tile roof and stones salvaged from the walls of the destroyed Daegueupseong Fortress that once surrounded Daegu. Switzer’s House is regarded as a cherished example of one of the few Western-style buildings in the city.

▶ Chamne’s House: 
This well-preserved home includes antique decorations and period furniture that illustrates the lifestyle of the time and tells a story of the home’s previous inhabitants. Several missionaries have occupied this home, including Dr. Moffett, who was instrumental in the success of Dongsan Hospital. Just outside the house, you’ll find the entrance to the old Daegu Dongsan Hospital. The home now houses a medical museum as an homage to its role in bringing Western medicine to the region.

▶ Blair’s House:
As the first missionary home built in Dongsan, Blair’s House is a great example of American homes at the turn of  the century. The building now operates as an Educational History Museum on the lower level and displays a 3.1 Independence Movement Exhibit on the 2nd floor.

▶ Garden of Mercy:
This tranquil garden is the final resting place of missionaries who dedicated their lives to Korea.

● 3.1 Independence Movement Road

After exploring the historic buildings on the hill, walk down 90 steps through one of Daegu’s most important symbols of independence as you retrace the steps of the students who participated in the 3.1 Independence Movement, which began in Seoul on March 1, 1919 and reached Daegu on March 8. The road, which begins on the opposite side of the hill, is memorialized by a tile painting, many photographs, and a proud line of waving Korean flags.

For over 100 years, Cheongna Hill has witnessed the momentous transformation of the city of Daegu. The history of the city comes alive as you tour the former homes of a missionaries and walk in the footsteps of revolutionaries.  It is a place where Christianity took root in the region, where Western medicine facilities were built to help the local community, and where the cries of a nation hungry for independence rang out.

● Location and Enquiry
 ▶ Enquiry :  1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese etc) 
 ▶ Location : Dalgubeol-daero 2029, Dongsan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu-si.

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