The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced that it will select the cultural heritage of Seoul every month starting on the first week of February 2021 (Wed, Feb. 3) to introduce them on online channels with related historical events.
Every first Wednesday, the SMG will postcard news of its selected “Cultural Heritage of the Month” with a brief historical background related to the month so that citizens can enjoy the history and cultural heritage of Seoul online at a time when we can only view cultural heritage in a contactless manner due to the spread of COVID-19.
The SMG will post the card news on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter of the SMG and SMG’s Culture Headquarters). For February 2021, the selected cultural heritages of the month are the Former Russian Legation, the historic sites of Yanghwanaru Ferry and Jamdubong Peak, and Seungdong Presbyterian Church.
① Former Russian Legation, Seoul (Historic Site No. 253): This is where King Gojong found shelter with the crown prince (Sunjong) for approximately a year (Feb. 1896–Feb. 1897) following the assassination of Empress Myeongseong.
② Historic Sites of Yanghwanaru Ferry and Jamdubong Peak (Historic Site No. 399): This is a Catholic martyrs’ shrine where Bishop Simeon Francois Berneux and Hong Bong-ju were arrested, which marked the beginning of the Byeongin Persecution.
③ Seungdong Presbyterian Church (Tangible Cultural Heritage of Seoul No. 130): In February 30, 1919, more than twenty representatives of professional schools in Gyeongseong gathered in the basement of this church to discuss plans for the March 1st Movement.