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1970s History & Culture of Retro Seoul

history walk

1970s History & Culture of Retro Seoul

2 reviews
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Hosted in
English
history walk

1970s History & Culture of Retro Seoul

history walk

1970s History & Culture of Retro Seoul

2 reviews
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Sewoon plaza is a relatively unknown place to visitors. Sewoon plaza was built in 1968 and it is the best place to feel 70s' and 80s' Seoul vibe. Due to its unchanged appearance of the building, many movies featuring 70s and 80s were filmed here. Great spot for taking retro photos. ( + secret scenic spot for a great overview of Seoul ) I wish to share few stories from Sewoon plaza for about an hour while touring the retro Sewoon plaza. - Hyundai's birth place : Hyundai has become 1 of the largest car producers in the world but its very first car model was made in Sewoon plaza. Ironically, Hyundai never had any background in car making and every bit of the first model car was 'borrowed' from other countries. I wish to share how Hyundai and other Korean companies became global conglomerates from nothing. - Korea's first organized adult video industry : Korea only implemented copyrights protection law in 1987. Before then, everything from adult videos to songs to video game was copied illegally and distributed from Sewoon plaza. - Vintage audio repair shop : Sewoon plaza contains so many old repair masters of vintage audio. We will have a look at their workshops and will listen some beautiful tunes from these audios.

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I am a vintage audio collector and there is no better place for my collection than Sewoon plaza. Sewoon plaza had been in the place for everything electronic since it transformed from a red light district to one of a kind mega mall back then. I believe Sewoon plaza was in the frontier of our economic development and I wish to share the stories of Seoul from 1970s. Since I moved in here from 2018, I received a formal training from Seoul office to be an official commentator of Sewoon plaza because I enjoy meeting new people and sharing my stories. I also teach English and I believe I am able to deliver my interesting stories to you smoothly.

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Where you'll be

Sewoon plaza is a shopping area located in Jongno. It was described in an editorial as "a symbol of the indiscriminate redevelopment that occurred during the dictatorship years". Everything was 'made' and sold in this plaza such as illegal Japanese video games and karaoke machines. In the 1970s, it became known for its adult video vendors; however, in the late 1990s, business declined due to the rise of online video sharing.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 19 and up can attend.

More tips

The group cannot wait for late comers.
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1970s History & Culture of Retro Seoul
2 reviews
$9/person
2 reviews
$9/person