Located on Jongno2-ga, Tapgol Park is Seoul’s first modern park and a short trip here can walk you through the different obstacles that South Korea has faced in its history. Inside the park, you’ll find the Ten-story Stone Pagoda of Wongaksa Temple Site, Palgakjeong Pavilion, March First Independence Movement Monument, Statue of Son Byeong-Hee and the Statue of Han Yong-Wun. The park marks the beginning of the independence movement from the Japanese as the Korean Independence Proclamation was read here on March 1st 1919. (March 1st is now a national holiday). A location for several films and historical dramas, Tapgol Park is known as a hangout spot for many elderly men and war veterans. However, if you’re in Insadong, there is no way that you can miss this site rich with so much history.