In Apgujeong, Seoul’s southern mecca of high fashion, fine dining and plastic surgery, lies the tomb of Ahn Chang-ho (1878-1938), a legendary freedom fighter from the Japanese occupation of Korea.
Named Dosan Park after his pen name Dosan, it has the tombs of Ahn and his wife Lee Hye-reon, a memorial hall and some statues across its 29,974 square meters.
The memorial hall features a collection of photos, handwritten letters and journals of Ahn, along with historic documents that shed light on his life and sacrifice for the nation.
“When I eat, I eat for Korean independence. When I sleep, I sleep for Korean independence,” he famously said while being interrogated by Japanese police.
He died March 10, 1938, after years of imprisonment and torture. A memorial ceremony takes place at the park every year on the day of his death.
Even today, more than eight decades since his passing, he is revered by many for the unwavering patriotism and teachings that help lay the foundation for the independent and democratic nation South Korea is now.
To neighbors and visitors of Apgujeong streets, Dosan Park offers a place for peace and serenity in the midst of Apgujeong’s busy eateries, shops and bars, with its lush pine trees, a flower garden and 30-minute walking trails.
The beautiful scenery makes it popular among soon-to-weds as a photo spot, as well as a picnic spot for couples and families alike.
Photo by Park Hyun-koo
Written by Lee Sun-young