New and Better Mapo-gu

Theme tour

It is a tour course combining the tour of the Hangang Pilgrimage Route accredited by the Vatican as an international pilgrimage site in 2018 and other famous tourist sites of Seoul.
Departing from Mapo Food Street vibrant with many people, walk along the serene Hangang riverside and then visit Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery, to recall their lives and the meanings of their martyrdom.

Program Overview

  • Walking Tour Route
Departure => Mapo Station Exit 1 => Mapo Food Street => Hangang Pilgrimage Route Specialized Section => Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine => Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery => Return
  • Duration : 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Total length: 4㎞
  • A reservation on the Seoul City Walking Tour website ( is required before participation.
    (Guides in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese are provided. Free participation.)

Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine

  • In 1866, the French forces arrived in Korea and anchored their warships at Yanghwajin Port, in response to the Joseon government's persecution of the Catholic church
    Regent Heungseon Daewongun, claiming that Yanghwajin was contaminated by the westerners and should be purified by the bleeding of Catholic believers, executed Catholic missionaries and believers on Jamdubong Peak. Since then, the peak has been called "Jeoldusan," meaning "the mountain of decapitation."

    The martyrdom site around Jeoldusan was designated as National Historic Site No. 399 in November 1997.


Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery

  • The cemetery is where about 500 foreigners including missionaries from 15 countries who ministered in Korea from the late Joseon era to the Japanese occupation era and their families were laid to rest.

    The graves of the foreigners who have a significant presence in the modern history of Korea are found in this cemetery, which has an exotic mood that can be felt in foreign cemeteries.