Dosan Park

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Main gate of Dosan Park in Seoul

Main gate of Dosan Park in Seoul

Dosan Park is a park and memorial dedicated to the life and achievements of independence activist An Chang-ho, who also went by the pen name Dosan. The park first opened in 1973 in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu. It covers 29,974 square meters (322,637 square feet).

Sights here include the Dosan An Changho Memorial Hall, the tomb of Dosan and his wife Helen (Hye Ryon Lee), multiple statues, and walking trails.

An Chang-ho was born on November 9, 1878 in South Pyongan Province, present day North Korea. He was known as Dosan, which was his pen name.

In October 1902, Dosan and his wife moved to San Francisco. While in San Francisco he bettered his education. In 1903 he founded the Friendship Society for Koreans living in the United States. He went on to become a leader in the Korean-American community.

Statue of An Chang-ho, also known as Doasn at Dosan Park in Seoul

Statue of An Chang-ho, also known as Doasn

In 1907, he returned to Korea. At this time, he helped found Shinminhoe (New People’s Association). This organization fought for the independence of Korea as Japan began their occupation of Korea.

Over the years, Dosan was arrested multiple times for his patriotism and for his participation in anti-Japanese activities. He called for the independence of Korea while promoting reforms in education and the modernization of educational facilities.

The final resting spot of An Chang-ho at Dosan Park in Seoul

The final resting spot of An Chang-ho

He was arrested one final time in 1937 and subsequently released due to poor health.

He was moved to Kyungsung University where he died at the age of 59 on March 10, 1938.

Stone monument at Dosan Park in Seoul

Stone monument found at the park

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Directions To Dosan Park

  • Option 1
    Take Subway Line 3 to Apgujeong Station (Exit 2).
    Take Bus 3422 to Dosan Park.

    Option 2
    Take Subway Line 7 to Gangnam-gu Office Station (Exit 3 or 4).
    Take Bus 301 or Bus 361 to the stop for Designer's Club.

Hours

  • 24 hours
    Closed on Sundays

Fees

  • Free