The intersection between traditional Hanyang and modern Seoul, and the center of a new wave.
Established by American missionary Samuel Moore in 1893, Seungdong Presbyterian Church, nicknamed “Baekjeong Church” was Joseon’s first church that did not segregate social classes - lower class (baekjeong) citizens were able to attend with nobles (yangban). The church was appionted Tangible Cultural Property #130 by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in 2001. for its importance as a center for student meetings during the March 1st Independence Movement and as the home of philosopher and writer Yulgok Yi the 1st.
Pi Mat Gol, a historic 600-year-old alleyway in Jongno
Pi Mat Gol, or “alley you should avoid”, was built during the reign of Hanyang of the Joseon Dynasty in 1392. Built as a back road to avoid the horses of dignitaries crossing Jongno, the greatest central road at the time, the road was inspired by and built for ordinary people by scholar Jeong Dojeon. Pi Mat Gol, which continued through modernization and into the 21st century, has a history of 600 years and it was known specifically for its pubs and restaurants. which sold budget-friendly Makgeolli, Bindaetteok, Gukbap, grilled fish and octopus.
More specifically, KOTE Insa-dong is located in a place that was once a Pi Mat Gol tavern. Being the first tavern to serve meals and snacks with drinks, the space allowed people to gather and drink, cherish memories and find emotional strength.
Due to gentrification, Pi Mat Gol has completely vanished. KOTE is devoted to remembering and recording the approachable, friendly nature and sincerity of the alleyway.
A space where mainstream and independent artists and musicians can coexist and co-create.
The 50-year-old musical instrument shopping center has contributed heavily to the development of South Korea’s music industry, and has brought generations of musicians and listeners together.