Dorothy often gets bored of her daily life, and she begins to think there might be something more interesting 'somewhere over Seoul.'
Dorothy: It's boring that I have to live only in Seoul. Is there another place 'somewhere over Seoul'?
Voice: Dorothy! Click your heels three times, and you will find something wonderful.
Dorothy: What?! Who are you?
Sullagun: I'm Sullagun, a nighttime patrol who guards Seoul from theft and fire.
* Sullagun: Patrol troops in charge of inspecting Seoul area to prevent theft and fire during the Joseon Period.
Dorothy: Can you tell me where I am?
Sullagun: You are on Sulla-gil. It's an alley from the Joseon Period that borders a residential area and the Jongmyo Shrine. This alley has preserved its original appearance quite well, and is now designated as a heritage trail. There are also many ateliers for Korean traditional crafts and studios for Korean traditional music in this alley as well. Well, I have to go now.
Voice: Dorothy, let's move on to the next place. Click your heels again.
Dorothy: Where am I? What are these movie posters? Sir, who are you?
Director: (Yawning) Oh, I'm so exhausted. Are you speaking to me? My name is Na Woon-gyu, a movie director.
* Na Woon-gyu: A Korean actor, screenwriter and director. He directed Arirang in 1926, one of the earliest movies of Korea.
Director: I must be the most important filmmaker and possibly the first movie star of Korea. Here, where we are standing now, is Arirang Pass, and it is named as such because I filmed my movie Arirang at this very place.
* The pass got the current name, Arirang Pass, since Director Na Woon-gyu filmed his renowned movie Arirang here. A thatched house featured in the movie still stands near the pass, and a park was established under the theme of Arirang, Na Woon-gyu, and other movies.
Dorothy: Oh, that's why this road is covered with...
Director: Yes, it's like a mecca of Korean movies in Seoul, and you can learn about the history of the Korean movie as well. In addition, Arirang Cine Center is located nearby to show movies and provide educational programs.
Dorothy: I see. How about the literary world in Korea? I'm a big fan of Korean literature.
Director: There is a guy you should meet in that case.
Voice: Dorothy, your heels!
Writer: "...When I finished my lunch, I finally spoke of the world that I had been thinking about for some time..."
Dorothy: You must be Lee Cheong-jun!
Writer: How do you know me?
* Lee Cheong-jun: A prominent writer who wrote novels such as Seopyeonje and Nungil. Most of his novels describe the confrontation between humanity and despotic political and social mechanisms.
Dorothy: Because you were muttering a part of your novel.
* Hangnim Teahouse: Since its opening in 1956, this teahouse has been loved by well-known Korean writers, and several eminent Korean literary works were written at this place. When Seoul National University was located nearby, its students gathered here so frequently that the teahouse was regarded as one of their lecture rooms.
Writer: Thank you for recognizing me. Other Korean writers such as Kim Seung-ok and Kim Ji-ha are also regular customers of this teahouse. The students of Seoul National University used to call this place "Lecture Room No. 25," and the name of their festival came from the name of this teahouse as well. This teahouse is the birthplace of legendary Korean literature. Take a look at the visitor's book, and you will see many big names of Korean literature history there.
Dorothy: The poet Ko Un is here, too! Awesome!
Writer: Yeah, this place is history itself.
Yi Chung-ryeol (Owner of Hangnim Teahouse): Hangnim Teahouse opened in 1956, when Seoul National University was located across the street. It became one of the most favorite places for the university students, and its regular customers included many renowned individuals. Even after over 50 years, it is still popular among young students.
Voice: It's not the end, Dorothy. Pimatgol, Gyedong-gil, and Jeongdong-gil... There are many other places that will tell you about the hidden stories of Seoul. You might be able to find out more information by searching 'streets in Seoul' at the library or on the web. Well, Dorothy, it's time to click your heels!
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