Maple trees, walks, Habitat for Humanity, and history.
This year, 2019, is the commemoration of the 100th year of the Independence Movement of Korea. The whole nation marked this through various events that were held all over the country including huge ones at the Cheonan Independence Hall early this year. All of it didn’t end there since the museum has other related events until the end of this year. The recent one would be the upcoming event this November where people can enjoy the changing colors of maple trees at the museum.
The walk-for-a-cause event will be on the 2nd of November at the museum grounds. Registration starts at 9:30 in the morning. Participants will be given T-shirts, drinks and light snacks in exchange for the 10,000 won donation when signing up.
The museum is partnering with the non-government organization called Habitat for Humanity and has chosen the family and descendants of the Korean War patriots as beneficiary for this event. The walk will start at ten o’clock and will end with a short program before twelve noon.
The maple trees walking trail stretches for about 3.2 kilometers located at the far back of the main museum. It would take roughly an hour and a half to cover the path depending on an individual’s pace, of course. You don’t have to hike up a mountain just to soak up the autumn colors as the trail will be an easy alternative for anyone.
The annual fall foliage is a big draw for people to enjoy the autumn colors while getting some much-needed exercise. It is usually a hit for tourists and even for Koreans who see them every year. It’s always a treat for anyone to experience it differently each year it comes around. Here’s a previous post on the beauty of the maple trees walking trail.
The Independence Hall of Korea is pretty huge that there’s just so much to do and see in every season. One better way to do so is to join the walk-for-a-cause event this year.
So who says that history is boring? Maybe you just got unlucky with your history teacher if you think so. There are always ways to see it in a different view and museums are doing just that.
Truth be told, I haven’t exactly finished the whole six exhibit halls inside. That is one thing that I would want to do even if it takes a few more trips. And this may be the chance to do just that!
But if walking is not enough or if you’re more adventurous, you can also try pitching up a tent on the camping grounds in the area. This one would need extra planning and reservation fees but we will try to share the details in another post.
For now, try to do a bit of history, join a fundraising event, and get those feet moving while your eyes feast on the colors of the maple trees. See you this autumn at the Independence Hall of Korea!
How to get there
A. via public transportation
1. Take Bus Nos. 380, 381, 382, 383, 400
from Cheonan Bus Terminal (bus stop right in front of the Shinsegae Department Store)
Bus Stop No. 686
Cheonan Station Dongbu Gwangjang (in front of Paris Baguette)
Bus Stop No. 655 천안역 동부광장
2. Get off at the Independence Hall Parking Lot
Mokcheon IC is the nearest expressway access.
Chungcheongnam-do, Cheonan-si, Dongnam-gu, Mokcheon-eup
충청남도 천안시 동남구 목천읍
March – October : 9:30 AM – 6 PM
November – February: 9:30 AM – 5 PM
Closed every Monday except when Monday falls on a national holiday.
*Regular outdoor exhibition halls and rest areas are open.
For more information, Independence Hall of Korea website is also available in English.
**Photos provided by the Independence Hall of Korea through Ms. Go from the Public Relations Office.