Sunday, May 3, 2009

Amsa-dong Prehistoric Settlement

During the neolitic age, people used to live in thatch roof mud huts by the Han river, facing Achasan, in what is now Amsa-dong, Gangdong-gu. They hunted, fished, and made potteries.

Compared to say Dordogne, where natural caves could preserve even more ancient traces of mankind, this site is very much exposed to natural elements. So it's a miracle that artifacts could be preserved. Actually, Amsa Prehistoric Settlement Site was uncovered following a flood (in 1925), and saved from destruction decades later, as an even more terrible catastrophe, urban redevelopment, claimed more land in the area.

The site is now a quiet park with a museum and huts for visitors to experience vintage, pre-apateu Seoul urbanism.

Amsa Prehistoric Settlement (암사선사유적지)
233 Seonsaro / 139-2 Amsa-dong, Gangdong-gu, Seoul, ROK 124-052
Tel : +82.2.3426-3857
website :

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