Through a public contest held in 2020 to find a new name for Hyochang Park in Yongsan-gu, Hyochang Independence History Park and Hyochang Independence Park were shortlisted as candidates for the park’s new name.
Many Seoul citizens think that the words “Hyochang” and “Independence” represent the identity of this park.
The historical starting points for the two words are respectively the death of the Crown Prince Munhyo in 1786 and the return of remains of the independence activists in 1946.
“Hyochang” is the name of the tomb of Crown Prince Munhyo who died at the early age of five. This name was given by the Crown Prince’s father, King Jeongjo. The tomb itself has been transferred to another location and only the name remains to this day.
“Independence” also represents this park as a space for honoring the activities of the independence movement after a cemetery had been established here under the leadership of Baekbeom Kim Gu following Korea’s liberation.
As of its long history, Hyochang Park has so many memories and significance.
Now, Hyochang Park’s effort to find its proper significance begins.
Introducing the past and present of Hyochang Park, this exhibition invites the citizens to think about the future of Hychang Park together.