Seoul Scholars is located in Dachi-dong, Gangnam-gu, the heart of Seoul. Area is the center of Korean education and is near many neighborhoods of interest for both culture and leisure.
- Name and History of the Area, Daechi-dong
The name Daechi-dong came from the Chinese form of Hanti Town which meant a town below a big hill. Daechi-dong had a lot of names. Just after the Joseon Dynasty, it was referred to as Unju-myeon, and was administered as a part of Gwangju-gun, Gyeonggi-do. Then on April 1, 1914, the name was changed to Daechi-li, and it was redistricted into Unju-myeon, Kwangju-gun. It finally changed into Daechi-dong and became a part of the city of Seoul when the city’s administrative district was expanded on January 1, 1963, with law number 1172 after independence from the Japanese occupation. As of October 1, 1975, it was brought under the administration of Gangnam-gu which is where it remains today
The real estate prices of Daechi district are very high compared to other districts. That is due to the high concentrations of hagwons in the area. In Korea, Daechi-dong is called the ‘Mecca of private education’. It is also the place which sends the most students by percentage to Korea’s so-called “SKY” universities: Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University. This began in the 1960s when hagwons began to open near the high-schools with the best academic reputations. Currently, there are over 850 of these hagwons in Daechi-dong.
- Community Events
The most major events in Daechidong are the Hanti Festival and Gangnam Sports Day. Hanti Festival is celebrated to strengthen the community spirit and to rethink about the past when the district was called Hanti Town. People of all ages can participate and enjoy many kinds of activities such as tug of war, singing competitions, and running. There is also lots of food to eat. Gangnam Sports Day features a B-boy dance performance, parade, athletic competition, awards ceremony, and performances by top Korean singers.
Yangjaecheon is a major stream that flows through Daechi-dong. It is relatively long and runs through 4 districts. Yangjaecheon is the result of the restoration of a polluted natural marsh, and it is home to 22 kinds of fish (such as catfish and hornet fish) and over 150 kinds of plants. There are also many birds, including the reed warbler, white heron, butcherbird, and swans.
The Seoul Trade Exhibition & Convention Center (SETEC) is also located in Daechi-dong. SETEC is a professional exhibition convention center with special exhibits, international conferences, and convention halls. Some of the major events are International Fair Trade Conference and LOGIN TOURISM.
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