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Time Travel with Parents

Sudoguksan Museum of Housing and Living
Usually the term of “museum” reminds you of a boring and tedious space.
You may have different feeling depending on the exhibition,
yet the nuance of museum is distant from a pleasant rest stop.But you can have a good time in Sudoguksan Museum of Housing and Living located in Songhyun-dong, Dong-gu.

For old-youngs who have interests in oldies, it can be a good location,
but the middle-aged will show much more interests.
When I visited this Museum,
I thought it would be a good place to come with parents.

In short, the Museum especially shows the livelihoods of Incheon in 1960’s and 70’s. Dong-gu office of Incheon,
which missed the disappearing trace of ordinary people’s livelihood in a shantytown, built a museum on the site of the poor village. They wanted to establish a place where the old generations can recall the savor and memory of the past and the young can feel the life of the elderly. They hoped it could be a link between the generations.
It opened in autumn, 2005. Compared to other Museums, it is a small-scale one: one-story building with a basement. But the contents are quite meaningful. About 30 minutes’ length of tour is rewarding. You should have at least one hour, if you plan to do something at an experience zone outside the Museum. Visitors can play some games which they did as a kid: sand play, hopscotch, biseokchigi (playing with flat stones), jump rope, merry-go-round on a cart, slap-match, game with marbles, a game of yut (playing with sticks called yut), and dice play. The Museum shows old animations as well.
Getting off at Dong-Incheon Station of Line No.1 and taking a walk about 7-8 minutes to Songhyun Neighborhood Park, visitors encounter a steep hill. At the end of the hill, the Museum is situated. Sudoguksan Mountain means a mountain in which sudoguk (the water department) is located. Long time ago, people called this mountain as Mansusan Mountain or Songlimsan Mountain. Since the water bureau was installed at the early of 20 century, they began to call it Sudoguksan Mountain. How on earth can a village form in a relatively small mountainous area? The residents were the displaced by Japanese and Chinese during the Japanese colonialism.
Since the 1950s, Sudoguksan Mountain had become home to ordinary people. Refugees gathered here during the Korean War. Along with the industrialism in the 1960s, many people from across the nation flocked together. At its peak, more than 3000 households were living in this small area. From the foot of a mountain to the peak, small houses covered the area. That was the beginning of the “shantytown” of Incheon.
There are two theories on the origin of the term, “Daldongne