Just a skip away from the cafes and shops along Garosu-gil in Gangnam’s ritzy Sinsa-dong ward is the tranquil Dosan Park, named after (and the final resting place of) the famous Korean patriot Ahn Changho (1878–1938). Dosan was the pen name of this educator, activist, and politician who rallied communities in Korea and the United States against the Japanese occupation. The park, built in 1973 with the support of Dosan’s son, Philip Ahn (the first Asian-American actor to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame), pays tribute to Ahn and Ahn’s wife, Lee Hyeryon, with statues and a memorial center. Dosan Park is an ideal counterpoint to the glitzy modern architecture that rings it, with flower gardens and lovely walking trails that meander through the park’s seven acres. During the fall, the changing foliage turns the park into gem-colored retreat from Seoul’s bustling streets.
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