Son Kee Chung (1912. 8. 29. ~ 2002. 11. 15.)
Son Kee Chung Memorial Hall was established to continue the
legacy and spirit of marathoner Son Kee Chung.
Yangjeonguisuk School established in Doryeomdong in 1905 moved to Malli-dong, Jung-gu in 1918 and changed
its name to Yangjeong General High School. Marathoner Son Kee Chung entered this school in 1932.
Son Kee Chung attended Yangjeong General High School during the Japanese occupation of Korea
when Korea lost its sovereignty to the Japanese empire. He participated in the Berlin Olympic
Games, known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, in 1936 while he was in high school and became the
first Korean gold medalist. He set a new Olympic record of 2 hours 29 minutes 19.2 seconds and
became a symbol of pride and confidence for Koreans in the time of despair.
This memorial hall commemorates the remarkable achievements of Son Kee Chung as well as his tears and sweat for his victory.
We hope you gain confidence that your dream will come true through your encounter with marathoner Son Kee Chung.
10:00~18:00(Last entrance is at 17:00)
- Closed on - Jan 1st, Every Monday, National holiday
- Admission fee - free
- 04501 101, SonKeechung-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
- Tel 82.2.364.1936 / Fax 82.2.393.1936
Guided tours in foreign languages
will be available soon.
If you can understand Korean,
it is recommended to use the AR docent app.
General parking is available at the public parking lot of Son Kee Chung Athletic Park(KRW 300/10 min)
Audio guides in foreign languages are available(English and Japanese)
- There is no rental free.
- Leave your ID card at the information desk for rental.
- It is recommended to use your personal earphones.
- Return after use and retrieve your ID card.
※ Precautions for viewing
- All space in the memorial hall is non-smoking area.
- Commercial Photograph in the exhibit hall is prohibited.
- Do not run inside the museum to prevent the safety accident.
- No food or pet animal(excluding guid dog) allowed inside the museum.
Guided tours in foreign languages will be available soon.
If you can understand Korean, it is recommended to use the AR docent app.
Public Transportation Guide
- Bus nos. 173, 261, 463, 604, N16
Bus stop: Son Kee Chung Athletic Park
- Maeul (village) bus Yongsan 04; bus stop: Son Kee Chung Athletic Park
- line 2 line 5
- Exit 5, Chungjeongno Station (lines 2 &
see Google Maps or NAVER Map
- line 1 line 4 Airport Railroad
- Exit 1, Seoul Station (line 1) /
Exit 15, Seoul Station (Airport Railroad & line 4)
Exhibition Hall 1 / 1F
major exhibitPheidippides statue,
Ticket of trans-Siberian railway,
The Berlin Olympic gold medalist
The golden key to commemorate the win of the
The Seoul Olympic Torch
relay uniform by Son Kee Chung. Etc.
The First Global Celebrity
Son Kee Chung
This exhibition hall introduces Son Kee Chung’s
journey to becoming an Olympic marathon winner
that introduced Korea to the world as well as his life
as a leader in the Korean sports scene in his later years.
The exhibition hall displays various items collected
by Son Kee Chung himself.
Exhibition Hall 2 / 2F
major exhibitGoldmedal of Son Kee Chung(the Berlin Olympic),
Certificate of Son Kee Chung(the Berlin Olympic),
Laurel wreath of Son Kee Chung
(the Berlin Olympic),
Son Kee Chung`s Olympic oak,
Ancient greek bronze
helmet of Son Kee Chung(Replica,
Film of Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker.
The Victory of Korean People
This exhibition hall is where you can see more detailed
information about Son Kee Chung,
the winner of the 1936 Berlin Olympics marathon.
It will offer you a chance to think about the meaning of
winning the Olympics.
Lobby exhibition area at Son Kee Chung
Current exhibition: Commemorative exhibition on
the publication of 2022 Son Kee Chung’s Memoir
< Son Kee Chung's Time in a Book >
Exhibition in Space 382
An experiential space where visitors can see a
recreation of a classroom of Yangjeong General
High School in the 1930s.
Hands-on activities such as solving a quiz
about the exhibition and Taegeukgi flag
Son Kee Chung photo zone and library area
available to the public
1936 Learning Center
Special Exhibition Hall / 2F
A special exhibition to celebrate the 110
th birthday of Son Kee Chung, Celebration Again
(to be held in December)
※ Available to the public when there is an exhibition.
Special Exhibition Hall at
Son Kee Chung
Outdoor exhibition area Son Kee Chung Athletic Park
- Head Statue of Son Kee Chung
- Stone-Engraved Poem by Sim Hun
- Son Kee Chung`s Olympic oak
- A Gift for Son Kee Chung
Head Statue ofSon Kee Chung
This is a head statue of Son Kee Chung, created in1990.
The scene of his victory in the Berlin Olympics marathon and a phrase that
commemorates him are engraved at the bottom of the statue.
The head statue depicts Son in his old age, facing forward.
Stone-Engraved Poem by Sim Hun
It was created with the donation of Sim Cheon-bo, a descendant of Sim Hun
(novelist and an independence activist) in 2016.
The stone is engraved with <Oh, Man of Joseon>,
a poem published after the death of Sim Hun who is well
known for his work of poetry The Evergreen.
It tells the emotions felt by Koreans for the victory of
Son Kee Chung and Nam Sung-yong at the
Berlin Olympic Games.
Son Kee Chung`s Olympic oak
This is an oak tree that was awarded to the winners of the marathon of the 1936
Berlin Olympic Games. Son Kee Chung raised this sapling in front of his chest to
hide the Japanese flag on the podium.
It has been growing on the premises of Yangjeong General
High School ever since it was planted there. It was designated
as the Monument of Seoul No. 5 in 1982.
A Gift for Son Kee Chung
This statue was created in 2016 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of his gold medal
in the Olympics marathon. The wall behind the statue was installed in 2022 to celebrate the 110th birthday of Son Kee Chung.
It is dedicated to the young 24-year-old Son Kee Chung
who had to hold back his sadness of being a stateless
person on the Olympics podium. Visitors can see an
imaginary image of Son Kee Chung as a proud Korean and
a winner where Korea is not under the rule of the Japanese
empire along with other symbols of victory.
Son Kee Chung in Seoul
2F, Individual Donations Gallery, National Museum of Korea
- The original Greek bronze helmet
Jamsil Sports Complex
- Son Kee Chung carrying the Olympic Torch for the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games
- The Path of Olympic Star: Statue of Son Kee Chung
Head Statue in front of
Son Kee Chung Memorial Hall
Go to the
Exhibition Hall 2.
Special exhibition·See the special exhibitionif there is one and
outdoor exhibition area
go to the outdoor exhibition area to see
Son Kee Chung Laurel Wreath Memorial Tree,
a Statue of Son Kee Chung, and the
Stone-Engraved Poem by Sim Hun.
* Audio guide available upon request
* Visitors can inquire information
desk and enjoy a gold medal
Exhibition Hall 1Son Kee Chung Memorial Hall Get a free
ticket and a pamphlet and go to the
Exhibition Hall 1 first.
Exhibition·experienceEnjoy the Space382 exhibition at the lobby and join the
Taegeukgi-making program at 1936 Learning Center