How did you decide which stops and which path your listeners will take? Did you design this tour for a specific subset of listeners or demographic group?
The stops were decided based on the hot spots of the hike and the real historical information dissemination starts when the listener enters the fortress and experience the space as they learn about it. This tour is made for the crazy number of tourists who come to hike Bukhansan, but only for the purposes of seeing nature. This is an alternative to the nature hike, a historical hike!
What difficulties (e.g., technical limitations, ethical concerns) did you face in storyboarding your tour? How did you decide what historical argument would frame your narrative? If you had unlimited resources and time, what would you change about your tour?
There were technical limitations with Detour not working at the mountain and having to do a short podcast and upload it to Google Drive instead, but I ended up producing something. The narrative of this tour is around the change in the perception of the locality as people settled in, especially regarding the legend of Muhakdaesa. If I had unlimited resources and time, I would make it so that there are more voice clips people saying certain phrases in Korean and then translate them.
How do the constraints of guided, app-based tours impact your ability to engage with the creation of historical knowledge? What are the limitations and benefits to using these services for public history projects?
The problem with these app-based tours is that the technical limitations can really ruin the user experience and it might be too much of a hassle for the user to figure things out for a historical hike. However, when they do work, they are really great at creating an atmosphere where the user can concentrate on learning about the history of their surroundings. However, this brings up the question of bringing the past into the present and the possibility of an inaccurate narrative might misrepresent the history of a location.
In what ways did this experiment help you understand Trouillotâs concept of historicity? What impact did power structures (e.g., hidden and public transcripts) and contests between memory and identity have on the narrative you constructed?
This experiment was interesting in the way that it highlighted the fact that history is a socially constructed narrative that is changed by the society as time advances. The particular historical narrative in my tour talks about how the legend about a farmer Muhak turned into a legend about the divine monk Muhakdaesa as the perception of the society changed towards their surroundings. Moreover, the tour looked at the causes behind the construction of the fortress which is not mentioned on the historical site itself and really allows the listener to understand the significance of the fortress as they are transported in the past while the setting of the war is being created.