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Of the entire 170m long Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway, a 100m section owned by Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will be opened to the public as a pedestrian passage 60 years after it was shut down due to the occupation by the British Embassy in Korea in 1959. SMG has been through in-depth discussion with the British Embassy over several months after a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by both parties to reach an agreement to open the 100m long section of stonewall walkway that passes through the precincts of the Embassy. The target opening time is August 2017.
SMG suggested joint facilitation of a project to recover the Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway to the British Embassy in October 2014, and signed the MOU in May 2015 as both sides had agreed on the necessity of opening the walkway and its historical significance.
As a result of their mutual understanding, the British Embassy finally agreed to return the 100m section owned by SMG out of the entire 170m long stonewall walkway passing through the premises of the Embassy on October 6th, 2016. The British Embassy is currently in the process way of designing and planning construction for the return of the 100m walkway.
SMG is also working on a detailed design for the 100m walkway section to be opened next year. As the land is returned by the British Embassy and the back gate is installed, SMG is going to construct a pedestrian passage simultaneously. The design will be completed in 2016, and the construction will be completed in August 2017, the target opening time.