Seoul to Develop a Thick Hangang Forest with Tree Planting at Six Hangang Parks
Seoul is set to plant 84,000 trees in six areas including Ichon Hangang Park in 2019 to implement the Hangang Forest Project for creation of heavy forests. The Hangang Forest Project will divide Hangang Park’s forest into three models by function Buffering Forest, Utilization Forest, and Ecological Forest to create forests suited to the characteristics of each location.
※ Hangang Forest: Classification of the three models of Ecological Forest, Utilization Forest, Buffering Forest
- Ecological Forest: Restoring nature with trees such as willows
- Utilization Forest: Rest area by the waterside, presentation of various scenery
- Buffering Forest: Buffer roadside noise and scenery
Seoul has continuously worked on the creation of Hangang Forest for four years from 2015 to 2018, planting 175,773 trees in the Buffering Forest, 194,707 trees in the Utilization Forest, and 258,015 trees in the Ecological Forest for a total of 628,455 trees planted, with the same added effect of an oasis and natural air purifier within the city.
As a countermeasure against fine dust, Hangang Forest as it will be landscaped will plant trees in the buffering zone, or the Buffering Forest, with superior dust-adsorption ability to prevent roadside dust. Trees for shades will be planted to create shaded rest areas in the Utilization Forest to improve the convenience of the people.
Ichon Hangang Park will expand its bamboo forest from Dongjakdaegyo Bridge to Hangangdaegyo Bridge to plant 12,500 trees for creation of a green forest to be enjoyed year-round.
Gwangnaru Hangang Park will plant 31,200 trees at Gwangjingyo Bridge to create flower-covered bicycle lanes filled with floral scents in the air which will be the Gwangnaru bicycle road flower path forest.
The 5km from Ichon to Mangwon Hangang Park will be planted with 1,000 trees to design themed walks and trails that allow visitors to appreciate the tranquil riverside.
In the vicinity of Sebitseom Island at Banpo Hangang Park, 10,800 trees will be planted to offer the people convenience in addition to Sebit Forest’s tree-shaded rest areas.
Around Seonyugyo Bridge at Yanghwa Hangang Park, 10,300 trees will be planted to create a green buffer zone to shield and reduce the noise and dust of Olympic-daero.
Around the baseball stadium by Nanji Hangang Park, 8,200 trees will be planted to provide shade for the convenience of the people
The ‘Hangang Forest Project’ is scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2019 and opened to the public.