The First Bridge of the Hangang River: Hangangcheolgyo (Railroad Bridge)
A century earlier, the Hangangcheolgyo (Railroad Bridge) transformed the Yongsan and Noryangjin areas into centers of transportation. It was the first large bridge in Korea constructed with modern civil engineering technology, and used 1,200 tons of steel, 1.2 million bricks, and 50,000 stones. The Hangangcheolgyo (Railroad Bridge) consists of four lanes, with the Seoul Express Subway line installed on bridges A and B, long-distance trains such as the KTX on bridge C, and the double track for the Gyeongin Line that was built in 1995 on bridge D. The American James Morse was the one who initially won the construction rights for the Gyeongin Railway and began construction, but the construction rights were eventually taken over by a Japanese railway company due to budgetary problems. Therefore, it was Japan that eventually completed the construction of the Hangangcheolgyo (Railroad Bridge).