Seoul’s former City Hall building was reopened as Seoul’s Main Library the day before yesterday.
Henceforth, the building will serve as a people’s library, complete with the usual functions of lending books and collecting, categorizing, and loaning many other kinds of materials, as well as becoming the central organ of a network of public, private, and small libraries in Seoul.
From January of next year, Citizen’s Hall, located in basement levels 1 and 2, will be directly connected to the City Hall subway station, allowing citizens easy access to its various spaces. Citizens will also be permitted to hold wedding ceremonies there.
Diverse spaces have been created for citizens in the new City Hall building. Sky Garden on the 8th floor is one of these new spaces for Seoul citizens. People with a hearing disability work as baristas at the café, and there is also a space where disabled people’s products are sold. If you go up the stairs, you will find a comic book and photo exhibition of Seoul’s past and the present, while on the other side is a multi-purpose hall for staging various events. The first floor of the new City Hall also has sufficient space for hosting various exhibitions and events.
Furthermore, a tour of the new City Hall will be organized for citizens, who are the true ‘owners’ of the building.
On top of its considerable spatial capacity, the new City Hall will be a kind of tour guide, conveying to us many fascinating stories shared by Seoul government officials and citizens. Having put behind us all the controversies surrounding the new building, we will surely start writing a new history here.
Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon attending the plaque unveiling ceremony
Mayor Park Won Soon reading books with children at the new Seoul Library