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  • Official Opening of Seoul Metropolitan Archives, a Storage for Seoul’s Memories and Records

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    The Seoul Metropolitan Archives, a storage space for Seoul’s memories and records, will officially open its doors on May 15, 2019. The Archives will not only manage and preserve municipal records that have been preserved for over thirty years and civil records that carry great public value, but also develop the Archives into a cultural heritage organization in citizens’ everyday lives. Here, citizens will be able to easily access data of choice and experience, firsthand, the preservation process of records.

    Just as the proper management of records by the management agency of the Archives is the foundation to providing complete and accurate information and records to the public, Seoul Metropolitan Archives plans to grow into an international archive that improves the dignity of the capital’s 2000-year history.
    The Seoul Metropolitan Archives is a local permanent archives management agency founded in accordance with the Act on the Management of Public Archives. As the top archives management agency rooted in the law, Seoul Metropolitan Archives will thoroughly preserve Seoul’s memories and records to oversee the management of Seoul’s records for future generations.

    Under the perception that access to public records should not be exclusive to just one individual or a group or individuals, but rather should be open to the public, as they are public property to be passed on to future generations for a better future, Seoul became the first autonomous group to begin the construction of the Seoul Metropolitan Archives in April 2016 for an official launch on May 15, 2019.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Archives is composed of two underground floors and five above-ground floors for a total area of 15,004㎡, possessing the equipment and capacity of a scale comparable to that of the National Archives of Korea.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Archives will be operated with ▴ the Special Preservation Space, ▴ the Citizen Participation Space, and ▴ the Document Work Space.

    Special Preservation Space (B1-B2): This space is home to essential documents, photos, images, and objects that testify to the history of the city, from Seoul’s land-related documents dating back to the early 1910s to electronic documents produced in the 2000s. The space also permanently manages over one million items, including predictions of records that are anticipated to be produced in the next thirty years. Furthermore, there is a library of paper documents along with a library with visual and auditory data under scientific and systematic management for the preservation of all archives in optimal environments.

    Citizen Participation Space (1F-3F): This space will be operated under the concept of “Story + Sharing Archives,” where visitors can experience Seoul’s stories through records. In addition to the Reading Room where visitors can freely discover records, there will also be the Record Exhibition Hall that explains the significance of archives and the Open Library that offers a firsthand look into the preservation process.

    Document Work Space (4F): This space has a Record Restoration Room where professionals restore damaged records, in addition to the Visual and Auditory Records Handling Room and the Electronic and Magnetic Media Workroom where documents and visual and auditory data are permanently preserved via technology.

    Information on Seoul Metropolitan Archives
    Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-17:00 (closed January 1, Lunar New Year, Chuseok)
    Admission: Free
    Address: 7, Tongil-ro 62-gil, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
    Transportation: Bulgwang Station (Lines 3, 6), Exit 2
    Website: achives.seoul.go.kr