The Oil Tank Culture Park, located near the World Cup Stadium in Seoul, was out of reach for regular citizens to access and use for a total of 41 years. The park is now open to the public thanks to urban regeneration. Originally, the park was an oil depot that stored 69.07 million liters of oil after the oil crisis in 1973. With World Cup 2002 ahead, the depot was shut down for safety reasons. In 2013, the decision to turn the oil tanks into a cultural space was decided upon through a recruitment of ideas from the citizens. In 2014, the place was reborn into an eco-friendly, complex cultural space with its original spatial properties of oil tanks intact, based on “Reading the Story of the Site,” the winner of the international design contest. The five tanks turned into performance venues, exhibition halls, and a multi-purpose pavilion. A newly-built tank became a community center with a cafeteria, while the large outdoor space, which was once used as a parking lot, is now being used as a culture plaza.
Hours of Operation: the park is open 24/7 all year round and the exhibition halls are closed on Mondays.
Location: 87, Jeungsan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul