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  • Opening of Nodeulseom, a Music Island with a Cultural Complex

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    Nodeulseom, located under the Hangangdaegyo Bridge that connects Yongsan and Noryangjin, has turned into the musical island of the Hangang River, boasting a cultural complex focusing on ecological forests and music. It will officially open on September 28, 2019.

    The main facility of the Nodeulseom music island is the music cultural space (a gross area 9,747 m2), which was newly built on the west side of the Hangangdaegyo bridge, facing towards Yongsan. The three-story building contains different levels that are charmingly and neatly distributed to mingle with the existing natural environment of Nodeulseom. Visitors can enter Nodeulseom through this building without having to go down the stairs from the Hangangdaegyo Bridge.

    A multipurpose hall will be established to host various programs, from lectures to international events, on the east side of the Hangangdaegyo Bridge. The rest of the space of Nodeulseom will become Nodeul Forest, including a habitat for eastern narrow-mouthed toads, to preserve the island’s natural ecosystem. After its completion, the multipurpose hall will be directly connected to the music cultural space through a passageway.

    The music cultural space is comprised of ▴Live House (a popular music concert hall), ▴Nodeul Book Store (a bookshop and library), ▴nTable (a food cultural space), ▴Plant Island (a plant workshop), and more.

    The Live House is the most remarkable space as it is the only popular music concert hall on the Hangang River. It offers a total of 456 seats (874 counting standing room) and has sound, lighting, and instrument facilities as well as a rehearsal studio, all optimized for a concert. In particular, it has the largest-scale stage compared to other concert halls of similar size, which allows colorful stage management.

    The spaces of Nodeulseom that are dedicated not only to music but also various lifestyles, such as books, fashion, markets, and foods, will provide visitors with a lot of must-see fun.

    The Nodeul Book Store houses bookshelves that are arranged directly by 15 independent book stores and publishers, varying each season. nTable will host a monthly dining program led by renowned chefs or celebrities from cultural fields. Plant Island will offer various participatory gardening programs hosted by four plant creator groups.

    When you come out from the music cultural space, you will see an open lawn with an area of about 3,000 m2, stretching away from the Hangangdaegyo Bridge. The lawn will sometimes become an outdoor performance stage that can accommodate from 1,000 to 3,000 audience members, and other times a good place for a picnic at which to enjoy the view of the Hangang River.

    Nodeulseom has been reborn after a three-stage design contest and two years of construction that started in 2013, when Seoul started to search for a good way to utilize it together with citizens and experts.

    To visit Nodeulseom, visitors can either get off the bus at the Nodeulseom bus stop or walk about 10 to 15 minutes following the path along the Hangangdaegyo Bridge. Parking is not available. The nearest subway station is Nodeul Station (subway Line 9).

    Buses that stops at Nodeulseom: 150, 151, 152, 500, 501, 504, 506, 507, 605, 750A, 750B, 751, 752, 6211
    Via subway: a 10-minute walk from Nodeul Station (Line 9), a 20-minute walk from Sinyongsan Station (Line 4), a 20-minute walk from Yongsan Station (Line 1, Gyeongui-Jungang Line)

    ※ More information about Nodeulseom is available on the official website (http://nodeul.org/). You can also call the management office of Nodeulseom at +82-2-6365-1008.

    Water taxis will begin operation starting on the official opening of Nodeulseom on September 28. Visitors can take a water taxi from Ichonnaru or Yeouinaru to get to Nodeulseom.

    Photos of Nodeulseom, a Cultural Complex

    < Exterior of Nodeul Book Store and Performance Hall >

    < Exterior of Nodeul Book Store and Performance Hall >

    < F&B Facilities on the 3rd Floor >

    < nTable >