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  • Pedestrian Bridge at Hangangdaegyo Bridge to Reopen after 100 Years in 2021

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    The Hangangdaegyo Bridge connecting Yongsan and Noryangjin with Nodeulseom Island at the center, first opened a hundred years ago under the name Hangang Footbridge. The footbridge was the first bridge that allowed people to walk across Hangang River. The middle ridge, or artificial island, that stood at the center of the river, supporting the bridge during the process of construction, eventually became what we know of today as Nodeulseom Island. The Hangang Footbridge was blown up within four days of the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, and when its twin arch bridge, the Hangandaegyo Bridge, opened in 1981, it had transformed into a vehicle-oriented bridge.

    Seoul will utilize the existing bridge of the southernmost end of Hangangdaegyo Bridge as a pedestrian bridge, connecting Nodeulseom Island and Noryangjin in 2021. The bridge will be restored for the first time in 104 years following the first opening of the Hangang Footbridge in 1917.

    The existing road structure of the southernmost Hangangdaegyo Bridge (from Nodeulseom Island to Noryangjin) will be preserved, and a new pedestrian bridge will be built in the space between the twin bridges, with a width of 10.5 meters and a length of 500 meters. The first level will be comprised as a road, while the second level, a pedestrian path similar to the Brooklyn Bridge, the symbol of New York and global attraction. Pedestrian convenience will see an increase while the Noryangjin area that was cut off by road equipment will now be connected amid various creative designs and content incorporated into the structures to promote new tourist attractions.

    In the direction of Noryangjin, the Hangangdaegyo Pedestrian Bridge, or the “Hundred-year bridge,” will connect to the Noryangjin Overpass that is scheduled to be demolished in early 2020, and in the direction of Nodeulseom Island, the bridge is planned to connect the east and west ends of Nodeulseom Islsand that were once blocked as vehicle lanes with the pedestrian overpass. An elevator will be installed at the waterside pedestrian path at the lower part of the Olympicdaegyo Bridge for direct, perpendicular connection to the overpass. This will ultimately connect the pedestrian path from Nodeulseom Island past the Hangangdaegyo Pedestrian Bridge to the Noryangjin area.

    The installment of the Hangangdaegyo Pedestrian Bridge is also a strategy to increase pedestrian accessibility of Nodeulseom Island, which is expected to open in late September 2019 as a nature and music-centered complex cultural space. This will allow the public to conveniently go from the Noryangjin area to Nodeulseom Island.

    The pedestrian bridge will consist of an observatory with a 360-degree view of Hangang River and its surroundings, a plaza where various events are held, and an ecological rest area with a mini field as a pedestrian bridge offering a level of enjoyment similar to the likes of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge.

    Seoul will hold an international design competition in May 2019 for submissions of creative designs to help ensure the Hangangdaegyo Pedestrian Bridge, i.e. the “new” hundred-year bridge, can naturally be created into an attraction and scenic public space, rather than simply being a pedestrian bridge. Bridge designing is set for completion this year and will be open to the public from June 2021.

    Over the long run, Seoul plans to establish an encompassing pedestrian network around Hangang River that will connect the Noryangjin Wholesale Fisheries Market, Yeouido, Seonyudo Park, Danginri Cultural-Creative Art Plant , Gyeongui Line Forest, and Yangsan Park, with Nodeulseom Island as the central point.

    Aerial View

    Aerial View
    Observation deck utilizing the natural slope
    “Hundred-year courtyard” for various events
    Observation deck utilizing the natural slope
    View of the “hundred-year bridge” at Hangangdaegyo Bridge’s southernmost tip