Namsan Yejangjarak (jarak meaning “the foot of a mountain”), with a total area of 22,330㎡, was initially a martial training ground for soldiers during the Joseon dynasty. However, it was isolated and lost its original state during the Japanese occupation. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) plans to restore Yejangjarak into a city park and make it available for the public on February, 2018.
In order to revive the original landscape, SMG will carry out the restoration process by demolishing a number of public office buildings and constructing a park. The Seoul City Hall Namsan Building No. 2 will also be refurbished into a Human Rights Center.
Redesigning Yejangjarak with a specific focus on pedestrians will not only benefit nearby tourist areas such as Myeong-dong and Namsan Hanok Village, but will provide interconnecting paths between the Eastern and Western areas of Seoul including Namdaemun Market, Seoul Station Overpass and Seun Arcade.
The pedestrian network branching out from Yejangjarak will carry nature, history and culture as its themes and will be classified into four paths; Road of Humans (City hall – Yejangjarak – Namsan Hanok Village), Road of Woods (Inwangsan Mountain – Yejangjarak – Namsan), Road of History (Donhwamun-ro – Yejangjarak – Namsan Walking Trail), and Road of Culture (Cheonggyecheon – Yejangjarak – Jaemi-ro).