Four districts in the northeast area of Seoul become “the center of the northeast metropolitan life zone.”
Four districts (Seongbuk, Gangbuk, Dobong, Nowon) in the northeast area of Seoul will become a new center for the northeastern metropolitan life zone where some 320,000 citizens reside, encompassing its neighboring areas after removing the image of poor residential areas located in the outskirts of Seoul.
Suggest a new model for the cooperative regional development policy with private-public governance to realize region-specific development
City’s strategies for balanced development implement the basic principle to
induce regional-specific development by utilizing each area’s strong points and
resources, instead of implementing the same development strategies in different
city has come up with new development strategies jointly with Seoul City, 4
districts in the northeast area, and development research team of the area and
named the strategies the Happy 4-District Plan.
The plan involves constructing the Changdong and Sanggye area, which has a
large, empty land that is twice the size of COEX, to become a central business
district (CBD) that will create 80,000 jobs and help the area grow, starting
from the preparation of business creation to the growth stage of the business
by utilizing strong educational resources available from the four districts.
plan will revitalize the regional economy by creating tourist attractions with
natural and historic resources and change the poor regional environment by
securing green space, culture and living infrastructure successively to
increase the competitiveness of the area.
Northeast 4-District Development Cooperative Group, which has been formed
autonomously by universities, civic groups, and districts, suggested a regional
development proposal prepared in
cooperation with local residents and the Northeast 4-District Development
Research Group for over 2 years to Seoul
City in September 2013. Seoul City decided on a final proposal after
considering a higher plan, such as the 2030 Seoul Plan, and going through the
process of consensus with the city-district consultative group.
core issues in constructing the foundation for regional development: Seoul City
leads the project, and districts provide cooperation
Development Foundation Construction is a project to establish the foundation
for regional development. It consists of 3 core issues: (1) construct the
Changsong and Sanggye area as a central business district (CBD); (2) assist a
system for urban development; and (3) strengthen the base of green life
environment along Jungryangcheon Stream. Seoul City will lead the project, with
related districts providing cooperation.
Construct a new central business district (CBD) that can create 80,000 jobs by utilizing a large empty land available in Changdong and Sanggye
the Changdong and Sanggye area as a new central business district (CBD) that
can create 80,000 jobs and play a central role in the northeast metropolitan
area where some 320,000 citizens reside.
City will do its best to realize the project as soon as possible by creating a
condition for development by securing land beforehand and by leading the
project in areas where land is already available.
To do this, the city will establish a department dedicated to the Changdong Sanggye area to construct an efficient project execution system covering planning up to development.
Review the expansion of a commercial area in relation to the development of new transit area and apply the height limit (20m) only to the maximum height districts
City’s assistance of urban planning system involves increasing civic vitality
and leading regional involvement by providing assistance in the form of
available urban planning means, such as use of the area and construction of
realizing the new construction of light rails such as Dongbuk Line, whose
construction will start this year, Seoul City will review the development of
new rail-influenced areas, establishment of life zones, and expansion of
Complete a green space network (Taereung-Gyeongchun Line-Jungryangcheon Stream-Choansan Mountain) in relation to the construction of a park after removing Gyeongchun Line
the green space environment along with regional development.
Jungryangcheon (Stream) and Uicheon (Stream), which pass through the
development area as the central green area in the northeast area of Seoul;
construct eco parks such as gardens along the streams and connect the
disconnected green spaces in the districts.
available land after removing the Gyeongchun Line near Bulransan Mountain,
which will be completed as a park by 2015,
will be developed into a green space network connecting Taereung
area-Gyeongchun Line-Jungnayngcheon (Stream)-Choansan (Mountain) in relation to
historic and cultural resources in the areas, such as Taereung and Choansan.
Two core issues for the active use of regional resources: in cooperation with the 4 districts
active use of regional resources will be ensured through joint cooperation with
the four districts, not the independent effort of each district; two core
issues will support the project: (1) specialization of knowledge and education,
and; (2) construction of a natural, historic, and cultural tourism belt.
Construct an area specializing in knowledge and education for employment, business creation, and research; provide space for employment and business creation in relation to the available land
- Construct the area as a district specializing in knowledge and
education by the strength of the region, i.e., having the highest number of
universities and human and technological resources in Seoul.
- Use a
method of inducing development by establishing conditions for 150,000 human
resources to settle in the area for employment, business creation, and
city will actively provide help to revitalize the exchange of knowledge by
establishing long-term development measures for the Hongreung area where many
research institutes are located.
Attract tourists with the area’s natural, historic, and cultural resources; construct settlement-type tourism infrastructure, such as Cheongrok-gil
construction of the Natural, Historic, and Cultural Tourism Belt will make the
area a famous tourist attraction by transforming its quality resources into a
form of storytelling. New resources will also be developed to make the area a famous tourist site.
city will connect disconnected areas such as paths in the famous Bukhansan
Mountain and Bulamsan Mountain, construct a walking path (tentative name:
Cheongrok-gil) that connects natural and
historic resources, and construct the Seongbuk Scenic Exploration Path along
the 310m-long northern side of Seoul Fortress by this year.
- The city is planning to revitalize tourism in the region by securing
settlement-type tourism infrastructure, such as: a temple-stay project by
utilizing traditional temples (Hwagyesa Temple in Gangbuk and Gilsangsa Temple
in Seongbuk); hanok (traditional Korean house) guest house project;
construction of family-oriented camping sites in Choansan Mountain and
Wuyi-dong areas, and; construction of museum mall and related programs on the
land of the Seoul Northern District Court.
core issues to resolve regional issues:by district and town, assisted by
of securing cultural, welfare, and sports facilities, which are directly
related to the life of residents and which are also common issues for the four
districts in the northeast area of Seoul, will use land that is jointly owned
by the four districts in the northeast area of Seoul to supply the facilities
in high demand first. The project will be led by the districts and towns,
assisted by Seoul City.
First supply highly-demanding facilities in each district after securing a consensus at the mayor of each district
in high demand and for which consensus has been reached at the Mayor’s office
of each district in September 2013 will be supplied first, such as: (1) moving
the Jeongreung Public Garage to underground and construction of community
space for Seongbuk District; (2) construction of a sports facility for Gangbuk District; (3) construction of the Miracle Library and a welfare center for the disabled
construction of the Eoullim Sports Center for Nowon District.
city plans to address the inconvenience experienced by residents in the area by
listening to residents’ complaints, such as modernization of recycling place in
Seokgwan-dong and reduction of noise along the roads.
Establish a dedicated organization called “Happy 4-District Plan Execution Group,” and operate it in relation to the Urban Regeneration Assistance Center
City plans to establish the Seoul City Happy 4-District Plan Execution Group,
which is a dedicated group, to implement the development strategies
effectively and continuously
and to operate the group in relation to the Urban Regeneration Assistance
Center, a citizens-public-academe/industry/research joint organization.
city emphasizes that this project is an important starting point that will
change the future of the entire Seoul as it seeks the specialization of each
district and balanced development in Seoul even though this project starts from
the four districts in the northeast area of Seoul. The city will expand the
project to other districts in Seoul to realize balanced development.
city intends to announce development plans for each area step by step: (1)
Downtown Area: planning for the development of the historic downtown area; (2)
Southwest area: planning for the development of heavy industrial area; (3) Northwest
area: planning for development around Susek Station, and; (4) Southeast area:
planning for the construction of a complex hub such as Youngdong MICE as well
as for the establishment of a life zone across the entire Seoul