Urban Planning

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Information as of 21 Feb, 2017

1. Integrated Regeneration of Areas near Seoul Station and the Seoul Station Overpass Expected to Revive Local Economy

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The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to turn the total 938m of the deteriorated elevated road near Seoul Station from a road for cars to a path for people. For the past 45 years, the elevated road has shared the glory and shame of our city. The elevated road will be connected to 17 pedestrian roads through Seoul Station Plaza and the area to the north of Seoul Station.

The elevated road near Seoul Station was rated D in the safety assessment of the Precision Safety Diagnosis in 2006. Given its high historical value as a legacy of the industrial era in Korea, and a high future value as the starting and terminal point of the Eurasian Railway, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has decided to renew the road to a space where people can relax and take strolls to create new opportunities instead of tearing it down.

The overall renewal plan is to link the city center, within the four gates, to the underdeveloped region to the west of the elevated road near Seoul Station and Seoul Station, the international gateway into Seoul, where over 390,000 people and 75 bus lines pass through every day.

Through this integrated renewal process, the government plans to revive Seoul Station as a “Bridge of communication,” a place where people can gather and gradually disperse into surrounding areas. By connecting and integrating the areas, traffic, and culture in the eastern and the western part of Seoul, which has long been disconnected, this proposal offers a new revival model for the dwindling local economy.

In particular, the construction of 17 pedestrian roads will open a new chapter of ‘walking tourism’ in Seoul’s history by connecting areas popular with tourists, such as Myeong-dong and Namsan, as well as Seoul Station, through history, culture, and shopping. The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to turn the Seoul Station area into a must-visit tourist attraction in Seoul along with Myeong-dong.

▶ Integration of the area expected to reinvigorate the economy

- Anticipated to become a center of urban tourism and conventions (Namdaemun Market; in connection with the North District of Seoul Station Development)

- Improve the image of Seoul in support of its rise as a global city

- Create a foundation for self-sustaining revival with the connection of pedestrian paths located between the eastern and western neighborhoods of the area (Seoul Station and Malli-dong)

▶ Create an innovative, green public space using existing facilities

- Propose a new type of hanging garden, using existing facilities, in the center of Seoul, as there are limitations on the expansion of green spaces due to a lack of available land and high real estate prices

- Transform the overpass into a hub of history, culture, tourism, and urban ecology

- Excellent example of transformation from “vehicle-centered” to “pedestrian-centered” urban infrastructure

- A symbol of urban regeneration that changes the paradigm of urban environments

▶ Create new culture based on local cultural resources

- Establish a new, multifunctional cultural area by rejuvenating the space under the overpass and holding cultural programs and activities

- Create a network of culture and history connecting the old Seoul Station, Seosomun Gate, Son Ki-Chong Park, Yakhyun Catholic Church, Namdaemun Market, Namsan Mountain, and Seoul City Wall

- Improve accessibility by rearranging bike lanes and pedestrian paths

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