Urban Planning

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Information as of 21 Feb, 2017

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Boasting beautiful nature and a long history, Seoul is home to 10 million citizens and serves as the center of employment for residents of the Seoul metropolitan area and the capital city of the Republic of Korea. Seoul’s urban planning seeks to preserve the city’s natural environment as well as its history and culture, so that they can be passed down to future generations, while continuously improving citizens’ quality of life, innovating the various functions of the city, and enhancing the status of Seoul in the world.

Seoul citizens shall endeavor to prevent Seoul’s urban planning from being influenced by changes in short-term or partial interests and make efforts to pursue the long-term public welfare of the city so that urban planning may be conducted in a predictable and consistent manner for the benefit of all citizens. To this end, we stand united in our commitment to uphold Seoul’s 100-Year Urban Planning Promise, which shall not waver, even though the direction of Seoul’s administration may change, and we pledge to do the following:

Urban environmental preservation

We will preserve the ecological environments and scenery that are unique to Seoul. In particular, we will protect and restore the four inner mountains, located within the boundaries of the old capital, and the four outer mountains, which are outside the boundaries of the old capital, the Hangang (River), and all of Seoul’s streams in order to establish and strengthen Seoul’s environmental identity and symbolism and create a healthy city where citizens have plenty of opportunities to experience nature in their daily lives.

Historical and cultural preservation

Seoul’s historical and cultural heritage is a precious treasure of the Republic of Korea. Therefore, we will preserve this heritage and pass it down to future generations. Furthermore, we will make creative use of this city’s tangible and intangible historical and cultural heritage in order to enrich the cultural lives of Seoul citizens and contribute to urban rejuvenation efforts.

Convenient living

By planning an urban spatial structure where residences and work areas are kept in close proximity, we will reduce citizens’ commute costs and promote balanced development among the various regions of Seoul. Also, we will build complexes of commercial and cultural facilities in the areas near subway stations so as to create convenient, pedestrian-centered urban spaces.

Eco-friendly mass transportation

We will guarantee the freedom of movement of all citizens and develop Seoul’s roads and transportation system with a focus on public transportation to reduce environmental pollution and traffic congestion. We will make it easier for citizens to walk, ride bicycles, and use other eco-friendly means of transportation by promoting a street environment that prioritizes the safety and comfort of pedestrians above those of drivers.

Safe homes

Through urban planning, we will create a city that is protected from disasters, conforms to the natural topography, and preserves the water cycle. We will establish a risk management system that prevents various types of disasters, minimizes damage in the event of a disaster, and quickly restores the environment to its original state. We will create a vibrant, prosperous urban environment where citizens can live in safety from crime.

Energy conservation

We will ensure that all development activities, such as construction projects, are carried out in consideration of the given conditions of the natural environment and pursue sustainable development through various means, including the use of new and renewable energy and reductions in energy consumption. In particular, public buildings and facilities shall spearhead city-wide energy conservation efforts.

Harmonious scenery

The harmony between Seoul’s architecture, facilities, and structures and the city’s natural environment and historic sites will be maintained. We will even pursue such harmony with architecture in the areas surrounding Seoul. Breaking away from conformity, we will ensure that urban and living environments in different regions of the city exhibit the diversity and individuality of those regions by highlighting their unique characteristics.

Spatial uniqueness and diversity

We will preserve and protect the uniqueness of each region in Seoul as well as the history and stories of each community, thereby maintaining spatial diversity. By promoting the value of the colorful lives of Seoul citizens and historically significant spaces, we will contribute to environmental maintenance and urban regeneration efforts while promoting specialized local development.

Citizen participation and communication

All citizens will voluntarily and democratically participate in the process of implementing urban planning policies, ensuring that diverse interests are reflected. To facilitate this participation and help invigorate local communities, we will establish a cooperative system that promotes constant communication between local residents and public administrative organizations.

Consideration and coexistence

We pursue socially integral urban planning, through which different classes and generations of people are permitted to live in harmony. Our goal is to create a living environment that promotes welfare, shows consideration to people with disabilities, the elderly, children, and pregnant women, respects diversity, and promotes Seoul’s growth as an international city that embraces different nationalities, races, languages, religions, and cultures.