Opening Ceremony of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Future Heritage Protection Committee
Date: October 5, 2012
Venue: Conference Room, Seoul City Hall
Hello, everyone. I am Park Won Soon, the mayor of Seoul.
I am delighted to see people from all areas of society, such as culture, art, history, architecture, business, and media, in attendance of today’s official launch of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Future Heritage Protection Committee.
The Future Heritage Project, which will preserve and protect invaluable treasures in Seoul over the next 100 years, has been made possible with the support and dedication of Kim Hakjun, the chairman of the Future Heritage Protection Committee, and the committee members. So, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of them.
Today’s event is of great significance in that it celebrates the official launch of the committee and represents the first earnest step on a new journey—the Future Heritage Project. We all believe that the launch of such a project is long past due.
As Seoul underwent rapid development and modernization, it witnessed the demolition of numerous modern and contemporary cultural heritage properties. Also, many modern and contemporary cultural heritage properties, which are not protected by the Cultural Properties Protection Law or given proper safeguards, are being destroyed.
Thus, the Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to take the lead in addressing this issue, before it becomes too late. Therefore, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will identify and preserve assets that could potentially be designated as cultural heritage properties within 50 to 100 years’ time.
We sincerely hope the Future Heritage Protection Committee members carry out their work in an appropriate manner and engage in an array of consultations so as to ensure the future success of this project.
Also, this project will not be led by laws or unilateral decisions made by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, rather it will be led through citizen cooperation. The committee will select the cultural heritage properties that require conservation by listening to the suggestions of citizens, civic groups, and autonomous districts, after which, it will collaborate with national trust groups.
By conserving 20th-century Seoul and passing on diverse stories of the city from generation to generation, the Future Heritage Project will ensure that Seoul’s history and culture are passed on to the next generation without any interruption, and enable them to be used as tourism resources.
In this regard, today, Seoul Metropolitan City is taking the first step with Seoul’s next 100 years in mind.
We once again thank the Future Heritage Protection Committee members for their participation and dedication.