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  • Seoul Offers Refreshing Rest Areas by Constructing Five Hangang Forests

  • Urban Planning News SMG 1691

    The city of Seoul has completed the project to establish unique Hangang Forests, such as the bamboo forest in Ichon Hangang Park, through an investment of KRW 4.6 billion in order to plant 11,707 trees by July 2019.

    The project for Hangang Forest establishment started in 2015 in order to recover the natural aspects of Hangang River. Three forest models (ecological forest, forest for use, buffer forest) have been created according to the characteristics of each location. An ecological forest is formed by the river with the purpose of recovering nature, a forest for use offers rest areas along the riverside that can be used by citizens, and a buffer forest is formed by the road to act as a buffer between the area, blocking out the noise and other landscapes.

    <Three Models of Hangang River>

    Hangang River
Ecological Forest
Forest for Use
Buffer Forest

    · Ecological forest: by the river, to recover nature by planting pussy willows or willows
    · Forest for use: riverside rest area with shade trees and diverse landscapes
    · Buffer forest: roadside, protection from the noise and outside landscape

    The Hangang Forests established in the first half of 2019 are buffer forests, where trees with high dust absorbing capacity were planted in order to block the dust from the roadside as a measure to reduce levels of particulate matter, and forests for use, which offer convenience to citizens with shade trees that create shaded rest areas.

    The Hangang Forests that have been established this time through consideration to regional characteristics are located in five Hangang Parks with 11,707 planted trees. Their establishment was completed in July 2019 and the forests will be open to the public starting in August. The five forests are ① a bamboo forest in Ichon, ② a poplar street from Ichon to Nanji, ③ a buffer forest in Yanghwa, ④ a buffer forest & forest for use in Banpo, and ⑤ a forest for use in Nanji.

    The bamboo forest in Ichon Hangang Park is an expanded version of the existing, green zone bamboo trees that have been abandoned near the Dongjakdaegyo Bridge. A total of 5,471 bamboo trees were planted to make a “bamboo forest” where visitors can enjoy the greenery throughout the four seasons. Bamboo trees were mainly grown in the southern part of the country. The first bamboo-themed forest in Seoul could come to be after in-depth consultation and discussion between several experts.

    Along the 6-km section from Ichon to Nanji Hangang Park, 1,307 poplars were planted to create a poplar-themed trail where citizens can enjoy the serene riverside atmosphere. As the poplars add a vertical, rhythmic charm to the horizontal landscape of the Hangang River to create a scenery that is unique to the Hangang Riverside, the trail is expected to become a popular attraction.

    At the Banpo Hangang Park, 578 shade trees and decorative trees were planted in order to offer convenient, shaded rest areas to visitors. In addition, decorative pine trees were planted in the nearby Moonlight Square to improve the landscape in the winter and shade trees were planted along the bicycle paths to create cool shade, making a bike riding forest that is unique to the Hangang River.

    2,763 trees were planted near the Seonyugyo Bridge in Yanghwa Hangang Park in order to form a buffer forest to block out the noise and dust from the nearby Olympic Highway. The functional aspects of the forest were emphasized as nut pines and pine trees, evergreens with high particulate matter and noise reducing capacities, were planted here.

    At Nanji Hangang Park, which is crowded with visitors as it holds various events and festivals including Hangang Summer Festival, a total of 1,468 shade trees were planted to prioritize the convenience of visitors who can enjoy the cool shades.

    Photos of Hangang Forests

    Photos of Hangang Forests
    ▼ Bamboo Forest in Ichon (Before/After)
    Bamboo Forest in Ichon Before Bamboo Forest in Ichon After
    ▼ Buffer Forest in Yanghwa
    Buffer Forest in Yanghwa Buffer Forest in Yanghwa
    ▼ Forest for Use in Nanji
    Forest for Use in Nanji Forest for Use in Nanji