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  • Seoul Opens a ‘New 31,000㎡ Underground City’ from City Hall to Sejong-daero

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    A 31,000 ㎡-wide underground city will be constructed in and around Seoul City Hall, reaching to Sejong-daero. Seoul will build a new underground passenger road between the formerly-disconnected City Hall Station to Gwanghwamun Station, connecting the ground levels of large buildings including City Hall, the former National Tax Service Annex Building, and the Press Center. With this plan, ground and underground commercial, culture and rest will be connected to create a three-dimensional walking environment. Furthermore, this will pave a 4.5 km long underground passage from Jonggak Station, Gwanghwamun Station, and City Hall Station to Dongdaemun History Museum Park Station.

    Seoul City plans to cooperate with the private sector in executing this project. There have been many cases in which underground pedestrian roads have led to individual buildings. However, this is the first time that the private and the public sectors will cooperate to connect large-scale buildings and public infrastructure as part of urban planning.

    Many commercial facilities will be established underground. Public facilities such a book café will open below Mugyo Park. In addition, the History and Culture Space which is scheduled to be completed by June, 2018 underground of the former NTS Namdaemun Annex Building will provide visitors a cultural space where you can learn and take a rest.

    Moreover, ‘Seoul-type Town Management Project’ will be test-operated in this area. It aims to unite and facilitate the prosperity of nearby local commercial districts through software contents such as cultural and promotional events.

    ※ Ground Space Preview

    Space in front of buildings on Sejong-daero Cultural and rest space along the Cheonggyecheon Stream

    ※ Underground Space Preview

    Sunken space connecting ground and underground Create public facilities such as a book cafe