SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 14, 2018 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will participate in the 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2018) to promote “hanoks,” or traditional houses, of Seoul to the world.
WCTE 2018 is scheduled to take place at COEX in Seoul from August 20 to 23. It is the world’s largest and most prestigious international event in timber engineering, engineered wood products and design of timber structures. It is held biennially in different parts of the world, and is the first held in Korea and the second in Asia after Tokyo in 1990.
As the only participating local government, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will run a promotional exhibition booth with the theme of “Seoul’s Hanok, Toward A New Era.” At the exhibition, the city government plans to display traditional wood-made houses to introduce the excellence of hanoks and its brand value to visitors.
Visitors will also see the city government’s 20-year efforts to preserve hanoks at a glance – It designated Bukchon Hanok Village as a preservation zone in 2001, declared the Seoul Hanok Cultural Asset in 2015 and established the Eunpyeong Hanok Village.
The exhibition will be divided into three views about hanok: a view of users, a view of policies, and a view of architects. Various traditional houses will be displayed to show ordinary hanoks, exemplary hanoks and new hanoks. It represents Seoul’s challenges and efforts to keep the tradition of Korean architecture and maintain the identity of Seoul as a city of history. The design of the exhibition booth, made of new materials, is also expected to attract the visitors’ attention.