The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) selects and promotes its monthly selections for “Future Heritage of the Month.” For November’s Future Heritage of the Month, the SMG held a vote from October 12 to 22, and selected Hyehwa-dong Community Service Center, which is the first hanok architecture community service center in Korea, “Pigeons in Seongbuk-dong,” a poem that tells the story of Seoul’s urbanization in the 1960s, and Namdaemun Presbyterian Church, which boasts Gothic architecture built in the 1950s.
① Hyehwa-dong Community Service Center
Hyehwa-dong Community Service Center is a hanok architecture community service center that opened in November 2006. It gives a special vibe not like any other community service center. This is the first community service center nestled in a hanok building, and the SMG designated it as future heritage in 2013 to commemorate the building’s history.
② “Pigeons in Seongbuk-dong”
“Pigeons in Seongbuk-dong” is one of poet Kim Kwang-seop’s major works that has been published in Monthly Literature in November 1968, and the SMG designated it as future heritage in 2016 for representing the locality of the Seongbuk-dong area. The poem depicts pigeons that lived in Seongbuk-dong but had to leave the neighborhood due to the housing development project in the area in the 1960s, narrating the lives people that wither in the midst of modernization and industrialization.
③ Namdaemun Presbyterian Church
Namdaemun Presbyterian Church, completed in November 1969, features classic Gothic architecture of a stone church, and the SMG designated it as future heritage in 2013 in recognition for its architectural and historical values. The juxtaposition of the detailed facade and the simple interior design are well preserved.
Card news and interesting articles about “Future Heritage of the Month” are available on the SMG’s website (futureheritage.seoul.go.kr) as well as social media accounts (e.g. Instagram, Facebook).
Seoul Future Heritage is the city’s modern and contemporary heritage that embodies the memories and emotions to which a majority of Seoul citizens can relate. Since 2013, 489 counts of cultural heritage have been designated as future heritage. The SMG offers various public programs to form a consensus to preserve future heritage.
Future Heritage of November
|1. Hyehwa-dong Community Service Center||2. Pigeons in Seongbuk-dong|
|3. Namdaemun Presbyterian Church|