The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) selects and promotes its monthly selections for “Future Heritage of the Month.” For September’s Future Heritage of the Month, the SMG held a vote from August 12 to 24, and selected the Cheonggyecheon Overpass Retention Monument for the history before the Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project, Whal Myung Su known as Korea’s first new drug, and the National Assembly Building as the symbol of the parliamentary politics of the Republic of Korea.
① Cheonggyecheon Overpass Retention Monument
These piers are remnants of the Cheonggyecheon Overpass that was demolished in 2006. The Cheonggyecheon Overpass had been one of the symbols of the rapid growth of the Republic of Korea since the 1960s, but was demolished during the Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project because it was reported to be deteriorating and caused serious traffic congestion. The retention monument was selected as future heritage in 2013 owing to its characteristics of symbolizing the modernization of Korea and the development of its capital city Seoul.
② Whal Myung Su
Whal Myung Su, known as Korea’s first new drug, began to be manufactured in September 1897 as a combination of royal secret recipes and Western medicine. The herbal drink was selected as future heritage in 2013 because of its preservation value as the longest-lived medicine in Korea and as a “new drug” representing the time. Whal Myung Su, meaning “life-saving water,” serves as a digestive medicine familiar to 99% of Koreans, calming down symptoms including indigestion, loss of appetite, overeating, and vomiting. One bottle of Whal Myung Su at the time of its launch was 50 jeon, an amount that could buy two bowls of seolleongtang soup and a bottle of makgeolli beverage. A portion of the proceeds from its sale was sent to the independent activists of the Japanese colonial era.
③ National Assembly
The National Assembly is a symbol of the parliamentary politics of the Republic of Korea. The current National Assembly building in Yeouido was constructed on September 1, 1975, connoting various implications from political and architectural aspects. Its dome-shaped roof indicates the characteristics of the building, a place where a variety of opposing opinions are discussed to bring agreement. The 24 colonnades mean that the members should serve the people in all the 24 seasonal divisions.
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.
Seoul Future Heritage of September
|1. Cheonggyecheon Overpass Retention Monument||2. Whal Myung Su|
|3. National Assembly|