Seoullo 7017, a walkway featuring plants and cultural components built on top of the old Seoul Station overpass (built in 1970), is scheduled to open on May 20, 2017. The walkway is a 1.7km-long special pedestrian roadway that connects 17 passageways from Hoehyeon Station to Namsan Footbridge, Seoul Station Square, Cheongpa-dong, and Jungnim-dong.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) planted 24,085 plants of 228 species on Seoullo. There will be eight cultural facilities including a doll theater and a street stage as well as five restaurant complexes selling bibimbap, Korean desserts, and other snacks.
The SMG disclosed photos of the upper area of Seoullo 7017, which is now busy wrapping up construction before the opening in May, and introduced various programs on safety & security, natural disasters, disaster response, plant management, tourism & convenience facilities, and culture & festival.
Safety: Designed to withstand earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.3 – 6.5 and a load of 50,000 adults (each 70kg), which is ten times more than the maximum capacity of 5,000 people
Security: Station 16 security staff 24/7 to provide regular safety management and station 10 additional staff at major entryways on weekends and holidays to block street vendors from entering
Response to Natural & Man-made Disasters: Systematic response to disaster situations including fine dust, yellow dust, strong wind, typhoon, heavy rain, and heavy snow from their forecast
Hygiene Management: Maintain a pleasant atmosphere thorough hygiene management Minimize the number of trash cans to those inside convenience facilities such as cafes (8 total) and install and collect five additional sets of trash cans as necessary when there are many visitors.
Plant Management: Designed by Winy Maas as a mid-air arboretum featuring all the plants that can grow in Seoul including 24,085 plants of 228 species and 50 families
“Seoullo 7017” will open at 10 p.m. on May 20. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. with a lighting performance. This will be followed by various festivals and cultural programs throughout the year.
|Seoullo Exhibition Hall||Small exhibition hall in the upper area near Seoul Station with a size of 16㎡where the railway passes by|
|Rose Stage(near Malli-dong)||Performances and interactive programs for families|
|Magnolia Stage(near Toegye-ro)||Cultural performances and game programs for professionals and local residents on weekday lunchtime and weekends|
|Midair Shelter||Operation of seasonal programs including foot baths during spring and summer and walking on fallen leaves during the fall|
|Curiosity Treepot(3 locations)||3m-tall pot that has holes on the wall that broadcast videos and audio on Seoul’s tourist destinations|
|Festival/Event||Duration/No. of Events||Place|
|Seasonal||Flower Festival||May 20 – 27||Seoullo 7017 area
(Seoul Station Square, Malli-dong Square)
|Summer Seoullo (water festival)||Aug 25 – 27|
|Working Day (street art)||Oct 7 – 8|
|Light in the World (light festival)||Dec 1, 2017 – Feb 10, 2018|
|Year Round||Farmers’ Market||2nd and 4th Saturdays||Malli-dong Square|
|Seoul Street Arts Festival||During October||Seoullo 7017, Malli-dong Square|
|Seasonal Street Art||June & September (14 sessions)||Malli-dong Square|
|Youth Mic||Jun – Nov (6 sessions)||Seoullo 7017, Malli-dong Square|