Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Square to Expand in Size and Significance
By 2021, the Gwanghwamun Square will transform into Korea’s premiere culture space following the restoration of its historical and symbolic value. The core goal of this project is to integrate the severed sections of the square and restore the historical value of the Seoul City Wall, and Gwanghwamun Square to provide a walking area naturally embedded into daily life.
The Gwanghwamun Square will be expanded toward the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts to make for a 24,600 ㎡ renovated public area, while a 44,700 ㎡ ‘Historic Square’ will be newly built where the Sajik-ro and Yulgok-ro are currently located. Once construction is completed, the overall scale of the Gwanghwamun Square will have increased 3.7 times from 18,840 ㎡ to 69.300 ㎡. The Woldae, a stone base at the entrance of Gwanghwamun Square, will be restored after having been destroyed during the Japanese Occupation, and the statue of Haetae, once located in front of the Woldae, will be moved back toward the square to its original location.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to revitalize the downtown area having connected vicinity neighborhoods, including Seochon, Bukchon, Insa-dong and Jeong-dong, for a comfortable walking environment, while utilizing more active urban planning to create resting and commercial areas within the lower floors of surrounding public and private buildings.
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