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  • The Old Site for Defense Acquisition Program Administration in the Yongsan Park to Be Open For the First Time in Half a Century
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  • The Old Site for Defense Acquisition Program Administration in the Yongsan Park to Be Open For the First Time in Half a Century

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    • From April 23 to 25, the “Citizen Participation Group for Yongsan Park” will take a stroll around the old site for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration as the first citizen group to visit the site
    • Military facilities like the very first Marine Corps Command, and a bunker still remain in the Yongsan Park.
    • It is a fruitful result achieved by the Ministry of Land, Ministry of Defense, the Command, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government
    • The Seoul Metropolitan Government aims to offer a walking tour for the general public

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, April 22 , 2021 In 1955 , two years after the Korean War, the very first Korean Marine Corps Command was established in Yongsan district. Even after its relocation, the previous site of the Command, now commonly known as the old site for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) was off limits to the public. But soon enough, the 86,890m 2 of land will be open to the public for the first time. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is planning to include the old site into Yongsan Park, further expanding the greenery of the city.

    For three days , from Friday April 23 to Suday, April 25 the SMG is going to provide a group of people a visit to the land along with Yongsan Garrison Dulle gil Stroll program. The group, named as Citizen Participation Group for Yongsan Park is composed of 300 people recruited by the city govern ment for this visit. The SMG has recently transformed part of Yongsan Garri s on that has occupied a large part of the district over 120 years into Yongsan Park . The park is expected to be a place where citizens can rest and enjoy the nature.
    The opening of the old site for the DAPA was led by the Seoul city government in close cooperation with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport , the Ministry of National Defense, and the Marin Corps Command. A visit to the site will be available soon to every citizen through a reservation system.

    Yongsan Park’s newly included site, previously secured for the DAPA, is located in the northern part of the Garrison. The site still has some untouched post Korean War military facilities, such as the first headquarters of Marine Corps Command from 1955 and a bunker built by the Korean armed forces

    The Citizen Participation Group for Yongsan Park wil l walk around 3.8km from Noksapyeong Station to the old site for the DAPA, passing by the entrance to Gyeongridan gil and Haebangchon.

    Visitors to the site are allowed to see the bunker and the interior of the former Command of the Marine Corps, as well as the exterior of other facilities in the area. Although most of the military buildings in Yongsan gu were constructed by foreign countries such as imperial Japan, the newly opening spaces the Command, the very first church of the Marine Corps, and the bunker——were built by Koreans, making the were built by Koreans, making the first visit of the Groupfirst visit of the Group more meaningful.

    Lee Jung-hwa, Director General of City Planning Division at SMG said, “By working hand in hand with the Ministry of Land, the Ministry of Defense, and the Marine Corps Command, we are unveiling for the first time, the old site for the DAPA where unchanged military facilities still remain. The SMG aims to open the site to the general public later while first piloting the Citizen Participation Program for Yongsan Park and Yongsan Garrison Dulle gil Stroll program.”