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  • Transformation of Four Dilapidated Subway Stations in Seoul

  • Transport News SMG 1719

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is currently renovating four subway stations—Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun and Jongno 5(o)-ga Stations (Line 1), and Jamsilsaenae Station (Line 2)—which is scheduled to complete in late April.

    These stations are over 40 years old since the start of their construction. Either the initial structural design did not include HVAC, resulting in passenger inconvenience, or the structural contents of the ceilings have become exposed due to age.

    The SMG and Seoul Metro began the renovation project two years ago, and are to wrap up this April. Main characteristics of the renovation feature aspects of “smart station” by incorporating ICT into station management. A smart station uses 3D maps, IoT sensors and intelligent CCTV to manage and integrate the station affairs for essential tasks, such as security, disaster prevention, facility maintenance and customer-care service. Jamsilsaenae Station has already finished the smart station conversion, and the remaining three stations will apply the new concept by the end of this year.

    At the time, Jamsilsaenae Station did not have HVAC, resulting in much inconvenience for subway passengers. In addition to fitting out HVAC equipment, the station will entirely replace the outer walls, ceilings and finishing materials, making the use of the station convenient and pleasant.

    Line 1’s three stations underwent renovation by creating special spaces within the stations so that subway passengers can enjoy cultural and artistic experiences in their daily lives. While maintaining the unity of theme for the three stations, detailed characteristics were decided by analyzing the station and their users to create unique spaces. Dongdaemun Station includes a small history hall that mirrors the appearance of the station in its first years, while Sinseol-dong Station has a green corridor in the theme of forests so that passengers can feel that they are in nature.

    Currently, Ssangmun and Mia Stations (Line 4) are also installing HVAC with other renovations, and are due to complete construction by the end of the year.

    Line 1 interior space of three stations before (left) and after (right) renovation
    Line 1 interior space of three stations before Line 1 interior space of three stations after
    Line 1 interior space of three stations before Line 1 interior space of three stations after
    Line 1 interior space of three stations before Line 1 interior space of three stations after
    ▲ Line 1 interior space of three stations before (left) and after (right) renovation
    Rest area in Jongno 5(o)-ga Station before (left) and after (right) renovation
    Rest area in Jongno 5(o)-ga Station before Rest area in Jongno 5(o)-ga Station after
    ▲ Rest area in Jongno 5(o)-ga Station before (left) and after (right) renovation
    Renovated Passageway of Dongdaemun Station
    Passageway of Dongdaemun Station before Passageway of Dongdaemun Station after
    ▲ Passageway of Dongdaemun Station before (left) and after (right) renovation
    Dongdaemun Station’s newly installed rest area Dongdaemun Station’s newly installed history hall
    ▲ Dongdaemun Station’s newly installed rest area (left) and history hall (right)
    Passageway of Sinseol-dong Station before (left) and after (right) renovation
    Passageway of Sinseol-dong Station before Passageway of Sinseol-dong Station after
    ▲ Passageway of Sinseol-dong Station before (left) and after (right) renovation