SEOUL, South Korea — From being one of a world’s lowest countries in a 1960s, South Korea has quick turn one of a world’s heading technologically-advanced and digitally-connected countries.
Amid automation and fast growth, South Korean collateral Seoul carried out an civic metamorphosis devise — progressing and renovating infrastructures instead of shutting or demolishing them.
With a central aphorism “I.Seoul.U” signifying connectivity among Seoul and a rest of a world, a South Korean capital’s civil supervision boasts of several civic metamorphosis sites that lead a trend in preserving a country’s enlightenment in a time of civic evolution.
Oil Tank Culture Park
Five oil storage tanks in Mapo-gu, Seoul have been idle for some-more than 10 years before opening as a informative park in Sep 2017.
The tankers, that can store 6,907 million liters of oil or a one-month supply for Seoul citizens, were built from 1976 to 1978 following a oil predicament in 1973. It was sealed in a 2000s before to a 2002 FIFA World Cup for confidence reasons as a track was built opposite a facility.
As a Seoul supervision did not know what to do with a facility, a open thought competition was hold among adults to establish how to redevelop a oil tankers, that would after on turn an civic metamorphosis landmark of a South Korean capital.
The 5 tanks now mount as opening halls, muster halls and multipurpose pavilions while a sixth newly-built tank serves as an information sell core and a coffee shop. An open enlightenment yard is also located in a core of a area, surrounded by a 6 informative tanks.
KDrama fans competence be informed with a site as it was one of a filming locations of “Hwayugi” or “A Korean Odyssey.” One of a tankers, that was remade into a potion pavilion, seemed mixed times in a play where lead impression Son Oh-Gong (Lee Seung-gi) goes to accommodate Soobori (Sung Ji-Ru) who represents a devout realm.
Five former oil tanks have been renovated into a muster halls and multipurpose pavilions with a sixth newly-built tank seving as information sell center. The Oil Tank Culture Park in Mapo-Gu, Seoul has turn a renouned end given a opening in Sep 2017. Seoul Metropolitan Government/Digital Chosunilbo
This newly-built extalishment during Oil Tank Culture Park, famous as T6, serves as an information sell core with a coffee emporium on a belligerent floor. Seoul Metropolitan Government/Digital Chosunilbo
The initial oil tank, famous as T1, has been renovated into a potion pavilion used for exhibits and performances. Digital Chosunilbo
What used to be a landfill for 10 million Seoul adults and once a world’s tip rabble towering now stands as an eco-friendly park filled with grasslands stoical of eulalia, cogongrass, sunflowers and buckwheat.
The site was used as a landfill from 1978 to 1993, that has risen to a towering 98 meters above sea turn for 13 million tons of garbage. A stabilization devise in 1996 paved a approach for a replacement of a land into a park.
In 2002, a landfill before called Nanjido was non-stop as a World Cup Park consisting of 4 parks: Peace Park, Haneul Park, Noeul Park and Nanjicheon Park.
Haneul Park, located closest to a sky, overlooks Mt. Bukhan, Mt. Namsan and Han River. Its name definition “sky” in Korean, Haneul Park hosts a annual Silver Grass Festival in Seoul each Oct when a eulalia or pampas weed is in bloom.
An aged print of Haneul Park as a former rabble towering in Seoul. Seoul Metropolitan Government/Digital Chosunilbo
A demeanour inside one of a infrastuctures on Haneul Park, that also serves as a perspective deck. Philstar.com/Patricia Lourdes Viray
Aside from being a immeasurable grassland, a partial of Haneul Park is also a unfeeling garden. Philstar.com/Patricia Lourdes Viray
Summer landscape of Haneul Park or “sky” park. Digital Chosunilbo
The Seoul Station overpass was ostensible to be demolished due to reserve issues brought about by augmenting trade volume given a late 1990s. Completed in 1970, a towering highway goes opposite from a easterly to a west of Seoul Station.
Too large to destroy, a Seoul Metropolitan Government hold an thought era project, where a citizen suggested transforming a highway into a park only like a High Line towering linear park in New York City.
Seoullo 7017 derives a name from “Seoul” and “lo” that meands “road,” literally definition a “way to Seoul.” ‘70” comes from a year 1970, a year a overpass was built, and “17” from a year 2017 when a new corridor partial was opened, a 17 numbers of walking passages and a 17-meter length of th overpass.
Since a opening dual years ago, an estimated 17 million people upheld by a overpass, that also saved a business areas surrounding a establishment. The visitors of circuitously Namdaemun Market increasing by 20% as Seoullo 7017 speedy people to walk.
One of Seoul’s civic metamorphosis projects, Seoullo 7017 has also turn a place of decrease for people flitting by with several forms of plants and flowers commissioned on a walkway. The walking thoroughfare also has a space dedicated for indie bands to perform for a public.
An aged print of Seoullo 7017 as a skyway in a 1970s.Seoul Metropolitan Government/Digital Chosunilbo
The Seoul Station overpass has been remade into a walking walkway, that non-stop in 2017. Seoul Metropolitan Government/Digital Chosunilbo
Seoullo 7012 during night. Philstar.com/Patricia Lourdes Viray
Donuimun Museum Village
Similar to a other civic metamorphosis sites in Seoul, a Donuimun Museum Village was ostensible to be demolished where a park should be built though a city supervision altered a devise to revitalise a “old Seoul” and renovated a buildings to a strange condition.
Donuimun or Seodaemun was initial determined in 1396 though was sealed in 1413 as it shop-worn a veins of Gyeongbokgung Palace, a largest stately house built during a Joseon Dynasty. In 1915, a strange encampment was demolished to give approach to civic formulation and what stays is a gate.
Village residents started remodelling their homes in a 1960s. Later on in a 1990s, these homes were again remodelled and started handling as restaurants. Those who changed out of a encampment after a renovations still come behind and assistance with a shops in a area.
Recognizing a chronological value of a encampment as a city’s initial community in a western embankment of outpost wall of Seoul, a supervision designated a area as a informative museum display a story and enlightenment of Seoul for a past 100 years.
Opened in Sep 2017, a Donuimun Museum Village facilities 16 opposite muster halls, 11 of that where visitors can knowledge Korean enlightenment such as tea ceremony, Hanji craft, calligraphy, music, sewing/embroider, sorcery knowledge and others.
The museum encampment has turn a renouned traveller end in Seoul given opening dual years ago with during slightest 1,000 people a day visiting a encampment on weekdays and 3,000 a day during weekends, according to a Seoul official.
An aged print of a strange embankment during Donuimun Village Museum, that was once called a Saemunan neighborhood. Seoul Metropolitan Government/Digital Chosunilbo
The Donuimun Village Museum facilities 16 vaunt halls, some of that are experiential for visitors. Philstar.com/Patricia Lourdes Viray
A 70s and 80s barber emporium and photo studio mount during a opening of Donuimun Village Museum. Digital Chosunilbo
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