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  • Evolving Square
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Project Notice

Execute as a short-term project within the acceptable range regarding traffic conditions, etc.

Background

  • Basic Plan for Historical City Development (2015)

  • Designation of the Seoul City Wall as the Green Traffic Promotion District (2017)

  • Special Comprehensive Measures for Green Traffic Promotion District (2018)
    Reduce the number of lanes in downtown (10 Lanes -> 4-6 Lanes)

Goals

  • Reduce downtown traffic by 30% until 2030 20% until the completion of the Gwanghwamun Square

  • Creation of the representative pedestrian streets of Seoul, forming the green city axis between Gwanghwamun and Seoul Station
    Reorganization of Road Space: August – December, 2020
     Planting and Square Construction: October, 2020 – October, 2021

  • Create a representative space that combines the 600-year history and the modern and contemporary scenes of Seoul

Phase 1 (November 2020 – February 2021)

Extension and Reorganization of Northbound Lanes

Phase 2 (May 2021 – October 2021)

Square Facilities Development ※ March – April 2021: Excavation of buried cultural heritages

※ Restoration of the Woldae (Moon Terrace) in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace and reorganization of peripheral areas will be carried out after precise excavation survey of Woldae in the second half of 2021

Change of Square’s Spatial Structure

Change of Square’s Spatial Structure
DivisionPlanned (April, 2018 – August, 2019)Changed (September, 2019 – Present)
Square StructureSajik-ro : “U” Detour (8 Lanes → 6 Lanes)
Sejong-daero: Create West Square (10 Lanes → 6 Lanes)
 ※ Create an underground square within the Citizen Square : 3,400㎡
Sajik-ro : “T” Road (Maintain the route)
Sejong-daero : Create West Square (11-12 Lanes → 7-9 Lanes)
 ※ Underground square development plan within Citizen Square cancelled
Square Area69,300㎡34,600m2b
(History Square 8,100㎡, Citizen Square 26,200㎡)
Project Cost980 Billion Won791 Billion Won
Restoration of Cultural HeritageRestoration of Woldae (Moon Terrace), Dongsipjagak Pavilion, Seosipjagak Pavilion, Palace WallsRestoration of Woldae (Moon Terrace)
Related Drawings
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DivisionPlanned (April, 2018 – August, 2019)
Square StructureSajik-ro: “U” Detour (8 Lanes → 6 Lanes)
Sejong-daero: Create West Square (10 Lanes → 6 Lanes)
※ Create an underground square within the Citizen Square: 3,400㎡
Square Area69,300㎡
Project Cost980 Billion Won
Restoration of Cultural HeritageRestoration of Woldae (Moon Terrace), Dongsipjagak Pavilion, Seosipjagak Pavilion, Palace Walls
Related Drawings
DivisionChanged (September, 2019 – Present)
Square StructureSejong-daero: Create West Square (11-12 Lanes → 7-9 Lanes)
※ Underground square development plan within Citizen Square cancelled
Square Area34,600㎡ (History Square 8,100㎡, Citizen Square 26,200㎡)
Project Cost791 Billion Won
Restoration of Cultural HeritageRestoration of Woldae (Moon Terrace)
Related Drawings

※ Woldae (Moon Terrace) in front of Gwanghwamun Gate will be constructed in phases (preliminary procedures until the first half of 2021, thorough excavation survey until the second half of 2021, and restoration until 2023) within the extent that it would maintain the function of Sajik-ro and not interfere with the traffic flow.

New Gwanghwamun Square Development Plan (Draft)
Reflecting the Result of Communication with Citizens

  • Location : 1-67 and 1-68, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu
  • Scale : Total 34,600㎡ (History Square : Approximately 8,400㎡, Citizen Square : Approximately 27,230㎡)
  1. Lawn
  2. Maidenhair Tree (Kept)
  3. Four Seasons Garden
  4. Mist Fountain
  5. Ground Waterplay Area
  6. Bus Stop
  7. Statue of King Sejong the Great
  8. Deck Lounge
  9. Citizens’ Table
  10. Reflective Waterscape Facility
  11. Staircases of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
  12. Outdoor Stand
  13. Gwanghwamun Lounge
  14. Haechi Madang Stand
  15. Water Play Garden
  16. Square Forest
  17. Statue of General Yi Sun-shin
  18. Ground Lighting

Space Development Direction and Four Seasons (Draft)

  • Develop into a everyday life space of citizens rather than rallies and demonstrations

  • Develop the central area (30-35m in width) of the square into an open space

  • Western Part of Square (20-25m in width) Create a park-like square

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