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Seoul Station Overpass Opens to the Public Only for One Day, October 12


A bird's eye-view of conceptualized image for an elevated road near Seoul Station (image credit: Seoul City Government)

A bird’s eye-view of conceptualized image for an elevated road near Seoul Station (image credit: Seoul City Government)

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that an event to open the Seoul Station overpass will be held for the public to take a stroll and enjoy a breathtaking panorama of Seoul, with traffic entirely blocked from the noon to 4 P.M. on October 12. The overpass has never been allowed to walk for 44 years since its construction.

The best place to relish a scenic view is the 450 meter-long section from the building of Seoul Square to West Station, which has a find view of Seoul, including skyscrapers, a highway along with the Han River, Seoul Station Square, and even Mt. Gwanak.

“The Seoul Station overpass that features its narrow, tall, and short path offers an open and spectacular view, whereas the High Line in New York as a wide, low, and long walkway runs through skyscrapers that block a fine view,” said Hwang Na-hyun (a founding partner of N H D M and a professor at Cornell University), who had worked as the lead project designer and design project manager for The High Line in New York.

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Along with the scenic views, this event will be inundated with pleasant and informative activities. For instance, as a main event, there will be a series of parades along the road paved with flowers. Street performers will entertain visitors all over the venue. Numerous professionals will take part in this event, explaining the cultural heritage and historical sites of the area.

Seoul Station Overpass (image: The Seoul City Government)

Seoul Station Overpass (image: The Seoul City Government)

Also, there will be a photo exhibition in which the public can enjoy the photos of the Seoul Station overpass in the past, along with those of Promenade plantee, a famous walkway in Paris, and the High Line.

“This event will be the only chance that the public can see whether it deserves its preservation as a cultural and historical heritage as they talk a walk along and feel the Seoul Station overpass,” said Oh Hae-young, the director of Green Seoul Bureau in the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Seoul Station Overpass in 1970s (image: The Seoul City Government)

Seoul Station Overpass in 1970s (image: The Seoul City Government)

By Eugene Yu (eugene@koreabizwire.com

 

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