‘Seoullo 7017’ was born as part of a city regeneration project rather than demolition. It is the new name of Seoul Station Overpass which has transformed into an elevated walkway for the first time in Korea.
The one kilometer-long road is filled with rare plants, rest areas, and fun experience facilities, and the scenery around it is quite different from what you see in the car. It is a public garden and a healing space in downtown Seoul.
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The Birth of Seoul Station Overpass
After the completion of Gyeongseong Station in 1925, Seoul Station and the railroads were like walls blocking the Hoehyeon-dong, Junglim-dong, and Cheongpa-dong areas.
As a symbol of industrial modernization in 1970, the overpass at Seoul Station began to be built, and the overpass at Seoul Station was opened in March 1970 from Toegye-ro to Dongja-dong, and in 1975, the overpass at Seoul Station, including the section from Manrijae to Toegye-ro, was completed.
Later, Seoul Station Overpass began to become the first face and symbolic structure of Seoul, where people who traveled by train from local cities faced at Seoul Station.
Opening, Closing, and Regeneration
The Seoul Station Oerpass played a major role in the 1970s and 1980s when merchants of Namdaemun Market, Cheongpa-dong and the sewing factory in Manri-dong loading and carried goods. However, as the years passed, the Seoul Station Overpass became old and the safety of it began to be questioned in the late 1990s.
It regularly conducted safety inspections and precision safety diagnoses on Seoul Station overpass, and in March 2013, it announced a plan to demolish Seoul Station Overpass and build new overpasses by reducing sections of overpasses. In September 2014, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its plan to turn the overpass into green land and pedestrian-only spaces instead of demolishing it.
The regeneration project of the Seoul Station Overpass is one of the city’s core projects for urban regeneration, with the idea that the Seoul Station Overpass should be played around conservation rather than demolished as a paradigm shift in urban regeneration.
The regeneration project of the Seoul Station Overpass is based on the analysis that sufficient stability can be secured by using the means of repair and reinforcement of each component, such as replacing the floor plate, through expert advice in the structural area.
The regeneration of the Seoul Station overpass will reveal the public domain, given in the name of development and growth in a new way on the traces of development and growth, and expand the horizons of citizens’ urban experience.
What does the Seoul Station 7017 project mean?
The Seoul Station 7017 project is the beginning of a human-centered urban regeneration that contributes to revitalizing the region and spreading vitality of the city center by regenerating the Seoul Station elevated road from ‘vehicle road’ to ‘human road’.
The Seoul Station Overpass was a symbolic structure of Seoul built in 1970 as it was designed to cross the eastern and western sections of Seoul Station for rapid population growth and traffic difficulties.
The honor of an elevated road that winds around Seoul Station was the first face of Seoul for those who came to Seoul from the provinces, and is one of the most memorable Seoul roads for Seoulites who have passed the elevated road for 45 years.
However, since the late 1990s, safety issues of the Seoul Station Overpass have been raised every year, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been conducting repair work every year through regular safety checks and precision safety diagnoses.
However, eight years have passed since 2006 when serious safety concerns led to a complete control of vehicles and the demolition process. The background of the demolition review is safety rather than transportation and the policy of Seoul City where people were number one.
Uniform Attitude to Deteriorated Architecture, ‘Demolition’. Wait here! Seoul chose to stop for a while. If the safety of Seoul Station overpass is due to load, why don’t we switch from a vehicle road to a human road?
Together with the citizens, Seoul considered ways to energize around Seoul Station, the gateway to Seoul and the starting point of the Eurasian Railway, and connecting people from Namdaemun Market, Myeong-dong, Namsan to the west of Seoul Station. This is how the Seoul Station 7017 project started.
The name “Seoullo 7017” means the 1970s when the old Seoul station was built, 2017 when it was transformed into a walking path, and 17 roads that followed the old one.
Seoullo 7017 is a benchmark of New York’s High Line Park, an aerial park that planted flowers and trees on an elevated railroad highway in the city and created benches and waterfront.
Seoullo 7017 is planted with 50 and 228 species and 24,000 flowers and trees along the straight path. At night, the circular band lighting around 551 flower pots and 555 LED lights on 111 integrated poles that illuminate the garden creates a mysterious atmosphere.