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Landscape RegenerationSeoullo 7017
Written by Grace Yang | Published. 2017.06.21 16:25 | Count : 586
In the midst of bustling city lights and jammed traffic, a highway around Seoul Station is now reborn into 17 different pedestrian walkways. On June 20, I visited the Seoullo 7017, which is a project initiated to regenerate the Seoul Station area that has been constructed in 1970. As the name “Seoullo 7017” palpably indicates, the road is meant to represent how the highway constructed from 1970 is reconstructed in 2017 into 17 different paths. The mayor of Seoul, Mr. Won Soon Park commented that the opening of Seoullo 7017 is a "symbolism of transition from automobile-centered city to a human centered city.”
 
Mid-way of Seoullo 7017 with emphasis on green

From the guidebooks that I’ve collected from the walkway, I learned that the chief aim of the project was to solve the ongoing problem of the high price stability of the Seoul Station. In order to recycle the surrounding area of the station that only exacerbated the traffic problem, the government decided to implement a walkway that would connect two locations in Seoul that are not so much pedestrian-friendly.

The groups of crowding tourists, as well as the design of the walkway caught my attention. Modeling the High Line Park from New York that reused the urban railway as a park in 2009, the Seoullo 7017 seemed to stretch endless, hovering seven feet above the actual road. Even though most people aren’t fans of sauntering under the sun in mid-June, the overwhelming size of walkway definitely stands and articulates itself in calling people to attention.

This photo shows two of 17 Seoullo exits, we are looking towards Malli-dong Square

As I walked on the Seoullo, I met different end locations including some popular tourist landmarks, such as the Namdaemun market, Mountain Namsan, and the main plaza.  I was glad to encounter different vitalizing entertainment sources and space to rest along the walkway as a plain walkway without any entertainment sources would have dragged on the draining temperature and enervated me. Not only did the road encompass variety of plants and flowers, but it also offered some seating areas where people can stop to cool down by dipping their feet into shallow pools.

Visiting Sunday was a swarming hot with number of citizens' foot bathing in cool water

The walkway was further enlivened by series of food stops, amusement for children, and various shows and events that took place occasionally. I think it was very ingenious in that the five food shops located in different bubbles of the walkway all represented traditional Korean foods rather than foreign cuisines that could easily be found elsewhere. Another aspect that I deemed creative about the space was its opportunity for any citizens to adopt trees or plants that were planted in the flowerpots. All these services that are provided by Seoullo 7017 seemed to insinuate at a bigger meaning: binding the community together more tightly. I’ve compiled following 2017 Seoullo event schedules for any readers interested in visiting Seoullo during more eventful occasions. 

Source: http://english.seoul.go.kr/seoullo-7017-scheduled-open-may-20/

Granted, there have been some concerns put out by the public about how Seoullo 7017 is clearly disregarding the respect for nature as much environmental problems were brought up due to the construction of this walkway. Nevertheless, it is ultimately our duty to further innovate the project that has been completed.


 
 







Grace Yang
Grade 11
Seoul International School

Grace Yang  student_reporter@dherald.com

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