Seoul City Hall

Seoul Plaza, Where People Laughed and Cried Together

Originally, Seoul Plaza was not a square but a road.

As part of modernization efforts, Emperor Gojong of the Korean Empire ordered the construction of major roads leading outwards from the main gate of Deoksugung Palace. With major roads came major intersections.

This particular intersection is where the people of Seoul came to stage demonstrations in times of crisis. It was the birthplace of a number of major national movements, such as the March 1st Independence Movement against the Japanese occupation and annexation of Korea, the April Revolution of 1960, and the June Democratic Movement.

It’s also where hundreds of thousands of people came to celebrate during the World Cup in 2002. More than one million people came to Seoul Plaza to cheer for their team, and were overjoyed when Korea came fourth. Almost the entire crowd in Seoul Plaza and wore a red shirt, creating quite a visual spectacle for the world to see!

After the 2002 World Cup, there was a general consensus that the area should be maintained as a large, open square where the people of Seoul could congregate. Accordingly, in 2004, the large fountain in the middle of Seoul Plaza was demolished and replaced with the grassy lawn you see today.

Today, Seoul Plaza bustles with people all throughout the year. In the heat of summer, people visit the plaza to cool down under the jets of cold water bubbling up from the ground. In the freezing winter weather, the Plaza is transformed into an ice-skating rink for fun-seeking families and young people. It also serves as a great venue for festivals and events, such as the ‘Hi Seoul Festival’. Seoul Plaza deserves credit for being a historical venue, and it serves to remind us that history can be shaped according to the enthusiasm and needs of the masses.


Seoul City Hall, an Open Area for the Residents.

Welcome to Seoul City Hall! The classic, old building in front of you is the Old Seoul City Hall, and the glass building right behind you is the New Seoul City Hall.

The Old Seoul City Hall building was originally constructed during the Japanese occupation of Korea for other purposes, but it became the City Hall after Korea gained independence.

Today, after renovation, a public library occupies the first to fifth floors. In addition to free access to books, the library also offers free internet so it’s a great place to come to gather information.

For tourists, the Mayor’s Office is the highlight of the Old Seoul City Hall. The office that was once the workplace of Seoul’s former mayors is open to visitors and anyone wishing to take a picture sitting on a chair once sat upon by the former mayors of Seoul may do so!

Open since 2012, the New Seoul City Hall has a unique design. Ivy, jasmine, lavender and other plants grow on the walls from the first to the seventh floor. With over 65,000 plants in total, the place is very green! The plants cleanse the air and also help to maintain both the temperature and optimal humidity level.

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