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Lively Seoul @ Seoul Plaza

Seoul Plaza refers to the square located in front of Seoul City Hall at Taepyeongno, Jung-gu in Seoul. In fact Seoul Plaza, located between the Renaissance-style stone combined modern-style glass building and modern classic of Seoul Plaza Hotel, is a historic site where in March , 1919 that called Samil Independence Movement and contributed further to Korea’s protest culture, including in June 1987 the pro-democracy movement were held.

Screenshot 2016-06-07 at 6.54.47 PMSo, this area has been widely provided as a location for public rallies, protests and variety events for a long time, there were the both significant political demonstrations and social -commercial -cultural expositions taken place at the square, such as a well-known place where tens of thousands of Korean soccer fans came to cheer during 2002 World Cup Games, Hi! Seoul Festival, and Seoul Drum Festival which held on May 27th – 28th, 2016, etc.

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Sam-il Independent Movement in 1919 populargusts.blogspot.kr

Anyway this site was originally a traffic square with a 40-year-old fountain that was demolished and the nearby space was renovated. In 2002 the roadway was completely transformed for grass area and Seoul Plaza is elliptical in shape grassed covering 3,995 pyeong (13,200 square metres approximately). The newly renovated place around the fountain area in front of Seoul City Hall. The fountain is created high water columns according to the lighting from underground water tanks , 48 colorful lights were installed around the grass square, so that the beautiful night scenery can be viewed along with the surrounding landscape.

Seoul Plaza was inauguratedly reopened on 1st May 2004, by Seoul Metropolitan Government, with the purpose of providing the public space. It is a part of the City’s plans for environmentally friendly renovation projects. This place has been also regulated smoking-free zones by the Seoul Metropolitan Government since June 2011. (Smokers are fined ₩100,000)

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Day time concert at Seoul Plaza re-opening on May 1, 2004
lifeinkorea.com

Although the plaza features a refreshing fountain in the summer time, the plaza transforms into an outdoor skating rink every winter, it is a popular winter attraction in the city. an outdoor ice rink in the winter. The facility houses one rink for beginners and one for advanced skaters, and also hosts various events during its operating hours. There are also convenience facilities like skate rental, and outdoor break room, outdoor standing area and rest area for ice skaters. For the precious time of winter, the reader can see more information at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=686510

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Furthermore the elliptical place is currently used as a place to hold various events and cultural festivals and enjoyable courtyard of many Seoulites. Seoul Plaza has gone on display for every season that makes the heart of Seoul staying lively all time, similarly the soul of Seoul everlasting.

Address : 100-101 110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul

Admission Fees : Free

Hours of Operation : 24 hours a day (Every Monday “day off the grass’ operating)

Pets : Not permitted

Reference: 

lifeinkorea.com
populargusts.blogspot.kr


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