Seoul City Hall, Seoul
SKorea launched its first high speed train(KTX train) sometime in April 2004. I was very lucky to be the first few passengers to try it. I took a high speed train to Busan and it took about 3 hours. It was pretty much a smooth ride but the seats were rather narrow and you can really feel like a sardine if you have long legs. The ride cost about 45,000won.
To catch the train, take a subway to their spanking new Seoul station in the heart of the city. Buy your ticket from the counter ( Just say , "Busan", "KTX" ) and hop on the train.
There has been a concerted, if not systematic, effort to remove most of the buildings in Seoul that were constructed by the Japanese during their annexation of Korea. While understandable, I hope they do not succeed in removing all traces of the architectural style, now best represented by Seoul City Hall. The Seoul Train station and several buildings on the US military base are also from the Japanese period, but others (like the former National Museum) have been torn down.
This building was built in 1926 to house Seoul Metropolitan Government. It is designed in a gothic style with a large-size circular wall clock. This clock is synchronized by external satellite aerial GPS and at noon, the clock strikes 12 times with the melody of the traditional Bosingak bell.
Seoul Plaza re-opened on May 1, 2004, as the newly renovated place around the fountain area in front of Seoul City Hall. The fountains are neat as the heights and directions of the water columns can be controlled and 48 lights are installed around the grass square to light up the night. Large-scale cultural events are often held on the grass square as well.
City Hall was constructed in 1926 in a gothic style reminiscent of something from New York City, Chicago, or possibly Batman. It was built during the Japanese occupation and has always housed the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The new City Hall, located just behind the old, was constructed from 2008 to 2012 and is a massive, ultramodern glass building. Old City Hall is now a library.
City Hall Plaza is the open area in front of City Hall. It was just rebuilt in Spring 2004 from a huge, unsightly intersection to a green open area.
Also in the area of City Hall are Deoksugung Palace, the Anglican Cathedral dating from 1926, and the major business hotels of Seoul such as the Westin Chosun Hotel, the Seoul Plaza Hotel, and the Lotte Hotel.
The redesigned open area in front of City Hall has become a popular spot for public celebrations and demonstrations.
We are still in downtown Seoul area and another intersting spot is the city hall and the grand square in front of it..
This are is covered with the city hall building on one side.. The historical palace on the left side and some other business buildings on the other sides..
The area infront of Seoul City hall was once only a mass of congested roads. Recently it has been transformed as part of the Seoul beautification project in to Seoul's Citizens park. where once there were roads there is a water fountain, gardens and grass. It's a nice area to pass through. It's the center of Seouls Financial district, and there are also many tourist related things to see in the area such as Deoksugung Palace.
City Hall is in downtown Seoul. It was built in 1926 to house Seoul Metropolitan Government (those nice people who publish Seoul's Best 100).
There is a spectacular light show here during the Hi Seoul Festival.
South Koreans are known around the world as passionate and avid rallyist!. My Guide told me that practically everyday, there are rallies conducted at the city hall area on an infinite amount of grievances like agriculture subsidies, politics, fuel prices, anti-north korea, etc. Recently the rallies were against US Beef since there were unfounded rumours circulated that when you eat US Beef then you will die of Mad Cow Disease. Personally I think this is Xenophobia at it's worst.
The City Hall is an oval style, was built in 1926. The 13 story building is almost entirely covered with glazing. The curves and distortions actually are inspired by the Korean Hanok traditional house, which carefully considers its position relative to its surroundings. The wavy glass facade with its protruding illuminated is a breathtaking addition to the Seoul skyline
The modern architecture of Seoul City Hall features multipurpose halls and cultural facilities. One of the modern landmarks in architecture and can be explored within the impressive buildings. Visitors can take the elevators to the top of the building and get to see a great view of the city at the Seoul Plaza and have a cup of coffee.