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Seoul Plaza

The view of Seoul Plaza from Jeong-dong Observatory

On May 1, 2004, Seoul Plaza opened in front of Seoul City Hall. The total area of Seoul Plaza occupies 3,995-pyeong and about half of the area, amounting to 1,904-pyeong, is the grass square. Starting with its first event "Hi! Seoul Festival", various cultural events and festivals are held throughout the year. Seoul Plaza is perfectly situated near tourist attractions. Cheonggyecheon Stream, Jeong-dong, and Seoul Museum of Art are only 10 minutes' walk from Seoul Plaza. Enjoy a variety of fun events while at Seoul Plaza.

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  • Location110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Homepage http://plaza.seoul.go.kr/
  • Directions*Subway
    Line 1 City Hall Station, Exits 5, 6
    Line 1 Jonggak Station, Exits 5, 6
    Line 2 Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station, Exits 1, 8
    Line 5 Gwanghwamun Station, Exits 5, 6
    *Bus
    Red Bus (Metropolitan Bus) 9409
    Blue Bus (Arterial Bus) 101, 150, 172, 402, 402 (Late-night Bus), 405, 472, 600, 602, 603, 172
    Green Bus (Feeder Bus) 1711, 7016
The night view of Seoul Plaza

The night view of Seoul Plaza

People relaxing at Seoul Plaza

People relaxing at Seoul Plaza

Seoul Plaza is an iconic gathering place for Seoul citizens. Anyone can kick back and relax and take in the free atmosphere at Seoul Plaza. Until Seoul Plaza was reconstructed as a plaza in 2004, it was a road filled with cars. Seoul Plaza, however, became the symbol of Culture Station Seoul and a place for citizens.

People dancing at Seoul Plaza

People dancing at Seoul Plaza

Seoul Drum Festival held in Seoul Plaza in 2016 (May 27-28, 2016)

Seoul Drum Festival held in Seoul Plaza in 2016 (May 27-28, 2016)

Seoul Plaza is well-known for being a place for festivals. Various events and festivals are frequently held throughout the year. People often watch a movie while sitting or lying on the grass or enjoy dancing together.

2016 Rain Festival (July 28-31, 2016)

2016 Rain Festival (July 28-31, 2016)

"Rain Festival", one of the latest events held in Seoul Plaza, refreshed Seoul citizens who had been suffering from the extremely hot weather. In addition, the festival provided an educational program that reminded people of the significance and value of water.

Hanpyeong Citizens Book Market is held every Saturday.

Hanpyeong Citizens Book Market is held every Saturday.

Hanpyeong Citizens Book Market is held every Saturday.

Hanpyeong Citizens Book Market is held every Saturday.

A variety of festivals held in Seoul Plaza give citizens an opportunity to experience a diverse range of culture. Through festivals, people can broaden their perspectives and find some peaceful moments of rest.

The fountain of Seoul Plaza

The fountain of Seoul Plaza

The fountain of Seoul Plaza

The fountain of Seoul Plaza

Even when a festival or special event is not being held, Seoul Plaza brings pleasure to Seoul citizens through the form of fountains in the summer and an ice rink in the winter.

서울도서관

Seoul Metropolitan Library.

A phrase on the sign hanging on the building of Seoul Metropolitan Library helps to set a peaceful atmosphere. The phrase made me stop for a moment and ponder about its meaning.

The view of Seoul Metropolitan Library from Seoul Plaza

The view of Seoul Metropolitan Library from Seoul Plaza

The phrase states, "I become wind when I step in the shadow of you". The sign, which changes frequently and contains a different phrase each time, is known as "Dream Sign". Since June 2013, Seoul Metropolitan Library has been inviting the general public to get involved regardless of region or age and help come up with good phrases to be displayed on the Dream Sign. Many people are moved by the message and are able to summon courage and motivation from the sign.

Seoul Metropolitan Library

Seoul Metropolitan Library

Seoul Metropolitan Library

Seoul Metropolitan Library

Seoul Plaza used to be called "City Hall Plaza" before it had been rebuilt as Seoul Plaza in 2004. The old city hall was converted into Seoul Metropolitan Library. The original building exterior and its historical symbol still remain intact just like when it was first built in 1926, and only the inside of the building was renovated as a library.

The restoration of the former Mayor's Office

The restoration of the former Mayor's Office

The restoration of the former Mayor's Office

The restoration of the former Mayor's Office

Control Room

Control Room

You can see the restorations of the former Mayor's Office and Control Room on the third floor of Seoul Metropolitan Library. The former Mayor's Office has been perfectly restored just as it was. The library displays various exhibits related to the old city hall containing a half-century worth of history after the liberation of Korea. It is highly regarded as an educational space.

Seoul Archival Services

Seoul Archival Services

Records about Seoul Plaza

Records about Seoul Plaza

Seoul Archival Services' memorial hall to commemorate the sinking of MV Sewol

Seoul Archival Services' memorial hall to commemorate the sinking of MV Sewol

Seoul Archival Services' memorial hall to commemorate the sinking of MV Sewol

Seoul Archival Services' memorial hall to commemorate the sinking of MV Sewol

The Seoul Archival Services share the records and information of Seoul with citizens. The Memorial Altar for MV Sewol Victims was relocated from Seoul Plaza to Seoul Archival Services. Seoul Metropolitan Library is not only a library but also a cultural space connecting the past, the present, and the future.

The Vertical Garden on the first floor of Seoul Citizens Hall was once listed as the world's largest vertical garden in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Vertical Garden on the first floor of Seoul Citizens Hall was once listed as the world's largest vertical garden in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Open Lounge and Cloud Gallery on the first basement level of Citizens Hall

Open Lounge and Cloud Gallery on the first basement level of Citizens Hall

Open Lounge and Cloud Gallery on the first basement level of Citizens Hall

Open Lounge and Cloud Gallery on the first basement level of Citizens Hall

Saturday concert at Open Lounge and Citizens Hall Gallery

Saturday concert at Open Lounge and Citizens Hall Gallery

Saturday concert at Open Lounge and Citizens Hall Gallery

Saturday concert at Open Lounge and Citizens Hall Gallery

The Citizens Hall near Seoul City Hall is a cultural space for citizens' participation, cultural shows, exhibitions, and events. In this sense, its Chinese name uses cheong (聽) meaning "listening", instead of cheong (廳) meaning "office". It means that the Seoul Metropolitan Government aims to listen to the voices of its citizens and facilitate better interaction with them.

Gungisi Relics Exhibition Hall on the first basement level of Citizens Hall

Gungisi Relics Exhibition Hall on the first basement level of Citizens Hall

Gungisi Relics Exhibition Hall on the first basement level of Citizens Hall

Gungisi Relics Exhibition Hall on the first basement level of Citizens Hall

The Gungisi Relics Exhibition Hall is another special place located within Citizens Hall. The exhibition hall displays artifacts, all of which were excavated during the construction of Seoul City Hall. The exhibits consist of the relics of Gungisi, a military weapons depot of the Joseon Dynasty. Participating in "Tong Tong Tour: The Way of History" provided by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, visitors can browse around the exhibition hall with the aid of culture and tourism expert's professional guidance and insights.

Photo of the old Seoul City Hall on display in Seoul Archival Services

Photo of the old Seoul City Hall on display in Seoul Archival Services

The view from the Roof Garden of Seoul Metropolitan Library

The view from the Roof Garden of Seoul Metropolitan Library

Seoul Metropolitan Library, Citizens Hall, and Seoul Plaza are cherished as an open rest area by Seoul citizens. Seoul Plaza was a historical site related to the March 1st Movement, the April Revolution, and the June Democratic Uprising. In 2002, numerous people in red T-shirts gathered together in Seoul Plaza to cheer for the Korean team during the 2002 FIFA World Cup and this ‘sea of red’ caused the whole world to become enamored as a result. Whenever Seoul citizens need to combine their forces, they would gather together in Seoul Plaza. In other words, Seoul Plaza embraced the sorrows and pleasures of Seoul citizens for centuries. I hope that Seoul Plaza always remains as a place of the citizens, by the citizens, and for the citizens.

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