City Hall in Seoul is a governmental building for the Seoul Metropolitan Government. It is located next to City Hall Station. The building was built by the Japanese occupation government in 1926. After liberation from Japan, it served the Seoul city government. In front of City Hall building is the City Hall Plaza. It is an open area that has become famous for public rallies or celebrations. The most famous was of the huge gathering to support the South Koreans during the Japan – Korea World Cup of 2002.
In 2008 construction began on a New City Hall building. Seoul City Hall will consist of the existing structure which will be renovated and a newly constructed building. See below for pictures. Some 40 percent of the New City Hall building has been earmarked for a cultural space meaning it will truly be a place for the citizens of Seoul. The new building will be an eco-friendly building. Construction is expected to finish in May 2012.
Currently in front of the construction site at City Hall plaza you can find a small exhibit about the history and future of City Hall. At the exhibit the staff can speak English and there are a few useful free guide books. Also, it’s possible to get your picture taken for free with different Korean cultural backgrounds and email to your computer.
Opening Hours / Admission:
The Exhibit is open from 10:00am – 19:00 and closed on Mondays.
Admission is free.
How to get to City Hall Seoul:
Take line 1 or 2 to City Hall station and take exit 5.
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