- Seoul City Hall
Seoul City Hall is a governmental building for the
Seoul Metropolitan Governmentin South Korea, in charge of the administrative affairs of Seoul. It is located in Taepyeongno, Jung-gu, the heart of Seoul. It's located next to City Hall Station (Seoul)on Seoul Subway Line 1. In front of the city hall is Seoul Plaza(Korean: 서울광장).
The building was built by the Japanese occupation government in 1926. After liberation from Japan, it served the Seoul city government. City Hall was expanded 6 times. The main building was designated a registered cultural property of the Republic of Korea. The North building was built in 1962 and the new building was built in 1986. Both were demolished in 2006 to make way for a new city hall construction.
A large digital clock for the building was installed in 1975, and replaced with large analogue clock when
Lee Myung-bak(the present president of South Korea) was mayor of Seoul.
There was a competition for a new Seoul City Hall. The jury awarded the prize to
Yoo Kerl(유걸) in February 18, 2008. Yoo Kerl said "Major keywords for designing the new building are traditions, citizens, future. I analysed low-rise horizontal elements, curvaceousness and shads of eaves of our traditional architecture style's characters, and I applied these to the design so I can recall comfortable feelings of old things." [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=‘7수 끝에…’ 서울시 새청사 최종설계안 발표 |quote=30% 문화공간 이용 다음달 기초공사 시작 |publisher= The Hankyoreh|date=2008-02-19 |accessdate=2008-04-30 ]
List of government agencies of South Korea
* [http://www.seoul.go.kr Seoul Metropolitan Government] (Korean site)
* [http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=397168&page=2 Skyscrapercity]
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