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Location DB > So Korea > Seoul > Jung-gu > City Hall
City Hall
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created by Steed on 9/2/2008 10:31 AM
last modified by Steed on 11/15/2012 1:03 AM
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One of the few buildings left from the Japanese imperial period, this building
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Type: Building
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Jung-gu, Seoul
So Korea
Owner: The municipal government
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  • librarians
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  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1926
    Closed: 2008
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    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 for a butt-ugly design.

    Demolition began with no warning in late August 2008. The city wanted it destroyed before a historical group awarded it historical status, which would require its preservation. Right after demolition began, historical status was granted and the demolition was halted.

    It reopened in 2012 as Seoul Metropolitan Library, with the new City Hall next door.
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    Sun, Aug 31st, 2008
    posted by Steed
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 11/23/2012 3:59 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Nov 23 12 at 15:59, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Nov 15 12 at 1:03, Steed changed the following: Web Links
  • on Nov 15 12 at 1:02, Steed changed the following: History, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Recommendation
  • on Nov 24 09 at 2:38, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Nov 23 09 at 8:33, Steed changed the following: Publically Viewable, Status
  • on Mar 14 09 at 17:09, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 11 09 at 4:44, Steed changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Sep 5 08 at 7:52, SaraBellum validated this location
  • on Sep 2 08 at 10:46, Steed made this location available
  • on Sep 2 08 at 10:46, Steed updated gallery picture Above
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