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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dongdaemun History Culture Park

Dongdaemun History Culture Park was inaugurated last week (on October 27), exposing as planned old walls revealed after the removal of Dongdaemun Stadium (see "Buldozing Seoul again...").

Yesterday, the stadium's second death was voted : Dongdaemun Stadium Station (동대문운동장역) shall be rebranded Dondgaemun History Culture Park Station (동대문역사문화공원역).

I'm glad we're spared "Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park Station", or "Dongdaemun Design Plaza Station" (or for that matter, any "Plaza"). Insisting on "History and culture" and "park" in this very area is a sound and future-proof choice : the "design" label tends to become obsolete as soon as you apply it, and this could almost depreciate the whole area at the same level as say Doota instead of lifting it up. BTW : the DDP itself is supposed to be inaugurated in 2011, one year after the celebrations of Seoul as the World capital of design.

Another subway station is about to alter its name in Dongdaemun-gu : "University of Seoul" (UOS or "Silibdae", not to be confused with Seoul National University : SNU lies in Gwanak-gu) will be added after "Cheongnyangni Station". It makes sense since that's the closest station to the University, but a future light subway line connecting Cheongnyangni with Sinnae-dong (Jungnang-gu) was supposed to have a stop at the entrance of the University in Jeonnong-dong.

Seoul Village 2009

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