Old high­way turns into tourist spot

New Straits Times - - Business -

SEOUL: In ef­forts to re­ju­ve­nate the city, the Seoul Metropoli­tan gov­ern­ment has turned an el­e­vated road for cars into a walk­way for pedes­tri­ans.

Seoul City mayor Park Won­soon said Seoullo 7017 was a sym­bol of the peo­ple-cen­tred ur­ban ren­o­va­tion.

In­stead of de­mol­ish­ing the over­pass, he said Seoullo 7017 was trans­formed from an age­ing high­way into a rest area and tourist at­trac­tion.

The land­mark over­pass was built in 1970 and had been re­garded as a sym­bol of South Korea’s in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion.

“This is one of many projects that we have planned as part of our ef­forts to re­vi­talise the Seoul tourism in­dus­try,” Park told a me­dia brief­ing, here, on Wed­nes­day.

He did not dis­close the cost for the project.

The walk­way, slated to open to­day, will be the cen­tral pil­lar con­nect­ing 17 pedes­trian streets that cen­tre around the Seoul Sta­tion.

The 1,024m walk­way con­sists of a main pas­sage with side pas­sages that con­nect to To­e­gye-ro to­wards Nam­dae­mun Mar­ket, Nam­san and Myeong­dong in the east of the city, and to Seoul Sta­tion Seobu and Malli-dong Square in the west.

On the walk­way’s name, the num­ber 70 stands for the year 1970, when the orig­i­nal over­pass was con­structed, while 17 hold three mean­ings — the year 2017 when the road was given new life, the 17 pedes­trian paths linked to the street and the 17m con­struc­tion height. Farah Adilla

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