The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) selects and promotes its monthly selections for “Future Heritage of the Month.” For October’s Future Heritage of the Month, the SMG held a vote from September 9 to 23, and selected Namsan Library that is representative among public libraries in Seoul, the unique Gyeongbokgung Station with an exhibition space, and the Seongsudaegyo Bridge Accident Memorial Tower as the symbol of the importance of the prevention of safety accidents.
① Namsan Library
Namsan Library was formerly called Gyeongseong Prefectural Library established as part of the cultural governance of the Japanese Empire in October 1922. Following Korea’s liberation, the library was transferred to the current location and rebuilt as it is today for the Korean people. It is one of Seoul’s major libraries, and the SMG designated it as future heritage in 2013. It has more than 510,000 books and documents along with over 17,000 non-book materials, and visitors from different regions come to also enjoy the graceful landscape of Namsan Mountain. Alongside the basic functions of a library, Namsan Library also provides special programs, including reading therapy and writing education, holding itself as a venue for lifelong education.
② Gyeongbokgung Station
Opened in October 1985, Gyeongbokgung Station is one of Seoul Metro’s major stations on line 3 with an average of 50,000 daily passengers. It was designated as future heritage as it was designed to function doubly as an exhibition hall, taking into account its location adjacent to cultural sites including the national heritage of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Seoul Metro Art Museum, which differentiates Gyeongbokgung Station from other stations, opened with the operation of line 3, and the exhibition space is working as an urban cultural space that can be rented by citizens and used for art shows.
③ Seongsudaegyo Memorial Tower
The Seongsudaegyo Memorial Tower is a symbolic monument that was constructed to commemorate 32 people who died in the collapse of the Seongsudaegyo Bridge in October 1994. Designated as future heritage in 2013, it serves as negative heritage that reminds people of the importance of safety to prevent accidents. The accident became a catalyst for taking comprehensive safety inspections of public facilities and conducting reinforcement work for facilities that show any shoddiness to prevent accidents.
Card news and interesting articles about “Future Heritage of the Month” are available on the SMG’s website (futureheritage.seoul.go.kr) as well as social media accounts (e.g. Instagram, Facebook).
Seoul Future Heritage of October
|1. Namsan Library||2. Gyeongbokgung Station|
|3. Seongsudaegyo Memorial Tower|