World Cup Park and Nanji Han River Park have transformed from a beautiful island to a dump site to a golf course, and finally to a park featuring culture and arts. Now they will again be reborn as a Seoul tourist destination under an eco-friendly city beautification project.
Seoul City will build an eco-friendly tourist destination at a 4.36 million sq m site, which includes Nanji Han River Park and four other parks (Peace, Sky, Noeul and Nanjicheon) located at World Cup Park. The ambitious plan is a rare example of an eco-friendly park being built at a former waste site. Reflecting its future promise, the name of "Eco Land" was chosen through a contest open to the public.
◆ Building Bridges to an Eco-Friendly Future
In order to ease the passage of people, bicycles and cars, Seoul City plans to build two bridges and an underground passage between the two parks. Bridges will be built connecting Nanji Han River Park to both Peace Park and Noeul Park. Both will allow pedestrians and bicyclists, with the latter also welcoming cars.
An underground passage connecting Noeul Park to a camping site at Nanji Han River Park will also be built. It will allow vehicles to directly access the river park from central Seoul. Pedestrians will also be able to use the passage to reach the top of Noeul Park. Two stairways, one a zigzag "Noeul Stairway" from the river to that park and another leading from Peace Park, are also to be built by June of 2010.
◆ Emissions Reduction Part of the Plan
By 2011, Seoul City plans to replace vehicles used at the parks with hydrogen and electricity powered green cars. This also extends to shuttle buses currently in operation between World Cup Park and Nanji Han River Park. They will be replaced with electric vehicles from June of next year. As a way to encourage eco-friendly transportation, electric cars will be rented from March of next year to visitors so that they can drive them at Sky and Noeul Parks. Additionally, a bicycle-rental system will be in place from next summer to allow visitors to rent and return bicycles anywhere in the park. At Noeul Park, a slope elevator will be built, allowing visitors to view the surroundings from a different perspective.
◆ Future Plans
The "Zero Energy House" will be built at World Cup Park by November of next year, serving as an environmental protection and renewable energy information site. A Hydrogen Station will also be constructed in order to supply fuel for the park's buses.
According to the director of the Green Seoul Bureau, "If the plan is completed by 2011, World Cup Park and Nanji Han River Park will become major tourist attractions in Seoul alongside Myeong-dong, Insa-dong, Samcheong-dong and Gwanghwamun."