After four years and five months of construction, a new city hall finally opened on Aug. 31. The interior was opened to the public on Aug. 27 before the city government started relocating on Sept. 1.
The new office is not only for administrative staff but includes cultural facilities for citizens. The previous building, which was recently registered as a cultural asset, has been converted into a library with more than 100,000 books and 390 seats.
The eighth and ninth floors of the new city hall are multipurpose halls reserved for large conferences, presentations and discussions and can accommodate 500-700 people. The third and fourth floors also have large conference rooms equipped with booths for simultaneous interpretation.