April 11, 2018 14:04
Gwanghwamun Plaza in the center of downtown Seoul will increase 3.7 times in size. Seoul city officials plan to narrow the main thoroughfares straddling the square, creating a plaza 60 m wide and stretching 410 m in length.
Seoul city and the Cultural Heritage Administration announced the plan together on Tuesday.
Another square will also be built nearby around the Gyeongbok Palace, and the combined area will total 69,300 sq.m, five times larger than City Hall Plaza.
The aim of the enlarged square is to "create a pedestrian-oriented space where people can meet." Construction will start in January 2020 and end in May 2021.
At present, two five-lane roads run on either side of the plaza, so pedestrians must cross 10 lanes of heavy traffic to get from one side to the other. The five-lane road on the side of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts will be incorporated into the enlarged plaza, and the other road on the opposite side will have six lanes for traffic -- three in each direction.
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