Seoul City Hall

Seoul City Hall

Seoul City Hall
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Kat
Seoul, South Korea2,117 contributions
I recently visited the City Hall and fell in love with its design and architecture. This modern build stands out drastically and you can easily spot it due to its architectural design. I took the elevator to the top floor and hung out at the cafe. The drinks and desserts are priced really low as compared to other cafes- yet they are fresh and tasty. I was a bit confused as to which floor is open to the public and tried getting off at various floors but the evaluator only goes to the top floor, and perhaps the other floors can only be accessed by the workers through other elevators. The basement floor is quite huge and offered a wide range of sitting areas as well as shops, archeological museum and others. Right in front of the City Hall lies the moon shaped ice rink which is open during the winter season. All in all, it was an interesting visit.
Written January 21, 2020
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Culinary-Consultants
Ferrara, Italy3,462 contributions
Without a doubt this is a MUST SEE. The pictures we are showing here were a kind donation from the IARC Architects (the actual group that designed and made this amazing piece of Art).

The building is absolutely gorgeous filled with outstanding materials, curves, bubbles, inner gardens and from the outside, although great and beautiful, does not represent the full impact that you receive whilst in the inside.

As explained to us.... This place wants to be a future architecture that goes with the culture and terrain of the new Seoul citizens’ cultural emotion. And apparently the design of this building is based or inspired on mountains and valleys. Inspired on nature basically.

As some of you may or may not know, the Seoul square is a symbolical center of Seoul and the only existing outside public space.

As described; the concept design is a vertical extension of the Seoul square.

The cultural facilities in this building are literally hanging. The Multi-level hanging terraces are linking to its culture facilities. Inside the stairs and the curved handling rods, that seem not to make any sense (it does). Inner wall attached and hanging gardens bring color, nature and live to this place.

All in all we highly recommend this place as a true shocking piece of modernistic and sustainable architecture. The place is very spacious, it has a library also and a coffee shop available at the bottom of the place. Please come and enjoy the amazing Seoul City Hall.

Special thanks to IARC Architects for the outstanding images (a lot better than ours).
Written February 2, 2020
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GlobetrotterJ16
Seoul, South Korea1,805 contributions
Should City Hall features unique and contemporary architecture, besides that not really much to see. There is a large lawn area in front of the building which is great to take a picture, but otherwise not much to do. Location wise very central, whether nearby shopping in Myeongdong or Insadong, or a visit to the Palace, everything is in walking distance. Not a destination in itself but a good spot to take a picture when passing by,
Written July 19, 2020
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Clay S
Carleton Place, Canada28 contributions
go to changing of the guard across the street at 2:20 pm daily well worth it. Done in asian ancient dressing and at the end you are encouraged to get pics with the dressed up staff !
Written February 16, 2020
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,172 contributions
Solo
As an architecture buff, I found Seoul's City Hall to be a most worthwhile stop. The modern 13-story glass-and-steel building opened in 2012 behind the old, stone city hall, now a library. Designed by You Kerl, the new building resembles a huge wave but borrows from elements of traditional Korean houses, such as the roof structure. Eco friendly, its features include a geothermal plant and rainwater for the cooling system.

Home for city government offices, the building also welcomes the general public for free in many areas. I started on the first floor and marveled at the vertical garden that climbs the inner wall to the seventh floor. Consisting of tens of thousands of plants, the garden was the largest in the world when the building opened. Its lower part, which I could see clearly, however, needs to have brown leaves removed. An art installation, "Metaseosa Seobeol," appears just inside the entrance by the garden. Its myriad white balloons represent Seoul's turbulent history, but the creation reminded me of giant grapes.

I took the glass elevator to the ninth-floor cafe, where artwork was displayed. Many people sat at small tables, drinking coffee or looking at phones. Two locals invited me to join them and shared many interesting stories about their city and its history.

Later, I descended to the basement level's
multipurpose space, which includes art exhibitions and design shops. I especially liked the glassed-in archaeology hall that exhibits items from the Joseon dynasty found during excavation of the site. A visitor information desk at this level had an English-speaking woman, who gave me details about the area in general.

Seoul City Hall offers a convenient stop for those visiting nearby Deoksugung Palace. The building is at the City Hall metro stop.
Written November 11, 2018
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Mik1mak
Trenton, Michigan32 contributions
Friends
The new Seoul City Hall captures the modern archetecture theme very prevalent throughout the city. The facade features a huge screen and rounded glistening curves. The city has preserved Old City Hall which is located immediately adjacent.
Written June 7, 2016
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,468 contributions
Couples
Seoul City Hall (free entry) is located upon Seoul Plaza in the heart of the city. Here you find two buildings, the old City Hall which now serves as the Seoul Metropolitan Library and the new and modern City Hall, which is of a contemporary design and structure built in 2012.

In addition to seeing the unique architecture of the building, there is a self-guided tour of City Hall which includes a few interesting stops. First, you can see the tallest vertical garden in the world which spans seven stories up the inner wall of the City Hall building. The self-guided walk also takes you up to the 8th and 9th floor Sky Plaza and exhibition gallery. There are a couple of cafes in this area as well.

You then descend into the lower levels of the building where you find building ruins known as the Gungisi Relics, an unexpected find at City Hall. Additionally, there is a design shop, more art space and open lounge area. There was a duet performing a few Korean tunes during the time of our visit. That was neat to watch for a few minutes.

Overall, we enjoyed our short visit to Seoul City Hall. This is not a major attraction but a neat place if you enjoy unique architecture and peculiar attractions like the vertical garden located here.

Note: You can download the Seoul City Hall Self-Guided Tour map. It can be found through google search and is available as a PDF file. You can also find the the map in brochure form within the City Hall building.
Written November 25, 2015
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yipjcs88
Hong Kong, China9,934 contributions
Solo
The City Hall, just a short walk from the City Hall metro station, is a beautiful building. However, I would like to mention that in autumn, please do not miss the stone wall adjacent to Exit 1 of the station. It is a scenic spot for portrait photography.
Written November 21, 2018
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Legopod
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Family
This wasn't on our planned itinerary, and it turned out to be a surprisingly pleasant experience! It was around 6 PM on a weekday, and we had gone in and taken pictures of the vertical gardens, and this glowing light structure. On our way out, one of the senior guards motioned us to the elevator, and told a passing local to escort us to the basement.

Upon exiting the elevator, we went out to this floor where photo ops abound! Take a picture with different wall colors, pretend to be "On Air" at a studio, look for the "Lego Wall," admire the pastel image-covered lights, and go through a relics exhibit hall! We were only able to explore one floor, but there seems to be two floors of this "Citizens' Hall." Wish they promoted this more!
Written September 8, 2018
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Otto B
Waterloo, Belgium2,163 contributions
Solo
The Seoul City Hall was just a 5-10 minute walk from my hotel. I walked by it several times, but never stopped in. Unfortunately, today is a Monday and most tourist attractions
are closed in Seoul on Mondays and so was the visit of the City Hall. Hence, I could only see the lobby area and got my self some documentation. The 'Tong Tong Tour', a Self- Guided Tour, looks very interesting to me. It goes over most floors of the City Hall. I will certainly do this during my next visit!
Written May 28, 2018
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