The proximities of Chunggae creek was a major space for gathering of many population from past times and it is a place containing the joy, anger, sorrow, pleasure and lives of citizens. The Chunggae creek which flowed into the downtown of Seoul throughout many historical events had been disappeared into history completely in the modernizing process due to the contamination with life sewages and overflow. However, city authority of Seoul decided to restore it to the shape before covering the creek by means of dismantling the old elevated ways in Chunggae creek in line with the large scale city movement project to revive the grey city and to improve the quality of city landscape in 2002.

  The cultural space was created by activating the old town sphere in Chunggae creek and the amenities of giant city was improved by the cultural and natural wave created along the creek. In addition, the educational opportunity has been provided to the citizens by means of reviving its historical nature.

  The design and cultural value of Chunggae plaza were restored in the mean time and the urban environment requested in modern times was established. The Chunggae plaza which heightened the balanced development in Seoul which has been developed in unbalanced way by dividing into northern and southern area of the river is very meaningful in the viewpoint of the landscape architect who designs the urban space. The re-birth as a cultural space of downtown owing to the efforts of said cultural catalysts is meaningful.

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  This project is meaningful in that the national symbolic square of 600-year old city is resurrected through the competition design of Gwanghwa-moon Square and the total design process of Turn-Key design. This design project not only involves the appropriate interpretation of history but also creates the new open space in the downtown area by the restoration of Chosun dynasty’s Yuk-jo Street in aspect of both time and space.

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  Tashkent Seoul Park was completed in June, 2014, following the signing of a sisterhood relationship between Seoul City and Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan in July, 2010. An open competition for the design of the park was held and, based on the design, the park was completed in June and open to the public in September, 2014. Tashkent Seoul Park is more than a public park in Tashkent. The focus was on making it a starting point for offering a new model for traditional parks of Korea built abroad. Korean gardens and parks built in overseas cities are not only a landscape space but also serve as an ambassador that promotes the culture of Korea to foreigners who are unfamiliar with Korean culture. Therefore, Tashkent Seoul Park was designed to reflect the beauty and uniqueness of Korean traditional landscaping to promote the image of Korea and Seoul. As such, the design and plan was focused on the best measures to make known Korean culture through a design that sets itself apart from the landscape of Uzbekistan.

  To date, Korean parks or Seoul parks that have been built overseas have focused on the re-enactment of gardens and parks during the Josun Dynasty era. But with the Tashkent Park, the process of the 170,000 people from Goryeo was also reflected onto the design so that the culture and sensibilities of old Goryeo could be felt as well. Korean traditional garden design elements for the representation of the Korean identity are taken from the pilot study. This design element includes not only that of Goryeo, but also the Josun Dynasty era to allow local people to experience a general Korean traditional garden. The traditional beauty and lyricism of Korea was presented to Central Asia through the park in Tashkent so that the citizens could feel the simple yet down-to-earth beauty of Korean aesthetics. As such, the spatial experience of story-telling in Seoul Park evolves from two points of view. First, it is a spatial experience from the perspective of the Goryeo period and of foreigners. It is a continuum of a landscape experience where one can trace the sentiments of Korea and a hometown in Korea by passing through lyrical and multi-faceted spatial structures. Second, it is an experience that evolves from the viewpoint of an outsider, including the Tashkent citizens. It allows visitors to read the various methods and attitudes in an unfamiliar landscape and terrain. Through a story-telling that is reminiscent of the Silk Road through which trade with East Asia took place, visitors can interact with Korean culture in the Korean Garden and throughout the process they can feel the very Korean sentiments.


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