Great day in City Hall district of Seoul. The city hall district is located in the north center of Seoul. It is a very nice area to see where the new and old mix. We can indeed see high-rise buildings, and ancient temples. The advantage of downtown Seoul is that there is no real periphery. Which means that in the north center of Seoul, but also in the south, the city is surrounded by the hills and the small moutains. It is really an amazing place to see in Seoul.
The new Seoul City Hall is an eco-friendly building with a unique exterior, the design of which is based on the eaves of traditional Korean houses. The total floor area of the city hall is 90,743sqm, including the old city hall building, which is now the Seoul Metropolitan Library. Government offices account for 62 percent of the area, and public spaces for citizens make up 38 percent. The building is highly efficient, as it is built with a double skin facade system. About 28.3 percent of the energy used in the building of eco-friendly energy sources, including photovoltaic, solar thermal and geothermal. The Green Wall is the most popular attraction at the Seoul City Hall building. Spanning an area of 1516m², the size of a soccer field, this vertical garden climbs the inner wall, all the way from the first to the seventh floor. It was named in Guinness World Records as the largest vertical garden in the world.
After the modern of city hall, there is the statue of King Sejong is the square’s focal point. In front of the statue, the main inventions from King Sejong’s reign are on display, including the hangeul alphabet and scientific instruments such as a sundial, rain gauge and celestial globe. A nearby gallery tells “The Story of King Sejong,” featuring a variety of materials and artifacts portraying the life and achievements of the great man himself.
At the end of the main road there is Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also referred to as the Northern Palace because of its location when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces.The properties were once destroyed by the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919).