Screengrab from Seoul Metropolitan Government

Screengrab from Seoul Metropolitan Government

Modelled after New York’s iconic High Line, Seoul’s soon-to-open elevated park will carry visible and spatial respite to busy metropolis life, with a stretch of greenery, cafes and road markets, the town authorities mentioned Tuesday.

Opening a part of the “Seoullo 7017” on Tuesday, forward of the official opening in May, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon on Tuesday described the city sky park as a spot the place “nature and humans can live side by side.”

“(The launch of Seoullo 7017) will not only restore the overpass, but become a catalyst for the revival and regeneration of neighboring regions through the high number of visitors,” Seoul Mayor Park mentioned.

The pedestrian-friendly park will stretch for a few kilometer and hyperlink seven surrounding areas together with Seoul Station and Namdaemun Market to 12 pedestrian walkways.

Touted as a rival to New York’s High Line Park, the town authorities mentioned it’ll characteristic over 24,085 vegetation representing 228 species of timber, shrubs and flowers present in and outdoors Korea.

Complementing the vegetation might be cafes, road markets, flower retailers and efficiency levels, the town mentioned.

Officials mentioned the park will present not solely a stretch of greenery, but in addition a botanical training, permitting residents to have a more in-depth have a look at the labeled vegetation organized in alphabetical order.

The venture started 4 years in the past to utilize an outdated overpass that when served as a significant street connecting western and central Seoul. Public requires its elimination had mounted after a security evaluation categorized the outdated overpass as harmful in 2006.

The “70” within the title Seoullo 7017 refers back to the yr 1970 when the Seoul Station flyover was constructed, whereas 17 is a reference to the variety of walkways related to it and the yr 2017 when its building is to be accomplished.

Putting security as a high precedence, about 40 p.c of the 59 billion received ($52 million) of building value was put into securing the earthquake-proof construction, the town mentioned.

“The elevated urban park was constructed to stand up to a magnitude 6.5 earthquake, and to allow over 50,000 people to walk on the park at once,” mentioned Seoul City official Kim Kwon-ki.

A complete of 29 surveillance cameras might be put in across the park to boost safety for residents, he added.

The official opening of the Seoullo 7017 is slated for May 20. The lighting ceremony and the celebration refrain will start at 7 p.m.

A wide range of occasions involving citizen participation will happen at Seoullo 7017 and proceed till June 18, the town mentioned.

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