Constructed in 1970 in response to the growing traffic congestion in Seoul, the Seoul Station overpass connected the eastern and western halves of the city for decades. Over the years, however, the elevated highway fell into disuse and was officially closed in 2015.
In an effort to both revitalize the area surrounding the overpass as well as preserve the city’s history, the Seoul government, in partnership with MVRDV, a Dutch architecture and urban design practice, transformed the structure into a picturesque pedestrian walkway that was opened to the public in May.
Often compared to New York’s High Line, Seoullo 7017 takes its name from the year in which it was built (1970) and the year in which it was reborn (2017). The 1,024-meter-long, 10.3-meter-wide walkway comprises a tourist information center, a café, a gift shop and a plethora of eateries where visitors can enjoy light meals and snacks. It also connects 17 paths around Seoul from Hoehyeon Station in Namdaemun Market to Namsan pedestrian overpass to Seoul Station Square, giving visitors convenient access to the city’s main tourist attractions, all within a 20-minute walk.
Within the first 100 days of opening, Seoullo 7017 attracted more than 3 million visitors, thanks to its beautiful landscaping, amenities and family-friendly atmosphere. It is expected to continue to attract locals and tourists alike, all the while helping to rejuvenate the nearby traditional markets and northern area of Seoul Station.
Check out Seoullo 7017 in action in the beautiful images below.
Seoullo 7017 was originally constructed in 1970 as the Seoul Station Overpass
Once a congested highway, the Seoullo 7017 is now a popular pedestrian walkway
The park was designed by MVRDV, a Dutch architecture and urban design practice
Seoullo 7017 takes its name from the year in which it was built (1970) and the year in which it was reborn (2017)
The overpass-turned-park was opened in May, attracting more than 3 million visitors by August
Seoul’s new elevated park is often likened to New York’s High Line Park
The picturesque pedestrian walkway was opened to the public in May
Seoul’s elevated urban park is dotted with gardens, resting areas and a number of shops and cafes
Seoullo 7017 is 1,024 meters long and 10.3 meters wide, and connects 17 paths around Seoul
Seoullo 7017 offers plenty of places to rest, including a foot bath area
The attraction is beloved for its beautiful landscaping, convenient amenities, and family-friendly atmosphere
The aim of the park is to revitalize the surrounding area and preserve the city’s history
The walkway gives visitors convenient access to Seoul’s main tourist attractions, all within a 20-minute walk
Seoullo 7017 is a great place to explore the Korean capital’s unique history and culture.