Sungnyemun Photo Island

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    Bird's-Eye View of Sungnyemun Photo Island
The Planting 10-million Trees of Life project: July 1998-June 2002; Design/Planning: December 2000
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Sungnyemun Photo Island was installed by the city of Seoul to enhance the image of Seoul as a culturally and historically rich city. Located across a busy eight-lane street, the park provides tourists the best view to Sungnyemun (also called as Namdaemun, 'National Treasure No.1' in Korea).
Sungnyemun Photo Island was created as a part of the Planting 10-million Trees of Life (also called Trees of Life Campaign) project. The project was organized by both city and administrative districts of Seoul to achieve six goals: Greening neighborhoods, preserving and creating an urban greenbelt, reforesting barren lands and edges of natural parks, enhancing citizen participation, promoting a green maintenance system, and establishing a Green policy. Forty-seven urban outdoor spaces, which include urban parks, ecological parks, pedestrian walkways, gardens, pocket parks, public plazas, and roof gardens were introduced.
Park address: 29 Namdaemun-lo 5Ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Developer: The Institute of Urban Sciences, University of Seoul
Contributed by Eui-je Lim, PhD.
1990s (1990 - 1999)
2000s (2000 - 2009)
stone and/or rock
Seoul Metropolitan Government (2002). Ten Million Trees: Making a Livable City, Seoul: Seoul Metropolitan Government.