Web site Upcycling in South Korea


One of many latest developments in eco-friendly efforts is upcycling, i.e., artistic transformation of waste or undesirable supplies into new merchandise of upper worth.  In my blog post dated 12 January 2020 I’ve launched the Seoul Upcycling Plaza which showcases upcycling drives in day by day lives like clothes, meals and housing.  The South Korean Authorities has in actual fact put in loads of efforts in rejunvenating deserted/unused websites into theme parks or arts/cultural complexes offering significantly better worth to the group. On this weblog submit, let’s discuss a few of such upcycled websites.

Chungju Jade Cave (a.ok.a. Chungju Hwalok Donggul – 활옥동굴)

Chungju Jade Cave was previously a mine with deposits of jade, dolomite and talc which was found in 1900 and developed in 1919 in the course of the Japanese colonization interval. The mine made vital contribution to the native space’s growth throughout Korea’s industrialization interval however was closed down in 2018 on account of low profitability.

The Cave has now been remodeled right into a theme park – the Cave is over 8 km lengthy with completely different sections to discover.  There are components of the Cave adorned with murals drawn with fluorescent supplies and LED shows. As a former mine, there are reveals which may help guests higher perceive the mine operations and the working lifetime of the mine employees.  For those who like wine, you’d positively go to the wine part the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in wine tasting.  If you’re all for farming, you’ll be able to go to the wasabi farm part.  For many who like doing a little train, there’s a synthetic lake made out of the Cave’s underground water the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in kayaking.

You possibly can have a fast tour of the Cave by watching this video.  The Cave is closed on Mondays and its opening hours differ in summer season and winter seasons – Summer time (April to October) 9.30am to six.30pm / Winter (November to March) 9.30am to 6pm.

Samtan Artwork Mine (삼탄아트마인)

Samtan Artwork Mine was previously a coal mine which was opened in 1964 and had made big contribution to Korea’s speedy industrial progress. It was closed down in 2001 on account of low demand for family coal and the Authorities’s coverage of shutting down unprofitable mines. In 2013, it was remodeled into an arts/cultural complicated generally known as Samtan Artwork Mine, and received the Public Design Award of the identical 12 months.

Samtan Artwork Mine has reused the coal mine websites, machines, amenities and information to permit guests expertise the actual work atmosphere of the miners and higher perceive the working lifetime of the miners.  The outside exhibition corridor and the Reminiscence Backyard are locations for commemorating miners. Particularly, the memorial stone entitled ‘The Coal Miner’ has been erected for commemorating miners’ contribution to industrialization of South Korea and miners who had been killed on account of varied accidents together with the tragedy in 1974 wherein 26 miners had been buried contained in the mine.

However, there are artwork works, ceramics, and sculptures collected from round 150 international locations, and a few of them are on public show.  The Artwork Mine can also be used as a taking pictures place of dramas, films and music movies, together with the favored Korean drama, “Descendents of the Solar” (태양의 후예).

You might get additional element on Samtan Artwork Mine by watching this video.  Samtan Artwork Mine is closed on Mondays apart from summer season peak season (18 July to 23 August), and the opening hours are completely different in summer season and winter seasons –  Summer time 9am to 6pm / Peak season (18 July to 23 August) 9am to 7pm / Winter weekdays 10am to 5pm / Winter weekends 9.30 am to five.30pm.

Oil Tank Tradition Park (문화비축기지)

After the 1973 oil disaster, the Authorities had constructed an oil storage base with 5 tanks in Mapo-gu District to retailer oil for future emergencies and had categorised the oil storage base as a first-class safety facility. Nevertheless, because the oil storage base was close to the World Cup Stadium website, it was closed down in 2000 for security causes forward of the 2002 World Cup.

In 2014, the deserted oil depot was reborn because the Oil Tank Tradition Park. The 5 tanks have grow to be open cultural areas, and a brand new group house for the general public was constructed.  The forest on the location was preserved and varied sorts of flowers and bushes had been planted to create the park.  Cultural occasions like exhibitions, performances and workshops are held within the Tradition Park.

Beneath is a quick introduction of the cultural/group areas (that are numbered from T0 to T6):

T0. 문화마당(Tradition Yard)

Upon entry into the Tradition Park, you will note a plaza which was previously used as a parking zone. This can be a good resting place for the general public, and performances, festivals and markets are additionally held right here.

T1. 파빌리온(Glass Pavilion)

That is made by dismantling the oil tank that was beforehand used to retailer gasoline and putting in glazed partitions and ceiling.  By the clear partitions and ceiling, you’ll be able to see the Maebongsan Mountain and benefit from the outdoors surroundings which adjustments with the season, climate and time of the times. That is used as a multi-purpose house for exhibitions, performances and workshops. That is additionally the taking pictures place of the Korean drama, “A Korean Odyssey” (화유기).

T2. 공연장(Stage)

The oil tank that was beforehand used to retailer diesel gas was dismantled and the higher half was left broad open to the sky with none exterior construction. This has grow to be an outside stage and efficiency corridor.  This space was surrounded by the Maebongsan Mountain and the remaining concrete wall of the tank which create pure reverberation of sound offering good acoustic impact, and the character round this space offers glorious backdrop for the performances. The decrease a part of the tank was reconstructed as an indoor efficiency corridor.  That is additionally the taking pictures place of the Korean drama, “Begin-Up” (스타트업).

T3. 탱크원형(Sustained Oil Tank)

The tank beforehand used to retailer oil has been preserved in its unique kind as a reminder of the historic backgound of the oil storage base and the financial state of affairs at the moment.

T4. 복합문화공간(Tradition Advanced)

The inside of the tank beforehand used to retailer kerosene has been retained and grow to be a tradition complicated for cultural actions like performances, exhibitions and experiences.  You possibly can nonetheless see the large iron exterior wall and pipes of the tank which remind you of the excessive quantity of oil saved within the tank prior to now.

T5. 이야기관(Story Corridor)

That is the exhibition corridor showcasing the historical past of the oil storage base from previous to current, not simply in phrases but in addition by means of objects like helmets and work garments utilized by the employees. You possibly can see how the tanks seemed like prior to now, and respect their magical transformation into the current kind.

T6. 커뮤니티센터(Neighborhood Heart)

This can be a new construction made out of the metal plates of the dismantled tanks at T1 and T2.  This can be a group house consisting of artistic lab, lecture halls, assembly rooms and cafeteria. On the highest ground, there’s an “Eco Lounge” the place you could find a library and a lounge space for guests to take a break, and an open rooftop deck the place you’ll be able to see the sky.

You possibly can be part of a strolling tour of the Oil Tank Tradition Park by watching this video.  The outside space is open 24/7, however T1 to T6 are open from 10am to 6pm on Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays). Please additionally word that relying on the operation schedule, entry to T1 to T6 could also be restrictied – for instance, T5 Story Corridor could also be closed quickly for preparation of exhibitions.

Nodeul Island (a.ok.a. Nodeulseom -노들섬)

Nodeul Island, positioned on the Hangang River below the Hangang Bridge and within the coronary heart of Seoul, is a man-made island in-built 1917 when the Authorities constructed the Hangang Bridge connecting Yongsan-gu District on the northern financial institution of Hangang River and Dongjak-gu District on the southern financial institution of the Hangang River.  Till 1960’s, it was a preferred household picnic spot, however after failure of a number of growth initiatives, it then stayed deserted for about 50 years.

In 2019, the Nodeul Island was revived as a music and tradition complicated below the theme “getaway from on a regular basis life”.  The Island does have loads to supply so that you can relax – magnificent views across the Hangang River, 300,000 sq. metres’ inexperienced house, two live performance venues (one indoor and one other outside) for concert events and performances, eating places, comfort retailer, bookstore with a restaurant and studying space, a plant atelier promoting plant merchandise and offering lessons on rising crops, and lounge bar promoting makgeoli (Korean conventional milky rice wine).  The Island can also be the taking pictures place of the Korean drama, “Begin-Up” (스타트업).

You possibly can have a fast tour of Nodeul Island by watching this video.  The outside areas are open 24/7 and a lot of the amenities are open 11am to 10pm from Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays).

The above 4 websites have undergone big transformation from an deserted/ unused website right into a website providing a lot greater worth to the group.  Such transformation gives excellent examples of website upcycling.  You possibly can attempt to discover if there are any related hidden treasures in your nation/area which will be upcycled.

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Kim Bokyoung, “Cultural regeneration of S. Korea’s industrial heritage“, Arirang Information, 2022-02-05

Claudia Kim, “VJ Unique S. Korean cave“, Arirang Information, 2020-08-20

Kan Hyeong-woo, “Seoul’s Nodeul Island revamped into culture and music complex“, Arirang Information, 2019-10-11

Kan Hyeong-woo, “Life & Info: Seoul’s Nodeul Island has been rejuvenated into culture and music complex“, Arirang Information, 2019-10-10

Seoul Metropolitan Authorities, “문화비축기지“, 서울의 공원

Samtan Art Mine“, Jeongseon

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