Seoul City Hall ~ Seoul City Hall is a governmental building for the Seoul Metropolitan Government in South Korea, in charge of the administrative affairs of Seoul. It is located in Taepyeongno, Jung-gu, and the heart of Seoul. It's located next to City Hall Station (Seoul) on Seoul Subway Line 1. In front of the city hall is Seoul Plaza. The building was first built by the Governor-General of Korea in 1926. After liberation in 1945, it served as the city's local government. The city hall was expanded 6 times. The main building was designated a registered cultural property of the Republic of Korea. The North building was built in 1962 and the new building in 1986. Both were demolished in 2006 to make way for a new city hall construction.
A large digital clock for the building was installed in 1975, and replaced with an analogue counterpart when Lee Myung-bak was mayor of Seoul.
There was a competition for a new city hall. The jury awarded the prize to Yoo Kerl of iArcon February 18, 2008. Yoo said, "Major keywords for designing the new building are traditions, citizens, future. I analyzed low-rise horizontal elements, courageousness and shades of leaves in our traditional architectural characteristics, and I applied these to the design so I can recall comfortable feelings of old things.”