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Seoul City Hall, Seoul

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Seoul City Hall actually comprises two buildings: the first, a modernist feat of architecure displaying glistening, glass curves resembling a large wave and the second, a Renaissance-style stone building dating to 1926. Out front, an oval lawn hosts events and festivals. Forty-eight lights encircle the lawn, which also contains a round outer-wall clock and a water fountain with 35 underwater lights. Head inside the older building--which now serves as a library--to check out its collection of 200,000 books. Plan your Seoul City Hall visit and explore what else you can see and do in Seoul using our Seoul holiday planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    You can go on foot in Myeong-dong, Seoul City Hall. New-style buildings are somewhat out of place, but in front of the City Hall square open to the citizens of outing, was used as a place where intimate ceremonies
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  • August 17, 2017
    It was very interesting to see how organized the space inside. kids play interactive games with their parents, grandmothers selling their handicrafts in designated areas, seniors communicate with each other and with social. employees, even the homeless few there perfectly. In the Museum we don't hit-was a day off, but even so the visit was curious.
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  • August 5, 2017
    The city hall consists of both the old building and the new building (just behind the old building). It is open for visit, though I did not visit the interior since it was close at the time I wanted t...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    This is a really cool city hall! It's actually more of an art gallery. There is even a small excavation site inside. It seems like there are constantly events going on inside and outside. When I went, there was a concert in the field next to the city hall which was a lot of fun. This is probably the most interesting city hall that I've been to.
  • June 25, 2017
    Central spot that I can start my city tour. There is always event at front of this building. The architecture looks amazing.
  • June 23, 2017
    Very beautiful city hall, free entrance to it, you can climb to the top floor of the elevator and walk along it, many green plants, very eco-friendly, unusual and beautiful
  • March 20, 2017
    I personally don't have to use the city hall for it's intended purposes, but damn it's a pretty building to look at.
  • January 23, 2017
    Great park in front of the City Hall itself which looks a giant wave cresting. Should definitely be part of your walking itinerary around the centre of the city.

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