The City of Busan has announced that the opening ceremony for the Song Sang-hyeon Square will be held on June 12, 2014, at 3 p.m. The square, which gets its name from a famous local hero from the 16thcentury, will be the largest in Korea. More than 500 people are expected to be in attendance for the event including Busan mayor Hur Nam-sik, members of the Busan National Assembly and local citizens.
To establish Busan’s symbolic pedestrian square and solve traffic congestion on Jungang-ro(road), the previous eight-lane road has been divided and now consists of four-lanes on one side of the square and seven on the other. The square is nearly 35,000? (L=700m, B=45?78m) in size and was constructed at a total cost of 185 billion won. The project started with land compensation in 1994, broke ground in March 2012, and was completed in June 2014.
Song Sang-hyeon Square consists of a Culture Madang, the Dynamic Busan Madang and a History Madang. Madang means courtyard in Korean.
As an open space for citizens, the Culture Madang has a sunken square, a lawn and café. To serve as a venue for celebrations, events and festivals, the Dynamic Busan Madang features a large lawn plaza, a stream and walking path. To provide visitors with a chance to learn about Busan’s rich history, the History Madang includes an old map of the city, which also doubles as a floor fountain, the Forest of History and the Song Sang-hyeon Memorial Square.
Green space covers 50 percent of Song Sang-hyeon Square and along with Busan Citizens Park, opened earlier last month, will create a new green network in the city.
Source: Busan City News