In 2017, United States Forces Korea will begin evacuating YongSan Garrison and return the land back to the people of Korea to make room for the largest urban park in Korea. This historic event overshadows the fact that the site’s history is in danger of being eliminated. Almost 80% of the existing buildings will be removed for trees and meadows. The remaining buildings will be gutted and renovated to house museums and public functions. If we don’t act now, our next generation will only hear about YongSan Garrison on history books, and the last 70 years of USFK’s history and services in YongSan Garrison will be forgotten.
The YongSan Legacy project proposes to capture the historical and cultural legacy of the site and to offer a unique experience for the park visitors in the future. The core of the project is a crowd-sourced and online platform that will archive historical facts and personal stories and memories of the site by the people who served and lived on the site. The archive will include wars, politics, military tensions, food, music, love, interpersonal relationships and other particulars of life. The Yongsan Legacy is about the future; the archive will continue to collect visitors’ experiences and stories of the park for the generations to come.
This is a digital monument building project. While respecting 15 years of planning and engaging citizens of Korea to deliver a public park, this project aims to leave a digital monument that can be experienced and visited anywhere around the world. And because the contents will be location-based, the future park visitor can see and hear from the people who lived and served on the very spot.
In order to get this project quickly off the ground, we need to build an online platform that can hold a large amount of data and server that can process thousands of visitors a day. We need your help today.