National Park or Public Housing Estate – Yongsan Garrison land

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

The Republic of Korea is a free country, people say what they wanted to say. The 2.43 square kilometers (600 acres) of Yongsan Garrison land,…

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Model of Yongsan Park at Korea National Museum in Yongsan, 2016. Photo source: Yongsan Legacy

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The Republic of Korea is a free country, people say what they wanted to say.

The 2.43 square kilometers (600 acres) of Yongsan Garrison land, the soon to be the former North Post, South Post, Camp Coiner and Camp Kim of the U.S. Army Yongsan Garrison, has become a center of a heated debate by the Korean public over how to use the land after the land is completely returned to Korean Government by 2021.

The Korean Government has been planning to build a grand park, like the New York’s Central Park, but some citizens are now questioning the park’s necessity, urging the government to set up public rental houses to help deal with Seoul’s saturated housing demand.

Despite questions on the necessity of the land, many problems need to be addressed before building homes on the Yongsan Garrison site. Currently, building a park is protected by the Special Act. Article 4-2 which states: “In principle, the state shall develop the entire core site into Yongsan Park, and shall neither use the core site for purposes other than a park, nor sell or otherwise dispose of the site.”

The Mayor Park Won-soon is a strong supporter for the park development saying; “The park will be an eco-park linking Mount Nam and the Han River and will be a heritage for our descendants.” (Ref: The November 22, 2018 issue of The Korea Times)

It appears that hot debates on the issue of the Yongsan Garrison’s future would continue for a while. And the YSL team would monitor the planning development and let our readers informed of how their old military camp sites will change their Yongsan sceneries in the future.

By YSL Team, Nov. 22. 2018