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The Olympic Park is a venue of civic sports, culture, and leisure where the spirit of the 1988 Seoul Olympics continues to live on.
The historic site in which prehistoric civilization and the splendid Baekje culture flourished has transformed into an ecological park for the coexistence between nature and humans: The Olympic Park.
The Olympic Park construction project, which commenced in 1984 in preparation for the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games on a site of 1.48 km², was completed in 1986. Having Mongchon Fortress restored in the center and 6 gymnasiums arranged in a semicircle, the Olympic Park has been formed as an urban green place where the spirit of Hanseong Baekje era is still alive.
Including casual strollers, the regular members of sports classes and performance spectators, the number of visitors increased to approx. 5.7 million as of 2003 (daily average 16,000), which proves the fact that the park has become a preferred urban relaxing place.
To reach its current state, the Olympic Park has gone through several reforming processes. The previous management of the Olympic Park focused on maintaining the status of the enormous structures and the park’s artificial landscaping.
This was mainly due to the shortage of plants and water network at early times. Because of this it was not possible to deal with the ecosystem restoration. Having kept this method of park maintenance for so long, we recognized the importance of restoration and preservation in eco-friendly ways.
It changed our notion of maintenance to environment-friendly methods focusing on creating ecological value from the park and commenced various ecosystem restoration projects.
Seongnae-cheon (Seongnae Stream), with a thick layers of sediment, was out of maintenance after the park construction. However, with the new eco-friendly management project, this former abandoned place that was full of weeds has transformed into a rich ecological repository with various water plants such as bulrushes.
It also offers natural water purification and a biotic habitat. Furthermore, the stream is newly recognized as a rich swamp and a biotope as it connects the scenic Mongchon Moat and the 88 Lake.