Seoul Olympic Stadium

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Seoul Olympic Stadium
Jamsil Olympic Stadium
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Location Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Owner Seoul Sports Facilities Management Center
Operator Seoul Sports Facilities Management Center
Capacity 69,950 seats[1]
72,000 (Concerts)
Field size 110 x 75m
Surface Grass
Broke ground 28 November 1976[1]
Opened 29 September 1984[1]
Construction cost 491 billion won
Architect Kim Swoo-geun
1986 Asian Games
1988 Summer Olympics
2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
South Korea national football team
(1984–2000, 2013)
Seoul United (2007–2009, 2012)
Seoul E-Land (2015–present)
Korean name
Hangul 서울올림픽주경기장
Hanja 서울올림픽主競技場

The Seoul Olympic Stadium,[2] also known as Jamsil Olympic Stadium (formerly romanised as Chamshil) is located in Seoul, South Korea. It is the main stadium built for the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 10th Asian Games in 1986. It is the centrepiece of the Seoul Sports Complex in the Songpa District, in the southeast of the city south of the Han River.[3]

Design and construction[edit]

This multi-purpose stadium was designed by Kim Swoo-geun. The lines of the stadium's profile imitate the elegant curves of a Korean Joseon Dynasty porcelain vase. Spectator seats are distributed on two tiers, totally covered. Initially built with a capacity of approximately 100,000, today it seats 69,950.

Prior to its construction, Seoul's largest venues were Dongdaemun Stadium and Hyochang Stadium. Seating 30,000 and 20,000 respectively, they were too small to attract world-class sporting events. Construction on the new stadium began in 1977 with the aim of staging the Asian Games in 1986. However, when Seoul was awarded the Games of the XXIV Olympiad in September 1981, this stadium became the centrepiece.


Officially, the stadium opened on 29 September 1984, and served as the site for the 10th Asian Games two years later, then the Olympics in 1988. However, it has not been used to stage a major world sporting event since then. It currently has no occupant, although the Korea Football Association has expressed interest in utilizing the stadium for national team matches once again.

The events hosted by the stadium during the Olympics were the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletics, the football finals, and the equestrian jumping individual final.[4]


From the match against Japan on 30 September 1984 to the match against Yugoslavia on 28 May 2000, the Olympic Stadium was the home ground of the Korea Republic national football team. The newly built Seoul World Cup Stadium then became the center match venue for the Korean team. However, in an effort to revitalize football across the nation, Korea once again used the Olympic Stadium for the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup in a 1–2 losing match against Japan on 28 July 2013. The KFA has expressed interest in continuing to use the venue for future national team matches.

Since 2015, newly formed professional football club Seoul E-Land FC is using this stadium.


Since the Olympics it has hosted a variety of events, notably as a concert venue for Korean as well as international artists.


Date Performer(s) Notes
11–13 October 1996 Michael Jackson Attendance: 100,000
25 June 1999 Michael Jackson Attendance: 63,000
7 October 2000 Ricky Martin Attendance: 35,000
22 June 2001 The Three Tenors Attendance: 50,000
2 April 2002 Roger Waters Attendance:
2002/2004 ETPFEST Attendance:
17 September 2004 Sir Elton John Attendance: 25,000
14 January 2006 Backstreet Boys Attendance:
15 August 2006 Metallica Attendance: 20,000
27–28 November 2010 JYJ Attendance: 100,000
27 April 2012 Lady Gaga Attendance: 51,684
17 August 2013 Muse Attendance: 35,000
18 August 2013 Metallica Attendance: 40,000
9 - 10 August 2014 JYJ Attendance: 100,000
15 August 2014 YG Entertainment Attendance: 35,000
16 August 2014 Lady Gaga Attendance: 35,000
25 October 2014 g.o.d Attendance: 40,000
2 May 2015 Sir Paul McCartney Attendance: 40,000


  1. ^ a b c "올림픽주경기장" [Seoul Olympic Stadium] (in Korean). Retrieved 5 December 2015.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Seoul Olympic Stadium" World Stadiums. Retrieved 12 October 2011
  3. ^ "Seoul Jamshil Sports Complex" Seoul Tourism Organization. Retrieved 12 October 2011
  4. ^ "1988 Summer Olympics Official Report" Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 162-3.
  5. ^ "K-Pop and Magic to Go On Stage". Korea Tourism Organization. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Han, Sang-hee "Concerts to Rock Independence Day" Korea Times. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2012
  7. ^ Ji-Eun, Choi (25 November 2009). "2009 MAMA: Mama, where is my other half?". Asiae. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "7Lee Seung Gi to hold a solo concert" Allkpop. 10 November 2009.
  9. ^ "7th Asia Song Festival" KOFICE. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011
  10. ^ "SM Entertainment to launch world tour". The Korea Times. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010
  11. ^ "S.M. Entertainment artists to hold joint performance in Seoul". Korea Herald. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball Kicks Off Amid Protests". MTV. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lady Gaga Joining PSY, 2NE1 at Summer Music Festival in Seoul". 15 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "g.o.d to Launch Encore Concert Next Month in Seoul Olympic Stadium". CJ E&M enewsWorld. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  15. ^

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles
Summer Olympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Olympic Stadium)

Succeeded by
Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
Preceded by
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles
Olympic Athletics competitions
Main Venue

Succeeded by
Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
Preceded by
Rose Bowl
Summer Olympics
Football Men's Finals (Olympic Stadium)

Succeeded by
Camp Nou

Coordinates: 37°30′57.2″N 127°04′21.9″E / 37.515889°N 127.072750°E / 37.515889; 127.072750