Seoul Metropolitan Library

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Seoul Metropolitan Library
Established 2008
Location Taepyeongno, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Size 200.000
Access and use
Population served all citizen (age over 19)

Coordinates: 37°33′59.06″N 126°58′40.16″E / 37.5664056°N 126.9778222°E / 37.5664056; 126.9778222 Seoul Metropolitan Library(Korean: 서울도서관) is a Metropolitan Library in Seoul, South Korea. It is located in Taepyeongno, Jung-gu, the heart of Seoul. It's located in front of Seoul City Hall and next to the City Hall Station on Seoul Subway Line 1. In front of the Metropolitan Library is Seoul Plaza.


The building was first built by the Governor-General of Korea in 1926 during the Japanese occupation. Registered as Cultural Heritage No. 52, initially was used as the headquarters of the governor-general of Korea. The city hall was expanded 6 times. The main building is a designated registered cultural property of the Republic of Korea. The North building was built in 1962 and the new building in 1986. Both were demolished in 2006 to make way for a new city hall construction.

Original plans called for the historic building to be razed and replaced with a new design, but support for preservation put a halt to demolition. The Cultural Properties Committee, under the Cultural Heritage Administration, registered the building as a historic relic. Eventually, a compromise was reached, preserving the front building facing Seoul Plaza, and allowing construction of a modern building behind the old one.

A large digital clock for the building was installed in 1975, and replaced with an analogue counterpart when Lee Myung-bak was mayor of Seoul. Following the competition for a new city hall, building was reconstructed and reopened as library.[1] The building, registered as a cultural asset, has been converted into a library with a collection of more than 200,000 books.[2][3]

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  1. ^ "'7수 끝에…' 서울시 새청사 최종설계안 발표". The Hankyoreh. 2008-02-19. 30% 문화공간 이용 다음달 기초공사 시작 
  2. ^ "Seoul's New City Hall Opens". Chosun Ilbo. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Seoul City Hall’s metamorphosis pleases book lovers

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