Yeouido Park

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Yeouido Park
Yeouido Park Pond 201604.jpg
A pond and pavilion in the park, April 2015.
Hangul 여의도공원
Hanja 汝矣島公園
Revised Romanization Yeouido Gongwon
McCune–Reischauer Yŏŭito Kongwŏn

Yeouido Park (Hangul여의도공원; Hanja汝矣島公園; RRYeouido Gongwon) is a park in Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul, South Korea.

The park, which runs northeast-southwest through the centre of the island, has a large open area which is popular with bicyclists and skateboarders, and breaks into footpaths lined with trees and seasonal flowers.

History[edit]

During the Japanese rule of Korea, the site was the location of Seoul's first airport, built in April 1924.[1] In the 1970s, the area was developed into an asphalt strip as part of the Han River development project led by President Park Chung-hee, who named it May 16 Square in reference to the coup he led in 1961.[2]

In May 1984, Pope John Paul II held a canonization mass in the park for Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and 101 other martyrs who were executed under the Joseon Dynasty .

After having lain under asphalt for 27 years, May 16 Square was subsequently redeveloped, and was reopened on July 5, 1999.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ According to "동현황". Yeouido-dong website (Korean). Retrieved 2006-04-16. . However, the Naver Encyclopedia asserts that the airport opened in 1916, and that the homecoming flight of An Chang-nam, the first Korean pilot, landed here in 1922.
  2. ^ Lankov, Andrei (12 May 2015). "(556) Birth of Yeouido Park". The Korea Times. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Yeouido". Tour2Korea.com. Retrieved 2006-04-16. 

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