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Seoul connects city with its Pedestrian Forest Path

Seoul Metropolitan Government has been promoting pedestrian-centred road reform policies by reducing roads for cars while expanding pedestrian-only paths and green traffic spaces.

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The Pedestrian Forest Path in front of the Seoul Metropolitan Library
The Pedestrian Forest Path in front of the Seoul Metropolitan Library

Seoul is opening its Pedestrian Forest Path on Sejong-daero to the public this spring. The path has been revamped as a representative pedestrian street that connects the city centre with people, culture and natural greenery.

 

The project seeks to seamlessly connect the Sejong-daero area with the Sejong-daero Intersection, Sungnyemun Gate and Seoul Station.

 

Road reform policies

 

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) completed the project nine months after the groundbreaking in July 2020. It has been promoting its pedestrian-centred road reform policies by reducing roads for cars while expanding pedestrian-only paths and green traffic spaces.

 

For the first time, the SMG introduced the concept of urban roadside forest with trees, shrubs and flowers beyond mere reduction of car lanes. The Pedestrian Forest Path on Sejong-daero is significant in that it is steering Seoul to become a pedestrian-friendly city where the entire city is connected with green forest paths.

Showing the area in front of Deoksugung Palace before (above) and after (below)
Showing the area in front of Deoksugung Palace before (above) and after (below)

In a statement, SMG said it is expected that it will become the “representative walking path brand” of the city, connecting major sites on Sejong-daero, including Gwanghwamun Square, Deoksugung Palace and Sungnyemun Gate. The walking paths aim to embrace culture, history and landscape, and integrate businesses, economy and citizens.

Putting safety first in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be a blended meeting integrating online and offline arrangements, including contactless events

To promote the completion of the construction, the SMG is hosting the spring walks along the path unti 15 May, starting with an online walk along Pedestrian Forest Path on Sejong-daero event. Putting safety first in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be a blended meeting integrating online and offline arrangements, including contactless events in which citizens can easily participate, such as the online walk and a photo zone tour.

 

Seoul also recently announced it would be creating further modular and movable parks in the city to improve the landscape and help reduce particulate matter.

 

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