A Former Highway in Seoul Has Been Transformed into an Elevated Sky Garden
In the past few years, cities around the world have clamored to copy the High Line—a famous park in New York City that’s constructed on a disused stretch of elevated railway tracks—and build their own urban oasis in the sky. One of these cities is Seoul, South Korea, which recently unveiled a brand-new elevated park called Seoullo 7017. Seoullo translates to “Seoul Street” or “Toward Seoul,” and the number "7017" is a combination of 1970 and 2017, the years in which the highway and park were built, according to designboom.
Stretching for more than half a mile, the park is built atop the former Seoul Station overpass, a highway constructed in 1970. It was once slated for demolition—but now, it’s filled with trees, flowers, and shrubs, along with a handful of cafés and eateries. Bridges and stairs connect the walkway to hotels, businesses, and gardens at street level.
View some pictures of Seoullo 7017 below:
All photos courtesy of Ossip van Duivenbode