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[From the stopped rail to the Flowing Alley #2] Gyungchun Line Forest Road

By SeoulStoryMaster 2019-11-25
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Gyeongchun Line was established with our nation's capital

during the Japanese colonial rule in 1939.

It had been actively used for Seoul and Chuncheon for 71 years

before it was closed in December 2010.

 

As the only rail to Chuncheon, Gangwon-do,

which is the closest trip destination from Seoul,

Gyeongchun Line became the background for

the movies <Letter > and <Falling Cruelty >,

and the subject of many songs and poems,

which made Gyungchun line a place of romance and memories.





Gyeongchun Line was decommissioned in 2010,

was left unmanaged, and became

illegal parking lots or was simply covered with garbage.

 

Three years later, however,

Seoul planned to renovate the closed Gyeongchun Line as

one of its urban regeneration projects,

along with the Gyeongchun Line Forest Road Park,

and in May 2019, a long park and trails were made.





Two passenger cars from Mugunghwaho,

which was really used to carry passengers,

sit near Hagye Subway Station (Line 7).


They were remodeled as a management office and

a convenient space for the local residents,

and are set up to bring romance and memories

of the passengers to Chuncheon.


The train is used not only as a community space for local residents,

but also as a pre-educational place when visiting Gyeongchun Line Forest Road.




If you walk toward the Damtu village near Hwarangdae Subway Station (Line 6),

a black steam locomotive with two light blue passenger cars is preserved there,

and the old Hwarangdae history is completely restored inside.

In addition, Gyeongchun Line Forest Road has a green facility suitable for each space,

as well as unique characteristics.


You can also enjoy a variety of activities,

from the multicultural section where cafes and workshops are gathered,

to the rail handcar activity.




Moreover, since last year, Hwarangdae Railroad Park has held 

“Gyeongchun Line Forest Road Autumn Concert” 

and also regularly runs a tour program where you can walk along with the curator 

on the Gyeongchun Line Forest Road.


Reservations for walking along the Gyeongchun Line Forest Road with the curator

 can be made at the Seoul Public Service Reservation (yeyak.seoul.go.kr).


 

Would you love the eager feeling of taking a trip to somewhere?

How about Gyeongchun Line forest road, which holds the excitement of a fun trip?




Written by Freelance Writer

Leu Min-Jung









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