The old building of the Seoul train station was designed by Tsukamoto Yasushi, a professor of Tokyo University. Construction of the station started in June, 1922 and was completed in September, 1925. Due to its unique domed roof and large size, the station attracted much attention in its early years.
After Korea regained its independence from under Japanese colonial rule, the station’s name was changed from ‘Gyeongseong Station’ to ‘Seoul Station’. During the Korean War, the station was partially destroyed but later restored. After Korea began industrializing after the war, the South annex and West annex were constructed to handle the increasing transportation volume.
In 2004 when the privately-funded new station was constructed, the old station closed down, but after reconstruction in 2011 opened as a multicultural space called ‘Culture Station Seoul 284’. The main section (Jungang Hall) is for performances, exhibitions, events, and cafés, while the 2nd floor houses a hall that serves as a venue for cultural performances, exhibitions, academic seminars, business meetings, and more.
[Seouryeoksa(Former Seoul Station)] Historic Site No.284 (designated on Sept. 25, 1981)
Every Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, it closes the following business day), New Year’s Day
(* Last admission: 18:00)
* Cultural Day (last Wednesday of every month) open until 21:00.
Parking lot of Korail: 500 won for 10 minutes / 22,000 won for a day
Parking lot of Seoul Square: Free for the first 10 minutes / 1,000 won per additional 10 minutes / 20,000 won per day
Korean Info. Service
* Exhibition: 14:00 / 16:00
* Guide service
Interpretation Services Offered
* Guide service (available in English)
* Leaflet (available in English, Japanese, Chinese)