Oil Tank Culture Park 문화비축기지
Open all year round. Exhibition Hall Closed on Mondays.
World Cup Stadium Station (line 6, exit 2). 10 mins walk.
Oil Tank Culture Park, surrounded by Maebongsan Mountain near Seoul World Cup Stadium is a transformed eco-friendly cultural multiplex with rich history.
History of Oil Tank Culture Park
The cultural park was once a petroleum reserve base of five oil storage tanks built in 1976-78 after the oil crisis in 1973. Designated as a top security facility, the identity of the tanks remained unknown even to the locals.
Storing around 70 million litres of oil, the tanks held enough oil reserves to power the South Korea's capital city, Seoul for a month if needed.
The oil depot was closed in December 2000 for safety reasons due to its proximity to the stadium before the 2002 World Cup.
The Urban Regeneration Project
For more than 10 years, the tanks were left abandoned (and forgotten) until the Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to transform it into a cultural reserve base through a public idea contest for oil tank utilisation in 2013.
The work, ‘Time Written on Land’ was selected in 2014 and became the basis for building an environment-friendly cultural space that utilises the spatial characteristics of the petroleum oil tanks.
The Opening of the Once Hidden Oil Tank Reserve Base as a Culture Park
This strictly controlled area to the public for 41 years was finally open to the citizens in September 2017.
The Culture Plaza (T0), an open cultural courtyard located in the middle of the site has the size of 22 soccer fields with six tanks around it.
The Transformation of the Oil Storage Tanks
Four of the five exiting oil storage tanks of 15m high and 15-40m in diameter, were transformed into Pavilion (T1), Performance Hall (T2), Cultural Space (T4) and Story Hall (T5).
One original oil storage tank (T3) is preserved. A new tank (T6) was constructed on recycled steel plates dismantled from Tank 1 and Tank 2 and established as a Community Center with cafeteria, circular meeting room and multipurpose lecture room.
The remodelled public park retains the unique qualities of oil tanks and its historical significance while offering cultural experiences to visitors.
Attractions around Oil Tank Culture Park
Walking distance to Oil Tank Culture Park are the four ecological World Cup Park, namely Pyeonghwa (/Peace) Park, Noeul Park, Nanjicheon Park and Haneul Park.
Of which, Haneul Park has gained much popularity with foreign visitors over the years especially for its annual Silver Grass Festival and other popular flower fields like Pink Muhly Grass.
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