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Source: MVRDV

Old Highway In Seoul Transforms Into Stunning Sky Garden

By Brian Spaen

New York City is home to the High Line Park, an aerial garden that stretches out nearly 1.5 miles. It’s an elevated patch of the now defunct New York Central Railroad that was repurposed to be a linear park. A similar process was done in Seoul, South Korea, to transform an old highway that hovers on top of the city.

Dutch architecture company MVRDV launched the new Seoullo 7017 Skygarden last weekend. It’s a little smaller than the New York version, checking in at 938 meters. That’s equivalent to just over 1,000 yards or 0.58 of a mile. Around 24,000 plants are installed in the area. According to their official home page, there are “50 families of plants including trees, shrubs, and flowers displayed in 645 tree pots, collecting around 228 species and subspecies.”

This newly transformed road is located above the Seoul Station. It connects local neighborhoods to the Namdaemun Market, also known as the “Great South Gate.” This is where the oldest traditional market of Korea is located, which started all the way back in 1414. It’s been renovated many times in the past due and has been under fire three times in the 20th century.