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Former Gyeonggi office and governor's residence registered as modern cultural heritage

Former Gyeonggi office and governor's residence registered as modern cultural heritage

Posted July. 28, 2017 07:35,   

Updated July. 28, 2017 07:41

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The buildings formerly used as the Gyeonggi provincial office and an official residence for governor have been officially registered as modern cultural heritage. The Cultural Heritage Administration announced on Thursday that it has confirmed the registration of two buildings as modern cultural heritage.

Thanks to the recent announcement, Gyeonggi Province has added its collection of modern cultural legacies from the existing 69 to 71, including the water tower at Yeoncheon Station and the residence of the late artist Chang Ucchin. The Gyeonggi provincial office also recently applied for the registration of the former office and residence in August 2014 and April 2017, respectively.

Marking its 50th year after the completion of construction on June 23, 1967, the former office building was co-designed by first-generation Korean architects Kim Hee-choon and Nah Sang-jin. A park is surrounded by a square-shaped building. It was considered as a pinnacle of modernism, which stood as the most influential architectural design during the 1960s in Korea, with its simple yet geometrical surface and form.

Currently renamed as the main building of the Good Morning House, the former residence for the governor was built when the Gyeonggi provincial office relocated in 1967. When only few modernism buildings designed in the 1960s survived after the liberation from the Japanese imperialism, the residence earned its fame with concise and simple modernist features.



Kyung-Hyun Nam bibulus@donga.com