Holy Land of Peace
World Peace Gate
The 'World Peace Gate' which is constructed at the Seonlin Commemoration Park within the Olympic Park located in Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, is a steel-reinforced concrete structure on a site of 33,600m2(Width 80m, Length approx. 420m). With a maximum height of 24m, width (front & rear) 37m, and surface length 62m (front width of the wing), it possesses a beautiful and solemn external appearance.
The total area of the symbolic monument is 927m2 consisting of 248m2 in below ground level 1 containing the pump room and electrical room, and the 289 deck level. The 'World Peace Gate' which attempted a natural harmony between traditional and modern architecture while making maximum portrayal of the gate concept, utilized the round curves of Korea's traditional architecture emphasizing the images of rapid progress and ascent.
On the lower part of the wing on the ceiling section of the monument, the western painter, Geum-Nam Baek (Professor in Sungkyunkwan University) painted the 4 gods, the blue dragon, red bird, white tiger, and the turtle snake in a single layer on both the 1,531m2 sides using the traditional Korean painting form with many colors as the dominant style, and to the left and right at the front of the Peace Gate, the 'line pillar masks' made by sculptor, Seung-Taek Lee, is spread in groups of 30 welcoming the people. The masks made of bronze have a diameter of 60cm and a height of 85cm, and the line pillars made of stone have a diameter of 60cm and a height of 3m.
Torch of Peace
The Torch of Peace installed in the center of the World Peace Gate was produced on the recommendation of the Seoul Olympic Peace Committee with funds provided by Seoul City, and the monument construction was completed on August 31, 1988. The exterior of the torch is made of an octagonal granite sculpture measuring 4.1m in diameter and 0.75m in height and uses city gas for fuel. The design work was headed by Kwak Yeong-hun, director of the Korea Environment Institute of Environment Group Inc. At the base of the Torch of Peace monument, the 'Declaration of Seoul Peace,' the purpose of installing the Torch of Peace, and the process of lighting & relaying the torch are engraved in 3 languages, Korean, English, and French. Supported by the organizing committee, the fire brought from Chamseongdan in Mt. Manisan , Ganghwa-do on September 12, 1988 was ignited jointly by Mr. Samaranch, Chairman of IOC, and Mr. Seok-Heon Ham, Head of the Seoul Olympic Peace Committee, and this sacred torch was donated to the organizing committee by the Seoul Olympic Peace Committee.
Declaration of Seoul Peace
Everyone desires to overcome the difference in ideology, race & religion, and escape war and the threat of violence in order to live peacefully. This is because it is the way for people to truly enjoy their right to happiness, the common desire of mankind. As a result, in order for the 24th Summer Olympic Games in Seoul to be a festival of world peace in name and in deed, the period from September 17 to October 2, 1988 should be a period of peace, free from weapons, hatred, violence and terror. This should be the opportunity for world peace to be rooted eternally, and this is the duty of all the people living in the world to human history. Hence, the Declaration of Seoul Peace is adopted on September 12, 1988 at the Seoul Olympics based on the ideology in the Letter of Appeal for Peace already signed by each and every one of us.
In front of the World Peace Gate the 28,000 sq. meter 'Peace Square' spreads wide open, and the granite square borrowed designs from the hunting mural paintings recovered from a tumulus of the Goguryeo Dynasty. In the nearby surroundings of the square are the World Peace Gate, record monuments, monuments, a lake, and amenities and it is the central section of the park being diversely utilized for onsite education, social sports, and an area of culture & art by youths and citizens.
Receiving a proposal from the IOC to construct a symbolic Olympic sculpture in January 1988, the organizing committee reached an agreement, and in February of the same year the organizing committee designated Prof. Choi, Ma-lin, and the IOC designated Subirachs, Josheph Maria from Spain as the artists for this task. In October of the same year both parties contributed $250,000 each, and at the square rear to the World Peace Gate the main body with dimensions 6.5m in height & 3.2m in width, and the 5 spheres with dimensions 2.5m in height & 2.4m in width were formed with the nations that donated 'the stones of the world' engraved and commemorated. On August 1989, the stone plate engraved with the construction purpose was installed, and on September 17 an unveiling ceremony commemorating the 1st anniversary of the Seoul Olympics was held.
The base of the sculpture was formed in a mosaic with about 4,000 natural stones of the world donated by the IOC, each NOC, and the athletes, and the will of the contributors was sublimated as a work of art.
Wall of Glory
With the purpose of eternally preserving the records of the major facts in the Seoul Olympics and to enhance its historical significance, the organizing committee constructed a Seoul Olympics records monument consisting of 48 record plates on a stonewall with dimension 150m in length and 4m in height at the center of the Olympic Park Water Stage. The artist designated was Professor Min, Cheol-Hong of the Seoul National University Sculpture Research Institute, and it was given the name, 'Wall of Glory, Games of the XXIVth Olympiad.'
In order to decide on the scope of details to be recorded on the monument, the organizing committee formed a record compilation sub-committee and a deliberation sub-committee holding the 1st meeting in February 1988, and in March a joint compilation & deliberation meeting was held to discuss issues relating to Olympic bidding, results outline, record materials etc. along with this the artistic results and the writings themselves were also discussed in detail and confirmed.
On August 8, 1989 the interim works were completed, and the entire construction was finalized on August 30. The records were allocated in a balanced fashion from the left to right of the stone wall and they include the dedication poem 'Oh My Great Nation' by the poet Byeong-Hwa Jo, factual records of the Olympics bid, event operation, circumstances, significance etc., as well as contributors, donating individuals and organization. In March 1988 the organizing committee entered the wall painting agreement with Ante Glibota, an International Working Committee member for the World Contemporary Art Festival, and in September of the same year the wall paintings by the French artist, jean Messagier, and the American artist, Elizabeth Frazheim, were installed in 2 places left & right of the Water Stage. This wall painting, which used iron and enamel, has dimensions 67.5m in width and 2.2m in height.
As the main headquarters of the organizing committees that conducted the preparations & operations for both the 10th Asian Games and the 24th Seoul Olympic Games, this is place containing the perspirations and efforts of the event operation officials.
- Total Floor Area: 17,305 (2 floors below ground, 15 floors above ground)
- Construction Period: Aug 1984 ~ May 1986
- Features: the lower part of this building brings to life the traditional beauty of traditional Korean-style houses, and with the addition of a modern feel in the upper sections, it harmonizes the East and West.
- Construction Cost: 10.8 billion Won (donated by 1988 Seoul Olympic Games Korean Japanese Sponsorship Association)
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