|Widening Sejong-ro and Taepyeong-ro since the 1960s, and the Treatment of Buildings along the Road
| Sejong-ro; Taepyeong-ro; Road Widening; Relocation; Conservation; Former National Assembly Building; Monument for the 40th Anniversary of King Gojong's Enthronement
|The purpose of this study is to analyze how cultural property class buildings were treated among conflicting buildings along the road at the
time of widening work targeting the Sejong-ro and Taepyeong-ro sections. The currently conserved cadastral maps of each era, documents
related to road planning by the National Archives of Korea and the Seoul Metropolitan Archives, and articles and illustrations of various
newspapers are subject to analysis. The widening of Sejong-ro and Taepyeong-ro began to be planned by national policy in the 1950s.
Except for the west section of Sejong-ro in 1966, all of them were promoted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and were carried out
several times. The road widening lines at this time were planned geometrically straight. It was carried out by drawing a line on the map and
collectively handling the conflicting buildings around it. At this time, the Seoul Metropolitan Government had in mind the relocation of
architectural cultural properties and the entire or partial demolition of general buildings. In this process, the Monument for the 40th
Anniversary of King Gojong's Enthronement was able to be conserved in its original location due to the Cultural Heritage Protection Act,
and the Deoksugung Palace Wall and Daehanmun Gate had to be relocated. There was no way to protect buildings that were not cultural
properties at all, but in the case of the former Post Office building, if partial demolition did not occur due to the widening in the 1980s, it
can be expected that it would have been recognized as a registered cultural property today.