▲ Perspective View of Gwanghwamun Plaza Restructuring International Design Competition

The Ministry of Public Administration and Security, which had been confronting Seoul for the restructuring of Gwanghwamun Square, officially braked, saying, "Schedule the schedule."

As part of the Seoul Government Complex is included in the design of the new Gwanghwamun plaza, disagreements will not narrow, and discussions will be difficult for the time being as the ministry requests the project to be postponed.

As a result, Seoul's plan to build a new plaza by May 2021 was hampered.

The Ministry of Public Affairs sent a letter of request for cooperation on the Gwanghwamun Plaza restructuring project last month to Seoul City, stating that the project should be delayed in order to gather sufficient opinions.

The Ministry of Strategy and Industry said, "The Gwanghwamun Plaza restructuring project should be promoted with the wider understanding and support of citizens and citizens, including stakeholders, and the participation of representative civil organizations and experts. Therefore, it is necessary to adjust the overall business schedule." Said.

"The construction of the temporary bypass road for the survey of the Gyeongbokgung Palace excavation survey also includes a full explanation of the total cost of the Gwanghwamun Square restructuring project, including the restoration of the Gwanghwamun Plaza, and the transportation measures, and the process of gaining sympathy from the public and the public. It is appropriate to undertake after precedence. "

The ministry's position is that the government should proceed to restructure the Gwanghwamun Plaza after resolving various issues such as complaints from stakeholders, such as the Seoul government building organization and the Parents' Association, and criticisms by civil society organizations.

A ministry official said, "Citizens' organizations and the media raise questions about the transparency of the project cost of the new Gwanghwamun plaza, and there is criticism in terms of transportation."

"In addition, as a result of internally gathering opinions, the resident agency was concerned that the historical value of the Seoul Government Building as a modern building could be undermined, and the parents of the day care centers demanded that measures be taken, revealing anxiety about the replacement facilities."

The Seoul government's efforts to restructure the Gwanghwamun Plaza seem to reflect the dissatisfaction with the ministry.

The official said, "Since Seoul tried to set its schedule to May 2021, the story came out as if it was agreed. However, it is more important for us to maintain the function of the government building." "I have seen a lot of negative opinions raised, but I think it's necessary to get a sense of public empathy."

The difference between the two sides was so great that Gwanghwamun Square's restructuring project was held in January by Kim Boo-gyeom and Mayor Park Won-soon.

When Seoul announced the new Gwanghwamun plaza design plan, the ministry said, "It is unconsensus that the building includes some buildings and sites in the government office building."

The conflict seemed to be resolved in May when Seoul and the Ministry said that it had agreed on a large framework, but Minister Jin-young, the Minister of Public Affairs, said at a press conference on the 25th of last month, "We had a lot of discussions with Seoul, but nothing was agreed." Re-exposed

In relation to this, Seoul City said, "We will continue to consult with the Ministry of Strategy and Administration."

The City of Seoul said, "The city and the Ministry of National Affairs had a large framework agreement regarding the restructuring of Gwanghwamun in May." "We have negotiated a dozen business talks and have accepted much of the details requested by the ministry." Explained.

(Photo = provided by Seoul City, Yonhap News)