Seoul’s Oil Tank Culture Park is a cultural space for citizens that opened in September of 2017. The park was originally an oil storage facility called the Mapo Oil Depot. This legacy from the Seoul’s industrial past, which strictly restricted public access and usage for 41 years, was transformed into a cultural park for citizens through urban regeneration. In the middle of the park is a wide open culture plaza, which is surrounded by six tanks. The plot of land that the park sits on is the size of 22 soccer fields. With the Maebongsan Mountain located nearby, the park is also an environmentally friendly space. Every feature of Oil Tank Culture Park was created by recycling existing resources. In that regard, the park could be considered as Seoul’s representative urban regeneration landmark.
Fascinating Year-round Cultural Events at the Park’s 5 Tanks
The existing oil storage tanks, which are 15m in height and 15-38m in diameter, have been transformed into performance halls, lecture rooms, and a story hall to record the history of the Oil Tank Culture Park. One of the tanks have been built to serve as a community center and consists of a cafeteria, circular meeting room, and a multipurpose lecture room. A variety of cultural events that are initiated by citizens are held year-round here. Such events include a book playground for children in the spring, aquatic activities in the summer, and an outdoor festival and flea market in the fall. Other popular programs include a forest and gardening-themed “ecological living” cultural program and a tour that allows participants to explore the park’s ecological environment and industrial legacy.
A Festival for the Citizens to Celebrate the Park’s 1st Anniversary
Oil Tank Culture Park was first opened to the public on September 1, 2017. With the park’s first anniversary coming up this fall, a festival will be held for the citizens to celebrate the occasion. The festival will be a two-day event that will be held on September 15 and 16. Participants of the festival will be able to explore the park’s tanks and take part in fun-filled experience programs. Family-oriented experience programs, an open forum for active citizens, and a commemorative exhibition for the park will be held. A public market offering a variety of eco-friendly and health-conscious goods and foods will be held on September 15.
Introducing Oil Tank Culture Park’s Facilities
T1 Pavilion (Surface Area: 554㎡)
A multipurpose communication space. The structure’s current glass ceiling and walls were newly installed inside the concrete retaining wall that remained after the tank was dismantled. The retaining wall that was built in the past and the current structure exist in harmony with the geographical features of the Maebongsan Mountain.
T2 Performance Hall (Surface Area: 2,580㎡)
The upper part of the tank consists of an outdoor performance hall that is connected to the entrance via a slope. The lower part of the tank consists of an indoor performance hall.
T3 Original Tank (Surface Area: 1,046㎡, Diameter: 40m, Height: 15m)
A place that allows you to think about the historical context in which the Oil Tank Culture Park was built. The original form of the oil storage tank has been left untouched and will be preserved as is.
T4 Cultural Complex (Surface Area: 1,228㎡)
An open space that maintained the unique shape of the interior of the original tank. The sunlight that comes in through the roof mingles with the numerous pipe columns to create an atmosphere that one has never experienced before.
T5 Story Hall (Surface Area: 890㎡)
A space that allows you to see and experience the tank’s inside and outside, concrete retaining wall, bedrock, and cutting area. This space exhibits the 40 years of history behind the transformation of the Mapo Oil Depot into the Oil Tank Culture Park.
T6 Community Center (Surface Area: 2,948㎡)
A new structure that was built by using recycled steel plates that came from T1 and T2. The center supports community activities and consists of a lecture hall, meeting room, and a cafeteria.
T0 Culture Plaza (Surface Area: 35,212㎡)
A large outdoor space that was once a temporary parking lot. The large plaza serves as a resting area for citizens and hosts community activities such as flea markets.