Culture Station Seoul 284
The first time I ever headed to Seoul Station to catch the KTX, I somehow managed to walk out of the subway station and took a turn to the front of the Old Seoul Station. My friend and I stared at it for some time and the homeless people that had found spots in the shade surrounding it before heading for the two main doors to enter. This was seven years ago. At that time, there had been no renovations done yet and inside was less of a train station and more of a homeless refuge. We had barely stepped in and realized this was not where we wanted to be to catch a train and totally felt dumb when we turned around to see the bright big newer Seoul Train Station behind us. How had we missed that?
In 2011, the old station was re-opened as a multicultural space called Culture Station Seoul 284 (문화역서울 284). The renovations took two years to complete and about 20 million dollars. There is an area for performances, exhibitions and other events. The building was originally constructed between 1922 and 1925 and was called Gyeongsung Station. It was designed by Tokyo University professor Tsukamoto Yasushi. The station was used up until 2004 when the new Seoul Station was built for the KTX bullet train.
The station is worth a little visit if you’ve made it to Seoul Station to catch a train and have a little time on your hands.
426 Cheongpa-ro Jung-gu Seoul, Korea
서울특별시 중구 청파로 426
Directions: Seoul Subway Station, exit 2
Days: Tuesdays through Sunday
Closed Mondays, Seollal and Chuseok
Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM