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History of Nanjido

Seoul Energy Dream Center is built in a place called the Nanjido. What is now the World Cup Park was originally called Nanjido, an island full of 'nan' flows, or orchids, and 'jicho', which means gromwells. Seoul Energy Dream Center is located inside the Pyounghwa Park

Before the project

  • The name, Nanji, originates from the word 'nan' which means an orchid flower, and 'ji' which means a gromwell. The island was also called 'Apdo' due to the significant number of ducks in the island, 'Jungchodo' for abundance in flowers and plants, and 'Moonsum (Gate Island)' as it was the point of arrival for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds which visited Korea for the winter.

  • Along the small streak running from Wongjeong to Haengju fortress, the island produced 30% of peanuts and 70% of kaoliang broomsticks on its sand banks, supporting the life of simple people who lived in humble houses of Korea. The island harbored pleasure boats of the noblemen, and the poplar tree trail was famous among lovers as a romantic spot in 1940s and 50s. The island was also a popular destination for honeymoon.


After the project

Nanjido boasted a healthy ecosystem, full of beautiful flowers and visited by many migrating birds. However, for 15 years since 1978, the product of the progress of the civilization poured into the island, up to a staggering 97 million tons (which is enough to fully load as many as 130 million 8.5-ton trucks.

However, since the start of the stabilization project in 1996, it regained its ecological diversity as a land of life. In May 2002, the island was reborn as the World Cup Park, which was composed of the Pyounghwa Park, where the people and nature made a peaceful encounter, the Haneul Park where the land meets the sky, the Noeul Park glowing with the setting sun, and Nanjicheon Park with its branching willows. The World Cup park, which was built by restoring a landfill into an eco-friendly space, shows the entire world the true meaning of environmental rehabilitation.