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Nanjido, the land of life


This is how we made the land of life.

The stabilization process, which restored the abandoned land, Nanjido, into an environmentally-friendly park, was composed of four phases, which were treating of the leechate, covering of the top with soil, removal of the landfill gas, and stabilization of perimeters.

  • 1 Treating the leechate
  • In order to treat the leechate (a by-product that is generated while the trash is decomposing), underground water-proof walls were constructed surrounding the landfill at 17m-56m depth, to a total length of 6,017m. Inside the water-proof wall, 31 collecting wells were installed at every 200 meters to collect, treat and release the leechate to the Han River.
  • 2 Top cover-up
  • By covering up the top with soil, it is possible to prevent rainwater permeating into the land fill and landfill gas from spreading over the air, creating an environment that is fit for plants to grow.
  • 3 Treating the landfill gas
  • There are 106 gas-collecting holes at every 120m along the slopes and top of the Haneul Park and the Noeul Park. These collecting holes are connected through a pipe-line to collect the gas, which is then used as the fuel for the boilers to provide heat to sur-rounding apartment complexes and the World Cup Stadium.
  • 4 Stabilization of the
  • In order to stabilize the slope of the trash mound, the steepness of the inclination was smoothed out, and additional protective struc-tures were added. Then, the sur-face was covered with lawn and trees, creating an environment that can even support wild life.

Along the northern river bank of the Han River, the Noeul Park, Community Center, Resource Reclamation Facility, and local heating plant are located. Down the riverside express way, you will find the Haneul Park and the Nanjicheon Park next to it.  The Pyounghwa Park is located on the opposite side of the Nanjicheon Park facing the World Cup Stadium on its right.
The Pyounghwa Park is the paramount location within the World Cup Park, located in the open area of 440,000㎡ between the World Cup Stadium and the northern riverside expressway.
  • The theme of the park, Peace, also means 'coexistence and symbiosis' which embraces the entire World Cup Park. Most importantly, the Pyounghwa Park was built in memory of the first-ever World Cup games of the 21st century while representing the harmony and peace of the world through its images. For this reason, the facility was designed as a futuristic plaza, which can be used as the venue of environmental education, recreation, and sports activities for the community. The UNICEF Plaza built in a round shape along the pond is a good place for walking and recreation, while you can view the beautiful landscape of the water front.

    The Nanji Pond, which was artificially constructed by drawing in the water of the Han River, is designed to allow children to play in ankle-deep water. Also, the small streams which are decorated with necks of rapid streams are ripe with the rural atmosphere. The Picnic Field was developed as a part of "Planting 10 Million Trees of Life" campaign.

    With a view to make the surrounding areas of the World Cup Stadium green with plants, a large number of citizens volunteered to plant trees in the springs of 1999 and 2000.
The Haneul Park is built on the highest area within the World Cup Park and has a grass field that is maintained on the 2nd landfill site of Nanjido.
  • The Haneul Park is an artificially constructed area as a result of the landfill stabilization work, which does not have any natural streams or ecological environments. The characteristic feature of the Haneul Park is a wide, open grass field. On the northern side of the park, silver grasses are planted to allow the citizens to enjoy nature. In the low-rising grass field, native vegetation such as Korean thistle, Manchurian violet, and Toothed ixeris, as well as imported species such as clover can be found. Also, since 2000, around 30,000 butterflies including sulfur butterflies, Papilio bianor, nymphalid and yellow swallowtail butterflies have been released in the area, mainly in the Haneul Park. These butterflies contributes to stabilizing the botanic eco-system of the island by pollinating the various plants in the park. Photo: World Cup Park
The Noeul Park is the most beautiful cultural and artistic-themed park where you can watch the most beautiful sunsets that you won't find anyshere else.
  • This park provides a unique and enjoyable place for the citizens, who can appreciate the artistic sculptures, observation decks, and an open lawn. The Noeul Park is also a treasure house for the ecosystem of the city of Seoul, as it is home to a number of wildlife such as water deer, leopard cats, and raccoons. After converting a golf course in the area into a family park, the city of Seoul entered into an agreement with Korea Sports Promotion Foundation, which had been operating the golf course, on June 17, 2008. As a result, the facility reopened as a part on November 1, 2008. Photo: World Cup Park
The Nanjicheon Park is Built on the Najicheon, which was a stream that runs around the northern coast of the island into the Han River. This was a place to dump trash that seriously contaminated the surroundings with leechate flowing from the mountains of trash in the area. Also, the stream remained only as a deep trench, which remained dry at all times except during the monsoon.
  • Now, the shores of the creek are full of reeds, willows, and other plant colonies, with the eco-system showing an unbelievable level of recovery. In surrounding areas other than the screen, there are play grounds for children, a multi-purpose sports field, an artificial-lawn soccer-field, a lawn year, and other various facilities for the handicapped, the elderly, and the juveniles in the area. Photo: World Cup Park
Nanji Han-River Park is located where Nanjido meets the Han River, along the shore stretching over some 777,000㎡.
  • Nanji Han-River Park is the second largest among 13 river side parks along the Han River. This particular park is designed to maintain the original natural environment on the river side as much as possible, while providing opportunities for leisure and educational activities to the citizens. Nanji Han-river Park was newly developed as a part of the Han-River Renaissance Project. Now complete with the central bridgeway that connects the park with the Noeul Park and the Haneul Park, the bridgeway connecting to the Pyounghwa Park, and the compound connection corridor, the park significantly improved accessibility for the citizens. Also, there is the Nanji Camping Site, where you can enjoy group camping with your friends. Photo: World Cup Park