The Old Seoul Station, originally named Keijo Station which was designed by Tsukamoto Yasushi of Tokyo Imperial University, was finished on November 1925. This red brick building, designed in an eclectic style, features a Byzantine-style central dome including a centralized and symmetrical layout. Actually, now it is a fascinating cultural space for tourists, which is consisted of diverse artistic also cultural creations.
CULTURE STATION SEOUL 284 was established when the old Seoul Station lost its function as a train station. All the reconstruction work was based on original building and decorations of the train station back in 1925. After the restoration process which was completed in 2004, new Seoul station is the major rail hub in South Korea and the starting point for KTX trains to Busan. Seoul Station stands next to the Japanese-built former station. The Japanese red-brick, colonial-era building has now been reopened as a cultural space and event hall – Culture Station Seoul 284.
The renovation of the old Seoul Station was completed in August 2011. That year was marked with new start of old station as a dynamic and open cultural complex, where can be found various cultures as well as arts, based on the historical characteristics of the building. The official name of the building, „CULTURE STATION SEOUL 284“ includes the winner name (“Culture Station 284”) of names contest held together with the symbol of Seoul and a historic relic, the number of the old Seoul Station (284).
CULTURE STATION SEOUL 284 has three floors, including a basement. Its structure as a train station has been maintained. A complex layout of many partitioned spaces enables this place to be multifunctional where various programs, such as exhibitions, performances, conferences, and research can be held at the same time. Furthermore, the first floor houses: the central hall, the ticket booth, the platform, the VIP lounge, and the administrator’s office. The central hall consists of 12 stone columns and domes, and it is also the main entrance to CULTURE STATION SEOUL 284 at the centre. The third-class platform like the first and second platforms for the passengers are currently used for exhibitions and performances. The second floor has the main exhibition hall, the Grill, a seminar room, and a conference room. The restored exhibition hall was used as a barber shop in the past and is the first restored exhibition of Korea. Here, you can visit the materials and historical resources found while restoring the old Seoul Station.
CULTURE STATION SEOUL 284 together preserves the architectural value of the building along with its historical value and shares such worships with people through culture and arts.
Finally, it is firmly laying its roots as a space that exhibits various aspects of Seoul in the past, present, and future.