• Center of Korea’s Politics: National Assembly Building

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  • At 48, Uisadang-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, previously 1-1 Yeouido-dong, you will find the National Assembly building, which occupies one-eighth of the entire Yeouido area. It is located in the center of Yeouido and is considered to be the best single assembly building in Asia. However, there were many difficulties before construction of the National Assembly building could begin. Although the Lee Seung-man administration, which had used the current Seoul Metropolitan Council building, decided to build a new building for the administration and selected the design of a young architect, Kim Su-geun, the plan was completely scrapped as a result of the April 19 Revolution and the military coup. The May 16 military coup led to the suspension of the construction plan, but ironically the building was constructed during the Park Chung-hee presidency. Back then, a massive investment was funneled into the construction, which caught the stern attention of the public, but some of the building’s architectural characteristics are still deemed inappropriate as they failed to reflect the opinions of the general public. As a symbol of the democratic politics of the parliament, the National Assembly building was built solely with Korean technologies, reflecting the hopes of the people. It has sometimes been mired in conflict and arguments over the past 40 years, but hopefully, many Koreans still have high expectations of the parliament to achieve truly communicative politics.