The Transformation of the Public Facilities in Suwon “Family Women’s Hall”
The Paldal-gu area, an older section of the city, still contains the remnants of modern architecture built during the Japanese colonization of Korea. One of the buildings from this time that has been well preserved and maintained is the annex building of the Suwon Family Women’s Hall, which has also been designated a local landmark. Estimated to have been built at the end of the 1920s, this building was listed as a national registered cultural property in 2014 in recognition of its historical importance. With the exception of a few changes, the building has been maintained in its original form. When the building was first transferred to the Suwon City Government, it was used as a city government building, but was then used as the Suwon Cultural Center after the new city government building was constructed to the rear.
Along with the annex building, the old Suwon City Hall has also been listed as a registered cultural property. After serving as the Suwon City Hall for 30 years, the building continued to serve the city as an administrative building—first as the Gwonseon-gu Office in 1987 and then as the Family Women’s Hall starting in 2007. Although these two buildings are part of the old city, they continue to stand proud as monuments of Suwon’s administrative history. With the addition of a few key facilities for the good of local residents, the old cultural center and the city hall will continue to tell the story of modern Suwon for generations to come.