Recreating Dongdaemun stadium in South Korea : beyond Japanese colonial memories and towards a global city
Recreating Dongdaemun stadium in South Korea : beyond Japanese colonial memories and towards a global city / Hyun Kyung Lee
p. 99-128 ; 23 cm
수록자료: Seoul journal of Korean studies. Institute of Korean Studies, Seoul National University. Vol.31 no.1(2018 June), p. 47-74 31:1<99 ISSN 1225-0201 저자: Hyun Kyung Lee, Post-doctoral researcher at the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, Seoul National University, and at the Centre for Research in Artsm Social Sciences, Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge
Built in 1925 during the Japanese colonial period, Dongdaemun Stadium was the first modern sports stadium in Seoul, the capital of Korea. During the Japanese colonial occupation and after liberation, especially in the 1960s–80s, Korean sports fans experienced numerous significant victories at Dongdaemun. This article investigates how Dongdaemun Stadium, part of the Japanese colonial legacy, became the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Park (DDP), a landmark of the new Seoul and a social, cultural, and economic hub. From the perspectives of heritage studies, it illuminates how colonial legacies were dealt with in post-colonial Korean society, and how urban heritage sites influence the re-creation of city identities and represent city memory. In particular, it examines memory conflicts between city authorities and a diverse cohort of opponents: civic groups, sports fans, baseball professionals, and small-scale merchants. Analyzing three main conflicts—concerning the site's history, sporting events, and the surrounding market as a space to live and work—this article scrutinizes how the stadium's accumulated city memories were negotiated and managed, and how selected memories have been visually represented here as an outcome of these memory conflicts. Finally, considering the controversies regarding the DDP project, this article addresses how new visual representations and newly constructed narratives affect city identities.