Seoul, a constantly changing city, is at a confluence of historical-cultural preservation and progress. The current urban landscape of Seoul results from its numerous urban projects that attempt to revive historical identity as well as to establish its position as a global city.
The Han River divides the city into its historical center and the emerging economic districts north and south of the river respectively. In addition, the river also marks the different urban fabrics that the city has adopted on each side.
The tabula rasa condition of the south allows for an unhindered urban project while the historical north desires for interventions that are more considerate to the existing urbanscape. Nationally, the contemporary topic of cultural and urban reformation in the city has been about its attempts to reclaim its identity. Seoul addresses such issues of reclaiming its identity through urban developments that are rooted in restoring and reviving its historical face alongside a contemporary urban movement.