When you think of France, the Eiffel Tower springs to mind. China has the Great Wall, and how about the Statue of Liberty for the USA? Even Brazil has that big Jesus statue. Now, what comes to mind when you think of South Korea?
That’s not meant to be an insult. Most countries suffer the same lack of iconic, world-renowned landmarks, like my own home of Canada. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. (Yes, I will keep telling myself that, thank you.)
But South Korea may be on the verge of breaking out of this group with the discovery of a 100 year old piece of cultural heritage – a sewer!
Found right under the major street of Euljiro in the heart of Seoul during construction work near a subway station entrance, the century old sewage route is said to be a major stepping stone to the modernization of the city.
The sewer is a 1.5m (5 foot) diameter pipe built with a red brick archway top and a round concrete base. The estimated length is 300 meters but the city is still surveying the extent of the system.
It’s believed that the sewage system was established by Japanese occupational forces around the 1910’s. The passage appears to be in very good condition and could still function today.
Because of its location under downtown Seoul, there may have be damage to some sections from construction of the subway and a shopping mall. Nevertheless it appears the municipal government is decided on making it a historical site.
It’s not a bad move. The sewers of Paris are a big draw for tourists. Also, it would make the perfect educational side trip for those on their way to the nearby toilet theme park.