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Incheon to build a park to preserve the 80-year history of Camp Market

Incheon creates dedicated task force in anticipation of thecomplete return of Camp Market in 2022

Incheon is preparing for the complete return of the Camp MarketUS Army Base in Bupyeong in 2022.

 

The city government is laying the groundwork for Camp Market’sreturn driven by two policies: to actively reflect public opinion on how todevelop a park at the site of Camp Market, and how to preserve the 80-yearhistory of Camp Market with the new park.

 

On July 12, the city launched a dedicated task force (CampMarket Communication Team) under the Camp Market Division.

 

Incheon recognizes that active participation of citizens and asystematic record of historical and cultural assets are essential when settingthe future direction of the new park at Camp Market that will effectivelyreturn the former Army base into the arms of Incheon citizens for the firsttime in 80 years. Accordingly, the city is looking stimulate public discussion onCamp Market and open a dedicated archive.

▲Incheon is preparing forthe complete return of the Camp Market US Army Base in Bupyeong in 2022. Thecity government is laying the groundwork for Camp Market’s return driven by twopolicies: to actively reflect public opinion on how to develop a park at thesite of Camp Market, and how to preserve the 80-year history of Camp Marketwith the new park. Overview of Camp Market in Bupyeong



Public discussion on Camp Market

 

The public has differingopinions on the preservation and removal of buildings and arsenals at CampMarket, and concern over the risk of conflicting viewpoints boiling over onceZone D of Camp Market is returned is rising.

The city of Incheon plansto gather the opinions and feedback of Incheon citizens about Camp Market withactivities such as the Citizens’ Participation Committee, “Camp MarketCitizens’ Public Discussion Project” (since 2017), and the “Communication Box”project (available in three locations). Furthermore, Incheon plans to collectfeedback on Camp Market through the Camp Market Citizens’ Public Discussionevent scheduled in October.

Also, in 2022, a CampMarket Citizens’ Participation Group (tentative name) will be formed, andrecommendations from the public will be collected on the future direction ofthe Camp Market History and Culture Park (via a public survey).

▲Incheon recognizes thatactive participation of citizens and a systematic record of historical andcultural assets are essential when setting the future direction of the new parkat Camp Market that will effectively return the former Army base into the armsof Incheon citizens for the first time in 80 years. Accordingly, the city islooking to stimulate public discussion on Camp Market and open a dedicatedarchive. US Army Camp Market in Bupyeong (circa 1960s)



Building the Camp Market Archive


During the first half of 2021, Incheon commissioned the Incheon Institute toconduct a “study on the direction of the Camp Market Archive” (policy researchproject) in order to gain more insight into the historical significance of CampMarket as a place, the significance of its past, its culture, and its heritage.Incheon will use findings from the study to set a direction for the Camp MarketArchive, and commission a project to devise a master plan for the Camp MarketArchive this October.

In 2022, once Zone D isfully returned to Incheon, the city plans to employ more experts, includingexperts on arts and sciences, and build a comprehensive archive for a completeinvestigation of the historical and cultural value of Camp Market.

 

In addition, when the Camp Market History and Culture Park iscompleted, it will be linked with the new Camp Market History Hall (tentativename) to ensure the continued maintenance and management of the archivelong-term.

 

With the new Park, Incheon intends to help raise publicawareness regarding the history and value of Camp Market as a culturalheritage, spanning from the Japanese colonial period, the US Army’s occupation,and all the way to Camp Market’s eventual return to the Korean government.

 

Meanwhile, Camp Market was used as an arsenal for the JapaneseArmy since 1939 to manufacture weapons during the Japanese colonial period.

 

After the return of Zones A and B (210,765 m2) inDecember 2019, the government has been working on decontaminating the soil atCamp Market. The city plans to close down and relocate the bakery factory inZone D by the end of this year, complete the return process for Camp Marketbetween March and April 2022, and open the Park by 2028. The new Park will belocated in 292-1, Sangok-dong, with a total land area of 600,938m2.

▲ Layout of Camp Market


 

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