|Title||The Trams of Seoul|
|Period||2019-12-20 ~ 2020-09-27|
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IN CELEBR ATION OF T HE E XHIBITION OPENING
On Buddha's birthday(8th of the lunar April), 120 years ago, the first tram in Korea set out on a journey from Donuimun Gate to Heunginjimun Gate. On the tracks laid along the streets of Jongno ran the first tram. In 1887, electric lights were first lit in the Geoncheonggung Residence of Gyeongbokgung Palace; in 1897, the Korean Empire was proclaimed at Junghwajeon Hall in Deoksugung Palace. It wasn't long after, in 1989, that trams began running in Hanseong, marking the capital as a modern city equipped with all the latest infrastructure.
THE R USH I NTO THE M ODERN A GE
In 1899, 120 years ago, trams started to run in Hanseong (now Seoul). It was in 1881 that the world’s first commercially successful electric trams began to operate, and with its own introduction of the tram, Hanseong was praised for taking on the character of a modern city.
TR ACKS AND W HEELS AS N EW F EET
What numbered just four lines during the Korean Empire continued to increase, and the tram lines amounted to sixteen by 1943. With the construction of tracks, the fortress gates and walls were torn down, drastically changing the cityscape. In 1909, Imperial Japan took over the American Korean Electric Corporation, and the subsequent tram lines were laid entirely based on the needs of the Japanese people.
TR AM S ERVICE COME T O A N E ND
After the independence of Korea, the population of Seoul surpassed one million, and the problem of overcrowded trams aggravated, which made it difficult for them to serve as a major form of transportation. As a means to resolve the traffic issue, Seoul chose to add more bus lines, and the transportation system switched to orient around buses to adapt to the gradually expanding city limits.