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China’s new embassy to be Korea’s largest

Mar 21,2008
An artist’s rendition of a planned 24-story Chinese Embassy complex to be built in Myeong-dong by 2012. [YONHAP]
China will flex its growing diplomatic muscle in grand fashion with a planned 24-story tower, the largest embassy in the country, to be built in Myeong-dong, downtown Seoul, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced yesterday.
The building will be constructed on a plot of land that was home to China’s embassy before it moved to Jongno in May, 2002. The former Chinese embassy building on the site will be demolished and the new building is slated to be completed by 2012, according to plans submitted by the embassy to the city government.
The 9,831-square-meter site in one of the city’s busiest shopping districts and most expensive neighborhoods is owned by the Chinese government. The new embassy will have a gross floor area of 17,199 square meters, outstripping the Russian Embassy, which is currently the largest embassy in Korea, by about 5,000 square meters.
According to the plan, the building will consist of two towers ― a 10-story office building and a 24-story apartment block for embassy employees. The complex will include a gym, swimming pool and hair salon in the residence tower. The building will have a Chinese-style rooftop and other details.
The mission announced a plan to build a new structure in December 2001 but deferred moving ahead until now due to former President Roh Moo-hyun’s now-abandoned plan to relocate the administrative capital.
Construction will begin late this year or early next year, the city said.

By Kim Soe-jung Staff Reporter [soejung@joongang.co.kr]



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