Samchonggak's Fate in QuestionSamchonggak,' a once very famous Korean-style restaurant in Seoul, particularly in the 1970s, is in danger of becoming extinct.
"We will call on the Cultural Properties Council to decide if Samchongak should be preserved or not," said Jo Kyo-hwan, head of the department of cultural properties for metropolitan Seoul.
The majority of the 20 council members in attendence and a large number of advocates are necessary if Samchonggak is to be designated a cultural property.
Hwaum Construction Co.Ltd's appeal last year for land development and premission to demolish the Samchonggak buildings (3000pyong=9900sq.meter) to build 18 luxury homes was suspended by Seoul officials.
However, Hwaum alleged that Samchonggak is only a former political arena. He added, "If Seoul city goes ahead and anoints it as cultural property just because it was used as a dinner place in the 1970 Korean-Japanese talks, it will be on infringement of people's property rights."
Hwaum said it will challenge the city's halting of its demolition of Samchonggak.
by Yang youngyu