Dongdaemun Stadium: Between Korean Tradition, Colonial Memory, and Dreams for the Future

  • Hyun Kyung Lee
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


Built in 1925, Dongdaemun Stadium was Korea’s first modern sports stadium, located in the capital city, Seoul. Lee investigates the transformation of Dongdaemun Stadium to the modern day Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Park, tracing its place biography from the pre-colonial period, across the colonial period, to the post-colonial period. To illuminate how colonial legacies were dealt with in post-colonial Korea, she examines memory conflicts between city authorities and a diverse rank of opponents: civic groups, sports fans, baseball professionals, as well as merchants from the neighbouring Dongdaemun market, scrutinising how accumulated memories were negotiated and managed, and how selected memories were finally visually represented at the site.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyun Kyung Lee
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  1. 1.Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)University of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS)Seoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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