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Chimney of the incinerator transformed into a book cafe, Pangyo Clean Tower in Seongnam - Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

Pangyo Clean Tower Book Cafe with impressive observation deck

Chimney of the incinerator transformed into a book cafe, Pangyo Clean Tower in Seongnam

Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

What if the waste incinerator is around the house? It is almost certain that residents will walk and oppose retail protests and signatures. The garbage incinerator located in Pangyo, Seongnam is slightly different. The Pangyo Environmental Energy Facility equipped with a sports center for residents, and the Pangyo Water Quality Restoration Center, which is difficult to find out whether it is a sewage treatment plant by underground, are no longer evasion facilities. The Pangyo Clean Tower, where the chimney of the garbage incinerator was reborn as an observatory and book cafe, is rather proud.

Pangyo Clean Tower, located in front of Pangyo Techno Valley. It is called a garbage incinerator, but it has no smell. The small sports center and observatory have a clean first impression, and the wide open park is full of autumn.
Inside a small-scale book cafe
Take the elevator to the book cafe, which is 48m high. With an elevator in between, one is a book cafe and the other is a chat room. A small library is better than a book cafe. They do not sell coffee, etc., and food is not allowed for comfortable reading. Centered on the bookshelf, there are 4 round tables and 2 square tables with multi-tabs. It is a small size with only 41 seats.
Inside a small-scale book cafe
Books are available for infants, children, teenagers, and general books, but less than 2,000 books. Although the number of books is small, there are many new and popular books.
We have children's and children's books.

The best pride of the book cafe is the prospect. You can see from all sides and there are not many high-rise buildings nearby, so you can see far. The Gyeongbu Expressway and Pangyo IC can be seen right next to it, and the Hwarang Park opens underneath. Pangyo Techno Valley is the shape surrounding the park, and Pangyo Station and the construction site are visible to the southeast. The west side of the highway and the east side of Pangyo Station are apartment forests.

Have fun reading a book at a window with a good view
Across from the book cafe is a chat room equipped with a vending machine and chairs to rest. You can be cautious in book cafes, but you can take a more comfortable view and take pictures in chat rooms.
Damsobang next to the book cafe
What is impressive among the prospects is Pangyo Techno Valley. Neowiz, NCsoft Building, located across from Hwarang Park, seems to be in your hands.
Pangyo Techno Valley at a glance
AhnLab, NHN Entertainment, Kakao, Samsung Techwin, Nexon Korea, etc. are nesting behind the building, making it truly a Korean Silicon Valley.
Children watching the view from the chat room
The fall color goes down to the dazzling Hwarang Park. There are not many people walking on weekdays or weekends. The place where people are, however, is Pangyo Ecological Learning Center located on one side of the park.
Pangyo Ecological Learning Center Exhibition Room
Most of the exhibits were of experiential type. Pressing a button, taking a quiz, and pedaling to create energy yourself. Various programs are also available for individuals, families and groups. Eco-learning men and elementary school students who perform missions step by step and forest play schools for group kindergarten students are popular.
Inside the Pangyo Ecological Learning Center, decorated with experiential displays
The heart forest walk for adults, family ecology school and family food are also fun. To participate in the program, visit the Pangyo Ecological Learning Center website ( www.pecedu.net ).
The backyard is full of various experiential exhibits.
Between the Pangyo Clean Tower and Pangyo Ecological Learning Center is the Pangyo Water Quality Restoration Center. Thanks to the fact that the sewage treatment facility is located underground, the building on the ground looks only like a park management office.
Pangyo Water Quality Restoration Center and the observation deck book cafe
A pair of Mallard Ducks is leisurely playing in the terraced front yard.
Mallards playing in the front yard of Pangyo Water Quality Restoration Center
The forest of Hwarang Park is colored in autumn. While constructing the Pangyo new city, they gathered existing trees and created a forest here. In addition, an ecological lake was created at the junction of Unjungcheon and Geumtocheon so that animals and plants living in wetlands can be observed.
Hwarang Park, beautifully colored in autumn
When you cross the park through the ginkgo tunnel, you will see Pangyo Station, where the Shinbundang Line passes. It takes about 20 minutes on foot from the Book Cafe to Pangyo Station.
Walk another 10 minutes through Hwarang Park and go to Pangyo Station
Travel information

Pangyo Clean Tower Book Cafe: 55, Pangyo-ro 228beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 031-724-4660
Pangyo Ecological Learning Center: 21, Daewangpangyo-ro 645beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 031-8016-0100


* Self-driving

Gyeongbu Expressway Pangyo IC → Turn left under the elevated road → Go straight toward Suseo and Hwarang Park → Turn left at Daewang Pangyo Intersection → Turn left after Pangyo Ecological Learning Center → Parking lot at Pangyo Sports Center

* public transport

About 20 minutes on foot from Pangyo Station on Sinbundang Line. Take the village bus 75 from Pangyo Station Exits 3 and 4, and get off at JC Entertainment. About 8 minutes on foot

2. Restaurants around

Grilled Bundang Sulfur Duck Mud: Duck roast / 87 Saemae-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si / 031-717-5292

Gaomi Ok: Seolleongtang / 181 Tancheon-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si / 031-709-9448

Salata: Thai cuisine / 381 Seongnam-daero, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si / 031-717-0104



Bundang SR Hotel: 9, Hwangsaeul-ro 319beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si / 031-702-6565


Hotel Gallery: 321 Hwangsaeul-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si / 031-702-8200


Redesign Hotel: 43, Dongbaek 3-ro 11beon-gil, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si / 031-284-3434


※ The above information was created in November 2013, and may change later, so be sure to check it before you travel.
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