Pedestrian Plaza in front of Student Union Building, Reconstruction of Eagle Statue
The Baekyang-ro area, which is typical of Yonsei Sinchon Campus and so familiar to all Yonseians, is planned to go under construction this year. After it was enlarged in 1961, the Baekyang-ro area has emerged as the pivot of Sinchon Campus, comprising sites near the Underwood Hall, Student Union Building and Central Library, and Yonsei Eagle Statue. The reconstruction is aimed to upgrade and modernize facilities, improve pedestrian crossing, and expand space for community interaction.
Since 2003, the Yonsei Campus Master Plan Committee had been organized to complete and implement the Campus Master Plan. As a part of the master plan, the Baekyang-ro Master Plan has been put together since last year. The Baekyang-ro Plan consists of two phases. The first phase, which starts this semester, includes areas near the Main Building and Yonhi Hall, the Student Union Building and Central Library, and the Yonsei Eagle Statue. The second phase, which will start after the first phase is finished, is comprised of areas including the Centennial Memorial Hall, Engineering Research Park, Main Gate, as well as road and sidewalk reconstruction.
According to the plans for phase 1, the three sites which go under construction this year are the Main Building, Student Union Building and Central Library, and Yonsei Eagle Statue. First, changes to the Main Building area will include (1) separation between road for vehicles and crossing for pedestrians, (2) refinement of the central garden in front of the building, and (3) creating more respite and community space near the Yonhi Hall. Second, in between the Student Union and Central Library a pedestrian plaza will be constructed to improve pedestrian crossing. Also, additional space for community interaction is to be created near the Student Union Building and the Central Library. Third, the Yonsei Eagle Statue, which is almost 40 years old, will go under reconstruction in order to improve the decrepit condition. Taking the statue’s symbolic significance into consideration, ideas for the statue’s renovation have been gathered from many Yonseians, both through on-campus media and from the alumni association, and the family members of the late Dr. Kim Young-joong, the statue’s sculptor. While the statue and its surroundings will undergo some external changes, they will preserve the statue’s symbolic significance.