- Paldang Station
Infobox SMS station
April 1, 1939(trains) December 27, 2007(commuter rail)
Paldang Station is a station on the
Jungang Line, located in the city of Namyangjuby the northern banks of the Han River. Although it is one of the older train stations in Korea (built prior to the 1945 liberation), the area around the station is not developed to a great degree, and only a few passenger trains stop at the station every day.
The old station is well-preserved, and is one of the best surviving examples of the architectural style of Japanese occupation era. The blue roof is typical of early train stations in Korea, and for this reason, it was recently designated as a national cultural asset. [Paldang Station, official nomination as cultural Assets "문화재지정 앞둔 간이역 ‘남양주 팔당역’"국민일보 2006-10-26 http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=103&oid=005&aid=0000260714] The old station building is currently juxtaposed to the newly renovated station (completed in 2007), and is a striking example of how Korean railroads have evolved so rapidly over a relatively short period of time.
Many residents near the station commute to Seoul daily, but the infrequent passenger train service previously rendered the area much more isolated than it should have been. Because of this problem, residents urged local politicians and Ministry of Construction for reducing inconvenience. [Requirement for early open of the station. "팔당주민, 팔당역 조기개통 요구" Newsis 2007-01-19 ] In response to these complaints, Dosim & Paldang Stations were incorporated into the Jungang Line commuter rail system earlier than originally planned. [전철 조기개통으로 지역민원 해결 네이버
YTN2007.12.27] The opening of this service has reduced commute times by over 30 minutes. [ [http://www.fnnews.com/view?ra=Sent0501m_01A&corp=fnnews&arcid=00000921189915&cDateYear=2007&cDateMonth=12&cDateDay=26& First-Class경제신문 파이낸셜 뉴스 ] ]
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