New and Better Mapo-gu

Theme tour

In 2017, the Mapo Oil Depot that was veiled for a long time returned to citizens as a cultural park. Before, the Mapo Oil Depot was a Grade 1 Security Facility closed to the public for over 41 years.In 1973, Korea had difficulty supplying crude oil during the first oil crisis. To prepare for emergencies, the Korean government built the Mapo Oil Depot near Maebongsan Mountain in 1978. A total of five tanks as high as a five-story apartment building were filled with 69.07 million liters of oil, an amount that could be consumed by all Seoul citizens for a month.

In 2013, Seoul City held idea contests for the utilization of the site of the oil depot that became an abandoned industrial facility. Based on the winning design titled "Reading the Story of the Site" at an international design competition, a design advisory committee and citizens' site tour group were organized, and their opinions were actively reflected in the design.
At the end of 2015, the construction was commenced with the aim of preserving the original characteristics of the facility while recycling the resources. The oil depot was reborn into an ecological and cultural park and a complex cultural space through the project where many citizens participated.


The tanks used to store oil turned into cultural tanks that create new cultural experiences every day. The existing five tanks were transformed into open cultural spaces and the sixth tank that was newly built using the iron panels of the old ones became a community space for citizens. The outdoor space that remained empty was regenerated into "Culture Yard" where children can run and play.
The forests in the site were preserved to a maximum degree and formed into a park by planting more flowers and trees. Following the trail leading to Maebongsan Mountain, travelers can see wild rabbits and squirrels in their natural habitats.


The space that represented the industrialization era symbolized by oil and construction was revived into an ecological and cultural park focusing on the values of eco-friendliness, regeneration and culture. Including markets, exhibitions, performances, workshops and other various cultural events are continuously held in this place. The citizens of Seoul share the eco-friendly and creative ways of life as autonomous, cooperative and active citizens. The Oil Tank Culture Park will continue to fill its space various cultural resources together with the citizens as a space where culture is created and a hub of a transition city.

“From Oil to Culture” Oil Tank Culture Park

Tank Tour Guide

  • T1Glass Pavilion

    A tank used to store gasoline in the past was disassembled and re-covered with glass walls and roof, to be transformed into a glass pavilion. From the pavilion, visitors can see the rock mass of Maebongsan Mountain along that creates different moods depending on the season, weather, and time.

    The pavilion is a multi-purpose space for various exhibitions, workshops and artistic performances.

  • T2Stage

    The tank that contained diesel turned into an outdoor stage and a performance hall. While the tank was dismantled as well, its outward form was not reconstructed but kept open towards the sky.

    Here, the concrete retaining walls that surrounded the rock mass of Maebongsan Mountain and the tank resonate with musical sounds and nature, including the sky, wind and mountain, becomes part of artistic performances. The lower part of the tank was renovated into an indoor performance hall.

  • T3Sustained Oil Tank

    The original form of the tank during the era of the oil depot was fully preserved here, to allow tourists to learn about the historic background in which the oil depot was constructed and the economic situation of the time.

    The tank is now a precious cultural asset to pass down to future generations.

  • T4Culture Complex

    The huge external walls and pipes inside the tank that was once filled with oil are still in place.

    The tank that contained kerosene today serves as a complex cultural space where various cultural contents such as performances, exhibitions and experiential programs are created.

  • T5Story Hall

    The T5 tank is a space where the story is told about the transformation of the oil depot to the current Oil Tank Culture Park. The helmets and work clothes worn by the employees during the oil depot era are on display, adding vividness to the story.

    Here, visitors can observe the inside and outside of the tank, concrete retaining walls, rock mass and cutting areas in their original state.

  • T6Community Center

    The center was newly built using iron panels from the dismantled T1 and T2.
    It consists of a management office and spaces for community activities such as a creativity laboratory, lecture rooms, conference rooms and a cafeteria.

    On the second floor is a rooftop where visitors can look up to the sky through a round ceiling as well as a small eco-library “Eco Lounge” where they can take a rest.

  • T7Culture Yard

    This is the space where visitors first meet as they enter the Oil Tank Culture Park. It is a square where citizens can take a rest at any time.

    The space welcomes citizens through venues of different events including large-scale performances, festivals and markets.

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