• More than 5,000 Seoul residents celebrate the ground-breaking of Yongsan's new adminstrative complex. The facility is being built on land returned to the Republic of Korea by U.S. Forces Korea in 2002.

    Koreans celebrate new complex

    More than 5,000 Seoul residents celebrate the ground-breaking of Yongsan's new adminstrative complex. The facility is being built on land returned to the Republic of Korea by U.S. Forces Korea in 2002.

  • Yongsan Ward Mayor Park Jang-gyu and other city officials release doves during an April 25 ground-breaking ceremony for the ward's new administrative complex.

    Korean officials release doves at ceremony

    Yongsan Ward Mayor Park Jang-gyu and other city officials release doves during an April 25 ground-breaking ceremony for the ward's new administrative complex.

  • USAG-Yongsan Deputy Garrison Commander Don Moses is among the Korean officials selected to participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Yongsan Ward Administrative Complex April 25.

    USAG-Yongsan official participates in ground-breaking ceremony

    USAG-Yongsan Deputy Garrison Commander Don Moses is among the Korean officials selected to participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Yongsan Ward Administrative Complex April 25.

  • Yongsan Ward Mayor Park Jang-gyu (left) and Seoul Mayor Oh Sae-hoon attend the April 25 ground-breaking ceremony for the ward's new administrative complex.

    City officials attend ground-breaking ceremony

    Yongsan Ward Mayor Park Jang-gyu (left) and Seoul Mayor Oh Sae-hoon attend the April 25 ground-breaking ceremony for the ward's new administrative complex.

  • A Korean singer entertains the 5,000-plus crowd April 25 at the Yongsan Ward Adminstrative Complex ground-breaking ceremony. Yongsan Garrison is visible across the road from the construction site.

    Yongsan celebrates ground-breaking

    A Korean singer entertains the 5,000-plus crowd April 25 at the Yongsan Ward Adminstrative Complex ground-breaking ceremony. Yongsan Garrison is visible across the road from the construction site.

  • More than 5,000 Yongsan-gu residents gather to celebrate the ground-breaking of the city ward's new administrative office April 25. The land is across the street from Yongsan Garrison in Seoul and was once used by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. U.S. Forces Korea officials returned the area to the Republic of Korea in 2002.

    Deputy Garrison Commander Don Moses attends a ground-breaking ceremony

    More than 5,000 Yongsan-gu residents gather to celebrate the ground-breaking of the city ward's new administrative office April 25. The land is across the street from Yongsan Garrison in Seoul and was once used by the Army and Air Force Exchange...

  • Artist's concept of the new Yongsan Ward Administrative Complex. Construction on the facility began April 25 with a ground-breaking ceremony.

    Yongsan Ward Administrative Complex

    Artist's concept of the new Yongsan Ward Administrative Complex. Construction on the facility began April 25 with a ground-breaking ceremony.

  • USAG-Yongsan Deputy Garrison Commander Don Moses greets local officials. More than 5,000 Seoul residents gather to celebrate the ground-breaking of the city ward's new administrative complex April 25. The land is across the street from Yongsan Garrison in Seoul and was once used by U.S. Forces Korea. USAG-Yongsan officials returned the area to the Republic of Korea in 2002.

    Garrison official attends local ground-breaking ceremony

    USAG-Yongsan Deputy Garrison Commander Don Moses greets local officials. More than 5,000 Seoul residents gather to celebrate the ground-breaking of the city ward's new administrative complex April 25. The land is across the street from Yongsan Garrison...

  • More than 5,000 Seoul residents gather to celebrate the ground-breaking of the Yongsan Ward's new administrative complex April 25. The land is across the street from Yongsan Garrison in Seoul and was once used by U.S. Forces Korea. USAG-Yongsan officials returned the area to the Republic of Korea in 2002.

    Seoul residents celebrate ground-breaking

    More than 5,000 Seoul residents gather to celebrate the ground-breaking of the Yongsan Ward's new administrative complex April 25. The land is across the street from Yongsan Garrison in Seoul and was once used by U.S. Forces Korea. USAG-Yongsan...

<b>SEOUL</b> - More than 5,000 Seoul residents gathered to celebrate the ground-breaking of the Yongsan Ward's new administrative complex April 25.

Yongsan is one of 25 wards that make up Seoul, the fifth largest city in the world. Yongsan is the municipal district outside of the Yongsan Garrison gates. The Yongsan population is nearly 250,000.

In 2002, U.S. Forces Korea agreed to return a parcel of land adjacent to U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan to the Republic of Korea. The land had been used as a parking lot for Army And Air Force Exchange Service taxis.

"We are very happy this land was made available to us," Yongsan Ward Mayor Park Jang-gyu told USAG-Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall during a recent Arbor Day ceremony. "The construction of the Yongsan administrative complex has been a goal of mine for a long time."

Park specifically praised the work of former 34th Support Group Commander Col. Steve T. Wilberger for his part in making the land available. The 34th SG was the predecessor of USAG-Yongsan. Wilberger has since retired.

At the event, Park told the crowd there will be inconveniences due to the construction and traffic, but the new facility will "improve the effectiveness of administrative works, provide various kinds of welfare for the general public and be the central place for cultural use."

Park said Seoul invested about $40 million in the project. It should be completed in 2010.

During the ceremony, Mayor Park was joined by Seoul Mayor Oh Sae-hoon and many other city officials. Entertainers kept the crowd energized before the spectacular finale of confetti and colored smoke, balloons and even the release of doves.

USAG-Yongsan Deputy Garrison Commander Don Moses represented the garrison at the ceremony. The 8th U.S. Army Band also performed for the gathering.

"It's great to see the energy of our neighbors," Moses said. "This was a world-class event. We are proud of our relationship with the Korean people."

Moses said he was happy to be part of the process to make the administrative complex a reality.

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