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A Unique Place, Bucheon Art Bunker B39

WriterAdministratorDate12/10/2019

The Samjeong-dong Garbage Incinerator is located at the end of Samjeong-dong, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The incinerator was

Bucheon Art Bunker B39

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The Samjeong-dong Garbage Incinerator is located at the end of Samjeong-dong, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The incinerator was installed to incinerate waste generated in Jungdong New Town, which was built as part of the Seoul Capital Area New Town Project 1. The Samjeong-dong Garbage Incinerator had incinerated a variety of wastes generated in Jungdong New Town for 20 years. In 2014, the garbage incinerator closed its doors due to the issue of dioxin generated during incineration and the continuous assemblies of environmental groups. The garbage incinerator had been neglected since then. In June 2018, it was remodeled into a wonderful cultural space named Bucheon Art Bunker B39 by the efforts of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Bucheon-si. I decided to visit Bucheon Art Bunker B39 this time.

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There is no entry fee. Once you go through the entrance to Bucheon Art Bunker B39, you will see a building like a security office on your right. The building was not a security office, but a measuring station. When the garbage incinerator was in operation, the waste loaded on garbage trucks was weighed here.

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Bucheon Art Bunker B39 opens for 12 hours, from 10am to 10pm, unlike other places. It’s closed on Mondays just like other museums and art galleries. However, it closes its doors very late because it’s the Art Bunker.

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Once you go inside the Art Bunker through the entrance, you will see a huge space in the first room. This place is now called the Bunker. Waste from garbage trucks was gathered in this place after being weighed at the measuring station. Not only is its ceiling high, but the room is also very spacious. The Bunker is 22 meters long, 13 meters wide, and 39 meters high including the basement. I think the B39 of Bucheon Art Bunker B39 came from the 39-meter-high bunker. The bunker is a very symbolic place that introduces its transformation from a garbage incinerator into a cultural space.

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After looking around the Bunker, I went to the next space. I found the Multimedia Hall where a variety of performances are held. The Garbage Incoming Room where garbage trucks gathered was remodeled into a Multimedia Hall. Experimental works of artists are displayed and performed in this area.

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I found the lobby of Bucheon Art Bunker B39 when I came out of the Multimedia Hall. The lobby was clean and well decorated. A variety of works of art were on display here. I looked around at the works of art and exhibits about the Samjeong-dong Garbage Incinerator in the lobby.

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After enjoying the works of art displayed in the lobby, I went out through the door into an interesting place. This unique place, which is neither inside nor outside, is the Air Gallery. The Air Gallery of Bucheon Art Bunker B39 is where the incinerator burned the garbage collected in the Bunker. All of the incineration facilities have been dismantled, and it is an empty space now. You can see interesting musical instruments made of recyclable garbage here.

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It's amazing that you can actually play the various musical instruments in the Air Gallery. When I looked upward, I found that there was no ceiling, allowing a view of the sky. It was unique that I could see the sky in this exposed area. On the opposite side, you can find the Ash Bunker. The Ash Bunker was used to collect the burnt ash from the incinerator.

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After looking around the unique space of the Air Gallery, I went up to the 2nd floor via the stairs at the center of the lobby.
The first room that I saw on the 2nd floor was the Main Control Room. The Main Control Room remained intact just as when the garbage incinerator was in operation. The Main Control Room was once a state-of-the-art facility that automatically controlled all of the facilities and operation systems of the garbage incinerator. Although it must have been a state-of-the-art facility 20 years ago, it seemed very old now, and the computer looked outdated. Even the keyboards seemed very rough. It was like a small museum.

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You can see a door connected to the inside in front of the Main Control Room. You can find an old rough hallway after the door. The hallway is connected to the Crane Control Room. A variety of exhibits were on display here. The hallway is now used as a small exhibition hall.

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Following the hallway, you will come to a small room. This is the Crane Control Room. In this room, people used to control the crane to move ash from the incinerator or to put the garbage from the Bunker into the incinerator. A variety of equipment, 2 control sticks, and a huge window looked like a control station of a massive robot.

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A beautiful hallway decorated with colorful lights is right next to the Crane Control Room. The Induced Draft Fan Room is on the left, and 4 studios are on the right. In the studios, anyone can learn, discuss, and cooperate in a variety of creative art. This place was once a lounge and night duty room for the Equipment Room and Incinerator staff when the garbage incinerator was in operation.

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After looking around the various exhibition halls and spaces on the 2nd floor, I went downstairs and found the Bucheon Art Bunker B39 Cafe. The cafe was well decorated and spacious. It's a great place to chat with friends while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Today I introduced Bucheon Art Bunker B39, a unique space in Samjeong-dong of Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do.
Thank you.