Beautification of Provisional Government buildings and urban lighting rejuvenate Busan Ghetto


Busan - South Korea
Busan, Ghetto, South Korea, From space to place, Philips Lighting City People Light award

Busan, South Korea's southernmost city, served as the country’s ‘provisional capital’ in the Korean War.


The objectives of the new lighting design were to:

• create a modern history & culture memorial and tour, and a place for citizens and visitors to enjoy

• improve the livability of this old town of refugees and their descendants through light and art painting projects

• improve security and night-time safety through smart lighting, and to develop the town’s economy. 

The new lighting has delivered multiple benefits. Landscape and street lighting have brought a modern historical space to life, and contemporary buildings and streets are now lit for a premium night-time tour of the ‘provisional capital of the Korean War’, thereby boosting tourism revenues.  

Busan, Ghetto, South Korea, Philips Lighting City People Light award
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