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Introduction to the Museum

Waterworks Museum

It has been more than 100 years since Water Purification Plant 1 at the Ttukdo Reservoir was established in Ttukseom as Korea’s first water purification plant.


On December 9, 1903, C.H. Collbran and H.R. Bostwick from the U.S. received the patent right for water supply system installation and management from Emperor Gojong. Having acquired this patent right in August 1905, Korean Water Works Co., started the construction of Water Purification Plant 1 at the Ttukdo Reservoir in early August 1906 and completed the plant in August 1908. On September 1, 1908, 12,500m3 of tap water produced using the slow-filtering method was supplied to 125,000 residents in Yongsan and area surrounded by the four gates of old Seoul. This marked the beginning of modern waterworks service in Korea.


Part of the Ttukdo Purification Plant has been changed to the Ttukdo Arisu Purification Center. With capacity to produce 700,000m3 of water, it supplies 460,000m3 of Arisu per day on average to approximately 1.04 million citizens in Seoul. Another part of this site was used to build the Waterworks Museum, which functions as a space of learning.


The Waterworks Museum is introducing the history of tap water in Seoul, which has been supplied as clean, safe water since the completion of the first purification plant in 1908 to the present time. It also shows how waterworks culture and technology have been developing. Likewise, by introducing AV media, the museum offers various programs for direct and indirect water experiences.


The Waterworks Museum invites citizens as well as all people who support and show interest in the waterworks system. Come to the museum to learn about the history of the waterworks system and enjoy cool, refreshing Arisu.
Thank you.

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