Initially an army gymnasium, it was taken over by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and turned into a full-fledged arena in 1963, becoming the first domed arena in Korea. Located in the central district of Jung-gu and capable to accomodating some 4,000 spectators, Jangchung Arena soon became the city's primary indoor sports facility for decades to come.
Jangchung Arena quickly became a symbol of Korea's independence and fighting spirit; it was completely designed by Korean architects and became the birthplace of Korean professional wrestling. The arena served as a venue for both the 1986 Asian Games and 1988 Olympic Games and was also where legendary ssireum wrestler Lee Man-ki earned his first victories. By the early 1990's, Jangchung Arenahas become arguably the most popular and well-know indoor sporting venue in the country, with the expression "X times the size of Jangchung Gymnasium" (장충체육관의 몇 배) firmly finding its place in everyday speech.
In 2012, the now outdated arena underwent extensive remodeling and renovations and gained a more futuristic, space age design, more convenient facilities and amenities, and modern infrastructure. Nowadays, Jangchung Arena is used primarily for professional volleyball games, large cultural events, and K-Pop concerts. An episode of the popular Korean variety program "Infinite Challenge" about wrestling was also shot here before the renovation.
|Company Name||Jangchung Arena (장충체육관)|
|Category||Fesfivals & Events Sports, Lesure & Hobbies Services|
241 Dongho-ro, Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea Jangchung Gymnasium
Take Line 3 to Dongguk University Station and go out Exit 5. Jangchung Arena is located directly in front.