The 1830 Hand-washing Experience Festival will be held at the main gate to Seoul Grand Park from 10 am to 5 pm from May 17 to 21. The event will be hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and organized by the Korea Consumer Education Center.
The event has been organized by expanding the ‘Mini Seasonal Experience Corner” conducted in 2009 and 2010 into a family-oriented festival which parents and children can enjoy together.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has been carrying out the nation’s first hand-washing event (in which participants are required to wash their hands for over 30 seconds, eight times a day) since 2004 in a drive to protect citizens’ health. In 2007, the City Government entrusted the 1830 campaign to the Korea Consumer Education Center, a consumer advocacy group, which has been orchestrating hand-washing activities at diverse venues, including childcare centers, elementary schools, subways and event sites.
For the festival, view boxes will be installed so participants can compare germ counts before and after washing and view paneled photos of germs cultured under different conditions, allowing them to learn all about germ counts, etc. Participants can also learn about and receive advice on how to correct their own hand-washing practices.
The 1830 Hand-washing Festival has been organized for the Family Month of May to allow family members to learn about the campaign while having fun together.