The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced its 24 designations for Seoul Future Heritage for this year, including Kkummaru of Children’s Grand Park, Hongneung Forest, and Kum Bak Yeon (gold leaf imprinting workshop).
|Kkummaru of Children’s Grand Park||Hongneung Forest|
Seoul Future Heritage is a system that has been operated since 2013 to commemorate modern heritages of Seoul to retain citizens’ nostalgia and memories of Seoul. This year, the SMG designated 24 new designations for Seoul Future Heritage, now totaling 488.
The 24 designations for Seoul Future Heritage fall under four different categories: Life & Living (18); Industry & Labor (3); Urban Management (2); and Politics & History (1). Designated sites of this year are Kkummaru of Children’s Grand Park, a familiar place for many citizens, Hongneung Forest, the nation’s first arboretum and the place where the tomb of Empress Myeongseong was located, Homi Art Shop, a popular art supply store, and Buruttrak, a record shop featured in the movie The Contact.
|Homi Art Shop||Buruttrak|
Additionally, Kum Bak Yeon and Lee Rhee Za Hanbok, which are operated by artisans with traditional specialized techniques, were designated as Seoul Future Heritage. Through the designation, citizens will better remember the modern face of Seoul and cherish their varied stories for longer.
|Kum Bak Yeon||Lee Rhee Za Hanbok|
Seoul Future Heritage is a system based on voluntary discovery and preservation by citizens. Designated heritages are selected according to the following process: citizens and experts select and suggest the candidate heritages, the basic state investigation is conducted for the fact verification and data collection, screening of the Seoul Future Heritage Preservation Committee is held, and the agreement is made by the owner to check the willingness to preserve the heritage.
Starting in this year, in particular, the SMG has been designating heritages related to “Seoul Future Heritage of the Month.” Flashcard news and interesting stories about the “Seoul Future Heritage of the Month” can be found online via official website (futureheritage.seoul.go.kr) or on Instagram or Facebook of Seoul Future Heritage.
For those designated as Seoul Future Heritage, the SMG distributes the Seoul Future Heritage certificates and copperplate marks. Their value will be promoted through mass media.
Additionally, starting in 2018, for Seoul Future Heritages which are badly responding to the rapid social changes, practical supporting measures to protect the heritages are implemented, such as providing a small amount of repair cost or supporting the publication of customized promotional materials.