Seoul to Introduce “Pororo” Taxi to Dispel Bad Image of Seoul Taxis

Seoul taxi drivers are notorious for rejecting customers and driving aggressively. In order to dispel their bad reputation, Seoul Metropolitan Government has introduced “Pororo” taxis in an attempt to paint cabbies in a more friendly light. The Seoul city government modified 20 owner-driven taxis with images of the popular cartoon penguin Pororo, and has launched a pilot project that will continue until May next year. “Pororo, the Little Penguin” is a much beloved animated cartoon series in Korea and abroad. Pororo has even been dubbed as the “president of children.” From outer decorations to accessories inside the vehicles themselves, Pororo and his friends have taken over the taxis, giving much delight to passengers, especially children. Passengers don’t need to pay extra fare for the specially decorated taxis, and those who would like to take a Pororo taxi should make an online reservation at Seoul’s public transportation reservation site (http://yeyak.seoul.go.kr/main.web) at least seven days prior to the service. However, the services are not only based on reservations, and those who are lucky enough to spot one on the street can ride a Pororo cab like any other taxi in Seoul. The city government will decide whether to keep the service running after reviewing responses from passengers and taxi drivers, once the pilot project has concluded.




SEOUL Design Festival

The Seoul Design Festival began in 2002. Since its inception, the festival has aimed at presenting the future of design by showcasing the work of internationally renowned designers and up-and-coming designers from both home and abroad. The Seoul Design Festival venue is located in COEX, which is directly connected to Exit 5 and 6 of Samseong Station (Subway Line 2).




RUN@SEOUL WEEK コントローラに挑戦!

11/19~11/23まで、ソウル市で「RUN@SEOUL WEEK」が開催されていました。 選出されたランナー5人が、グローバルソウル市民であるコントローラからのミッションを遂行していく旅です。 日本人ランナーもいました! そして私もコントローラに挑戦!




第2ミッション!!!ありがとうございます。

第2ミッションに選んでくださりありがとうございます^-^記念品も届きました。このノートは旅行用として使いたいと思います!




The journey of our 1st homegrown chamoe aka the korean yellow melon

We’ve harvested our first Chamoe and enjoyed it! Isn’t it fun ^^ please read on 🙂




Popular Character Pucca to Let Seoulites and Tourists Know Public Information

Pucca will engage in public information campaign activities to promote Seoul to its citizens and tourists. It will introduce Seoul’s main attractions to foreign tourists as well. The Seoul metropolitan city government signed an agreement with Vooz which created the character Pucca on November 17 to jointly produce content for public use free of charge. Pucca, designed by the animation character designing company in 2000, has gained popularity in more than 150 markets worldwide. It has won the best animation character awards for three consecutive years from 2003, and was selected as Korea’s best animation character in 2010 by the Seoul Business Agency. The city government plans to allow Seoulites to obtain public information on the city related to women and children in an easy and fun way by utilizing Pucca. The lovable character will also be on public campaigns about etiquette on public transportation or non-smoking sections in order to establish better communication channels between the city government and Seoul citizens through the friendly animation character.




Seoul’s Bus Number Signs

A problem in taking a bus in Seoul was always that you have to be careful to not miss it. Your bus might have hid behind another bus and just started off before the other vehicle. Or on the median bus lanes the buses piled up and it was impossible to read the number of every bus. Seoul solved this problem without any costs and it raised the convenience of Seoul’s public transportation system even more. How did Seoul solve that?




All 8 of Seoul’s Dulle-gil trails are open to walk on as of Nov 15

There are many walking trails in Korea, but you don’t need to travel far to enjoy one of Seoul’s 8 Dulle-gil trails, all of which are fully open to public as of November 15, 2014. As the love and interest from Seoulites and visitors from other regions increases for Seoul’s natural attractions, so the roads built close to mountain trails gain in popularity. However, this influx of vehicles is detrimental to the natural scenery. In order to protect Seoul’s natural attractions while still allowing people to draw near, the Seoul government created the Dulle-gil trails that cover the city’s most visited natural attractions, organized into 8 courses reaching 27 different locations. Covering 157km in total, these trails are perfect for exercise but also good for viewing nearby cultural and historical sites. Moreover, all entrances and exits are within short walking distance to 23 major subway stations for easy access.




弘大 윤씨밀방 尹氏密房 培根泡菜炒飯 ▪ 漢堡排部隊鍋

非常推薦的漢堡排部隊鍋!!




麻浦 마포진짜원조최대포 麻浦真正元祖崔大匏 孔德烤肉ㄧ條街原祖

位於麻浦區孔德站的麻浦真正元祖崔大匏 마포진짜원조최대포




第二項任務 得獎禮物

國際首爾伴侶 2014 第二項任務 得獎禮物




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