Seoul Metropolitan Archives officially opens on Wednesday

After two months of test operations, the Seoul Metropolitan Archives officially opened its doors on Wednesday.
Located at Seoul Innovation Park in the northwest of the city, the archives can hold up to 1.3 million public records including the city’s records from the past century and the ones expected to be made over the next 30 years.
The archives include administrative documents, photos, and videos as well as social records like memorial ribbons and writings left at Seoul Plaza’s memorial alter after the Sewol-ho ferry disaster.
Later this year, over a hundred-thousand records stored at a site in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province since 1968 will be transferred to the Seoul Metropolitan Archives.
The archives will also hold regular exhibitions, classes and student field trips.
The basement up to the 3rd floor of the archives is open to the public, and the fourth floor will be used for the experts to restore damaged records.
Seoul Metropolitan Archives will be open from Tuesdays to Sundays except on New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day and Chuseok.
Lee Min-sun Arirang News.

Reporter : minsunlee@arirang.com)




A Seoul’s Viewpoint: Seoullo 7017

Seoullo 7017, which has been 2 years since its opening, is a road for people (walking tourism network connected to 17 pedestrian roads) and a cultural space. If you walk along the 17 pedestrian roads of Seoullo 7017, you can easily find other places in Seoul such as Namdaemun Market and Malli-dong. Also, it is possible to experience a variety of events throughout the Seoullo 7017!

Official Hompage: http://seoullo7017.seoul.go.kr/SSF/GLO/ENG/M000.do)




2019 Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival)

Yeon Deung Hoe is Korea’s traditional and cultural lotus lantern festival that has been passed down from generation to generation for 1,200 years starting from United Silla. The festival was designated as National Intangible Heritage No. 122 in 2012. Seoul has annually sponsored the Yeon Deung Hoe event for the preservation and management of traditional culture and for the growth of cultural and art festivals. Through Yeon Deung Hoe, Seoul continues to introduce Korea’s beautiful traditional culture to the public with the restoration of various traditional lanterns.

The 2019 Lotus Lantern Festival was held from May 4 (Sat.) to May 5 (Sun.), 2019 at Jongno and Jogyesa Temple on Ujeongguk-ro. Various cultural events were held during the festival, including the “Traditional Lantern Exhibition (Cheonggyecheon Stream),” “Eoullim Madang (Dongguk Univ.),” and the “Lantern Parade (Jongno).” On May 5 (Sun.), the “Traditional Culture Madang” event was held in front of Jogyesa Temple that consisted of 120 booths hosting experiential events for children and families in celebration of Children’s Day.
Website: http://www.royalculturefestival.org/




2019 Seoul Museum Week

In light of International Museum Day (May 18), Seoul will designate the week of May 14 (Tues.) to May 19 (Sun.) as the 2019 Seoul Museum Week during which various programs will be available to citizens.

The 2019 Seoul Museum Week will introduce Seoul’s lesser-known museums and art museums to the public, offering an opportunity for new discoveries and visits.
The main events will include, “Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators,” “Walking to Museums and Art Museums,” “Sticker Tour,” and “10 Thousand Museums, 10 Thousand Colors, Seoul’s Museums and Art Museums.” A free shuttle bus service will be available for easy access to the major museums.

The “Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators” program will consist of four differently-themed, 2-hour courses that will be operated twice a day at 10:00 and 14:00 on the 18th and 19th. Reservations can be made on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. on May 14 at Seoul’s Reservation for Public Service website (yeyak.seoul.go.kr).

< Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators >

Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators
Course Name Tour Course
Independence Movement in Museums Seoul Museum of History, Donuimun Museum Village, Gyeonggyojang
Museums inside of Hanok Seoul Education Museum, Baek In-je House Museum, Go Hui-dong Arts Museum
Museums within Modern Buildings Seoul Museum of Art, Appenzeller Noble Memorial Museum, Jungmyeongjeon Hall
People in Museums Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum, Central Post Office, National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

The Museum and Art Museum Walking Tour Courses is recommended to citizens who want to enjoy museums located in and around Seoul’s major tourist attractions.

< Walking to Museums and Art Museums >

Walking to Museums and Art Museums
Course Name Tour Course
Jeong-dong Modern History Street Seoul Museum of History → Donuimun Museum Village → Former Russian Legation → Gojonguigil (The path taken by Gojong) →Jungmyeongjeon Hall → Ewha Woman’s University Museum → Appenzeller Noble Memorial Museum → Seoul Museum of Art
Bukchon, Neighborhood of Joseon’s Yangban (Noblemen) Jeongdok Public Library → Baek In-je House Museum → Bukchon Hanok Village → Bukchon Museum → Gahoe Museum
Seochon, the Artists’ Village Suseong-dong Valley → Site of Yoon Dong-ju’s Boarding House → Park No-soo Art Museum → Sajikdan Altar → National Palace Museum of Korea → Gyeongbokgung Palace
Elegance of Namsan Mountain Seoul Namsan Tower → Museum of Performing Arts → Jangchungdan Park → Namsangol Hanok Village → Former Site of Tonggambu (Japanese Office)
Museums and Seoul Station Culture Station Seoul 284 → Seoullo 7017 → Namdaemun Presbyterian Church → Sungnyemun Gate → Yakhyeon Catholic Church → Son Kee Chung Memorial Hall
Museums Along the City Fortress Dongdaemun History & Culture Park → Heunginjimun Gate → Seoul City Wall Museum → Iumpium Sewing History Center → Nam June Paik Memorial Museum
Meeting Baekje in Hanseong Mongchon Museum of History → Mongchontoseong → Seoul Baekje Museum → Olympic Park
Seongbuk-dong, the First Neighborhood in the North of Hanyangdoseong (Seoul City Wall) Choi Sunu House → Seonjamdan → Seonjam Museum → Seongbuk Museum of Art → Manhae Han Yongun Simujang

Citizens who visit museums and art museums during Museum Week can participate in an event to win a ticket to the David Hockney exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art.

< How to Participate in the Sticker Tour >

  • Visit four Sticker Tour locations to collect stickers
  • Bring the program book filled with stickers to receive a voucher for an extra ticket to the David Hockney exhibition that will be provided with the purchase of a regular admission ticket
    • – Participating locations: Gyeomjae Jeongseon Art Museum, Go Hui-dong Arts Museum, Donuimun Museum, Park No-soo Art Museum, Nam June Paik Memorial Museum, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seongbuk Museum of Art

The ‘Museum Shuttle’service that will be making rounds to the major museums in Jongno and Bukchon will operate free of charge for two days, on the 18th and 19th, from 10:00 to 16:30 in 30-minute intervals.

The shuttle buses will depart every thirty minutes after the hour and every hour, on the hour, from the Seoul Museum of History (Kumho Asiana Main Tower). Curators will also be riding the buses to offer guided tours of neighboring museums and routes.

Starting at the Seoul Museum of History, the buses will stop at eleven museums. Visitors will be able to visit 27 museums and art museums located within the vicinity of the bus stops.

< Shuttle Routes >

Walking to Museums and Art Museums
  Bus Stop Neighboring Museums and Historic Sites
1 Seoul Museum of History
(in front of Kumho Asiana Main Tower)
Seoul Museum of History, Donuimun Museum Village, The Korean National Police Heritage Museum, Sehwa Museum of Art
2 National Palace Museum of Korea National Palace Museum of Korea, Daelim Museum
3 National Museum of Korean Contemporary History National Museum of Korean Contemporary History
4 National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), National Folk Museum of Korea, Kumho Museum of Art
5 Seoul Education Museum Seoul Education Museum, Art Sonje Center, World Jewellery Museum
6 Baek In-je House Museum Baek In-je House Museum, Bukchon Traditional Museum, Myeong In Museum, Gahoe Minhwa Museum
7 Go Hui-dong Arts Museum Go Hui-dong Arts Museum
8 ARARIO MUSEUM in SPACE ARARIO MUSEUM in SPACE
9 Central Buddhist Museum Central Buddhist Museum, OCI Museum of Art, Mokin Gallery, Bona Museum, Museum Kimchikan
10 Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum
11 Gwanghwamun Station Ilmin Museum of Art, Presseum, Art Center Nabi

During Museum Week there will be special exhibitions, educational programs, and events at participating museums and art museums. More information can be found on the Seoul Museum and Art Museum website (gomuseum.seoul.go.kr) and program books will be distributed at public museums in Seoul.




Official Opening of Seoul Metropolitan Archives, a Storage for Seoul’s Memories and Records

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The Seoul Metropolitan Archives, a storage space for Seoul’s memories and records, will officially open its doors on May 15, 2019. The Archives will not only manage and preserve municipal records that have been preserved for over thirty years and civil records that carry great public value, but also develop the Archives into a cultural heritage organization in citizens’ everyday lives. Here, citizens will be able to easily access data of choice and experience, firsthand, the preservation process of records.

Just as the proper management of records by the management agency of the Archives is the foundation to providing complete and accurate information and records to the public, Seoul Metropolitan Archives plans to grow into an international archive that improves the dignity of the capital’s 2000-year history.
The Seoul Metropolitan Archives is a local permanent archives management agency founded in accordance with the Act on the Management of Public Archives. As the top archives management agency rooted in the law, Seoul Metropolitan Archives will thoroughly preserve Seoul’s memories and records to oversee the management of Seoul’s records for future generations.

Under the perception that access to public records should not be exclusive to just one individual or a group or individuals, but rather should be open to the public, as they are public property to be passed on to future generations for a better future, Seoul became the first autonomous group to begin the construction of the Seoul Metropolitan Archives in April 2016 for an official launch on May 15, 2019.

The Seoul Metropolitan Archives is composed of two underground floors and five above-ground floors for a total area of 15,004㎡, possessing the equipment and capacity of a scale comparable to that of the National Archives of Korea.

The Seoul Metropolitan Archives will be operated with ▴ the Special Preservation Space, ▴ the Citizen Participation Space, and ▴ the Document Work Space.

Special Preservation Space (B1-B2): This space is home to essential documents, photos, images, and objects that testify to the history of the city, from Seoul’s land-related documents dating back to the early 1910s to electronic documents produced in the 2000s. The space also permanently manages over one million items, including predictions of records that are anticipated to be produced in the next thirty years. Furthermore, there is a library of paper documents along with a library with visual and auditory data under scientific and systematic management for the preservation of all archives in optimal environments.
Citizen Participation Space (1F-3F): This space will be operated under the concept of “Story + Sharing Archives,” where visitors can experience Seoul’s stories through records. In addition to the Reading Room where visitors can freely discover records, there will also be the Record Exhibition Hall that explains the significance of archives and the Open Library that offers a firsthand look into the preservation process.
Document Work Space (4F): This space has a Record Restoration Room where professionals restore damaged records, in addition to the Visual and Auditory Records Handling Room and the Electronic and Magnetic Media Workroom where documents and visual and auditory data are permanently preserved via technology.

Information on Seoul Metropolitan Archives
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-17:00 (closed January 1, Lunar New Year, Chuseok)
Admission: Free
Address: 7, Tongil-ro 62-gil, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
Transportation: Bulgwang Station (Lines 3, 6), Exit 2
Website: achives.seoul.go.kr




Opening of the ‘4th Seoul Youth Council’

Opening of the ‘4th Seoul Youth Council’

Seoul hosted the 4th Seoul Youth Council on May 11-12, 2019. The 4th Seoul Youth Council was comprised of the Seoul Children and Youth Participation Committee, which includes young people from 25 autonomous districts with experience in youth-participatory organizations, as well as youths hoping to become active in the Youth Council.

Young members who became council members this year, in 2019, made pledges at the opening ceremony, received commissions, and officially began their activities in the council.

The members took part in political activities in the following areas of the four standing committees: △humanities education, △living and welfare, △culture and participation, and △human rights and ethics. The committee chairperson and vice-chairperson of each standing committee, as well as one chairperson and two vice-chairpersons of the Youth Council were directly elected by the youths on the day of the opening ceremony.

Following the opening ceremony, the Youth Council discussed issues or circumstances related to youths in the local community, in addition to standing committee activities for policy introductions.

The general meeting will commence in November. A total of 24 policies were proposed at the general meeting in 2018 and 14 of them were reflected after examination.

As part of measures to eradicate the recently growing issue of sexual assault in schools, the sexual assault report box installment policy proposed by the Youth Council was reflected, leading to a push for the installment of a direct hotline between the Women’s Association and the superintendent of education by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education. The final policy decided by this year’s general meeting will be examined by the appropriate department and reflected in the Seoul Municipal Government.




6-km Section of Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest Open to Public

Seven years after the beginning of the revitalization of the Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest project by Seoul in 2013, the entire 6-km section of the forest has been completely connected to allow for uninterrupted walking.

Following the three sectional openings, the city completed the connection of the final 0.4-km section (from the entrance of Seoul National University of Science & Technology to the Gongdeok 2 Railway Crossing and Happy Housing office) that was left incomplete due to the construction of the Happy Housing office. The completed Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest is now officially and fully open to the public.

The Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest was transformed into a green park through Seoul’s Urban Regeneration Project of the abandoned Gyeongchun Line site following the discontinuance of the use of the railway in December of 2010. The old railroad track and structure was preserved while utilizing traces of the railway to plant flowers and trees for the creation of a “forest line.”

The newly opened section will be home to a photo exhibition incorporating the opening processes of the entire Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest section. The exhibition will feature images of the Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) from its first installment in 1936, to its closing in 2010, and its transformation into a forest.

Each section of the Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest has a special quality and charm. The first section hosted the transformation of a house into a café, to become a space of meeting and communication among residents. The second section is a park created by citizens that contains a vegetable garden and various trees. The third section consists of a railroad track in the forest where visitors can take quiet walks together with the history of the old Hwarangdae.

6-km Section of Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest Open to Public
Section Areas Distance Time of Opening
Section 1 Gongdeok 2 Railway Crossing – Yuksa Samgeori 1.9 ㎞ May 2015
Section 2 Gyeongchun Railroad Bridge – entrance of Seoul National Univ. of Science & Technology 1.2 ㎞ November 2016
Section 3 Yuksa Samgeori – border of Guri-si 2.5 ㎞ October 2017



Seoul Becomes Friendly with Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel’s economic capital of Tel Aviv, that has come to the forefront as the world’s finest startup city, will form a friendly relationship with Seoul, as well as a cooperative relationship. This is Seoul’s first friendly relationship with a city in Israel and the third with a city in the Middle East, after Tehran, Iran and Muscat, Oman.

Mayor Park Won-soon, who is currently visiting Tel Aviv, Israel, met with Mayor Ron Huldai at Tel Aviv City Hall to conclude an MOU on friendly exchanges and cooperation between Seoul and Tel Aviv.

With the Friendly City Agreement, the two cities will cooperate on improving the startup ecosystem, as well as in areas of innovative startups, culture and tourism, smart city, traffic, social innovation, shared economy, and sustainable development.

With Seoul’s current focus on innovative startups under the key strategy of changing the economic map in the future, the city’s new partnership with Tel Aviv, a global startup city that houses a 70% concentration of Israel’s high-tech industries, will aim to fortify the construction of Seoul’s innovative startup ecosystem.

Tel Aviv is the heart of the country’s economy, located along Israel’s western Mediterranean coast. Though it was once a small port city, Tel Aviv began to see full-scale development with the migration of individuals of Jewish background to the area in 1909.

The city became one of the world’s top startup cities with its implementation of various policies for the attraction of foreign investors and businesses, and provision of optimal working environments for early startups. The city understands that Mayor Ron Huldai, who has been mayor of Tel Aviv since 1998 for five consecutive terms, has played a significant role in the city’s growth. The population of Tel Aviv, that once recorded a forty-year negative growth, has now experienced a ten percent increase during Mayor Ron Huldai’s terms in office.

Mayor Park Won-soon visited “FutuRx,” Israel’s biotech, innovative startup incubator, to discuss cooperative measures with the Hongneung’s “Seoul Biohub,” the base location for the fostering of Seoul’s biotech industries.




Introducing Seoul’s Walking Tour Courses

Introducing Seoul’s Walking Tour Courses

Seoul will be introducing three walking courses (Deoksugung Palace – Jeong-dong Course, Mongchontoseong Fortress Course, Seoullo Night Course) to the city’s already-existing 33 walking tour courses.

The first course, the Deoksugung Palace – Jeong-dong Course, starts at Deoksugung Palace and travels along the tranquil stone wall path, passing the Seoul Museum of Art, the Chungdong First Methodist Church, and the Former Russian Legation (2.3 km, 2-hour course) for a tour of Korea’s modern, present-day history. The second course, the Mongchontoseong Fortress Course, is themed around the history and nature of Baekje, following a path that passes by the Pungnaptoseong Fortress, Mongchontoseong, the Peace Plaza, and the Seoul Baekje Museum (4 km, 2-hour, 30-minute course) for spiritual healing in the city. The last course, the Seoullo Night Course, offers a view of the beautiful, natural scenery of Seoul’s representative tourist attraction, Namsan Mountain, from Seoullo to Hanyangdoseong (Seoul City Wall), Baekbeom Plaza, and Sungnyemun Gate (2 km, 2-hour course).
Seoul currently operates 33 Seoul Walking Tour Courses with cultural tour guides. Reservations can be made for free at the Seoul Walking Tour website (http://korean.visitseoul.net/walking-tour), with guides available in four languages (Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese).




Seoul Holds Safe Seoul Festival for All Generations

Seoul Holds Safe Seoul Festival for All Generations

In an effort to become a safer city, Seoul will be hosting the 2019 Safe Seoul Festival at the Yeouido Park Culture Plaza for three days, from May 9-11, 2019.

This year, with the theme, “A place of safety and sympathy where all generations can participate together,” the Safe Seoul Festival will begin on May 9 with an opening event, comprehensive safety experience programs, and safety cultural events. The festival will offer theme-related programs and events until May 11.

The 2019 Safe Seoul Festival will greet the public, offering safety experience programs that all generations can understand. The festival will have comprehensive safety experiences that address fires, traffic, life, the environment, and the prevention of particulate matter, which has recently become a growing societal problem. The cultural event will incorporate a safety cultural event through which all generations can fully comprehend safety, private-public emergency relief training in preparation for disasters, and an international seminar that aims to be a hub for sharing safe, global policies. The festival will proceed as a cultural event offering safety-sympathizing experiences of various forms for all ages.

There will be a total of 86 safety experience programs in five different categories. The five categories include ① 17 fire safety programs, ② 11 traffic safety programs, ③ 18 living safety programs, ④ 18 car experience programs, and ⑤ 22 societal programs.

The festival will also be hosting smaller activities for citizens to enjoy. During the festival, at noon, there will be concerts, as well as a hot air balloon experience, cafes and food trucks, a fire-fighter musical, and an animation character parade.




A Seoul’s Viewpoint: N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower, the symbol of Seoul, has been loved by citizens and tourists because of its height and unique structure and formation. It becomes No.1 tourist attraction in Seoul for lots of people as it is been more popular as a filming site of many TV shows and dramas!

Address: 126, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Direction: No.02, 03, 05 Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus
(More details: http://www.nseoultower.com/eng/visit/traffic.asp)




Bukchon Wonseo-dong Alleyway

Wonseo-dong is defined as the “west end of the Changdeokgung Palace backyard,” where its alleyway links with the stone path located at the backyard of the palace, while the secluded, serene atmosphere preserves the ambiance of what once used to be. The alleyway is home to numerous cafes, clothing stores, and the like, placed among a series of hanoks, for visitors to take in the beauty of traditional housing structures. It is also commonly seen as a pathway, hidden within the Bukchon area, offering passers-by a chance to enjoy a leisurely cup of tea.

Address: Wonseo-dong, Jongno-gu
Directions: Take subway Line 3 and get off at Anguk Station, exit 3

Bukchon Wonseo-dong Alleyway