Bukchon Traditional Culture Center to Recruit Students for Spring Semester

Seoul’s Bukchon Traditional Culture Center will recruit students for ‘Traditional Culture Courses’ and ‘Citizens’ Independent Courses’ for the spring semester starting in March for the learning of Korean traditional crafts and life creation.

The ‘Traditional Culture Courses’ will offer courses to be taught by professional lecturers in 14 fields including traditional arts/painting/sound and contemporary crafts, etc., and anyone interested in traditional culture can sign up for the program.
The course consists of five classes in the field of traditional crafts (Grasses & straw craft, knot art, Gyubang craft, the seven treasures handicraft, life embroidery), six classes in the field of traditional culture (Gayageum, practical folk art, literary paintings, Korean folk painting, calligraphy, Dakjongi doll), and three classes in the field of contemporary crafts/culture (leather crafts, hanbok doll quilt, calligraphy) for a total of 14 classes.
All classes will be held once a week for three months, while continuously accepting applications during the period, and tuition is KRW 50,000 per month with a separate fee for materials.

The ‘Citizens’ Independent Courses’ will be led by competent citizen lecturers in areas closely related to daily life including life creation, health, and neighborhood humanities.
The course consists of eight classes in the field of life creation (Sketches of Bukchon village scenery, Korean floral arrangement, my own hand-sewn designer brand, my own crochet props, traditional props for our baby’s first birthday table handmade by moms, life embroidery, drawing the Four Gracious Plants, aroma crafts), two classes in the field of health (tea ceremony class with hanok, Bukchon hanok meditation), and one class in the field of neighborhood humanities (writing easy and fun book reviews) for a total of 11 classes.
All classes will be held once a week for six months, while continuously accepting applications during the period, and tuition is KRW 30,000 per month on average with a separate fee for materials.

Registration and related inquiries
Bukchon Traditional Culture Center: 82-2-741-1033
Seoul Hanok Portal: http://hanok.seoul.go.kr

2019 Spring Semester Schedule of Traditional Culture Courses (March-May)

2019 Spring Semester Schedule of Traditional Culture Courses (March-May)
CategoryAnbangSarangbangDaecheong MaruByeoldang
TueMorningLiterary Paintings Gyubang Craft 
TueAfternoonLiterary Paintings Gyubang Craft 
TueNightLiterary Paintings Life Embroidery 
WedMorningDaum Society for Cultural EnergyGrasses & Straw CraftSeven Treasures HandicraftHanbok Doll Quilt
WedAfternoon  Seven Treasures HandicraftHanbok Doll Quilt
ThuMorningDakjongi Doll   
ThuNightPractical Folk ArtKnot ArtKorean Folk PaintingCalligraphy
FriMorningPractical Folk Art  Calligraphy
SatMorningGayageum Knot ArtLeather Crafts

※ Morning: 09:30-12:30, afternoon: 14:00-17:00, night (Tue, Thu): 19:00-21:00
※ Three-month course, KRW 50,000 monthly tuition (separate costs for materials)

2019 Spring-Summer Semester Schedule of Citizens’ Independent Courses (March-August)

2019 Spring-Summer Semester Schedule of Citizens’ Independent Courses (March-August)
CategoryEducation Center Lecture Room 1Education Center Lecture Room 2
TueMorning10:00-12:00Writing Easy and Fun Book Reviews10:00-12:00Sketches of Bukchon Village Scenery
TueAfternoon14:00-17:00Korean Floral Arrangement  
TueNight18:00-21:00Bukchon Hanok Village Meditation  
WedMorning10:00-12:00Traditional Props for Our Baby’s First Birthday Table Handmade by Moms10:30-12:00Tea Ceremony with Hanok
ThuMorning10:00-12:00My Own Aromatic Interior Prop-making  
ThuAfternoon14:00-17:00Drawing the Four Gracious Plants   
ThuNight18:30-20:30My Own Aromatic Interior Prop-making18:30-20:30My Own Crochet Props
FriMorning10:00-13:00Life Embroidery – Wild Grass Embroidery (Advanced)10:30-12:00My Own Hand-sewn Designer Bag
FriAfternoon14:00-17:00Life Embroidery – Wild Grass Embroidery (Beginner)  

※ Contact information for lecturers of Citizens’ Independent Course will not be disclosed by request of lecturers.
※ Six-month course, KRW 30,000 monthly tuition (separate costs for materials)


Traditional Culture Courses
Traditional Culture CoursesWork Exhibition of Traditional Culture Courses
Citizens’ Independent Courses
Citizens’ Independent CoursesWork Exhibition of Citizens’ Independent Courses

Creation of Seoul with Social Economy in Daily Life

Seoul announced the 「Seoul Social Economy Revitalization 2.0 Promotion Plan (’19-’22)」 on Mar. 14th with plans to ‘create a city where social economy can be experienced in daily life’ by focusing on citizens as subjects, region-based achievement, feeling the changes in daily life, etc.

The keyword of the plan is ‘citizen-oriented.’ Citizens will take part in the plan as socioeconomic consumers, investors, and entrepreneurs to propose innovative solutions to issues from daily matters including those pertaining to housing, Dolbom, employment, etc., and various approaches will be provided to allow for them to take the lead in the structure of virtuous cycle of the regional economy.

First, Seoul will help citizens in public housing complexes deduce ways of lifestyle innovation and use these as a business model to be developed further. When residents form self-groups for health care, Dolbom care service for children and the elderly, housekeeping services, and other services necessary for living, support organizations will offer training and consulting to establish socioeconomic businesses. Starting with 15 public housing complexes, this project is scheduled to be expanded to 35 locations by 2022.

By 2022, Seoul will also organize ten ‘citizen technical schools,’ which are professional educational organizations for techniques and services necessary for living. Technical training in relation to food, clothing, and shelter (such as clothing repair, upcycling, meal cooking, and wall papering), establishment of socioeconomic businesses, and training for attaining entrepreneurial spirit will be implemented to establish ‘regional management companies,’ which will be region-based and socioeconomic businesses.

Seoul will also concentrate on creating a citizen-oriented, self-help base to move beyond the limitations of governmental and social housing. Public funds and systematic organization of space will be expanded to lower public sector dependency while securing the autogenetic capacity to improve business sustainability.

Social ventures such as ‘nurturing of innovative businesses,’ ‘formation of social investment funds,’ and the ‘Social Impact Bond (SIB)’ which have been promoted until now will continue to be expanded. Expansion of public purchases for markets of socioeconomic businesses and for market development, along with diversification of distribution channels will also receive active support. Finally, Seoul will aid program operations for the fostering of innovative individuals in the socioeconomic field in addition to promoting international solidarity and cooperation through the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF).

Innovative Maintenance Project and Design in Urban Planning Innovations for New Apartment Sceneries

Seoul announced the Urban and Construction Innovation (Proposal) on the 12th (Tues.) which is intended to be a step towards actualizing its announcement regarding urban planning innovation aimed at breaking away from being an isolated, dreary “apartment republic” in which areas are cut off from the rest of the city like islands and towards restoring natural spaces and communities to foster more futuristic settings.

The city will essentially be implementing a new process for urban and architectural innovation. As an arbiter in urban planning, Seoul will work together with residents and offer professional support from start to finish for this restoration project. Seoul plans to inspire more dynamic architectural designs which take into consideration the city’s overall landscape and its connection with history and culture starting from the first step of this project. Residents’ potential will be fostered by increasing transparency regarding the business related aspects of this project so conflicts related to issues of cost, duration, and inconvenience will be drastically reduced.

To realize these objectives, preliminary public planning will be conducted at an earlier stage of the overall project in order to share the project guidelines. The Seoul Apartment Development Standard will also be organized to overcome the detachment and confinement of apartment complexes as they are and create more open feeling apartments. This standard will also be applied to all future apartment maintenance projects.

During construction and design, a city organization composed of experts will offer aid to help get innovative design concepts put into new designs. The city will provide a total KRW 100-500 million for design and contribution expenses in addition to the costs required for a Resident General Meeting for the selection of a public proposal.

Among private buildings in Seoul, housing takes up large portion at 58%, and due to the uniformity and shutdown of many apartment buildings these buildings have an impact on the landscape of the city must be overcome to actualize the 100-year plan for urban planning revolution.

Seoul’s Urban and Construction Innovation (Proposal) address four main issues: ▴the implementation of a new process for support which is responsible to the public ▴the introduction of the preliminary public planning step for urban planning ▴the urban restoration of apartment complexes ▴and innovation in architectural design. A professional organization will be formed and systematic support will be given for the realization of these four goals.

Seoul Opens ICT Experience Center at Gwanghwamun Square Preceding 100th National Sports Festival

For fifteen days, from March 15 (Friday) to March 30 (Saturday), the public will have access to the 100th National Sports Festival and the 39th National Para Games in advance at the west Gwanghwamun Square. Seoul will operate the ICT (Information & Communication Technology) Experience Center with National Sports Festival PR booths, a robot café, a 5G escape mission room, a VR (virtual reality) game zone, and more. There will be nine experience contents available at the center.

First, the National Sports Festival PR booth will introduce the symbol of the competition, the history of the National Sports Festival, and star athletes discovered through the National Sports Festival. Those taking part at the booth while uploading pictures and SNS posts will receive National Sports Festival souvenirs.

At the Sports Zone, everyone receives firsthand experience of festival events – baseball, shooting, and archery – through wireless VR devices to enable the public to enjoy new experiences as if actually partaking in the National Sports Festival.

The 5G Mission Room will feature games, including spot the differences, and finish the sentence, as well as trampoline jumping, “proof shot” photo-taking, and other missions given in each room to solve as part of the escape room game format.

The center will also feature eye-catching experiential content that constructively utilizes robots, AR, and other new technology. The Technology Zone will provide smart detection technology, like the integrated control system that uses a 360-degree CCTV and AI convergent fire prevention technology, a robot arm that expresses given phrases in calligraphy, and AR support technology that utilizes glass with AR technology. There will also be a guide robot that offers a tour of the National Sports Festival, the robot café where robots provide beverages, a robot that draws portraits, and other state-of-the-art technology, amid performances by popular singers, and prize drawing for visitors.

In addition to all this, Seoul will host various events like the National Sports Festival Photography and Relics Exhibition, performances wishing for the success of the event, and more, in hopes of arousing public interest about the upcoming 100th National Sports Festival in October.

Seoul Opens ICT Experience Center at Gwanghwamun Square Preceding 100th National Sports Festival
100th National Sports Festival ICT Experience Center
National Sports Festival PR Booth
National Sports Festival VR Sports Zone

Seoul’s Noksapyeong Station Garden Transforms into an Art Gallery

Noksapyeong Subway Station’ transformed into an art gallery with a garden where public artworks, natural light, and plants merge together. The wicket that was on the second basement floor was moved to the fourth floor basement to open the entire subway station space to the public, from basement levels 1-4, excluding the platform.

The unique and beautiful architecture of Noksapyeong Station was constructively utilized for artworks display and an underground garden, from the station entrance to the fifth floor basement with the platform.

Along the entire inner wall of Noksapyeong Station’s large, 35-meter trademark courtyard, or main hall, will hang a thin metal curtain to reflect the sunlight shining in through the glass ceiling dome of the central courtyard, while the inside of the station will be made into a giant canvas that encompasses lights in a constantly changing motion. The lights will change while riding the escalator to create a sense of space transformation.

In the fourth floor basement waiting room, previously neglected despite being an open area, artworks based on forest theme are awaiting visitors. From the ceiling hangs knitted, aluminum wires that create an atmosphere similar to a tunnel filled with vegetation with one side containing installation artworks resembling the pine tree trails of Namsan Mountain. The innermost space, the fifth floor basement platform, is filled with works showcasing the docile, warm coloring of colored pencils that brighten the unwelcoming atmosphere of the platform.

The empty circular hall on the fourth floor basement transformed into a plant garden with over 600 different plants. In addition to being a space of seeing and healing, gardeners will cultivate plants, amid a series of gardening programs, in which the public may freely participate.

The Noksapyeong Station Underground Art Garden is composed of public artworks by seven global artists and local intermediate and rising artists, an underground plant garden, and public facilities, including a gallery and seminar room.

The Underground Plant Garden was created underground at a depth reaching the height of an 11 story building, located at the fourth floor basement’s circular hall. The natural light that penetrates through the glass ceiling dome during the daytime enhances the panoramic of the area.

The neglected spaces were used to create the first floor basement gallery and fourth floor basement seminar room for public use. The spaces are planned for use involving exhibitions, art programs, lectures, and performances.

With the opening of Noksapyeong Station’s public art garden, the Noksapyeong Walk program is scheduled to launch on a regular basis, which is a program entailing a walking tour from Noksapyeong Station through Yongsan Park Gallery and around Yongsan Garrison. The Noksapyeong Walk is a public-participatory program and walking tour linked with the Yongsan Park Gallery that beings from the first floor basement of Noksapyeong Station. Advanced program registration is open to the public via the Public Service Reservation website (yeyak.seoul.go.kr).

The ‘Noksapyeong Public Art Project’ does not simply import artworks into the subway station, but rather, is a new attempt to innovatively change the way subway station spaces are used. Artwork and public spaces along the inner structure of Noksapyeong Station naturally integrated into the current space, like wallpaper, to enable a transformation into an art gallery for its entirety to become a piece of art in itself.

Inquiries: Noksapyeong Station Project Development Office (☎82-2-338-8823)

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Seoul to Run Advertisements for Public Organizations and Small Businesses at No Charge

Seoul has been placing free hope advertisements every year since 2012 to aid the public activities of nonprofit organizations and to revitalize the economic activities of small businesses, and the first subject contest of this year will be held from March 12 (Tue) to April 12 (Fri).
From 2012 to 2018, Seoul selected and provided aid to 295 organizations and businesses, and it further plans to support 40 organizations and businesses over two sessions this year.

Seoul will select and give preferential treatment to those businesses that end up with the same scores in the hope advertisement subject contest for business support of youths and provide help to youth startups.

Subjects of the contest include ▴contribution to society through donations, sharing, and volunteer work, and activities by nonprofit organizations that protect the human rights and interests of the socially vulnerable, ▴startup stories of small businesses that can give hope and courage to citizens and youths, and stories of public nature such as cases of social participation by corporations, etc.

The selected organization will receive full support from Seoul in designing, printing, pasting, and image production, etc., and it is anticipated that the participation of youth startups with expertise in designing and image production will produce higher-quality advertisements this year.
The medium of publicity supported by Seoul include inner corners of the subway, street stands, shoe repair stands, etc. in a total of approximately 6,896 places, and a one-time advertisement on the project will be featured in the monthly city magazine, “Love.seoul.”

Also, in order to provide reinforced support through online advertisements starting this year, the organization or business selected for the hope advertisement will be introduced in an article in ‘Media Hub Seoul’ in addition to a separate banner that can be opened for viewing at any time.

The application procedure and other detailed information can be found on Seoul City’s website http://seoul.go.kr).

Seoul to Run Advertisements for Public Organizations and Small Businesses at No Charge
Subway inner cornerStreet standShoe repair stand

A Seoul’s viewpoint: Sunset scene in Seoul

On the last day of February; this fantastic sunset view let the month finished perfectly. Let’s see how Seoul sky makes landmark in Seoul such as Namsan tower, Cheonggyecheon stream and Hangang more beautiful!

Launch of 2040 Global Metropolitan Mega Plan

With continual occurrence of urban problems that go beyond the boundaries of the administrative regions of the metropolitan area to reach a megalopolitan dimension, and the need for countermeasures increasing on a wider scale, Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport will launch a collaborative service for the establishment of Metropolitan City-Region Planning.

Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi-do regions form a large ‘megalopolis community (shared life zone)’ that are extremely close and connected to surrounding cities in terms of space and function. Accordingly, the need for comprehensive measures against issues such as metropolitan traffic systems, air quality improvements, and prevention of thoughtless development at a megalopolitan level have continually increased, but a practical metropolitan plan that encompasses the metropolitan area still remains absent.

The Metropolitan City-Region Planning is the most significant city plan under the regulation of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act, and as a plan that presents a long-term direction for the development of megalopolitan districts under planning, it will also present reorganization of spatial structure, use of metropolitan land and facilities, and division of city functions.

This Metropolitan City-Region Planning will resolve megalopolitan traffic and environmental issues in accordance with the reorganization period of the Fifth Comprehensive National Development Plan (’20-’40) and the Fourth Seoul Metropolitan Area Readjustment Planning (’21-’40), while stressing the establishment of a practical plan for metropolitan development appropriate for such time of population decrease and low growth.

The proposal for the 2040 Metropolitan City-Region Planning will be drafted early next year, and the final plan will be confirmed late next year after deliberation by the Central Urban Planning Committee.

Seoul to Rise Beyond its Status as World’s Top E-Government to Become a Smart City with 50,000 IoT Sensors Across the City

This year marks the 20th year since Seoul founded a national unit organization in relation to informatization for the official launch of an ICT-based city management and operations policy. Seoul plans to rise above its overwhelming status for seven consecutive years as number one in e-Governance in the world, and kick into high gear to attain the goal of cutting-edge ‘Smart City Seoul’ based on big data and new ICT.

At the core of Smart City Seoul is big data known as the ‘crude oil of the 21st century.’ Continuing Seoul’s individual services that operated under the name of ‘informatization’ such as the Owl Buses, public Wi-Fi, and mVoting, Seoul will combine the IoT, blockchain, and other key technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to the world’s best ICT technology, infrastructure, and accumulated city and administrative data which have been constructed until now, in order to create a new growth engine and offer new services as never before experienced in the past.

For this project, 50,000 ‘IoT (Internet of Things) sensors’ will be installed throughout Seoul. In the area of transportation, the ‘Shared Parking System’ will be introduced within the year to relieve chronic parking difficulties with the IoT sensor that will grasp the availability of parked cars in real time, allowing citizens to check, reserve, and pay for parking spaces via a smartphone app. The sensors will analyze floating population data even when installing senior welfare centers and other infrastructure in order to expand infrastructure to areas of demand. When establishing city plans or constructing new buildings, the ‘3D-based Virtual Seoul’ system will simulate how these will affect the existing city environment and upgrade city management policies.

Also, 120 Dasan Call Center will apply a trial run of the ‘Chat Bot’ function, which automatically responds to citizens’ questions using the artificial intelligence (AI) technology, and images will be analyzed based on big data and AI technology to officially introduce ‘Intelligent CCTV’ that automatically detects particular situations like fights and fires.

Hwangudan Altar

Hwangudan Altar was designated as Historical Site No. 157 on July 15, 1967, and its name refers to an altar used for offering rites to heaven. The Korean name of ‘Hwangudan Altar’ was given by King Gojong in October 1897 after his performance of the rites according to 《Tongnip Sinmun》. Hwangudan Altar of today was created by making a column at the old site of Nambyeolgung Palace to preserve the original altar created for the purpose of conducting rites and the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Gojong (34th year of the reign of King Gojong) in 1897.

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