Seoul Metropolitan Library’s “A Library with Taste!” Exhibition

Seoul City’s Specified Provisions for ‘Foods Prohibited from Carry On’

On the occasion of Library Week and World Book and Copyright Day, Seoul Metropolitan Library will be hosting a themed book exhibition in six collection sections from April 3 to April 28, 2018.

Themed book exhibitions have continuously been held in the library’s six collection sections ever since the opening of Seoul Metropolitan Library in 2012 with the hope to raise the visitors’ interest in reading and promote the library. Books are meticulously chosen out of the library’s collection according to the topic of each exhibit.

April’s themed book exhibition, “A Library with Taste!”, will be displaying books centered around food and culinary culture, with a more specific topic for each collection section.

○ The exhibition will be divided into seven sub-topics: ▲ A History of the Taste of Old Times (Disability Collections), ▲ Book-eating Youths (General Collections 1 – Children), ▲ Taste of Culture (General Collections 1 – General), ▲ Tasty Books (General Collections 2), ▲ Cinema with Chef (Digital Collections), ▲ Korean Culinary Culture (Seoul Document Collections), and ▲ Welcome, First Time Trying Korean Food? (Global Collections).

In <General Collections 1> two different topics will be showcased depending on the visitors. The Book-eating Youths exhibit will feature 17 books from which young visitors can learn about the cultural and global qualities of food, while 24 works on culinary culture will be available in the Taste of Culture exhibit.

Going through the Tasty Books exhibit in <General Collections 2>, visitors will find 34 literary writings telling various food stories, and going onto Cinema with Chef in <Digital Collections>, they will be able to savor both delicious cuisine and moving tales through the 12 food-related movies that are expected to be on show.

Anyone can visit the themed book exhibition free of charge during its opening hours (closed on Mondays). Further details can be found on Seoul Metropolitan Library’s website ( For more information, please contact Seoul Metropolitan Library (+82-2-2133-0304).

Seoul City’s Specified Provisions for ‘Foods Prohibited from Carry On’

Seoul City’s Specified Provisions for ‘Foods Prohibited from Carry On’

If you have ever been unclear as to which foods are allowed on city-operated buses, it may help to examine the specified provisions regarding food limitations that are soon to be implemented.

Bus operators have the right to refuse passengers carrying foods that may be spill or leak prone during light impact or foods that are unpackaged with the aim of being consumed while on the bus.

※ “Light impact” also refers to accidental spills from foods, which may occur during the simple transport of take-out food or ingredients, and are also subject to be the grounds for refusal.

Objects of prohibition currently include beverages, ice, chicken or other items transported in disposable cups, tteokbokki and other foods transported in a container simultaneously, beverages without lids or canned beverages with straws and plastic bottles containing food. In addition, bus operators may request passengers to get off the bus if caught during consumption.

On the other hand, chicken or pizza packaged in cardboard take-out boxes, plastic bottled beverages with sealable openings, closed can beverages, beverages transported in a sealable tumbler, thermos-packed food and small quantities of vegetables, fish, meats and other ingredients transported in plastic bags purchased at food markets are allowed to be carried on during bus operation.

Seoul City’s Specified Provisions for ‘Foods Prohibited from Carry On’

Prohibited itemsAllowed items
▶ Hot drinks, ice and other foods transported in disposable cups
▶ Chicken, tteokbokki and other foods transported in disposable cups
▶ Containers simultaneously transporting foods placed in several disposable cups
▶ Beverages without lids, canned beverages with straws, foods packaged in plastic bottles, etc.
▶ Chicken, pizza and other foods packaged in cardboard take-out boxes
▶ Beverages in sealed plastic bottles
▶ Foods packaged in unopened cans
▶ Foods packed in sealable tumblers
▶ Thermos-packed food
▶ Vegetables, fish, meats and other ingredients transported in plastic bags
※ Small quantities of ingredients purchased at food markets

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will be officially posting notices inside city-operated buses and at bus stations around the city from the beginning of April to alert the public of the specified provisions while providing training on the subject for bus operators as well.

Space below Oksu Station Transforms into Underground Park Area

Panoramic view of Darak Oksu from the outside
Panoramic view of Darak Oksu from the outside

Panoramic view of Darak Oksu from the inside
Panoramic view of Darak Oksu from the inside

The elevated ceiling at the lower end of Seoul’s Oksu Station will be renovated into a public culture area dressed in vegetation as a part of an urban regeneration project while promoting an eco-friendly atmosphere huddled within the city, such as can be seen at New York City’s Underground Park.

The upper end was decorated in landscape and vegetation having constructed a roof at a sloped angle under the ceiling. As for the lower end, the 196㎡ of space was transformed into a multi-purpose culture area used for a children’s book café, lectures on cultural topics and more. The outer space is newly-equipped with spectator seats to make the most of the open plaza area that has primarily been neglected over the years.

The highlight of the multi- purpose culture space is the free garden located at the roof shaped slope on the lower end. The sunlight harvesting system also enables sunlight to shine its way inside the station to help nurture the plant life, utilizing the same, newly-developed technology that can be witnessed at New York City’s Underground Park. The sunny conditions also maintain a constant state without any interference from the external weather conditions.

Seoul will be opening the ‘Darak Oksu’ on April 3, 2018, as a part of the official launching of the demo business project comprised of a comprehensive plan to utilize the space of elevated ceiling areas below ground.

Seoul Fintech Lab opens as a forward base for the Fintech industry

  • –Seoul to provide Fintech start-ups customized support programs according to their growth stage to grow them into future unicorn companies
  • –Seoul Fintech Lab to establish a Fintech test room, connected to the financial network, to help start-ups test their business models
  • –Fintech start-up companies, selected to move into the lab, have concluded agreements with 33 partner organizations on a blockchain

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, April 3, 2018 – Seoul will open the Seoul Fintech Lab, the first a professional institute to secure international competitiveness and support Fintech start-ups as a forward base for the Seoul Fintech industry.

27 Fintech start-up companies, selected to move into the lab, have concluded agreements with 33 partner organizations, April 3, which will offer systematic consulting services. The selected ones include 14 Fintech start-ups – 12 from Korea and 2 from overseas – and 13 pre-founders.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has a plan to provide Fintech start-ups customized support programs according to their growth stage in order to grow them into future unicorn companies that will lead the fourth industrial revolution of Korean financial industry.

For instance, pre-founders will be offered information on how to build business models, and initial start-up companies will be given on how to commercialize their business models and how to advance into the world. Companies that are in the growth stage will focus on domestic and international IR and investment attraction.

Meanwhile, Seoul Fintech Lab will establish a Fintech test room, the first of kind in Korea, which is connected to the financial network, to help start-ups test their business models under the same conditions as the actual financial environment.

2017 Citizens Dream, Seoul Creates

Seoul City’s Hangang Spring Flower Festival from April 1st

Seoul City’s Hangang Spring Flower Festival from April 1st

Seoul will be hosting the Spring Flower Festival for 51 days from April 1st to May 21st, spanning along the Hangang Park. During this festival, visitors will be able to enjoy a multitude of cultural events featuring spring flowers in bloom.

① Enjoy Various Flowers including Forsythias, Cherry Blossoms, Canola Flowers, Multiflora Roses & Roses
Forsythia and cherry blossoms will start filling the banks of the Hangang River from April 1st, canola from the beginning of May, and multiflora roses and roses from mid-May. The spring flower road will spread over a total distance of 42km following along the primary vegetated areas and bicycle lanes, filling the air with a floral aroma. Meanwhile, the Eungbongsan Forsythia Festival is scheduled to take place from April 6th to the 8th. The queen of spring flowers, the cherry blossom, is waiting for you. The spectacular Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, during which the whole of Yeouiseo-ro is overlooked by Yoshino cherry blossoms in full bloom, planned to be from April 7th to the 12th. On the 6th and 7th, the Yeouido Floating Stage is scheduled to host the Hangang Spring Concert and the Hangang Cherry Blossom Concert.

Hangang Park’s premiere spring flower attraction, the Banpo Hangang Park’s Seoraeseom, are draped in a crisp-yellow each May amid the canola in bloom. The Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival will open from May 5th to the 6th to make for an alluring contrast between the deep-blue Hangang River and the crisp-yellow of the Seoraeseom Island.

② Take in the Unique Spring Festival Atmosphere of the Hangang River
Every Friday and Saturday, free regular performances and exhibitions will be held at the Yeouido Floating Stage and Gwangjingyo 8th Avenue, amid a series of 100 artist performances made available throughout the entirety of the park.

Large-scale cultural festivals will also take place, such as the Have a Nice Day Festival (April 14th and 15th), the Live Music Festival (May 5th), and the Youth Festival 2018 (May 12th and 13th).

2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Opens in Six Locations!
Cherry Blossoms (Yeouido)Hangang Spring Flower Road
Cherry Blossoms (Yeouido)Hangang Spring Flower Road
Canola Flowers (Seoraeseom)Canola Flowers (Seoraeseom)
Canola Flowers (Seoraeseom)
Multiflora Rose (Gangseo, Gwangnaru)Rose (Yanghwa)
Multiflora Rose (Gangseo, Gwangnaru)Rose (Yanghwa)

Space under subway overpass of Oksu station transformed into a Lowline of Seoul – urban green space for cultural activities

  • –As the first urban regeneration case for the abandoned spaces under subway overpasses and railways, “Darak Oksu” to be open on April 3
  • –Darak Oksu with a sloped green roof features “free garden” where natural light is directed below the overpass to provide the area in which plants can be grown
  • –It has a multi-functional space for book readings and cultural lectures, and performance stage and stands connected to the nearby open-air square

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, April 2, 2018 – As part of the urban regeneration project, the space under the subway overpass adjacent to the Oksu station has recently completed its transformation into an urban green space for public cultural activities, and is scheduled to be open to the public on April 3, 2018. This area, now named “Darak Oksu” – “Darak” defines “many funs” in Korean, had used to be rarely visited and neglected by people for a long time.

Darak Oksu with a sloped green roof features 196 square meters of multi-functional space for, e.g. book readings and cultural lectures, and “free garden” where natural light is directed below the overpass using a solar concentrating system to provide the area in which plants can be grown. Similar technologies were used for the Lowline, an underground park in New York City. In addition, a performance stage and stands have been built and connected to the nearby open-air square, according to resident and expert opinions.

Meanwhile, the Seoul Metropolitan Government prepared last year the comprehensive plan to transform abandoned spaces under overpasses and railways throughout the city into cultural spaces for the citizens. Currently, Seoul has about 180 such places that account for almost 55 percent of the total size of Yeouido, the financial district located on a large island on the Hangang River. 10 percent of them are now being used as parking lots and warehouses, and others are being left unused.

In case of Darak Oksu, the city government designed the space and provided a needed budget, and the Seongdong-gu Office, the autonomous district taking care of the area, undertakes the construction and operations of it. The Seongdong-gu Office will invite residents, landscape experts and those involved to form civil governance and develop diverse programs for the place.

Seoul strengthens human rights protection for senior citizens – 88.3% of elder abuse committed by family members

  • –Last year’s number of reporting cases of what appeared to be the elder abuse were increased by 31.6 percent from 2016
  • –The abuse cases committed by family members account for 88.3 percent of the total
  • –Seoul designates three emergency medical centers and four temporary shelters for the victims, and also runs 24-hour emergency call services
  • –Additional elder protection center to be open in the second half of the year to strengthen human rights protection for senior citizens

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, April 2, 2018 – As the population is rapidly aging in Korea, elder abuse is becoming a social problem. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, a total of 1,470 cases of what appeared to be the elder abuse were reported last year to the city-run elder protection centers. It was a 31.6 percent increase from 2016. Among them, 440 cases (an average of 35 to 40 cases a month) were finally confirmed the case.

Those who reported include – 288 police officers or autonomous district office workers (65.5%), 53 persons bound in duty to give the notification (12.1%), 49 relatives (11.1%), 29 persons aggrieved (6.6%), and 21 others (4.8%).

The highest number of people who mistreated old people turned out to be their son (220 cases, 44.5%), followed by spouses (112, 24.7%) and daughters (54, 11.9%). The abuses committed by family members account for 88.3 percent of the total cases.

To help the victims, Seoul’s two elder protection centers are providing legal and medical consultation and information, temporary protection, and referral services. They sent professional crew members to the scene upon a case of abuse being reported to protect a victim from an assailant, and to provide medical services if needed.

In addition to it, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has designated three emergency medical centers for a quick response to the victim’s physical damages. Also, four temporary shelters are being operated for those who need an urgent protection.

Peace Culture Bunker

As one of the military facilities from the past, this antitank defense facility that has been renovated into a creative cultural space through Seoul City’s space regeneration project opened to the public on October 31, 2017. The Peace Culture Bunker, which consists of five buildings including citizen experience center, tenant artists’ workshop, multipurpose exhibition room, and a performance hall, is available for the citizens as their cultural space to participate in a variety of programs and exhibitions.

○ Location: 932, Madeul-ro, Dobong-gu, Seoul
○ Transportation: Walk 415 m from Exit 2 of Dobongsan Station on Subway Lines 1‧7
○ Facilities: Citizen Experience Center, Art Creation Space including Creative Workshop, Peace Plaza
○ Hours of operation
– Exhibition room and community space: Tuesday thru Sunday 10:00 – 19:00
※ Closed: Every Monday, January 1st, Lunar New Year’s Day/Chuseok
○ Inquiries: 82-2-3494-1970

Peace Culture Bunker

Peace Culture Bunker

Peace Culture Bunker

Peace Culture Bunker

Peace Culture Bunker

Peace Culture Bunker

Seoul to hold spring flower festival along the Hangang River from April 1

  • –<Han River Spring Flower Festival> is held all across the Han River Parks from April 1 (Sun) to May 20 (Sun)

① Enjoy 5 spring flowers in the relay:
Golden Bell▶Cherry Blossom▶Canola Flower▶Wild Rose▶Rose

② Enjoy Spring of Hangang blossoming with a variety of unique festivals and events along with the spring flowers

③ Tree planting events with citizens to reduce fine dust and create Han River Forest
– Seoul City expects citizens to enjoy the beautiful springtime with flowers in full bloom along the Han River

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 30, 2018 – As Spring arrives, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (Hangang Project Headquarters) is holding <Han River Spring Flower Festival>. The festival features flower-blooming areas along the Han River Parks and 51-day-long cultural programs from April 1(Sun) to May 21(Sun).

① Enjoy 5 spring flowers in the relay:
Golden bell → cherry blossom → canola flower → wild rose → rose

The festival starts with golden bells and cherry blossoms from April 1 (Sun), then canola flowers in early May, and wild rose and roses in mid-May. A 42km-long path of spring flowers stretches along the major green zones and bicycle paths in the Han River Parks, spreading beautiful fragrance.

Banpo Han River Park and Seorae Island (two famous blooming areas in Han River Parks) turn yellow with canola flowers every May. <Hangang Seorae Island Canola Flower Festival> will be held colored by the blue-hued river and yellow-colored Seorae Island for 2 days from May 5 (Sat) to May 6 (Sun). Roses, the queen of flowers, are in full bloom starting from mid-May, bringing the spring flower parade to a close. You can take the photo of the lifetime with your lover, friends and family with a background of rose gardens at Ttukseom or Yanghwa Han River Park and Mangwon Rose tunnel, and enjoy the picnic on green grass. Across along the main green areas and bicycle paths in Han River Parks, a cluster of 30 spring flowers like pansy, viola, poppy and tulip will delight the eye and fill the Parks with splendid fragrances.

② Enjoy Spring of Han River blossoming with a variety of unique festivals and events along with the spring flowers

Seoul is holding performances and exhibitions at Yeouido Mulbit Stage and Gwangjingyo 8th Avenue for free every Friday and Saturday. Large-scale events range from <Hiphopplaya 2018> in Nanji Han River Park on April 7 (Sat), <Have A Nice Day Festival> in April 14 (Sat) ~ April 15 (Sun), <Seoul Sessions Live Music festival> on May 5 (Sat), <Bluespring Festival 2018> in May 12(Sat) ~ May 13(Sun), to <Green-plugged 2018> in May 19 (Sat) ~ May 20 (Sun).

The city government opens <Hangang History Tour Program> consisting of 13 storytelling courses about the river. <Seoul Battleship Park>, launched last year, provides unique experiences by displaying submarines, Chamsuri patrol vessels and Seoul Battle Ship.

③ Create “Han River Forest” to reduce fine dust where citizens participate in tree planting events

Amid the troubling fine dust, citizens can contribute to creating “Han River Forest” to reduce the fine dust and make cleaner future environment. A total of 1,500 poplar trees will be planted at Gangseo Han River Park during “Han River Forests Event for Carbon Offset” on April 7 (Sat). On the same day, the “5th Carbon Offset Tree Planting Event” will see 3,000 trees and shrubs planted.

“Han River Ecology Program” provides a host of programs in 10 major Han River Parks including Ttukseom Han River Park every month. Families can enjoy warm spring days together across the Han River offering beautiful scenery as well as enhancing environmental awareness.

Sewoon Arcade Becomes ‘On-site School’ for Invention Vocational High School Students

  • –Educational programs led by craftsmen and residing companies at Sewoon Shopping Center, the hub of urban manufacturing and fourth industrialization technology, to be provided to teenagers
  • –Workshop, invention contests to be held using skillsets learned from Sewoon Shopping Center
  • –Seoul enters business agreement with four Invention Vocational High Schools on March 15, followed with a four-day joint camp kick-off

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 15, 2018 – Sewoon Shopping Center is transitioning into a fourth industrialization hub, filled with craftsmen with over 40 years of experience and creative young people who focus on urban manufacturing. This site will also become a “technology school” for teenagers who aspire to become inventors of the future.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its plans to operate a “Youth Technology School Program” where four invention-specialized vocational high schools will attend. In addition to schools in Seoul, ones from other various provinces of the country, such as Gwangju, Gwangyang in Jeollanamdo, Seogwipo in Jeju-do, are expected to participate in the program. This effort will drive Sewoon Shopping Center to become a nationwide technology school.

Sewoon Shopping Center which holds an array of technology ranging from traditional urban manufacturing, such as electronics, visual communications and lighting, to fourth industrialization will become a giant classroom. Also, 16 skilled craftsmen and 17 start-up companies will be in charge of educational programs to provide an on-site education that cannot be taught at school classrooms.

Students from the four schools will start off by attending an “Invention High School Joint Camp” from March 28 through 31, 2018. They will learn various skillsets from Sewoon Shopping Center’s craftsmen and partake in diverse programs, such as invention school, invention workshop, and invention contests.

2018 March(No.162)

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