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.

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2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Opens in Six Locations!

2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Opens in Six Locations!

The Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market’s popularity of years past has seen it return this year having expanded with up to six locations. The Yeouido, Banpo and DDP locations will open as of March 30, with the Cheonggyecheon and Oil Tank Culture Park locations following into the next day, March 31. The Cheonggyecheon Market will operate as a seasonal market only, scheduled for opening in May.

The four Premier locations of last year’s night market, ① Yeouido Hangang Park (Cascade Plaza), ② Banpo Hangang Park (Moonlight Square) ③ DDP (Palgeori Plaza) and ④ Cheonggyecheon (Mojeongyo Bridge – Gwanggyo Bridge) will all make their return along with the ⑤ Oil Tank Culture Park (Culture Square), which had its trial opening last year, and the ⑤ Cheonggye Plaza Seasonal Market, scheduled for a May start, comprise the six market locations.

The 2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market brings together merchants from all over the world amid the night scenery, fountain shows, romantic yet artistic value with a Korean-style atmosphere. A colorful selection of culture programs featuring the unique characteristics of each location, such as traditional performances, art shows and acoustic performances, will be available for Seoul residents and visitors alike to enjoy themselves to the fullest.

2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Opens in Six Locations!
2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Opens in Six Locations!Yeouido Hangang Park
(Cascade Plaza)
World night marketCome to the Hangang River for a night of traveling the worldEvery Friday, Saturday
18:00 – 23:00
2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Opens in Six Locations!Banpo Hangang Park
(Moonlight Square)
Romantic moonlight marketA market with night scenery, fountain shows, romantic & artistic value
2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Opens in Six Locations!DDP
(Palgeori Plaza)
Youth runway marketDesign market featuring the artistic touch of youth
2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Opens in Six Locations!Cheonggyecheon
(Mojeongyo Bridge – Gwanggyo Bridge)
Time tour marketTourist market draped in a Korean-style atmosphere smack-dab in the cityEvery week
SAT 17:00 – 22:00
SUN 16:00 – 21:00
2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Opens in Six Locations!Oil Tank Culture Park
(Culture Square)
Forest picnic marketAn enjoyable, restful picnic amid natural forest surroundingsEvery Saturday, Sunday
16:00 – 21:00
2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Opens in Six Locations!Cheonggye PlazaSeasonal marketSeasonal Bamdokkaebi night market open during the months of May, August, September & OctoberSeasonal
18:00 – 23:00

The Yeouido location will hold busking performances three times a day at 20:30, 21:30 & 22:00. In addition, the World Music Festival, featuring Brazil’s passionate Samba genre and popular music native to Mexico, is a promotional concert scheduled to be held in line with a ‘world market’ concept along with world martial arts performances, global culture apparel, traditional folk games and much more!
Banpo will feature busking performances as well three times a day at 18:00, 19:00 & 21:30. Other performances with romantic classical music, jazz and indie bands will be featured at the venue, while during the first and third weeks of each month, the Bamdokkaebi Radio Program will help capture the various stories of market-goers amid a playlist of music. Seasonal lighting shows are also in the works!
The DDP will have busking performances for young artists every Saturday, three times a day, at 19:00, 20:00 & 21:00. Delicious Concert will also be specially featured every third Saturday of April, May, August and October. RSVPing with food truck services in advance will additionally provide visitors with on-site delivery directly to the performance area!

Cheonggyecheon will also be holding busking concerts under the title ‘Cheonggyecheon Melody,’ for artists around the community once a day on Saturday at 19:00 and Sunday at 19:30. Youth Night, a unique promotional event on the third Saturday of April, May, August and October, is scheduled to be featured, as well as the Memory Recall Project, which will be available throughout the market operation period to gather the memories and perspectives of market-goers residing in Seoul. April will also see the opening of a coin toss and other quaint games to be enjoyed by the public.
The Oil Tank Culture Park will be operating a ‘dishwashing campaign’ with visiting food truck businesses, promoting the use of dishware rather than disposable ware in line with the theme of creating a ‘space for regeneration.’ Participating visitors will also be able to make their very own natural detergent!

Food truck operations will feature a colorful array of world cuisine offered by both established popular brands and newcomers awaiting their first market customers. Menus vary from hand-made burgers, steaks, pasta and other western foods to Japanese classics such as sushi and takoyaki and Korean foods like bibimbap, bulgogi and more! Feel free to also feast out on simple snacks including kabab, desserts and a slew of unique beverages.

Regular merchants are comprised of those offering hand-made goods and those featuring hands-on activities. Visitors may peruse products made with care boasting of originality or try a hand at various activities available for a small fee and create their own goods!

As rain, worsening air quality and other factors may lead to the altering of event scheduling, please stay updated by visiting the official website for ( related announcements.

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Korea’s largest incubator Seoul Startup Hub to foster the growth of 485 businesses

  • –Seoul Startup Hub to serve as a growth platform for 485 businesses on a yearly basis, offering a wide range of services from manufacturing products in small quantity to solving business challenges
  • –Its residing startups to receive customized support such as helping to find business partnerships, having opportunities of overseas market entry through global partnerships

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 28, 2018 – Korea’s largest public incubator Seoul Startup Hub will become a comprehensive one-stop support organization, offering a wide range of services from manufacturing business products in small quantity to solving business challenges.

Following last year’s opening of the main building to the recent launch of the annex, Seoul Startup Hub will serve as a growth platform for 485 businesses on a yearly basis. The new opening of the annex will expand Seoul Startup Hub to total area of 23,659 square meters, allowing support for 62 additional startups.

In order to become a residing startup at Seoul Startup Hub, it must be less than seven years since a startup was established. Also, startups must cover the future growth engine sector that is fitting to Seoul’s business ecosystem such as information service, bio, health, IoT and high-tech products.

In May, Seoul Startup Hub will recruit tenants where about 130 startups across various business stages such as “pre-launch, launch, mature” will be selected and provided with a customized incubating program.

At the annex, startups that have operated over three years will be incubated at a mature-stage level. Annually up to 35 startups will reside between third and fourth floor. Each startup will be provided with office space, subsidy of approximately 20 million won, and customized support such as setting up a roadmap for overseas market entry.

As of March, about 26 startups have begun residing at Seoul Startup Hub. These startups will receive customized support such as helping to find business partnerships, having opportunities to enter the overseas market through global partnerships. Also, distinguished global accelerators have been invited to help obtain foreign investment and offer guidance regarding overseas market advancement. In addition, a separate space for fintech startups will be set up at the annex.

On the second floor, a support center will be operated where startups can manufacture products based on their business ideas. The center will be equipped with 24 types of equipment including metalworking tools such as CNC router as well as non-metalworking tools such as 3D printer. At this center, startups can manufacture up to 100 finished products prior to mass production.

Seoul Startup Hub aims to help startups kick-off by providing an overall service ranging from initial planning stage, marketing, crowd funding, product manufacturing, and market entry among others.

In addition, Seoul Business Support Center will provide professional consulting dealing with business challenges such as management, export, regulation, funding, and financing among others.

Seoul requires new large buildings to use solar energy

  • –Seoul to require construction companies to build a new large building that 16 percent of its total energy use must be supplied through green energy, of which its majority must be produced through solar energy
  • –In addition, high-efficient lighting should be used 100 percent and over 70 percent of standby power supply has to be installed to prevent the waste of power generated from unused electricity products

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 28, 2018 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will require construction companies in Seoul to build a new large building that 16 percent of its total energy use must be supplied through green energy, of which its majority must be produced through solar energy.

This applies to environmental impact assessment targets such as new construction buildings with over total area of 100,000 square meters and redevelopment or reconstructions businesses with over 90,000 square meters and below 300,000 square meters.

This is part of the revised “Environmental Impact Assessment Items and Standard for Construction and Maintenance business (redevelopment and reconstruction).” It will come into effect on July 1, 2018.

It is an effort made to boost the rate of energy independence and contribute to the air quality reform. Last year in response to the global energy crisis, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced “2022 Solar City, Seoul” where 1GW solar power would be provided by 2022.

The city government has made continuous efforts to foster an eco-friendly urban environment based on the environmental impact assessment. For example, implementation of green energy, high efficient lighting, standby power supply, and building energy management system (BEMS) have become requirements. In particular, green energy installation rate has been lifted from 15 to 16 percent, and high-efficient lighting increased from 90 to 100 percent.

If more than 12 percent of renewable energy is secured, then group energy and energy storage system (ESS) can be substituted up to 4 percent as renewable energy. In addition, high-efficient lighting such as LEDs should be used 100 percent for lighting equipment in order to reduce the use of lighting power. Further, over 70 percent of standby power supply has to be installed to prevent the waste of power generated from unused electricity products.

Also, the building energy management system helps to increase energy management efficiency by collecting and analyzing various information, such as the amount of use and consumption per energy source. Also, in an effort to improve air quality it is required to use over 70 percent of eco-friendly construction machines within construction sites as well as installing eco-friendly boilers, and low NO-x burners.

Further, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has made steadfast efforts in establishing parking divisions and infrastructure in response to increased eco-friendly vehicles as well as setting up rules for electric vehicle charging stations.

On 30 March (Fri), Bamdokkaebi (night ghost) comes back to lighten up Seoul’s night

  • – Seoul opens night markets in 6 famous areas in the city with larger scale and space from 30 March (Fri) to 28 Oct (Sun)
  • – 190 food trucks and 360 sellers will join the market where visitors can buy products and enjoy experience programs
  • – The night markets cover World Music (Yeouido), Bamdokkaebi DJ (Banpo), Concert with taste (DDP), and Time Tour Project (Cheonggyecheon)
  • – The Seoul Metropolitan Government will keep operating the night markets so that young start-ups can gain the opportunity to sell their products and small enterprisers can lay the groundwork for standing on their own feet.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 28, 2018 – Bamdokkaebi, which attracted 4.94 million visitors in 2017, comes back. The Seoul city government will open 6 night markets this year (5 markets last year) to live up to the interest and affection from the citizens. The night markets in Yeouido, Banpo and DDP will open on 30 March (Fri) and the ones in Cheonggyecheon and Cultural Depot Park will open on 31 March (Sat). Cheonggye Plaza will run a market on a seasonal basis, which will start to open in May.

Seoul Bamdokkaebi night market this year will range from global night markets with sellers around the world, the market with great night view, fountain, romance and art to the Korean-style night market for tourists. As such, the Bamdokkaebi night market will feature regional characteristics while presenting various cultural programs like traditional performances, magic show and acoustic music performances. In the night markets, the citizens and tourists can enjoy various programs and have fun.

Meanwhile, various types of sellers will join the food trucks, including new food trucks waiting for their first encounter with customers as well as the popular sellers at the previous Bamdokkaebi night markets. The food trucks will serve foods from all over the world. Visitors can enjoy all kinds of food ranging from Western food like homemade burger, steak and pasta, Japanese food like sushi and octopus-shaped bread, Korean dishes like Bibimbap (boiled rice with mixtures of meats and vegetables) and Bulgogi (barbequed beef) to skewered food, dessert and unique beverages.

This year, sellers need to apply for permission to join the market in each region. Selected sellers can open their shops in a specific regional night market in the 1st half of this year (from 30 March to 8 July). Therefore, visitors can enjoy different foods and products in different areas by visiting many different night markets in Seoul.

On 30 March (Fri), Bamdokkaebi (night ghost) comes back to lighten up Seoul’s night
PlaceConceptDetailsOpening hours
Yeouido Hangang Park (Mulbit Square)World night marketTraveling around the world in Hangang in a single nightEvery Friday and Saturday
Banpo Hangang Park (Moonlight Square)Romantic moonlight marketMarket with night view, fountain, romance and art
(Eight Junction Square)
Youth runway marketDesign market with Youth’s taste and idea
Cheonggyecheon (Mojeongyo ~ Gwanggyo)Time tour marketKorean-style market for tourists in the cityEvery
Saturday 17:00~22:00
Sunday 16:00~21:00
Cultural Depot Park (Culture Square)Forest picnic marketRelaxed picnic in a forestEvery Saturday and Sunday
Cheonggye Plaza

Season marketSeasonal Bamdokkaebi in May, August, September and OctoberFriday, Saturday and Sunday in the seasons

Seoul city government to revive the printing venues at Sewoon arcade into the rebirth of industry combining “master + youth + new technology”

  • – Seoul City announces that it will launch the 2nd phase of the 「Remake‧Sewoon project」 (from Sampung to Jinyang arcade) on 28 March, targeting completion by April 2020
  • – The project will lay the groundwork for a “printing shop without a roof” where printing masters with long experiences and youth creators’ design/technology can coexist
  • – The city government will newly establish anchor facilities including startup spaces, residential areas for the youth and working studios, while Jinyang and Inhyeon arcade will accommodate relevant hub spaces
  • – 7 building in the Sewoon arcade will be connected through 1km-long pedestrian bridge and deck, which will become the North-South pedestrian path in Seoul

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 27, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to renovate the printing venues in Sewoon arcade, which are struggling with emerging digital media, as the hub for “creative printing industry.” The plan is to combine the printing veterans’ master skills, young creators’ unique design and idea, and cutting-edge technologies including materials, post-processing, and special printing. Last June, the city government designated Chungmu-ro and Ulji-ro areas (300,000㎡) as “the district for promoting the development of the printing industry.” Seoul City is building up a set of “plans for reviving the printing industry” to provide safe working conditions and support sustainable growth.

The Seoul city government will newly establish a “Print Smart Anchor”, which is a core hub combining the spaces for one-man companies, studios for sampling works, and training facilities. Seoul will also newly install “Makers’ Cube”, a space for printing-related startups. 400 units of houses will be provided for young creators so that a youth community can be created where they can work and live together harmoniously. At Jinyang arcade, new spaces will be located where self-published writers who want to release their books can work with printing businesses at Sewoon arcade while readers can purchase the self-published books. Inhyeon underground shopping center will house printing school, studios and exhibition spaces.

Effort to revive the pedestrian culture will go hand in hand. The vitality created from industrial regeneration will spread along the pedestrian network. Last September, the Sewoon ~ Cheonggye/Daelim arcades were connected through overhead pedestrian bridges and pedestrian decks. By 2020, a 1km-long pedestrian path will connect 7 buildings in Sewoon arcade stretching from Daelim and Sampung to Jinyang arcade which is connected to Toegye-Ro. Upon the completion, the path will serve as the North-South pedestrian path in Seoul ranging from Jongmyo and Sewoon arcade to Mt. Namsan.

As indicated above, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced the plan to complete the 2nd phase construction of the 「Remake‧Sewoon project」 stretching from Sampung arcade and Hotel PJ to Inhyeon /Jinyang arcade by April 2020. Under the 1st phase of the 「Remake‧Sewoon project」, the northern part (from Sewoon to Cheonggye/Daelim arcade) of Sewoon arcade was reborn as “the place of innovation for creative manufacturing industry” where conventional manufacturing industry meets with digital devices. With the 2nd phase project, the city government plans to renovate the Southern part of Sewoon arcade into a hub for “creative printing industry” by invigorating vitality of cutting-edge technology and competitive design skills to the long-established printing industry.

Learning about Seoul’s History and Culture from Foreigners

Seoul will operate <SEMU-YÉOL Lecture>, an English lecture that informs foreigners of the excellence and value of Seoul’s traditional culture, on the first Monday of each month until December 3, 2018 for a total of eight sessions.

The lecture, which will be given in Learning Room 1, Seoul Museum of History, will be aimed at foreigners and Seoul citizens and conducted in English. There will be a total of eight sessions for six speakers, one exploration session, and one experience lecture. Each lecture will be held from 11:30-13:00 and the exploration session and experiential lecture will be from 10:00-12:00 according to the following information.

Learning about Seoul’s History and Culture from Foreigners
Lecture No.ScheduleThemeSpeaker
14. 2 (Mon.)Understanding Seoul : Seeing Our City with Different Eyes Daniel Täendler
Architect, Co-director of urban detail
25.12 (Sat.)[Walking Lecture] Understanding Seoul : Seeing Our City with Different Eyes
36. 4 (Mon.)Why North Korea is Not a “Communist” Country, or the Unnoticed Birth of North Korean CapitalismAndrei Lankov
Professor at Kookmin University
49. 3 (Mon.)Korean Buddhism in the World : Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Bernard Senecal
Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion at Sogang University
510. 1 (Mon.)[Experience Program]Cooking Class on Korean Temple Cuisine Venerable Hyungmin
Korean Temple Food Center
611.12 (Mon.)  The Roots of Korean Literature Kevin O'Rourke
Professor Emeritus at Kyunghee University  
712. 3 (Mon.)Moving beyond Makgeolli : Selected Observations on Traditional Korean AlcoholJohn M. Frankl
Professor at Yonsei University

This year especially, experts in each field were invited and programs were carefully selected for more foreigners and citizens to attend quality English lectures about Seoul’s history and culture.

<SEMU-YÉOL Lecture> is not only for foreigners residing in Korea but is open for participation by all citizens who wish to attend lectures about Seoul in English. The admission is free to all, and applications for the second education session to be held on April 2 will be accepted until March 29. After the deadline, each session will be open to 40 individuals on a first-come, first-served basis via telephone, and inquiries for application can be made to the secretariat (Monday – Friday/02-745-5878). In the case of regular lectures, interested attendees may register on-site (first come, first served basis). This will be a new experience to learn in depth about Seoul and Korea through foreign experts.

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Seoul issues air pollution alerts in English for international residents

  • –Foreign residents in Seoul get to receive the air quality information in English via mobile message to take proper actions against fine dust starting from March 27, 2018
  • –Those who want to receive the notification in English may visit the city government’s official English website and apply for the service
  • –Korea’s air quality standard for PM-10 and PM-2.5 has been revised as of March 27, 2018, according to which fine dust alerts will be issued

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 26, 2018 – More than 400,000 foreign residents in Seoul now get to receive the air quality information and alerts in English via mobile text message starting from March 27, 2018.

Depending on the density of fine dust, the Seoul Metropolitan Government issues watch or warning to take emergency fine-dust reduction measures. It also sends out advisory information – for instance, “please wear a mask whenever you go out,” or “please try not to go outside and stay home.”

As of the end of February, 2018, around 29,000 residents are receiving real-time information about the air pollution. However, those notifications were sent out only in Korean, so non-Korean residents, who do not understand Korean, had difficulties in taking proper actions against fine dust.

To meet the demands from foreign residents, the city government established the English text messaging system and officially launches the English notification service for international residents.

If the level of fine dust is forecasted to be high, text notifications will be sent out twice a day – at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. If it is extremely bad, the text message will be sent out immediately.

Any foreigner who wants to receive the air pollution notification in English may visit the city government’s official English website at and apply for the service.

Meanwhile, Korea’s air quality standard for PM-10 and PM-2.5 has been revised as of March 27, 2018, according to which fine dust alerts will be issued.

○ Air Quality Standard (Basic Environment Law, Revised Enforcement, March 27, 2018)

Annual Average502515
24-hour Average1005035

Seoul citizens think 2,515,000 Won a month to be needed to live modest life for their golden years

  • –The Seoul Institute releases the consumer sentiment index for the first quarter of 2018, and its policy report highlighting the status of the citizens’ preparation for old age
  • –The report said the citizens think the modest cost of living for an elderly couple will be an average of 2,515,000 Won ($2,360) a month
  • –The Consumer Sentiment Index for the first quarter of 2018 is 97.3

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 26, 2018 – The Seoul Institute, the official think tank of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, releases the consumer sentiment index for the first quarter of the year, and its 247th policy report highlighting main economic issues for 2018.

The report said that Seoul citizens consider those aged over 65 as the elderly people, and 49.9 percent of the households in the city is preparing for their later years. 49.5 percent of respondents answered they joined the public pension plan, such as the National Pension, as a means of preparation for old age, which is followed by private pension plan (25%), real estate, rental income and reverse mortgage loan (10.8%), and bank deposits (10.6%).

According to the report, the citizens think that the modest cost of living for an elderly couple will be an average of 2,515,000 Won ($2,360) a month. Most of the citizens responded that the level of their current financial preparation is ‘enough’ or ‘less enough.’ The main reason why they are not able to prepare well for their golden years is, they answered, that they should buy a house or pay debts.

When asked about the most urgent measures against the aging society, they said the government’s support plan to create jobs for the senior citizens (40%); to expand elderly medical care services (20.6%); to establish the national system to deal with senile dementia (17.8%); to increase the amount of Basic Old Age Pension and to expand its recipients (11.9%).

The Consumer Sentiment Index for the first quarter of 2018 is 97.3, a decrease by 6.0 point from the previous quarter. It is expected to be improved once the job market gets better. The current living state index, one of the main categories of the Consumer Sentiment Index, has been decreased by 2.1 point to 86.1 from the previous quarter, and the future living state index has also been down by 1.9 point to 96.0. That is because growing households expect that their living conditions will be worse in one year due to decreased household income and increased living costs.