Asia’s Largest Animation/Webtoon Market, ‘Seoul Promotion Plan 2018’

Over 400 businesses from around the world leading the worldwide content industry, including Disney, Netflix, Cartoon Network, Tencent, and Youku will assemble in Seoul.

‘Seoul Promotion Plan 2018’ will be held from August 21–23 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) and will be Asia’s largest scale animation/webtoon B2B market.

In particular, the session ‘Netflix, Korea’s story to the whole world’ which will be held by Netflix, which has 120,050,000 worldwide subscribers, at the 2018 conference is attracting attention.

The Animation Competition and Webtoon Award, competitions discovering new promising content, are also drawing a lot of attention after announcing the works advancing to the finals. The finals which will be held over 2 days, from August 21–22, at the DDP International Conference Hall, will be carried out through public pitching.

Program applications methods and other detailed information related to SPP can be found on the event’s website (www.spp.kr).

SPP (Seoul Promotion Plan) 2018 Overview

  • ○ Date/Location: 2018.8.21–8.23, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
  • ○ Participation Eligibility: Animation creators, platform companies, webtoon agencies, IP business operators, etc.
  • ○ Main events: Biz matching, conference, IGNITE, Competition Section (Animation Project Competition, Webtoon Award), Contents IR, etc.
  • ○ Inquiries: +82-2-3455-8363, kys47@sba.seoul.kr

SPP (Seoul Promotion Plan) 2017 Event Photos

SPP (Seoul Promotion Plan) 2017 Event Photos
SPP 2017 Biz Matching Site SPP 2017 Animation Competition SPP 2017 Webtoon Award
SPP 2017 Biz Matching Site SPP 2017 Animation Competition SPP 2017 Webtoon Award
SPP 2017 YouTube Conference SPP 2017 Spotlight SPP 2017 Awards Ceremony
SPP 2017 YouTube Conference SPP 2017 Spotlight SPP 2017 Awards Ceremony



Free Distribution of Mini Solar Panels for Small-scale Apartment Security Rooms

In cooperation with mini solar panel suppliers, and solar module and inverter manufacturers, the city of Seoul will support the installation of mini-solar power plants on the roof of security rooms in small-scale apartment complexes (up to 300 households) which are vulnerable to heat.

The city decided to support mini solar panel subsidies for apartment complex security rooms which cannot use air conditioning due to electricity expenses despite this year’s heatwave. Up until today, 27 security rooms have been equipped with such panels and from August, it has been decided that such apartment complex security rooms be classified as “Poor Energy Facilities” so that they are all equipped with mini solar panels free of charge.

Until 2022, a total of 9,000 mini solar panels will be installed on 4,500 security rooms free of charge, with two 300 W panels per room.

With most apartment complex guard rooms being around 20 m2, installing two 300 W mini solar panels would allow to supplying enough energy to operate a “20 m2 wall air conditioner” for up to 4 hours or an electric fan all day.

Meanwhile, the number of enterprises and organizations wishing to participate in the mini-solar panel installation project for apartment complex security rooms is continuously on the rise.

Indeed, eight companies are participating in the project this year, including Solar Terrace Co., Ltd., a mini solar panel supplier, and Seoul Citizen’s Solar Power Coop, as well as module and inverter manufacturers.

With an expected continuous growth of the number of companies and organizations wishing to participate in the project, the city accordingly plans on opening an application reception counter at the Green Energy Division of Seoul Metropolitan Government and also receive applications from companies and organizations through Seoul Energy Corporation’s Solar Center.

Individuals, companies, and organizations wishing to support the installation of solar panels in areas that lack energy can participate in the energy sharing business by making donations for solar panel installations through the Energy Welfare Fund.

Free Distribution of Mini Solar Panels for Small-scale Apartment Security Rooms
Energy Zero Village Apartment Complex Security Room in Nowon-gu
Energy Zero Village Apartment Complex Security Room in Nowon-gu
Apartment Complex Security Room in Geumcheon-gu
Apartment Complex Security Room in Geumcheon-gu



90 percent of international tourists want to visit Seoul again

  • – Seoul announced the result of the survey conducted about international tourists for the first half of 2018
  • – A total of 3,000 tourists replied the survey in the form of face-to-face interview
  • – According to the survey, the percentage re-visiting Seoul amounted by 6.1%, the average duration of stay increased by 0.12 days and the satisfaction level was up by 0.1 point
  • – 55.3% answered they visited Seoul for leisure, and stayed for an average of 5.66 days
  • – They more use the Internet through mobile devices to get the tourist information, stay more in a hotel, and use subway and taxi the most

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 9, 2018 — The number of international tourists who visited Korea during the first half of 2018 has increased by 7.22 million, or 6.92 percent, from the same period of last year. It is the result of the survey conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government about international tourists.

According to the survey, the percentage of foreign tourists who re-visited Seoul amounted by 6.1 percent from the previous year (42.5% in 2017 to 48.6% in 2018), and nearly 90 percent of foreign tourists answered they want to visit Seoul again (89% in 2017).

The average duration of stay increased by 0.12 days to 5.34 days from 5.22 days in 2017, and their satisfaction level was also up by 0.1 point (4.16 points in 2017 to 4.26 points in 2018.)

In an effort to figure out why international tourists visit Seoul, how they spend their time, what they buy, what they prefer, and other tourism-related facts, the Seoul Metropolitan Government conducted this survey every month in cooperation with the Seoul Tourism Foundation. Each time an average of 500 foreign tourists who arrived in Seoul participated in the survey. For the survey for the first half of 2018, a total of 3,000 tourists replied in a face-to-face interview.

55.3 percent of the respondents answered they visited Seoul for leisure or vacation, and stayed for an average of 5.66 days. 83.8 percent visited Myeongdong, one of the representative shopping districts in the city, spending their time in shopping (92.1%) and eating (78.9%).

The main shopping destinations were still duty-free shops located in downtown Seoul (50.1% in 2017 to 57% in 2018), however visiting traditional markets were also growing (41.6% in 2017 to 50.5% in 2018). They mainly purchased cosmetics (68.1%), clothing (55.1%) and groceries (39%).

94.3 percent of the respondents replied they have experienced Korean food, 64.5 percent tried street food, and 49.6 percent used cafés or coffee shops. When asked what factors are the most important to choose a restaurant, 83.5 percent answered that the taste of food is the most important, 39.5 percent said the price of the menus and 28 percent said its variety.

They more used the Internet through mobile devices (57.9%) than the Internet on the desktops (53.5%) to get needed information on Seoul tourism, and 84.3 percent refered to portal sites and 36.5 percent used social media pages, such as Facebook, instagram and WeChat.

In terms of accommodation, 68.9 percent said that they stayed at hotels, and 8.6 percent used guesthouses. 43.9 percent made a reservation for their accommodations and flights through booking websites, such as SkyScanner and Buking.com, and 29.2 percent used travel agencies.

59.1 percent of foreign visitors used the subway, and 27.2 percent used a taxi. Many of them bought and used prepaid transportation cards and spent an average of 32,000 won for transportation expenses during their visit to Seoul.




Seoul to host Asia’s largest animation and webtoon B2B market

  • – Seoul Business Agency to hold the Seoul Promotion Plan (SPP) 2018 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza from August 21 to 23
  • – Nearly 400 global leaders in the content industry including Disney, Netflix, Cartoon Network, Tencent and Yuku to gather in Seoul to attend the SPP 2018
  • – A former producer of popular animation “Rick & Morty” and the Publisher and Editor-at-Large of Animation World Network (AWN) to present a new vision to Korea’s animation market

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 7, 2018 – Nearly 400 global leaders in the content industry including Disney, Netflix, Cartoon Network, Tencent and Yuku will gather in Seoul.

Seoul Business Agency announced that it will host the Seoul Promotion Plan (SPP) 2018, Asia’s largest annual international business-to-business (B2B) market event for animations and webtoons. The SPP 2018 is scheduled to take place at Dongdaemun Design Plaza from August 21 to 23.

In addition to major buyers such as Disney, Cartoon Network and Turner, a number of new media platforms including Netflix, iQIYI and Tencent, and emerging buyers like BiliBili, China’s video sharing platform, surprisingly completed their participation in this year’s event at the early stage. Kuaikan Manhua, China’s online and mobile platform for original online comic artwork, and NeoBazar, Indonesia’s game publishing marketing and webtoon service company, will join the SPP 2018 again to buy Korea’s excellent original webtoons.

In particular at this year’s conference, a session entitled “Netflix delivers stories of Korea to the world” will be presented by American streaming service provider that owns more than 125 million subscribers all over the world, and is expected to attract the visitor’s good attention. In addition, Ollie Green, who is the Vice President of animated production at Turner and once was a renowned producer of popular animations, such as “Rick & Morty” and “Robot Chicken,” and Dan Sarto, the Publisher and Editor-at-Large of Animation World Network (AWN), will present a new vision to Korea’s animation market.

Meanwhile, the SPP has recently released entries for the finals both of “Animation Competition” and “Webtoon Award,”drawing great attentions. Especially, in cooperation with Cartoon Network, a famous animation channel for “Adventure Time,” the SPP 2018 has newly set up “Carton’s Most Artist Awards.” Winning animations and webtoons will be given a step-by-step mentoring service directly by global directors at Cartoon Network, helping animation studios advance to overseas markets.

For more information on the SPP 2018, please visit www.spp.kr.




Seoul releases the Discover Seoul Pass EXO special edition

  • – A total of 1,000 copies of the EXO special limited edition of Discover Seoul Pass to be released on August 20
  • – The EXO edition consists of ten cards using individual photos of each member and images of the entire group
  • – It can be used for free admission to 36 major tourist attractions and discounts at 30 tourist facilities
  • – Purchase reservations can be made online from August 7 and the purchase voucher to be sent by email to allow to buy the pass at the Myeongdong Tourist Information Center or at SMTOWN Theater

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 8, 2018 – A total of 1,000 copies of the special limited edition of “Discover Seoul Pass” will be released on August 20 using photos of EXO, one of the popular boy band groups representing the “Korean Wave.”

The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Tourism Foundation said that they have recently completed the production of EXO special edition of the Discover Seoul Pass in cooperation with SM Entertainment, the management company of EXO. Since EXO has a large number of overseas fans, the city government expects that the EXO edition will help attract them to visit Seoul. It will also be a memorable souvenir for fans who visit Seoul.

The Discover Seoul Pass is a travel card developed exclusively for foreign tourists. It was released firstly in July 2016 by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Tourism Foundation. It is optimized for international individual tourists who prefer to travel freely in the city.

The EXO edition consists of ten cards – eight cards with individual photos of each member of the group, and two cards using images of the entire group. The number of production per card is 100 copies.

Discover Seoul Pass EXO edition offers free admission to 36 major tourist attractions of Seoul, and provides discounts at 30 tourist facilities. The price is 39,900 won each. The expiration date is five years from the date of issue, and it is available for 24 hours from the first use.

Reservations can be made online at the official website of Discover Seoul Pass (www.discoverseoulpass.com) from August 7. And then the purchase voucher will be sent by email for applicants to allow buying the Pass at the Myeongdong Tourist Information Center run by the city government or at SMTOWN Theater. If there are more reservations made than the number of cards, the voucher will be drawn randomly. If there is less application, the voucher will be drew again or sell the remaining cards on the spot.




Seoul landscapes Hangang Forests with four themes to recover the Hangang (Han River)

  • – 40,800 square meters of Hangang Forests are landscaped at Hangang Park to improve nature of the Hangang (Han River)
  • – A total of 37,412 trees are planted for the forests and each one is created with a different theme according to each park’s location and landscape: “ecological forest” at Jamsil Hangang Park, “buffer forest” at Yeouido Hangang Park, “forest for healing” at Jamwon Hangang Park, and the “Baek-ri (40km) cottonwood forest” stretching from Gwangnaru Hangang Park to Gangseo Hangang Park
  • – Through the Hangang Forest Project, Seoul more provides the citizens with green places to relax, while restoring their ecological system

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 8, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it has opened four Hangang Forests at riverside parks – including those in Jamsil, Yeouido and Jamwon – since August 1, aiming at improving nature of the Hangang (or Han River).

The total size of the newly landscaped Hangang Forests reaches 40,800 square meters, and a total of 37,412 trees were planted there. According to each park’s location and landscape, each one was created with a different theme.

The forest at Jamsil Hangang Park was created as an “ecological forest” by landscaping a living space for small creatures and planting trees for wild birds that help improve the ecological environment at the park and recover species diversity.

For a “buffer forest” at Yeouido Hangang Park, oak trees are densely planted along the boundary of the park and the road. Oak trees are well known for their strong resistance to air pollution, so it is believed to reduce fine dust and play a role of air purification. It is also expected to help block off exhaust emissions from automobiles and noises.

At Jamwon Hangang Park, a “forest for healing” is landscaped by planting a great number of pine trees, with providing a rich amount of shade for the visitors.

Lastly, 1,800 cottonwoods are planted along the 40km-long riverside area stretching from Gwangnaru Hangang Park to Gangseo Hangang Park to complete the “Baek-ri (40km) cottonwood forest.” It is a perfect place to enjoy a quiet riverside park while walking. It resembles poplar forests at painting works of Van Gogh and Monet.

High quality of soils is used for trees, and ventilation pipes are installed for air supply and easier rainwater inflow to the soil to improve living environment for trees.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government implements the Hangang Forest Project with a voluntary participation of the citizens, organizations and companies. It is a project that people and nature can coexist together.




Comprehensive measures for HanyangDoseong Green Transportation Promotion Zone Announced

  • – Green Transportation Promotion Zone’s vehicle traffic volume to drop 30% by 2030 while doubling use space for Green Transportation users
  • – In 2019, vehicle management system to be enforced such as restricting vehicles with low green rating
  • – Main roads to be reorganized to secure green transportation space in Toegyero, Euljiro, and more

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 8, 2018 — Starting in 2019, low emission vehicles will be restricted in Seoul, just like Paris and Oslo which are renowned as advanced transportation cities.

According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the comprehensive measures for HanyangDoseong (Seoul City Wall) Green Transportation Promotion Zone have been confirmed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s notification as of August 6, 2018.

Based on the comprehensive measures, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to reduce vehicle traffic volume by 30 percent in 2030. Meanwhile, green transportation space for walking, bicycling, and public transportation will be doubled.

Main roads will be reorganized to secure space for green transportation. Within HanyangDoseong, main roads will be allowed up to four lanes and six lanes for bus-only roads with heavy bus traffic. This will help to limit car access while securing space for walking and bicycling.

In 2018, residents’ opinions will be collected and city designs will be reviewed for areas including Toegyero, Euljiro, and Sejongdaero as these areas will see increased pedestrian volume due to city projects. Starting in 2019, road space constructions will be carried out annually to increase walking space for pedestrians. Also within this year, a bicycle-only road will be installed connecting Jongno, Cheonggyecheon, and Hangang. This will be linked to the road reorganization project which will help to expand bicycle road network within the Green Transportation Promotion Zone.

In 2019, low emission vehicles will face limited entry into HanyangDoseong. Currently, a vehicle management system which offers real-time management of entry and exit traffic volume is being prepared. During the last half of 2019, a license plate recognition camera will be used to monitor entry and exit roads (41 stations in total) within HanyangDoseong’s Green Transportation Promotion Zone.

By 2020, traffic congestion fees will be adjusted annually to enhance the causer’s responsibility. Also, large-scale traffic congestion facilities will be closely monitored to encourage voluntary efforts to lessen the use of vehicles. Further, there will be stricter control exercised in areas that suffer from repeated illegal parking problems. Also in the mid-to-long term, public parking lot fees will be adjusted taking inflation rate into consideration.

The speed limit for main roads will be set to 50km per hour, and 30km per hour for roads with less than two lanes to enhance safety measures for green transportation users. In order to support this, the National Policy Agency’s review of traffic safety facility and installations of safety facility will be completed by end of this year.

Starting from this November, ten electric buses will be introduced into the transit bus system that operate within the Green Transportation Promotion Zone. By 2020, all shared-cars within HanyangDoseong will be 100 percent electric vehicles, thereby gradually increasing the ratio of eco-friendly vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is making efforts to increase awareness of the Green Tranportation Zone by creating promotional videos featured on the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Youtube, blog and more.




Seoul Constructing Four Different Themed Hangang Forest for Restoration

The City of Seoul, as part of its nature restoration projects, completed construction of ‘Hangang Forest’ in four locations including Jamsil, Yeouido, and Jamwon and opened them up to citizens beginning in August.

The newly constructed Hangang Forest with a total area of 40,800 ㎡, was planted with 37,412 trees of various types. The spaces were constructed in varied manners matching 4 themes that consider the riverside scenery and location.

Seoul Constructing Four Different Themed Hangang Forest for Restoration

At Jamsil Hangang Park, 12,267 trees of around 23 types, including ones which can serve as habitats for small creatures and as food for wild birds, were planted and the <Jamsil Eco Forest> was created for the sake of species diversity restoration through ecological environment improvement.

At Yeouido Hangang Park, pin oak trees, which have strong pollution resistance, were densely planted at the boundary point with the roadside, and the <Yeouido Buffer Forest> was created for the sake of blocking car exhaust and noise along with atmospheric cleanup through fine dust reduction.

At Jamwon Hangang Park, the <Jamwon Healing Forest> was created, space that can heal and provide abundant shade to citizens visiting the park.

The Hangang’s <Cottonwood 100-ri Path> is a forest path where you can enjoy to the fullest the quiet and still atmosphere of the riverside along the approximately 40 km between Gwangnaru and Gangseo Hangang Park. Approximately 1,800 cottonwood trees were planted along the riverside, causing recollections of the poplar forests within the masterpieces of Van Gogh and Monet.

The ‘Hangang Forest Construction Project’ is operated through the City of Seoul and the voluntary participation of Seoul citizens/organizations/business who love the Hangang, and is a project through which we are together creating an environment where humans and nature can coexist together.

Seoul Constructing Four Different Themed Hangang Forest for Restoration
Yeouido Buffer Forest Jamsil Eco Forest
Yeouido Buffer Forest Jamsil Eco Forest
Jamwon Healing Forest Cottonwood 100-ri Path
Jamwon Healing Forest Cottonwood 100-ri Path



International Competition for I・SEOUL・U Product Design

International Competition for I・SEOUL・U Product Design

Seoul City will be holding the 2018 International Competition for I·SEOUL·U Product Design to push forward the development of various products based on the subject. This competition is open to everyone, starting from university students, to designers, small and micro-enterprises, citizens, and foreigners. The winners will be connected to city-related organizations and matched with cooperation companies to make their project into real products, and they will be given the opportunity to distribute and sell them on the market.

The city of Seoul wished to build its brand together with the citizens, as a citizen-led design. Accordingly, it is currently strengthening -i seoul u as a familiar citizen brand that is present in their daily life, while also starting to develop products in order to establish the brand as a global brand that foreigners also long for.

The city will be receiving applications for products, from October 1st to 10th, 5 PM through the official website (http://www.kicpd.com). The competition will be divided into two categories: 3D products and 2D designs.

From stationery to fancy goods, household utensils, clothing, accessories, and more, there are no restrictions on the nature of three-dimensional products as long as they include I·SEOUL·U. The consumer price of the finished product, however, must be less than KRW 100,000. The same goes for 2D designs: participants may submit any drawing file of a design that includes I·SEOUL·U, such as visual designs, digital contents designs, SP designs, fashion beauty designs, etc.

The city will award a total of KRW 10 million to the winners of the contest, including a KRW 2 million grand prize for a three-dimensional product and a KRW 1 million grand prize for a 2D design, as well as the Seoul Grand Prize award.

Competition Outlines

  • Competition Name: 2018 International Competition for -i seoul u Product Design
  • Competition Theme: -i seoul u
  • Categories: 3D products, 2D designs (2 categories)
  • Application Schedule
    • ○ Application period: October 1st, 2018 to October 10th, 2018 (5 PM)
    • ○ Result announcement: November 2nd, 2018 (TBD)
    • ○ The ceremony of Awards: November 15th, 2018 (TBD)
  • Category Details
    • ○ 3D products: Products that can be mass-produced for around KRW 100,000 such as stationery, fancy goods, household utensils, clothing, accessories, souvenir crafts, etc.
    • ○ 2D designs: Seoul brand product design graphics
  • How to Compete
    • ○ 3D products: Both real and image files must be submitted.
      • – Real, life-size products: Submit by mail/image files: Submit online
      • – Mail submissions: 5th floor, Heukjeok Building, 6, Insadong 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
      • ※ Oct. 1st to 10th 2018. Must be mailed by 5 PM.
      • – Online submissions: http://www.kicpd.com
      • – A4 size, 150 dpi, PDF or JPEG file
    • ○ 2D designs: Submit an image file
      • – Online exhibits at http://www.kicpd.com
      • – A4 size, 150 dpi, PDF or JPEG file
      • – Submit visual products related to the idea of -i seoul u as an image file
      • – Submit product description, idea introduction, and other details (product specification, raw materials, the desired price of sale, etc.)
      • – Video submissions: Upload a file with a link to the video on YouTube
      • – The submitted material will be returned on the last day of the exhibition, and the work that receives the prize will be vested in the organizing organization.
      • ※ Oct. 1st to 10th 2018. Must be received by 5 PM.
    • ○ Registrations through a website: http://www.kicpd.com
  • Inquiries
  • Contact: +82-10-8446-1323
  • Email: pdik0301@daum.net



Seoulites directly select Seoul’s 113 primary tourist souvenirs

Seoulites directly select Seoul’s 113 primary tourist souvenirs

Since April, Seoul City has been holding the 6th Seoul Tourism Souvenir Contest. This month, the 310 souvenirs that have already gone through the first round of screening by experts will be examined by ordinary citizens and tourists from August 3rd to August 7th.

This year’s competition was held on themes such as “Seoul’s Road,” “Lotte World Tower SEOUL SKY,” and “63 Building,” with a total of 395 exhibits.

A Citizens’ Screening will be held from August 3rd to August 7th on the basement floor of 63 Building for any interested ordinary citizens or tourists. Seoulites and tourists participating in the screening will receive a total of 13 stickers as they arrive at the site with which they will select ten of the exhibits related to Seoul City, two exhibits submitted under the Lotte World Tower SEOUL SKY theme, and one of the works in the 63 Building category.

After the exhibited works are judged by citizens and tourists, a total of 113 winning works will finally be selected at the end of August after a second Expert Screening round.

Out of the final winning works, the top 15 related to Seoul City and top 13 in relation to the private sector will be purchased after going through specialist merchandising procedures and will be used during Seoul’s international events. The winning souvenirs will also be given the opportunity to be presented at the DDP store, the Lotte World Tower SEOUL SKY Shop, and the 63 Building Souvenir Shop.

Seoul City will continue to expand the scope of tourism souvenirs through cooperation with private companies, while also actively utilizing the distribution networks owned by these enterprises and expanding its commercialization process and sales support.

Seoul Tourism Souvenir Contest Citizens’ Screening summary

  • ○ Date: August 3rd (Fri) to August 7 (Tue) 2018
  • ○ Location: 63 Building B1F (10 AM – 7 PM) ※ Enter through 63 Square revolving doors
  • ○ Participants: 310 works that have gone through the Expert Screening
    • – Seoul City: 285 works / Lotte World Tower SEOUL SKY: 15 works / 63 Building: 10 works
  • ○ Screening Method
    • – Any citizen or tourist can vote
    • – Receive 13 stickers, and vote for ten works in Seoul City category, two in Lotte World Tower category, and one in 63 Building category

※ Inquiries: Design & Craft Industry Team, Seoul Design Foundation (+82-2-2096-0164)




Hangang Summer Festival

The Hangang Summer Festival has taken its spot as the representative summer festival in Seoul ever since 2013, as a platform-type cultural city festival formed by the convergence of citizens and artists, private enterprises, and the local government. Taking place during July and August throughout all of the Hangang River and all the Hangang River parks, there will be over 80 programs to enjoy, including water fun, movies, performances, circuses, Summer Green School, boating, biking, food streets, and more. Besides the 2018 Hangang Summer Festival’s main programs including the Hangang Paper Boat Competition, Hangang Under the Bridge Film Festival, Hangang Night Walk 42K, Hangang Water Fight Festival, Under the Bridge Secondhand Book Festival, and Hangang Fire Dancing Festival, there will also be various art programs prepared under the theme ‘Mid-Summer’s River Art Playground,’ such as the Hangang Starlight Small Theater, Hangang Moonlight Circus, and the Yeonhui Madang.

【2018 Hangang Summer Festival】

  • Date: July 20 (Fri) – August 19 (Sun), 2018 / 31 days
  • Place: Hangang River and all Hangang Parks (mainly Yeouido, Ttukseom, and Banpo parks)
  • Homepage http://english.seoul.go.kr/

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival




Seoul’s BEST 5 Underground Spots that provide shopping fun while beating the heatwave

  • – Seoul Facilities Corporation has recently released the “Seoul’s Underground Spots BEST 5”
  • – They are Hoehyeon Underground Shopping Center; Jamsil Underground Plaza; Jungle Theme Zone at Euljiro Underground Shopping Center; Meeting Plaza at Gangnam Underground Shopping Center; and a shelter zone at Gangnam Terminal Underground Shopping Center
  • – They provide free WiFi, mobile phone charging devices, lockers for customers, and other convenience facilities

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 4, 2018 – If you are afraid to go out during the heatwave that hit a record-high temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, why do not you go to one of the underground shopping centers in Seoul?

The Seoul Facilities Corporation has recently released the “Seoul’s Underground Spots BEST 5” and published its detailed information guide at its website (www.sisul.or.kr).

They include a relaxing space at Hoehyeon Underground Shopping Center; a relaxing area with design benches at Jamsil Underground Plaza; Jungle Theme Zone at Euljiro Underground Shopping Center; Meeting Plaza at Gangnam Underground Shopping Center; and a shelter zone at Gangnam Terminal Underground Shopping Center.

Among them, a relaxing space at Hoehyeon Underground Shopping Center that connects to the subway station line 4 gets popular since it offers free WiFi and mobile phone charging devices. In addition, its underground shopping center’s various shops, selling from phonograph records (also known as LP records in Korea) and second-hand cameras and audios to clothing, allow visitors to enjoy shopping while avoiding from the sweltering heat.

Another popular place is the Gangnam Underground Shopping Center. It has completed its renovation earlier this year, and was reborn as a pleasant shopping space. There is a multi-purpose cultural and relaxing space within the shopping center, providing free WiFi, mobile phone charging devices, lockers for customers, and book-reading facility.

The Seoul Facilities Corporation has a plan to hold flea markets “on the ground,” which provide opportunities for the citizens to buy unique products that can be bought at underground shopping centers. It will also publish a magazine that introduces shops located at the underground shopping centers and distributes it for free to the citizens, and implement diverse promotional activities to activate underground shopping centers.