Seoul 365 Fashion Show to be Held at the Seoul Museum of History

Seoul 365 Fashion Show to be Held at the Seoul Museum of History

Seoul 365 Fashion Show to be Held at the Seoul Museum of History

A special fashion show will be held where spectators can appreciate the diversity of hanbok fashion, which includes royal costumes of kings and queens, the traditional costumes worn at coming-of-age ceremonies and weddings, and the modernized hanbok that was reborn with a modern touch.

Seoul City will host the ‘Seoul 365-Seoul Museum of History Fashion Show’ under the theme of hanbok on August 29 (Wed.) at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the ‘Seoul Museum of History.’

The fashion show will unfold under the theme ‘hanbok’ and is scheduled to be held at the Seoul Museum of History, a noted site encompassing both the history and traditions of Seoul. The show will be open to the public.

The Seoul 365 Fashion Show is an event taking place from April to November at Seoullo 7017, the Seoul Museum of Art and other main attractions in Seoul for citizens to enjoy the unique fashion culture in their everyday lives. The fashion show presents rising designers with the opportunity to introduce their brands while offering young models who dream of becoming fashion models a chance to stand on the runway.

Citizens who visit the hanbok fashion show will come in contact with the spirit of the different colorful and rich hanbok fashion of 40 different costumes that include the refined and full traditional hanbok, the royal hanbok breathing with decorum and elegance and the modernized hanbok reborn with a modern and polished touch.

Spectators will gain insight not only into the hanbok of the past and the present but into the trends of future hanbok fashion, and the fashion show will offer the opportunity of encountering both the beauty and potential for change in the traditional costume.

Seoul 365 Fashion Show to be Held at the Seoul Museum of History

Seoul 365 Fashion Show to be Held at the Seoul Museum of History

Seoul 365 Fashion Show to be Held at the Seoul Museum of History




Seoul City Government to Install “Sleeping Child Check System” in All the School Buses of Public Elementary Schools

  • The Seoul city government will install the “sleeping child check” in 53 school buses of public elementary schools this month
  • Seoul gave 106 drivers and attendants a safety training of first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on the 14th (Tue) August
  • The Seoul Metropolitan Government created a “safety map of school zone” and has operated “visiting class of safety experience” for schools running the school bus
  • Seoul increased the number of public elementary schools running school buses to 58 schools in 2019 to create a safe environment of commuting to school

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 28, 2018 — Despite the implementation of school bus safety mandates to make sure that all of the children should unload from the school bus (newly legislated under the road traffic act on the 2nd Dec 2016), a fatal accident occurred in July 2018 due to a child left unattended in a school bus. In response, the Seoul city government has decided to introduce the “sleeping child check” system in 53 school buses of public elementary schools that the city government provides with the operational support. City of Seoul announced that it is to make sure that students and parents can feel safe to use the school bus.

The “sleeping child check” system utilizes the smartphone and NFS (Near Field Communication). The driver can confirm that all the kids get off the bus. If the driver tags the smartphone onto NFC devices (3 devices per vehicle) installed in the back seat in the last row, and inside and outside the vehicle, the parents and school managers can simultaneously get to know whether the kids safely get off the bus. If the driver doesn’t tag the smartphone to these devices, the system will send a warning alarm to the driver and attendant’s smartphones and the school manager’s PC every minute. It is to ensure a double and triple prevention of the accidents caused by children locked in a car.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government held a safety training of the guidance to prevent school bus accident, first aid and CPR for 106 school bus drivers and attendants of 53 public elementary schools on the 14(Tue) August. Seoul created a safety map and distributed it to 4 Hope Schools (16 schools in total since 2016) in 2018 out of the schools running the school bus. It aims to ensure a safe school zone for kids. The Seoul city government conducted a survey on students’ commuting to school and evaluated the school commuting condition and relevant facilities. Based on the site survey, Seoul made a safety map which indicates safe school zones and danger zones. The city government attached a large-sized safety map(2,300mm wide × 1,130mm long) to the main gates of schools. The safety map was also sent to student’s households via school newsletter or e-mail. Seoul holds “visiting class of safety experience” for 6 schools in 2018 (43 schools in total since 2016) out of the schools running the school bus. So far, the city government provided “visiting class of safety experience” for 1,886 people (3 hours) of 4 schools (the safety classes for the other 2 schools are scheduled to late August and November, respectively.)

The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to increase the number of schools running the school bus from 53 to 58 schools in 2019. To do so, the city government assigns the budget of 4 billion 90 million won for this project. In terms of the scale, the support for school bus of public elementary schools in 2019 is increased 8.6% from 53 schools in 2018, and 34.5% up from 33 schools in 2015. (※ 33 schools in 2015, 40 schools in 2016, 48 schools in 2017, and 53 schools in 2018)




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Seoul Metro Opens 9th Annual International Subway Film Festival

Seoul Metro Opens 9th Annual International Subway Film Festival

Asia’s first international, the short film festival is scheduled to take place simultaneously in both the subway facilities of Seoul, Korea, and Barcelona, Spain. The 9th Annual International Subway Film Festival opened on August 24, with the top-selected films screening until September 14, through subway lines 1 through 8.

This festival is a collaboration between the Seoul Metro and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), featuring a number of quality domestic and international 90-second short films to reward city residents with a sense of enjoyment during their day.

This year’s festival saw an additional 13 film entries, in comparison to last year, for an unprecedented total of 1,067 features from 41 countries around the world, calling for a panel of six judges to select the final 26 films representing 11 countries. These top-selected features are comprised of 20 international and six domestic films competing with one another.

The finalists are to be screened on subway lines 1 through 8, using the electronic notification boards located on subway platforms, while also being available via the festival’s official CGV Yeongdeungpo website (www.smiff.kr). Award-winning films competing with one another will also be screened simultaneously in the subway, bus, and Tram, located in Barcelona, Spain.

The 26 finalists pre-selected by the panel of film experts are to be narrowed down to a final-four selection by the public viewers themselves. The public may partake in the voting process, scheduled to be conducted from August 24 to September 12, while the final four are to be determined by a total vote count for each film. Those participating in the voting process are rewarded free gifts through a special drawing, including movie tickets and more.

CGV Yeongdeungpo is set to host both the closing and awards ceremony on September 14.




Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Stance on the Measures to Stabilize the Housing Market

  • – Seoul City Government will put the Yeouido & Yongsan Master Plan on hold until the housing market becomes stabilized.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 27, 2018 — Seoul Here are the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s stance and policy direction regarding the recently unstable real estate market.

First, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will put off the announcement and development of the Yeouido & Yongsan Master Plan.

The Seoul city government is deeply concerned about the signs of overheating in the housing market. Seoul fully agrees with the central government’s stance which prioritizes stabilizing the housing market for people’s stable housing environment. In this regard, the Seoul city government will put on hold the announcement and development of the Yeouido & Yongsan Master Plan until the housing market becomes stabilized, in consideration of the serious situations in the recent real estate market.

Second, the Seoul city government will sharply increase the supply of public houses to stabilize the real estate prices.

Seoul will work on the supply of 240,000 units of Seoul’s public rental house as planned, which was announced on 22nd Feb. If Seoul’s effort is added into the 270,000 units of public house, public rental house will account for about 10% of the total number of houses. If so, citizens can expect their living environments to be stabilized further. Also, it can have a certain degree of impact on the real estate market prices.

As one of the policies to achieve the balanced development in Gangnam and Gangbuk areas, Seoul announced a plan to purchase 1,000 units of empty house and supply 4,000 units of rental house. Utilizing empty houses can lead to an increase in the stock of houses. The Seoul city government will further expand the supply of public houses by utilizing empty ones, based on the central government’s funding support and the improvement of laws and institutions

Third, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will cooperate with the central government to realize the principle of substantial taxation through realistic posted prices.

Realistic posted price is an important means to collect tax from unearned income of the acquisition and possession of real estate. The posted price, which is a reference point for various types of taxation, should be based on the actual transaction price.

To fully reflect the actual transaction price into the posted price, the local government must perform its role as it has a good understanding of the local situation. Seoul will work together with the central government by figuring out the accurate price of actual transaction in Seoul, so that it can realize the principle of substantial taxation.

Already, the Seoul city government has actively cooperated with the central government for stable living environment and real estate market. Seoul will spare no effort in the joint response from now on. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will do its best to stabilize the real estate market. Its effort will include the crackdown on illegal transaction of real estate and a thorough reinstitution of development profit from reconstruction and large-scale development. To respond to the current status of the real estate market, in particular, the Seoul city government will immediately set up the “real estate monitoring team” under the direct supervision of Deputy Mayor of Seoul and operate the team until the real estate market is stabilized.




“196km to Pyeongyang” Seoul Installs 20 ‘World City Signposts’

Blue ‘world city signposts’ have appeared throughout the heart of Seoul in places like Seoul Plaza and Gwanghwamun, pointing out the direction and distance of 15 of the world’s major cities.

Following the Inter-Korean Summit, unified north/south team for the Asian Games, the reunification of separated families between the two countries, and other active exchanges between north and south, North Korea’s Pyeongyang along with 14 of Seoul’s sister/friendship cities around the world will be featured.

Seoul City has placed these ‘world city signposts’ at 20 main sites that are most visited by citizens and tourists alike. These posts are expected to become tourist spots by itself and the new symbol of ‘Seoul, Walking City’ not just for Seoul, but also to be shared with people all over the world.

World City Signposts

13 sites including Seoul Plaza, Gwanghwamun, and Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) have completed installation on the 21st of August (Tues.), and the remaining seven spots are scheduled to be finished by the end of the month.

Areas of Installation
Areas of Installation
Main attractions & walking areas Seoul Station, Gangnam Station, Gimpo International Airport, COEX, Jamsil (Lotte World Tower)
Seoul Plaza, Gwanghwamun Square, Myeongdong, DDP, Itaewon
Parks Namsan Palgakjeong, Seoul Children’s Grand Park, Seoul Forest, Dream Forest, Seoul Grand Park
Hangang River Hangang Banpo, Ttukseom, Yeouido, Jamsil, Gangseo areas

Through the installation of these ‘world city signposts,’ Seoul is taking one more step towards becoming a walking-friendly city as part of the ‘Seoul, Walking City’ policy focused on the people. As such, Seoul will be able to realize the creation of a city that people from around the world can enjoy while walking together.

World City Signposts
< Seoul Plaza > < Hangang Ttukseom Area >
Seoul Plaza Hangang Ttukseom Area



Seoul International Fireworks Festival

Only one day of the year!

Magnificent spectacle happens in the Hangan park again

2018 Hanwas · SEOUL INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

Fill the Hangang park with entertainment and enjoyment by day

Embroider the sky with a hundred thousand fireworks by night

Very special moment with dear family, lovers, and friends

Oct. 6th 2018 At Hangang park in Yeouido, Seoul

2018 Hanwas · SEOUL INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL




70m Closed Section of the Deoksugung Stone Wall Path to Open in October

In addition to Seoul’s sectional opening of the closed Deoksugung Stone Wall Path area in August 2017, the remaining 70 meters (British Embassy Seoul’s rear entrance – main gate) will open in its entirety in October 2018 after deliberation and cooperation among the city of Seoul, the British Embassy Seoul, and the Cultural Heritage Administration.

With this, the disconnected section (70m) of the Deoksugung Stone Wall Path that was restricted by The occupation of the British Embassy Seoul in the past will be fully connected for visitors to walk the entire stone wall path of 1,100m without taking a detour.

The 70m section that newly opens leads to the pedestrian path within Deoksugung Palace as Deoksugung and the British Embassy Seoul are merely divided by a single wall. A new passage gate will be installed at the main gate of the British Embassy Seoul where the pedestrian path ends.

※ Completed Deoksugung Stone Wall Path (total 1,100m): Deoksugung Daehanmun Gate – Deoksugung Path – The Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (Habib House) – British Embassy Seoul rear entrance – pedestrian path in Deoksugung Palace (*new opening of 70m) – British Embassy Seoul main gate – Sejong-daero

In addition, the ‘Path of Gojong’ (Deoksugung-gil – Jeong-dong Park), which has been on a trial run by the Cultural Heritage Administration will be included in the completed stone wall path to officially open in October, 2018 through which visitors will be able to walk the ‘Path of Gojong’ to Jeongdong-gil and Gyeonghuigung Palace without taking a detour.

Creation of Pedestrian Path Connecting Deoksugung Stone Wall Path
(Before & After)

70m Closed Section of the Deoksugung Stone Wall Path to Open in October
< Inner Pedestrian Path of Deoksugung Palace >

70m Closed Section of the Deoksugung Stone Wall Path to Open in October
< Pedestrian Path at the British Embassy Seoul Main Gate >

70m Closed Section of the Deoksugung Stone Wall Path to Open in October
< Sejong-daero 19-gil >




Seoul City Holds 2018 Tap Water Festival

Seoul City Holds 2018 Tap Water Festival

Seoul City will hold the ‘2018 Tap Water Festival’ on August 25, 2018 from 11 am to 5 pm at Gwanghwamun Square to raise public awareness and to establish a social consensus on the safety of tap water.

This year’s festival under the theme ‘We All Drink Tap Water’ will be participated in by more than Exhibits and various cultural events along with event booths run by each participating institution will be conducted for the public to have a diversified experience.

The city plans on running a promotional kiosk during the festival to provide information on drinking tap water in terms of environmental, economic, and health aspects. Opportunities to drink Seoul’s tap water, Arisu, and tumbler giveaways will also be offered to encourage citizen participation in order to reflect the recent trend of reducing disposable wastes.

2018 Tap Water Festival Overview

  • □ Event details
    • ○ Time and date: 8. 25. 2018 (Sat) 11:00 – 17:00
    • ○ Location: Gwanghwamun Square
    • ○ Theme: We All Drink Tap Water!
  • □ Festival program
    • ○ Main festival details
      • – Tap water public campaign participation booth: Around 20 booths will be run by institutions and member groups
      • – Cultural events: Performances by indie bands, a magic show, and a bubble show



Seoul Giving Loan Support of KRW 4 billion for SMEs

Seoul Giving Loan Support of KRW 4 billion for SMEs

Seoul will invest KRW 4 billion in vulnerable small businesses encountering difficulties due to recently weakened domestic demands and recession and offer support with a low annual interest rate of 1.8% in the second half of 2018.

Seoul’s representative small-loan finance support policy ‘Seoul Microcredit’ will offer funds to preparatory entrepreneurs of the financially neglected class who cannot easily access institutional finances to small and medium-sized businesses for business establishment and management stability at a low-interest rate without collateral while providing economic education and consulting.

The ‘Seoul Microcredit’ support project was launched in March 2012 and welcomes its seventh year this year. As of June 2018, the project supported 2,180 enterprises (shops) with a total of KRW 46.2 billion in funds.

The support fund for each person is up to KRW 30 million for startups and up to KRW 20 million for management stability, given based on the owner equity and credit rating. Small businesses that receive loans can repay the loans in four-year installments after leaving the loan unredeemed for one year.

Small business owners in Seoul over 20 years of age with less than an annual income of KRW 30 million who is of the low-income bracket, a single-parent household, a multiple children household, a recipient of basic living, of the near poverty class, unemployed, disabled, a matriarch, of a multicultural family, a North Korean refugee or completed the savings in the ‘Seoul Kkumnarae Saving Account’ may apply.

The ‘Seoul Microcredit’ is differentiated from other loan supports in that it offers step-by-step support from fund support to management consultation in order to create a basis for practical economic independence. After the monetary support is provided, a civil organization with knowledge and expertise will regularly visit business places every month to offer customized consultation and aid with strengthening the competitiveness of businesses.




Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple was built in the year 889 as a thousand-year-old temple located at Ansan Mountain in Bongwon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. In the precincts of the temple is the pagoda tree of 500 years that has been designated a Seoul’s protected tree and behind the temple stands the Gwaneumbawi Rock. A representative feature of Bongwonsa Temple is the lotus. The lotuses have dwelled around the temple for long periods to create a unique atmosphere. The ‘Seoul Lotus Flower Cultural Festival’ is held every summer at Bongwonsa Temple for residents to enjoy.

  • ○ Address: 120, Bongwonsa-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
  • ○ Transportation: Exit 4 of Sinchon Station (Line 2) or Exit 4 of Dongnimmun Station (Line 3) → Take bus 7024 → Get off at the last stop → Walk 5 minutes to Bongwonsa Temple
  • ○ Inquiries: 82-2-392-3007~8
  • ○ Website: http://www.bongwonsa.or.kr

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple




A Trip for Small but Certain Happiness! Seoul Metro, 12 Autumn Travel Courses

A Trip for Small but Certain Happiness! Seoul Metro, 12 Autumn Travel Courses

For anyone waiting for the endless scorching heat to pass by, how about taking a small Seoul trip via subway? The first stamp tour event to be held since the establishment of Seoul Metro will include 12 various travel courses and an easier completion requirement.

Seoul Metro will hold the ‘Seoul Subway Stamp Tour’ from September 3 to October 31 and introduce attractions in Seoul that are easy to access via subway, and it will reward those who complete the course with souvenirs.

This year, there will be 12 courses that will be in operation under the theme ‘Autumn, a small but certain happiness.’

This year’s courses include new selections such as Seoul’s new attractions – Seoullo 7017, the Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest Park, Hangang Park where the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market is held, the Unhyeongung Yanggwan that was the home of the goblin (Gong Yoo) and the grim reaper (Lee Dong-wook) in the TV show Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, and the Safety Experience Center Course where participants can gain a virtual experience of disasters and accidents.

The Kangfull Comics Street, the cozy alleyway that received a high level of satisfaction during the 2016 Stamp Tour, and the Haebangchon Art Village Course, a place to discover the world in Seoul, were added to this year’s tour as well.

Anyone wanting to take part in the stamp tour can receive a tour passport at the Customer Service Center at the designated stations, take photos at each course and show them to station staff. A completion confirmation stamp will be given to anyone who visits more than four courses out of the 12 courses. Participants who receive the completion confirmation stamp can register the certificate of authentication on the website (http://www.seoulmetro.co.kr) between November 1 and 9 and apply to receive a souvenir.

This year, participants who visit more than four courses out of the 12 courses will be recognized as having completed the event, and 531 participants of the registered participants on the website will be selected to receive gifts. Previously, participants who visited eight courses out of the 10 courses received completion gifts on a first come, first served basis.

Unlike the previous leaflet for collecting stamps, a passport-style handbook was made this year for participants to experience the joy of collecting completion stamps just like passport stamps. The ‘Stamp Tour Passport’ also includes a QR code for each course so that participants can easily get information about each course on their smartphones.