Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour Course

‘Seoullo 7017’ Walking Tour consists of three walking tour programs with stories and commentary, covering the famous regional spots within the 1-km radius of Seoullo area. The three themes of the course are ▴history, ▴architecture, and ▴night scenery. Centering around Jungnim-ro, Cheongpa-ro, and Mallijae-ro, the course includes tour of famous regional spots such as Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall, Namdaemun Market, Sungnyemun Gate, and Chungjeonggak, organized into themes. The distance of each course is around 2.0-2.9km, lasting for about 2-2.5 hours. Around 200 professionally-trained travel commentators accompany tourists, providing commentary in four languages (Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese). The Walking Tour program operates three times a day (starting at 10am, 2pm and 6pm), and a maximum of 10 people may join each group with prior reservation.

Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour Course
Themes Course Content and Main Courses Time/Distance
History From Hanyang to Seoul Culture Station Seoul 284 – Seoullo – Hanyangdoseong – Baekbeom Square –Hoehyeon Station About 2.5 hours/2.6 km
Architecture Seoullo Modern and Contemporary Architecture Tour Culture Station Seoul 284 – Seoullo – Yakhyeon Catholic Church – Chungjeonggak About 2.5 hours/2.9km
Night Scenery Seoullo Night Scenery Seoullo – Namdaemun Church – Hanyangdoseong – Baekbeom Square – Sungnyemun Gate About 2 hours/2.0km

○ Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour Program Reservation
– English http://english.visitseoul.net/walking-tour
– Simplified Chinese http://chinese.visitseoul.net/walking-tour
– Traditional Chinese http://tchinese.visitseoul.net/walking-tour
– Japanese http://japanese.visitseoul.net/walking-tour

Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour Course

Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour Course

Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour Course

Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour Course

Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour Course

Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour Course

Seoullo 7017 Walking Tour Course




The Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market is back!

The Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market is back! 2018.3.30.~10.28. The nights of Seoul shine with a new light!

over 5 million visitors in 2017 Selected as one of the Top 10 attractions for 2017 To thank you all for yout love and interest this year's market will take place in 6 spots rather thhan 5.

SPOT01 Yeouido : Experience the world! Sacor the world! World Night Market A golbal market taht gathers merchhants form around the world Enjoy a world tour on the banks of hangang River

SPOT02 Banpo : Festive night market under the rays of moonlight Romantic Moonlight Market an art night market full of night views and water fountains, lights and music! This is where yout Hangang River romance begins.

SPOT03 DDP : A night market that will be filled with charm of the youths Youth Runway Market A design market to discover the brilliant ideas and style of young artists Join exceptional DJ parties at this trendy night market!

SPOT04 Cheonggyecheon Stream : A typically Korean atmosphere with unique products and experiences Time Tour Market A unique night market where tourists can discover Korean culture in the heart of the city Go Back in time and discover the flavors and beauty of korea

SPOT05 Oil Tank Culture Park : The perfect night market for a relaxing night promenade Forest Picnic Market Go for a relaxing, leisurely picnic in a market where the environment and recycling are the centerpiece! From tasty food th busking, in the midst of enjoying the citizens' flea market!

SPOT06 Cheonggye Plaza : Variously Themed markets open in May, June, September and October Season Market May:Energetic, June:Fantastic, September : Lovely, October : Mission Impossible, Special experiences for every season

A brand new night in seoul today Bamdokkaebi Night Market opens its doors.




Magok Small Giant Enterprise R&D Complex Innovation Center – 100,000 in Job Creation

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is working toward building an R&D Complex Innovation Center utilizing the unsold plot of land within the Magok Industrial Complex in order to comprehensively provide support that includes space for small giant enterprise operations, in addition to support for startup companies, patent/legal/marketing services and the fostering of research specialists. The objective is to create a total of 100,000 jobs following the construction of 17 facility buildings that both house and promote the growth of approximately 1,000 different small giant enterprises.

In line with this goal, Seoul seeks to enable the transformation of the Magok Industrial Complex into an optimized R&D hub that is in connection with everyday life while actively partaking in workforce exchanges. Meanwhile, the gathering of Magok development funds are underway, sought to reach a scale of approximately KRW 580 billion as an initial investment, in order to provide small giant enterprise R&D funding support. A 640,000 ㎡ cultural belt is also in the works to be systematically opened as supplementary facilities, the largest outside of the Gangnam area, including the MICE Complex, Magok Central Square, performance halls and art museums.

Among the 729,785 ㎡ of land occupying the Magok Industrial Complex, 70%, or 514,000 ㎡, currently serves as the grounds for the large enterprise industrial complex, leaving the remaining 30% to be transformed into a small giant enterprise innovative hub, which is intended to operate as the Magok R&D Complex Innovation Center, working as a medium for shared growth between large enterprises and small giants. The Magok Industrial Center was initially planned to function as an industrial/business hub centered around state-of-the-art R&D facilities in 2009, and currently, as of April of this year, saw the completion of roads, water and sewage, facilities and other basic infrastructure. Over the last five years, across the five leading industries of electronics, DNA engineering, biotechnology, IT and energy, as many as 136 domestic and international enterprises recognized for their excellence, have succeeded in securing a space within the complex.

Among the 215,000 ㎡ of unsold land, comprising 30% of the whole, about half (110,795㎡, 15%) of that will go toward housing a total of 17 facilities. More specifically, ▲ the Public Support Center, operating as business support facilities for patent/legal/marketing and other divisions, occupies one assigned space for facilities reaching 3,528 ㎡, ▲ the R&D Center, exclusively housing small giant enterprise operations, retains 15 assigned facility spaces equivalent to 100,000㎡ and ▲ the M-Complex Campus, a technological innovation hub for industry and academic collaboration, holds one assigned space reaching 4,495 ㎡.

The approximately KRW 580 billion in Magok development funding will be funneled into the promotion of exchange between on-site small giant enterprise R&D operations and other companies, while culture and leisure facilities will be expanded to occupy a total of 640,000 ㎡ in area to promote the enjoyment and pleasure of complex affiliates and local residents alike with exhibitions, conventions, cultural and art shows, leisure areas and much more.

All housed business operations and facilities will be constantly managed to ensure faithful use of the Magok Industrial Complex. In addition, a Specialist Operations Committee is scheduled to be launched on the 26th of this month in order manage the support of enterprises regarding several areas of pursuit such as R&D commercialization.

Magok Small Giant Enterprise R&D Complex Innovation Center – 100,000 in Job Creation
Magok Public R&D Center & Dojeonsuk House Public Support Center (M-Hub)
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Magok Square Seoul Botanical Garden
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Namsan’s Cherry Blossoms

Every April, spring flowers cover the entire area, from the Namsan Trail up to Namsan Seoul Tower, attracting many visitors during spring time. You may find multiple great spots to admire the flowers in the area, including the Namsan Ring Road in front of the Namsan Library, the parking lot to Namsan Cable Car, Namsan Botanical Garden, Namsan Seoul Tower, the National Theater of Korea, Namsan Outdoor Botanical Garden, Namsangol Hanok Village, and many more. The southern part of the Ring Road is especially beautiful when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and becomes a perfect setting for a drive.

Namsan Park Location: 231, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Transportation: Come out from exit #6 at Dongguk University Station (Line 3) and transfer to the Namsan circulation bus #2 in front of Jangchungdan Park.

Namsan’s Cherry Blossoms

Namsan’s Cherry Blossoms

Namsan’s Cherry Blossoms

Namsan’s Cherry Blossoms

Namsan’s Cherry Blossoms

Namsan’s Cherry Blossoms




Seoul City’s Youth, People are Better Aware and Informed About Human Rights Today Than 5 Years Ago

Seoul City’s Youth, People are Better Aware and Informed About Human Rights Today Than 5 Years Ago

Awareness surrounding the rights and systems that exist to protect children’s human rights has raised since 2012.

Seoul City released the 2017 Survey on Rights of the Children and Youths on the subject, including the results of the survey. This survey was addressed to 4,252 children and youths, parents, teachers, and facility workers last June-July, and was based on their level of human rights awareness and related requests, as well as their experience of children’s rights over the previous year.

Based on the Seoul Ordinance on Human Rights of Children and Juveniles (2012) enacted to promote the human rights of children and youths in Seoul, the purpose of this study was to examine and guarantee their right and install a system in accordance with the specificity and timeliness of their human rights environment. The results of this 2017 survey include a comparison and an analysis of the results of the 2012 Survey on Rights of the Children and Youths.

The results show how the situation has improved since the implementation of the Seoul Ordinance on Human Rights of Children and Juveniles (2012) by checking (1) the level of awareness surrounding the rights of children and youths and the respect for human rights by adults, (2) how much domestic corporal punishment is allowed (the degree), and (3) the passing rate of facility workers and children and youths during educational programs on human rights.

A higher awareness level was notable as 57.9% of the children who said they had heard about children and youths’ rights, compared to 44.7% of the respondents in 2012.
In particular, 53.6% of the respondents said that they had written a labor contract in case of a youth part-time job (youth employment) and 57.4% said they had written parental consent, up by 29.8%p and 17.2%p respectively since 2012 (23.8% and 40.2%). This shows that the basic procedures for the implementation of youth labor rights are gradually being prepared.

What do the children and youths of Seoul want to guarantee their fundamental, human rights?
In first place, both the children and youths of Seoul asked for the creation of an environment that respects human rights (20% for children, and 17.8% for youths). After that, children asked for an “more facilities for children and youths (10.9%),” and an “more physical training facilities (9.1%).” Youths, on the other hand, wished for “more leisure and cultural facilities (10.4%),” and a “society in which the youths’ voices are heard and reflected (10%).”

This survey consisted of 35 questions that included details of the human rights environment, rights awareness, and related desires, including in everyday life experiences such as at home, in the community, or at school. People could either take the survey upon visit, through mail, or online.




Opening of the Donuimun Exhibition Hall

Opening of the Donuimun Exhibition Hall

On April 17, 2018 the Donuimun Exhibition Hall opened its doors in the Donuimun Museum Village. Built as one of Seoul City’s renewal projects, the Donuimun Museum Village is an outdoor historical and cultural museum that gathers a total of 30 traditional Korean houses from the Joseon Dynasty and contemporary buildings built between the 1910s and the 1980s.

Built as an urban renewal museum, this exhibition hall reveals Donuimun area’s history and culture. It shares the stories of the streets, buildings and villagers of this area, more specifically Seoul City Wall, Gyeonghuigung Palace, Saemunan-ro that is bounded by a road bearing the same name.

The Donuimun Exhibition Hall is composed of three exhibition halls and one educational hall. AGIO and Hanjeong, that used to be an Italian and Korean restaurant respectively, have been changed into exhibition halls, keeping, however, their original names.

The exhibit is widely organized around a total of five themes: ▶ The history of Donuimun area (AGIO, First floor), ▶ Archives and memories of the two areas (AGIO, Second floor), ▶ Story of the villagers of Saemunan (Hanjeong, Second floor), ▶ Urban renewal and photo gallery of the Saemunan area (Hanjeong, First floor), ▶ Ruins of the Gyeonghuigung Palace (Ruins exhibition hall).

You may visit the exhibit free of charge on weekdays from 9am to 6pm. The exhibit is closed on Mondays (except public holidays) and on January 1. For more information, please contact 82-2-724-0271.

Exhibitions in the Donuimun Exhibition Hall

Exhibitions in the Donuimun Exhibition Hall
Category Exhibition Content Photos
Hall 1
(AGIO)
The history of Donuimun area (1F)
  • · Introduction of the Donuimun area, an area situated west of Hanyang during the Joseon Dynasty
    • – The history and different aspects of life inside and outside of Donuimun
  • · Introduction of the new Donuimun, built after the opening of the ports
    • – Transformation of the area into a center for foreign affairs and transport: Installation of a tramway, losing the old Donuimun.
The history of Donuimun area
Archives and memories of the two areas (2F)
  • · Reproduction of the old Italian restaurant.
  • · A model of the neighborhood built upon archives and introduction of the new Saemunan.
Archives and memories of the two areas
Hall 2
(Hanjeong)
Story of the villagers of Saemunan (2F)
  • · Transformation of the area from the 1960s up to the present days through urbanization: birth of rooms for private classes and restaurants.
  • · Introduction of Saemunan area’s restaurant street and its shops, as well as interviews with the shop owners.
Story of the villagers of Saemunan
Urban renewal and photo gallery of the Saemunan area (1F)
  • · Introduction of the master plan for Saemunan’s urban renewal.
  • · Photography exhibition revealing Saemunan area’s different faces.
Urban renewal and photo gallery of the Saemunan area



Seoul City to Strengthen Ozone Monitoring System for Air Pollutants

With the approach of summer and its high concentrations of ozone pollution, Seoul Metropolitan Government will be conducting ozone forecasts from April 15 to October 15, 2018 and will also strengthen the monitoring of the warning system during the same period.

Wearing a mask cannot prevent the inflow of ozone into the human body as it exists in the form of gas. Meanwhile repeated exposure to ozone is harmful to the body, causing various diseases including bronchitis, heart diseases, severe emphysema and asthma, and reduces lung capacity. This pollutant is particularly dangerous to the elderly or people with respiratory diseases.

Acknowledging the special attention it should be given in summer, Seoul City plans on increasing the monitoring of ozone through forecasting and warning, and promptly informing the citizens on the situation.

The National Institute of Environmental Research announced that ozone concentration predictions for the Seoul area will be made and announced at 5am and 11am for the day, and at 5pm and 11pm for the next day. If forecasts for the next day are judged as “bad” or worse, faxes with the forecast and response measures will be sent to 121 agencies including Seoul City, autonomous prefectures, and relevant institutions to help them prepare ahead. The information will also be shared online on Seoul City’s Air Quality Information website (http://cleanair.seoul.go.kr). Since 2015, these official announcements have been distributed in English in foreign schools to also help foreign students prepare with the ozone warnings.

Anyone can apply for ozone warning text messages by going onto the Korean version of Seoul City’s Clean Air Quality Information website (http://cleanair.seoul.go.kr) and filing in an application by clicking on “Receive Air Quality Information through Text Messages”. In case of ozone, ultra-fine dust or fine dust warnings, the information will be sent out to applicants for free.

Seoul City to Strengthen Ozone Monitoring System for Air Pollutants




Seoul City to launch “DMZ Peace Travel” with 100 participants to celebrate the Inter-Korean Summit

  • – Seoul runs an one-day trip in DMZ starting with a bus departing from Seoul Plaza on 28th(Sat) April, the day after the inter-Korean summit
  • – Seoul Metropolitan Government will recruit the participants on 11st (www.11st.co.kr)from 17th to 23rd of April. Entrance fees (5,000 won/person) are fully donated for North Korean defector children’s education.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA,April 17, 2018– 10 days are left for historical “2018 Inter-Korean Summit”(27th April). The Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Tourism Organization will go on a DMZ tour with 100 citizens on 28th (Sat) April, the day after the Inter-Korean Summit. DMZ is a living vestige of the divided Korean Peninsula, which stands for De-Militarized Zone where military action is forbidden according to international treaties or agreements.

This trip starts from visiting Imjingak, “Dora Observatory” at the northernmost point of the Military Demarcation Line on the West front, and “Nuri Peace Park, and coming back to Seoul.

In particular, a history talk concert will be held with a Korean history lecturer Tae Sung Choi as a facilitator at Dorasan Peace Park. The theme of the talk concert is “history of the division of the Korean peninsula and the journey towards peace.”The facilitator will give an interesting explanation about major milestones throughout the Inter-Korean history covering from the division to 2018 Inter-Korean Summit to promote better understanding of the history. After the lecture, participants will also have a free discussion.

In addition to the talk concert, “performance of sowing the seeds of peace” will be held where participants can sow the various seeds including dandelion’s at Dorasan Peace Park, wishing for peace. Modern Gayageum band “Spring breeze band” will also carry out music performance. At Dorasan Peace Park, a culture tourism interpreter will provide a tour on sculptures wishing for peace and unification and various animals and plants living in DMZ only. Telescopes installed in Dora Observatory clearly show the landscapes of North Korea including Gaeseong-si, Gaeseong Industrial Complex, and Songak-san.

From 17th (Tues) to 23rd (Mon) of April (7 days), the Seoul city government will recruit 100 participants who want to share the peaceful breeze. Not only Seoul citizens but also the residents from other regions can participate in the program. This trip is part of the 2018 Spring Travel Week” organized by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and municipal governments.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that it plans the DMZ trip to celebrate the opening of the “2018 Inter-Korean Summit” and reach the consensus on building a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. Entrance fee is 5,000 won per participant. The full amount of entrance fee will be donated to “Korea Hana Foundation” under Ministry of Unification to pay for North Korean defector children’s education.




2018 April (Vol.24)


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Seoul takes disaster and safety measures jointly with construction, business and service and medical sectors

  • – Seoul Mayor and representatives from 14 organizations sign a cooperative agreement to beef up the safety culture throughout the city
  • – The disaster control tower “Safety Desk” has been created to look into irrational safety systems and promptly reform them
  • – Special police members for citizens’ safety, retired public officers and private experts to team up to inspect construction sites and facilities from the second half of the year
  • – The results of the National Safety Inspection on multi-use facilities to be released around in April annually on the website of the city government and the autonomous district offices
  • – The City to improve the emergency response capacity in case of fire, and underground fire hydrants to be pilot-installed at traditional markets and flophouses

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, April 13, 2018 – In a bid to make a safe city of Seoul, the Seoul Metropolitan Government makes closer cooperation with various sectors, such as construction, hospitals, accommodation businesses, and food service industries so that it is able to have regular safety inspections and prevent any accident at all times.

On April 12, Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon met representatives from 14 organizations and groups to sign a cooperative agreement to beef up the safety culture throughout the city. They include six organizations that have far-reaching influences, such as the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency’s Seoul Office, the Korea Construction Safety Association, and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.

The city government will also strengthen its own safety response capabilities. The disaster control tower “Safety Desk” has been newly created and is being operated under the auspices of the Vice Mayor II for Administrative Affairs.

Special police members for citizens’ livelihood and safety at the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and retired public officers and private experts who had worked in the fields of public works and disaster prevention will team up to inspect construction sites and facilities, and, if they detect any dangerous situation or safety violation occasion, they are able to take administrative measures.

They will inspect mainly construction sites that are at high risk of a falling accident in the second half of this year, and from the next year they will expand their inspection scope into facilities in the daily life, such as emergency exits, and electrical and gas facilities. 120 members will take this duty until the end of this year, and it will be increased up to 240 next year.

From this year, the results of the National Safety Inspection on multi-use facilities will also be released annually (around in April) on the website of the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the autonomous district offices.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will have more focus on improving the emergency preparedness and response capacity particularly in case of fire. Accordingly, ten underground fire hydrants and 45 ordinary fire hydrants will be installed at places where fire trucks are difficult to enter or are at high risk of fire spreading, such as traditional markets and flophouses. The remote sensing system, which was originally introduced only in the field of fire, is extended to the electricity field, and it is pilot-installed in small-scale residential facilities for the disabled and traditional markets.

In addition, the city government will install an additional 3,092 fire extinguishers that can be easily found and used in the event of a fire. Currently, 16,917 fire extinguishers are installed in 576 fire-prone areas. The Wireless Fire Detection System, which utilizes the Internet of Things (IoT) to detect a 24-hour fire hazard and immediately report it to 119 (emergency call in Korea), will be installed in all markets and stores (530 markets, 60,000 stores) by 2022.

174 fire extinguisher holders will be installed in the 25 underground shopping malls under a jurisdiction of the Seoul Metropolitan Government by the end of next year in order to prevent fire shutters from not functioning due to piles of things in the passageway. Automatic fire extinguishers that solid aerosol is sprayed if heat is detected is now being installed at electricity rooms of 12 underground shopping malls. If the city government detects any case of piling up things in the passageway, it will take three-step administrative measures: 1) issue a warning notice; 2) inspect the site and levy penalties; and 3) cancel the contract.

Based on these contents, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will announce the plan to strengthen its safety management, and will urgently inject a total of 30.1 billion won ($ 28 million) this year. The plan will be implemented in four areas: 1) strengthen the function of the disaster and safety control tower; 2) prepare fire safety measures; 3) prepare construction site safety measures; and 4) strengthen the citizen’s ability to deal with crises and raise their awareness of safety. The Safe City Seoul Plan will contain all details on the plan, and be published in the second half of the year.




Birthplace of Korean Sewing Industry – Opening of Changsin-dong Sewing History Museum

Birthplace of Korean Sewing Industry – Opening of Changsin-dong Sewing History Museum

The Seoul Metropolitan Government opened Jongno’s Changsin-dong Sewing History Museum, the birthplace of the Korean sewing industry and primary manufacturer behind the scenes of Dongdaemun, the fashion industry hub of Seoul.
# Following the Pyeonghwa Market opening of its doors in 1961, the Dongdaemun area quickly became a bustling community of the fashion industry with the nearby neighborhood of Changsin-dong serving as a small-scale, specialized zone for sewing factories. This industry played an important role in the very infrastructure enabling the success of the ‘Miracle on Hangang River.’

The Sewing History Museum is located at the end of the alleyway crowdedly housing sewing factories of Changsin-dong. It is near the Naksan Fortress Wall in a four-story building, including a first floor basement level, that maintains a gross area of 499.12 ㎡. The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday (closed on Mondays & holidays) during the hours of 10am and 6pm and offers free admissions for all.

The museums primary features include the ▲ Sewing Masters Memorial Hall ▲ Sewing History Museum ▲ Buttons Shop ▲ Sewing Workshop and more. All facilities are impaired and elderly-friendly thanks to a barrier-free design.

As soon as you enter the museum, you will immediately notice the Sewing Masters Memorial Hall on the third floor. The memorial is dedicated to the ‘sewing masters’ of days past who devoted their lives to specializing in the craft of sewing over the course of 30-40 years and features exhibits of their works as well as various personal anecdotes acquired from being on the job. Come and enjoy the button shop on the second floor offering an array of buttons both on exhibit and for sale. Additionally, there will be a sewing workshop, which can be found on the first floor basement, available for visitors to create their very own clothing through the craft of sewing.




Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace is a royal palace built during the Joseon Dynasty in 1405 as a secondary palace after Gyeongbokgung Palace and is the best preserved royal residence from this era. Changdeokgung Palace was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 for its outstanding harmonious arrangement with nature. The palace is especially popular during spring when many visitors come by to appreciate both this heritage site and its spring flowers scenery. Visitors can admire the especially beautiful spring landscapes of Nakseonjae flower terraces and the back gardens when visiting in March or April.

○ Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
○ Public Transportation: Anguk Station, exit 3 (Line 3)
○ Operating Hours (Closed on Mondays)
– February – May: 09:00-18:00 (Last entrance at 17:00)
– June – August: 09:00-18:30 (Last entrance at 17:30)
– September – October: 09:00-18:00 (Last entrance at 17:00)
– November – January: 09:00-17:30 (Last entrance at 16:30)
○ Admission fee: Adult KRW 3000 / Child KRW 1500
*Free admission for children under age 6, every last Wednesday of the month (The Culture Day), and people wearing hanbok.

Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace