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3D Photographs of Seoul’s Cityscape 120 Years Ago
An exhibition called 1904 Seoul Through Stereophotograph will be held in the Seoul Museum of History. 3D photographs of Korea were produced in USA, Australia, and Japan, mostly around 1904. At this time, Seoul conserved a tiled-roofed traditional scenery, and the Seoul City Wall was still visible in the distance. In contrast, there were also various products of modernization policies and reforms promoted by Emperor Gojong after the proclamation of the Korean Empire.
In this exhibition, photographs whose shooting spot was confirmed were put on a map of 1902 for visitors to observe the locations. Also, these photos were covered with a lens case based on the principle of stereoscopy to allow visitors to contemplate these 3D photographs the way people did it in those days.
Besides, 3D photographs were converted into anaglyphs to give visitors the opportunity to appreciate Seoul in 1904 in large-scale using 3D glasses. Furthermore, videos of Seoul recorded in 1912 will be shown on a big screen.
< Exhibition Overview >
Period: 2.23.2018 – 4.8.2018
Place: 1st floor, Special Exhibition Hall of Seoul Museum of History
Admission fee: Free
Weekdays: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Weekends and holidays: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (7:00 pm from March)
※ Closed on Mondays unless it is a holiday
|A streetcar passing through the Sungnyemun||Haetae Statue in front of the Gwanghawmun|
Seoul fosters social ventures and gives social achievement incentives
- –Seoul Venture Hub Center to be established as a foothold for collaboration and cooperation among social ventures
- –The professional accelerator selected by the City to establish a support system customized for social ventures
- –Using SK’s measurement system, selected social ventures’ social achievement to be assessed and give incentives
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March XX, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced to invest 600 million won ($ 556,000) in building the Seoul Social Venture Hub Center to establish a foothold for collaboration and cooperation among social ventures. With such an effort, the city government is committed to fostering social ventures so that they use their own creativities, while promoting public interests and seeking for corporate profits.
According to the plan of the SMG, one professional private accelerator will be selected through a public competition to be held in March, 2018. The selected accelerator will establish the support system customized for social ventures that prefer being recognized in the market and being invested to just receiving financial support.
A total of one billion won ($ 925,000) will be injected for seeking for qualified social ventures, attracting investment and providing training programs. To meet the goal of creating a ‘social value’ of social ventures, the SMG is scheduled to conduct two rounds of social value assessment session a year and give incentives to appropriate ventures. The assessment will be made using SK’s measurement system of social achievement incentive.
Lunar New Year’s Day Festival at Unhyeongung Palace
A variety of traditional and cultural events are held at Unhyeongung Palace every year in celebration of the Lunar New Year’s Day for citizens to enjoy rewarding and meaningful holidays. This year, various traditional and cultural programs were carried out to enjoy New Year customs, including traditional music performances, fortune telling with yut, new-year wish writing, new-year talisman printing, folk games, rice cake pounding, etc.
< Overview of 2018 Lunar New Year’s Day Festival at Unhyeongung Palace >
○ Period: February 15th – 18th, 2018
○ Location: Unhyeongung Palace (Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 4)
○ Inquiries: Unhyeongung Management Office +82-2-766-9090
○ Website: http://www.unhyeongung.or.kr/index_eng.php
Seoul to expand water-wise communities to tackle climate change
- –Seoul to increase the number of rainwater harvesting neighborhoods to ten from currently six by the end of 2018
- –Harvesting rainwater is a viable way to respond urban problems caused by urbanization and climate change
- –Workshops to be held to draw up feasible plans and implementation methods together with experts and engineers as well as residents
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 21st, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its plan to increase the number of water-wise communities to ten from currently six by the end of 2018. The plan aims for a better rainwater harvesting and management, improving water cycle in the city and taking pre-emptive actions against climate change.
At these neighborhoods, rainwater harvesting facilities are installed to capture and store rainwater in the pores of soil or for human use, for instance, watering kitchen gardens or cleaning front yards. They decrease the volume of runoff, contain potential pollutants, and increase the amount of water entering the ground. Harvesting rainwater is a viable way to reduce, reuse and replenish water sources in response to a number of urban problems caused by urbanization and climate change.
For successful implementation, the scheme requires active involvement and cooperation of the communities they most affect. That is why a total of six neighborhoods have been selected by the end of 2017, and another four – Songjeong-dong of Seongdong-gu, Jeonnong-dong of Dongdaemun-gu, Ui-dong of Gangbuk-gu, and Doksan-dong of Geumcheon-gu – are newly designated for this year. The selection was based on whether it is possible to form a residents community, whether diverse rainwater management facilities can be installed, if it will amplify the synergy with other related plans, and the like.
The city government will hold workshops participated by experts and engineers as well as residents to draw up feasible plans and implementation methods. Around 300 million to 400 million won ($277,000 to $369,000) per neighborhood will be invested in facility installations and operations.
Seoul to increase the number of energy self-reliant villages up to 100 by the end of 2018
- –Seoul to invest a total of 1.1 billion won ($ 1.02 million) in energy self-reliant
communities that produce energy and also practice energy conservation activities
- –Subsidies and education and outreach programs to be provided up to three years
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 20, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced to increase the number of energy self-reliant villages up to 100 by the end of 2018. Residents in the energy self-reliant communities not only produce their own energy they need, but also practice a number of energy conservation activities.
The city government has started the designation of energy self-reliant neighborhood since 2012. Once selected, the neighborhood is provided subsidies and education and outreach programs up to three years. The number of the village was seven in 2012, and it went up to 80 at the end of 2017.
A study found that the village in the third year of the support program saved electricity consumption by 15 percent on average. In 2016 alone, they saved the power consumption by an average of 7.2 percent through their own energy-saving activities, such as “Energy Festival” and “Lights-off Campaign.”
In 2017, 523 rounds of energy-saving education classes took place in a total of 66 energy self-reliant villages, 1,028 bulbs were replaced into LED lights, and 1,069 households joined the city’s eco-mileage program. Also 1,414 residents insulated their homes or improved their doors and windows to save energy.
The SMG will continue its financial, administrative, and informational support for energy self-reliant communities according to the residents’ opinions and program phase goals so that it will encourage the citizens’ involvement and reach a consensus on energy saving.
Gwanghwamun Square Live Site
During the PyeongChang Winter Olympics (Feb. 9 ~ Feb. 25, 2018), Seoul City will offer live streaming of the Olympic games at a ‘Live Site’ in Gwanghwamun Square to allow visitors to feel the spirit and delight of the Olympics, along with various cultural performances and experiences. The Olympic games will be broadcasted through a media façade, and visitors from all over the world will be welcomed with 5G technology experience programs, culture promotion halls from each embassy, official stores, street performances and various hospitality events. Also, a live site is to be in operation, as well as ice rink and sports experiential events, and game cheering, all in one place at the DDP.
Additionally, city brand souvenir badges and other items will be given to citizens and tourists in the Seoul’s city brand (I·SEOUL·U) promotion booth located at the live site.
○ Gwanghwamun Square Live Site operation period: Feb. 9 ~ 25, 2018
○ To get to Gwanghwamun Square: Exit 2 of Gwanghwamun Station (line 5)
Hospitals Opening during the Lunar New Year Holidays can be Checked by Dialing 120 or 119
To ensure the safety of citizens during the Lunar New Year holidays (Feb. 15 ~ Feb. 18), Seoul City will install emergency medical situation centers and operate on-duty and emergency medical institutions and pharmacies opening during the holidays.
67 emergency medical institutions and emergency rooms of general hospitals in Seoul City will operate 24 hours a day as usual, and the operating hours of on-duty medical institutions must be checked before use. A total of 67 emergency medical institutions will open during the Lunar New Year Holidays, including 31 regional emergency centers including the Seoul Medical Center, 20 regional emergency medical institutions including Dongbu Hospital, and 16 hospitals with emergency rooms including Seonam Hospital.
Regarding on-duty medical institutions, a total of 1,091 hospitals and clinics will provide primary care for emergency patients during the Lunar New Year holidays. Also, a total of 3,269 pharmacies located near on-duty medical institutions will be in operation during the holidays for the convenience of citizens.
The names of hospitals, clinics and pharmacies that will operate during the holidays in your neighborhood can be checked via phone, internet, and smartphone apps, or by calling 119, or visiting the websites of Central Emergency Situation Center, Seoul Metropolitan Government and autonomous districts. For more information, call our Dasan Call Center at 119 or 120. Digestive medicine, antipyretic analgesics, cold remedies, and plasters (13 items) will also be available for purchase in 7,088 stores carrying medical safety supplements, such as convenience stores.
Active Urban Diplomacy Campaign during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics
By hosting the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Seoul City is actively engaged in an urban diplomacy campaign with top foreign and urban figures.
First, top foreign public figures attending to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will visit Seoul City Hall. Mayor Park Won-soon conferred an honorary citizenship to Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on February 8th, to Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on February 9th, and will meet Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä on February 19th to discuss ways to expand urban exchanges and promote friendship with Seoul City.
On February 9th, Mayor Park Won-soon met Cai Qi, Beijing’s Communist Party Secretary and President of the Organizing Committee of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, to discuss a plan of future cooperation using a Seoul-Beijing Joint Commission, and reinforce cooperative exchange in relation with the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Seoul-Beijing Sisterhood in 2018.
Also, delegates of foreign sister cities invited by Seoul City to attend the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be visiting Seoul. Mayor Park Won-soon met Ulaanbaatar’s Mayor Batbold Sundui and Istanbul’s Mayor Merlut Uysal on February 9th, and Toshkent’s Mayor Rakhmonbek Usmanov on February 10th to discuss the interests of each city and a future plan of cooperation.
Besides, a total of 61 delegates from 16 cities around the world, including Paris, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Budapest, Tokyo, Shandong, and Taipei, visited Seoul.
Each delegate visited Seoul City Hall on February 9th not only to inspect the TOPIS, but also to participate along with Mayor Park Won-soon and Deputy Mayor Kim Jong-wook in the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and support their teams. On February 10th, a night event of sister countries was held, including friendship and goodwill events between the participating cities.
Mayor Park Won-soon said that “Seoul, as a city that has successfully solved urban problems, is being demanded to carry out an active role in the international community”, and promised to “share Seoul’s outstanding policies with sister countries and with other foreign countries to solve the common problems of cities around the world.”