Opening of 2.6-km Bike Lane from Jongno 1-ga to 5-ga on April 8th

Opening of 2.6-km Bike Lane from Jongno 1-ga to 5-ga on April 8th

Seoul City will open a 2.6-km bike lane from Jongno 1-ga to 5-ga on April 8, 2018. In addition to Jongno’s central bus lane which started operation at the end of 2017, this bike lane will be a green transportation space installed inside green transportation promotion areas of the 4 main gates. This lane will be connected to a section similar to that of the central bus lane (2.8 km) and will be used by bikes only.

Seoul City will install flush-type solar LED lights so that both vehicles and bikes can run safely at night. Particularly, safety facilities such as median guardrail and gaze-induction rods will be installed around busy intersections to secure the safety of drivers and bicycle users.

By opening a bike lane in Jongno, Seoul will allow bicycle users to move around the heart of the city. Moreover, this lane is expected to be used as bicycle roadway hub once the Cheonggyecheon Stream is connected with main arterial roads.

In relation to this, Seoul City will hold an ‘Urban Riding Parade’ in which 3,000 bicycle riders will bike in a 6-km urban circulation section (Jongno → Heunginjimun Gate → Cheonggyecheon-ro → Jongno).

After running through the ring road and coming back to Jongno, an event called ‘Jongno without cars’ will be held. In this event, a variety of programs will be held, including photo zones, public bicycles (also known as ‘Ttareungyi’ in Korean) experience, and cultural performances.




Additional Operation of ‘Chipmunk Buses‘ during Morning Rush Hours

Additional Operation of ‘Chipmunk Buses‘ during Morning Rush Hours

‘Chipmunk Buses’, whose degree of citizen satisfaction have reached 92.1 points, will begin operation in 3 additional routes (Jangan-Dapsimni, Segok-Suseo, and Sillim). Chipmunk Buses operate to lower the congestion of jam-packed buses during commuting hours between sections with large numbers of passengers.

○ ‘Chipmunk Buses (commuting buses)’ are called so because they operate in short sections as a chipmunk running in a treadwheel. They are customized buses that operate in sections where normal buses become extremely congested during morning rush hours (7:00 am – 9:00 am).

※ Outline of the 3 new routes (Prices are the same as in normal buses)

Additional Operation of ‘Chipmunk Buses‘ during Morning Rush Hours
Route Starting and ending points Number of buses Distance Service interval
(min.)
Number of runs Operating hours
8221 Jangan 2-dong Community Service Center-Dapsimni Station 5 11.1 ㎞ 8-13 12 07:00-09:00
8441 Eungok Village-Suseo Station 4 9.03 ㎞ 10-13 10 07:00-09:00
8552 Sillim Welfare Center-Sillim Station 4 7.6 ㎞ 9-11 12 07:00-09:00

Seoul City selected these new routes considering the degree of congestion of normal buses (more than 60 passengers), the length of the congested section (about 10 km roundtrips), and the congestion duration (about 1 hour).

In addition, since April 16th, Chipmunk Buses will be test-operated in weekday evenings (17:30-19:30) in route No. 8761 (Sinchon Rotary – Korea National Assembly Proceeding Hall), which has the highest degree of congestion during evening rush hours. After monitoring the effect of mitigation on the level of congestion of normal buses, Seoul City will determine whether to expand the operation of Chipmunk Buses to other routes.




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IOC’s chairman Thomas Bach became a “Seoul’s Honorary Citizen”

IOC’s chairman Thomas Bach became a “Seoul’s Honorary Citizen”

IOC’s Chairman Thomas Bach visited Seoul on March 8 to receive an Honorary Citizenship from Mayor Park Won-soon. Chairman Thomas Bach attended the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics’ opening ceremony, met with the Mayor of Seoul, and visited the Paralympic Stadium to cheer up players.

Before the conferment ceremony, Mayor Park had the occasion to talk with Chairman Thomas Bach, asking for advice and support on a Seoul-wide sport-based exchange and cooperation plan in order to continue promoting inter-Korean peace and reconciliation on the occasion of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Seoul’s Mayor Park Won-soon expressed his gratitude to IOC’s Chairman Thomas Bach for contributing to the unification and reconciliation of the Korean Peninsula during the olympics with love and interest.




Seoul goes electric in public transportation… running electric city buses this coming September

  • – Operating 30 electric buses with zero emission of air pollutants on the routes traveling near the green transportation district
  • – Increasing the number of electric buses on road to 3,000 units, or more than 40% of all city buses by 2025
  • – “One-stop service” from installation to post-management to better serve citizens
  • – Briefing session on March 14th (Wed) regarding subsidy for buses (\294 million/unit) and for charging stations (up to \50 million/unit)

Seoul City opens “a new era of electric vehicles” with no emission of air pollutants for public transportation. Seoul City Government announced that it will first operate 30 electric buses on the routes going through the green transportation area in the city from September. The green transportation district stretches 16.7 square kilometers within the Seoul City Wall. Around 2,000 city buses are currently running throughout the zone, on 73 routes.

Seoul City Government plans to increase the number of electric buses to 3,000 units or more than 40% of all city buses by 2025, starting with the 30 units this September. The city government has replaced all the 7,400 city buses running in the capital with CNG (Compressed natural gas) buses. Compared to diesel buses, CNG buses are more environmentally friendly but still produce emissions such as NOx.

Seoul Metropolitan Government provides subsidies for purchases (using the central & city government expenses) and installations of charging facilities (using the city government expenses) to promote the use of electric buses. The subsidies amount to \294 million per unit for electric buses while up to \50 million per unit for charging facilities. A typical electric bus costs around \400~500 million. The subsidies of \294 million-per-unit for vehicle purchases in 2018 are provided to lift the financial burden of the bus operators and promote the use of electric buses. The city government also provides the subsidies amounting up to \50 million for installation of a charging facility to build up charging infrastructure, which is absolutely necessary for the operation of electric buses.




Seoul opens a 2.6km ‘bike-lane’ in Jongno on April 8

  • – 3,000 riders to participate in a 6km urban riding parade, registration starts on March 13 on the Seoul Metropolitan Government website
  • – An exclusive bike lane following the same route of central bus lane which is also a green transportation space
  • – Flush-type solar LED lights, median guardrail, gaze inducement rods provided for the safety of bicycle and automobile drivers at night

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 13, 2018 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its plan to launch a 2.6km-long “exclusive bike lane” between Jongno 1-ga and Jongno 5-ga on April 8.

Following the Jongno Central Bus Lane, which was launched at the end of last year, the bike lane will also be set up in the green transportation promotion area within the Four Great Gates. The bike-exclusive lane will share the same route (2.8 km) as the central bus lane.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will install flush-type LED lights to ensure safe driving for bicycle and automobile drivers at night. According to the City, the launch of a bike-lane in the Jongno area, the heart of the city, will allow bike riders to transport across the city and enhance bicycle transport shares. In the future, once Cheonggye-cheon Stream and the city’s major main roads are connected, its routes will serve as a hub of bicycle road network.




Seoul Energy Corporation has launched Seoul Solar Centers in 5 regions, providing support from installment to post-management of solar generators.

  • – Master plan of “2022 Solar City, Seoul” in full swing
  • – Aiming to reach 125,000 households and 80MW solar power equipment by 2018
  • – “One-stop service” from installation to post-management to better serve citizens
  • – Supplying solar generators to 1 million households by 2022, targeting 1GW solar photovoltaic generation

“Seoul Solar Center” of Seoul Energy Corporation led by Jin Seop Park is officially launched in March 12th (Mon). The center provides one-stop service from application for installing solar generators to post-management for Seoul citizens. Solar call center and regional support centers also starts operation on March 12th, communicating and handling inquires with citizens.

Seoul Solar Center helps communication with citizens and support their participation. By doing so, the Center aims to supply solar power to 1 million households and achieve 1GW solar generation in Seoul by 2022. The major projects of Seoul Solar Center include ▴one-stop service for miniature solar generators, ▴large-scale solar projects at public sites, ▴solar project support and ▴solar station project.

Seoul Energy Corporation aims to provide a total of 80MW photovoltaic generation for 125,000 households in Seoul by 2018. In addition to the solar-powered house project, Seoul Energy Corporation will accelerate its pace of establishing mega-sized photovoltaic power plants in public sites. The Corporation will also develop projects to expand the mega-sized supply of solar power by installing photovoltaic generation facilities at public sites in Seoul. Further development is underway for the projects as follows: Seoul Grand Park’s solar power generation project (10,000kW) using its parking lot which is a citizen participation-centered project based on citizen fund; solar photovoltaic project (10MW) on to-be-landfills in the metropolitan area; and Seoul World Cup Stadium’s solar power project (400kW) which will be an iconic landmark of “Solar City, Seoul.”

Solar Energy Corporation will play a role of expanding solar photovoltaic projects by providing a broad range of relevant support. The Corporation will provide “free consulting services” and “School for Energy Startups” for citizens who want to start a solar power business. These programs intend to provide training courses for talents in future energy sector and create quality jobs. The Corporation will also help direct and indirect investors of solar power projects doing the small-sized electricity sales business.

Last but not least, the solar station projects will be further developed in 25 districts in Seoul, where drivers can charge electric vehicles with solar power. Solar Energy Corporation plans to generate green energy for better air quality and increase the number of electric vehicles on the road. In addition, the Corporation plans to build Seongdong Solar Station available for charging 24 hours a day based on energy saving system (ESS) and Yangcheon Solar Station based on resource circulation model with used batteries.




Various Programs at Parks in Seoul during Spring

Various Programs at Parks in Seoul during Spring
Infant Forest Activities at Namsan Park Music Concert at Citizen’s Forest
Floriculture Workshop at Noeul Recreation Center Firefly Festival at Gil-dong Ecological Park

To celebrate spring, Seoul City is holding various recreational and cultural activities that can be enjoyed in nature in 22 different parks. From March to June, 13 spring events and 135 spring programs will be held, including spring flower festivals, musical trips, agriculture, ecological cooking, and health programs.

< From beautiful spring flower festivals to outdoor concerts >

In April, beautiful flowers bloom, making it a perfect occasion for spring outing. Also, different events will be held in each park, including outdoor concerts in the forest every weekend.

  • ○ In April, the Spring Flower Festival will take place at the Children’s Grand Park once the cherry blossoms bloom on the driveway. The Royal Azalea Festival will be held from April 21 to 22 in the Cheonho Park, and concerts will be held in the Namsan Park at lunch time from April 18 to 20, which is when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
  • ○ The ‘Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market’ will open every weekend from the end of March in the Oil Reservoir Culture Park. Also, the Parkday Festival will be held from May 3 at Seoul Forest.
    Park name Event Period
    Gil-dong Ecological Park Seasonal customs (Hwajeon, Dano) April/June (weekends)
    Firefly Festival June 16 (Sat.)
    Oil Reservoir Culture Park Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market Every week from the end of March to October (Sat., Sun.)
    Seoul Children’s Grand Park Spring Flower Festival During April
    Fairy Tale Festival May 4 (Fri.) – May 6 (Sun.)
    Seoul Forest Parkday Festival May 3 (Thur.) – May 5 (Sat.)
    Cheonho Park 7th Cheonho Park Royal Azalea Festival April 21 – April 22 (Sat., Sun.)
    Mat Film Festival From May to June (Fridays and Saturdays)

< Let’s get healthier in parks >

Parks are like natural gyms where you can exercise while breathing clean air.

  • ○ Park Forest Healing programs will be held in the World Cup Park for the family to enjoy together, or for individuals to enjoy by themselves. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Health Archery will take place in Namsan Park’s Seokhojeong Pavilion. Also, the Walking Properly Health Classroom will be held every Tuesday and Thursday during May and June in the Gyeongui Line Forest.
    Park/Place Program Period (days of the week)
    Gyeongui Line Forest Walking Properly Health Classroom March – June (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
    Boramae Park Until our 100s in parks!
    Stay-fit program
    April – June (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
    15:00
    Boramae Park Walking properly to improve health April – June (Mondays and Wednesdays)
    10:00
    World Cup Park Park Forest Healing April – June (Saturdays)

< Special Recreational Space at the World Cup Park >

5 special experience rooms will be available at the ‘Noeul Recreation Center’, bringing visitors new experiences every month.

  • ○ Each month from March to June, cupcakes and pizzas will be prepared with your family or group using crops harvested in the park. In the ‘Fun Environmental Workshop’, natural candles and mulberry soaps will be made with natural ingredients.
    Park/Place Program Type Period (days of the week)
    World Cup Park
    (Noeul Recreation Center)
    <Tasty Ecological Food>
    March: Rice cake, April: Cupcake
    May: Cookies
    June: Pizza
    Cooking Tuesday – Friday,
    Saturday and Sunday
    <Fun Environmental Workshop>
    March: Natural candles, April: Detergent
    May: Soap, June: Flower pots
    Crafting Tuesday – Friday,
    Saturday and Sunday
    <Floriculture Workshop for Adults>
    March: Cherry ornaments, April: Business card holders
    May: Paper roses, June: Fleshy plant frames
    Floriculture Fridays



Seoul to set up a system that victims of sexual crimes can report without hesitation and worries

  • – Seoul announced measures to combat sexual harassment and assault for officials and workers at the city hall, and also for the citizens who are easily exposed, but have no protective measures
  • – Based on the plan, victims and offenders are separated in the personnel system, and they can report with a smartphone as well. An anonymous third person, too, is allowed to report any sexual misbehavior in the workplace
  • – Those involved in the secondary damages also face the penalties equivalent to what the first offender may have
  • – The Seoul #WithU project to be launched to support the citizens living and working in places where they are hardly protected from sexual crimes

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 8, 2018 – Amid the #MeToo movement that has quickly spread throughout the country, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced measures to combat sexual harassment and assault for officials and workers at the city hall, and also for the citizens who are easily exposed, but have no protective measures.

Based on the plan, the SMG sets up a more strengthened system than it had before that allows victims who may have a fear of possibly being mistreated or disadvantaged to report what happened to them without hesitation and worries.

Once a report about a sexual misconduct is received on the system, a victim and an offender are separated in the personnel system so that they do not work together nor are not connected each other because of work. Victims are also able to report it with a computer out of the workplace or a smartphone so that they are not exposed. An anonymous third person, too, can report any sexual misbehavior.

To avoid the secondary damages to victims, a manual that describes what each player should do in an actual situation is to be developed and educated. Those involved in the secondary damages – putting up with unfair personnel treatment against victims, ridiculing and leaving them out in the workplace – also face the penalties equivalent to what the first offender may have.

A special team dealing with sexual harassment and violence will be created within the city government by the end of this year, and later an exclusive department with four teams working for preventing gender violence will be establish to ensure consistency and specialty of the initiative.

As a part of the measures, the Seoul #WithU project will be launched to support the citizens living and working in places where they are hardly protected from any sexual crimes. Through the project, the SMG will educate those who are vulnerable to sexual violence, train related experts, and provide legal consolation.

If one of the publicity ambassadors, goodwill high-profile figures to promote Seoul, gets involved in sexual misconducts, his or her designation will be immediately canceled, and memorial places, if any, will be shut down. If any sexual misbehavior is occurred at organizations that are commissioned to do public works by the city government, and if nothing is done afterwards, the contract will be canceled.




Seoul Metro to install “indoor air quality improvement” devices to curb fine dust in trains

  • – Seoul Metro has completed the installation of a total of 100 air purifiers in five new subway trains
  • – It found that the train with the device has a lower density of fine dust by 8.15 percent on average, and during the rush hours it is lowered by 12.3 percent
  • – Seoul Metro plans to add more 300 devices to 15 trains by the end of this year

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 8, 2018 – Seoul Metro, a city government’s organization to operate subways in Seoul, has recently completed the installation of “indoor air quality improvement” devices on new subway trains for the first time in Korea.

Each device has a capacity that purifies the whole air inside the subway train every 12 minutes. Its dual filters capture dust particles at first, and then filter out fine dusts. A total of 100 air purifiers have been set up on five subway trains so far. Seoul Metro plans to add more 300 devices to 15 trains by the end of this year.

Seoul Metro tested the air-improving device starting from September 2017, and found that the train with the device had a lower density of fine dust by 8.15 percent on average compared to the train without it. Especially during the rush hours from 7am to 9am, fine dust is lowered by 12.3 percent, while being decreased by 4 percent during the non-rush hours from 9am to 6pm. In case of Sinchon Station, one of the busiest stations, the density of fine dust during the rush hours had been decreased by 34.2 percent.

Seoul Metro explains even when air purifiers are not operated, a density of fine dust during the rush hours reaches 102㎍/㎥ on average, and 74㎍/㎥ during the non-rush hours, which is still way lower than the air environment standards of 200㎍/㎥ set by the Ministry of Environment of Korea.




Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival at Namsangol Hanok Village

The Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival is held every year on the lunar January 15 at Namsangol Hanok Village. The Jeongwol Daeboreum event held on March 2, 2018, featured various programs including traditional cultural experiences, wish writing, special exhibition of the Namsangol Lantern Village, and tasting of ogok bap, the traditional steamed five-grain rice eaten on the 15th day of the New Year according to the lunar calendar, also known as Jeongwol Daeboreum. From 5:00 pm, community dance performances with citizens were held, starting with the Bukcheong sajanoreum (dancing with a lion mask) and ending with Daljip taeugi (sheaf burning) to repel the year’s misfortune and wish for health and happiness.

Admission: Free
Time:
Hanok opening hours
Summer (April – October) 09:00 – 21:00
Winter (November – March) 09:00 – 20:00
*Closed on Mondays
Address: 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Public transportation: Chungmuro Station (subway lines 3 and 4), exits 3 and 4

Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival at Namsangol Hanok Village

Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival at Namsangol Hanok Village

Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival at Namsangol Hanok Village

Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival at Namsangol Hanok Village

Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival at Namsangol Hanok Village

Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival at Namsangol Hanok Village

Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival at Namsangol Hanok Village




Seoul’s garbage carry-in management system contributes to reducing wastes by 201 tons a day

  • – Based on the garbage management system, each autonomous district sets up its own objective of how much it will reduce wastes
  • – Once the district accomplishes the goal, it receives 10 percent of the charge levied upon a given quantity of waste received at a waste processing facility
  • – The city sets up its new goals of 20 percent reduction by the end of 2020
  • – Resource Circulation Law in effect from this year to result in more reduction in household wastes

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 7, 2018 – In an effort to decrease the volume of waste landfill or incineration, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has introduced and implemented the “garbage carry-in management system” for public waste disposal facilities for the first time in 2015.

Based on the management system, each autonomous district set up its own objective of how much it will reduce wastes. Once it accomplishes the goal, it receives 10 percent of the charge levied upon a given quantity of waste received at a waste processing facility.

Such an attempt has turned out to be successful by reducing an average of 201 tons of wastes a day. An average of 3,088 tons of garbage a day used to be buried or incinerated in 2014 when the system was not officially introduced.

However it has amounted to 2,887 tons in 2017, a 6.5 percent decrease (201 tons per day) from that of 2014. The total volume of decreased wastes in 2017 is almost equivalent to the total volume of wastes thrown away both in the Guro-gu district (132 tons) and the Geumcheon-gu district (69 tons) a day.

The city government sets up its new goals – 12 percent reduction by the end of this year and 20 percent by the end of 2020. It also plans to reduce the case of directly burying wastes in volume-rate plastic garbage bags in landfill.

In addition, a citywide campaign will be staged to encourage the citizens to curb the use of disposable products, to separate recyclable wastes, to expand the reuse of coffee grounds and pieces of fabric, while not to illegally throw away trash. It will also tighten inspections on businesses dumping a large quantity of wastes, and on resource recovery facilities.

According to the Resource Circulation Law that became in effect from this year, each district is to be levied waste disposal fee based on the number of landfill and incarnation, which might contribute to the reduction in household wastes.