View an Exhibition and Read a Book at a Hanok

In Bukchon, Jongno-gu, an area that is highly populated with Korean traditional houses called hanok, a diverse and special hanok has opened its doors to allow anyone free access. The Seoul City is set to begin running a culture program in order to expand the use of public hanok and preserve the historical and cultural value of hanok in the Bukchon area.

The five newly opened places include: ① Bukchon Bookstore, ② Bukchon Hanok Hall, ③ Hanok Heritage Center, ④ Traditional Safflower Dye Workshop, and ⑤ Weaving Workshop.

First, Bukchon Bookstore will hold a diverse program of cultural activities with books as the central theme, including the selling of used books, book club activities, lectures on the humanities, reciting experiences, and more.
Operating Hours: 11:00-17:00 (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Location: 19-12 Bukchon-ro 5-gil
Inquiries: 82-2-995-6630

Entrance to Bukchon Bookstore
Entrance to Bukchon Bookstore View of the Interior
[Entrance to Bukchon Bookstore] [View of the Interior]

Located in Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Bukchon Hanok Hall is a facility for exhibitions, educational programs,‧forums,‧regional events which are related to hanok and the historical and cultural value of hanok areas. To book a program between March and July 2018, register on the online Seoul Hanok Portal (http://hanok.seoul.go.kr) by Feb. 20, 2018.
Operating Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Location: 29-1 Bukchon-ro 12-gil
Inquiries: 82-2-2133-5580

An Event at Bukchon Hanok Hall
An Event at Bukchon Hanok Hall Exhibition inside Hanok Hall Exhibition inside Hanok Hall
[An Event at Bukchon Hanok Hall] [Exhibition inside Hanok Hall]

The Hanok Heritage Center is operated on the grounds of a former guest house which was transformed into a hanok education and research center with facilities such as a library and exhibition room. The Hanok Document Library allows you to search books and documents related to hanok, while the Hanok Model Exhibition Room displays existing wooden hanok structures at 1/5 scale.
Operating Hours: 11:00-17:00 (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Location: 103-7 Gyedong-gil
Inquiries: 82-2-741-7441

Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center
Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center Hanok Document Library
[Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center] [Hanok Document Library]

The Traditional Safflower Dye Workshop is a place where visitors can appreciate various restored works of art created using the traditional safflower dyeing method, and for those who make a reservation in advance, they can also experience natural dyeing. The traditional method is a way of dyeing using safflowers. It was widely used for making the red gowns worn by kings, the scarlet-hued Hongnyongpo, the royal costume, everyday household items, and much more.
Operating Hours: 10:00-17:00 (closed on Mondays)
Location: 10 Changdeokgung 5-gil
Inquiries: 82-10-3993-3325

Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center
Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center Hanok Document Library
[Entrance to Hanok Heritage Center] [Hanok Document Library]

The Weaving Workshop allows visitors to experience various textile handicrafts (fabric weaving demonstrations, textile handicraft experience programs) based on the slowly disappearing method of traditional weaving.
Operating Hours: 11:00-18:00 (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Location: 14 Bukchon-ro 11ga-gil
Inquiries: 82-10-3326-5383

Weaving Workshop
Weaving Workshop View of the Interior View of the Interior
[Weaving Workshop] [View of the Interior]

For more detailed information on public hanok in Seoul, check the online Seoul Hanok Portal at
http://hanok.seoul.go.kr.




2018 January (Vol.21)

I SEOUL U 2017 December No.20E-Learning Platform on Seoul's Initiatives Provided by Expert Groups and Officials in ChargeCopyright 1996~2016 SEOUL METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.



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Seoul City Announces Special Policy for Welcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Seoul City Announces Special Policy for Welcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Seoul City is set to provide diverse opportunities for its citizens to experience the live, heated atmosphere of Pyeongchang right in the heart of Seoul and check out Winter Olympic sports items at Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink, Gwanghwamun Plaza, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), and many other places, as part of its efforts to make the PyeongChang Winter Olympics a resounding success.

○ ICT Winter Sports Experiential Space: Will be held in two dome-shaped buildings in the south area of Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink (near Plaza Hotel), and citizens can vividly experience ski jumps, figure jumps, snowball fights, snow sledding, and other winter sports through VR (Jan. 29-Feb. 25).

○ Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink Experience Program: This experience program will be held once a day. An expert curler will explain the rules of the game and demonstrate how to play at the children’s ice skating rink (Feb. 1-Feb. 14).
○ Operation of Two ‘Live Sites’ (Gwanghwamun Plaza, DDP): These two places will allow citizens to experience the heated atmosphere of the Olympics live in the middle of the city through large billboards, and operate as a celebratory space for cheering on the competitors that will melt away the coldness of winter.

Also, Seoul City will provide support for the convenience of visitors traveling through Seoul during the Olympics. ‘PyeongChang Winter Olympics Special Help Centers’ will be set up (Jan.18-Mar. 18) at major spots in Incheon International Airport, Seoul Station, and elsewhere. These centers can provide information on traveling in Seoul and Pyeongchang. Also, during the ‘Special Welcoming Week’ (Jan. 26-Mar.18), booths will be installed at major tourist locations in Incheon and Gimpo International Airports, Myeongdong, and other places where visitors can try Winter Olympics sports, experience wearing hanbok and play traditional games.

Support will be offered for transportation so that visitors are not inconvenienced by the great increase in the number of visitors moving back and forth between Seoul and Pyeongchang. For 11 bus routes passing through transit locations, such as Seoul Station, Express Bus Terminal Station, and Sangbong Bus Terminal Station, the final departure will be extended to 2 am.

○ Final departure extension will take place for 10 days (Feb. 9 Opening Ceremony, Feb. 10, Feb. 12, Feb. 14, Feb. 17-21, Feb. 25 Closing Ceremony), centering on days where there will be an increased number of visitors, such as on the Opening Ceremony day.
※ 11 routes: 262, 405, 504, 604, 9401, 9701, N13 Sanggye, N26 Gangseo, 360, 643, N61 Sanggye

○ In addition, more taxis will be dispatched to Seoul Station, bus terminals, etc., at night during the Winter Olympics period as a convenience for visitors traveling back to Seoul late at night.




Seoul Recruits ‘2018 Quality of Life Monitors’

To improve the lives of foreign residents in Seoul, Seoul Metropolitan Government is now recruiting foreign volunteers who are willing to provide suggestions about inconveniences in every aspect of their daily lives, such as those related to multi-cultural family affairs, legal and governmental policy.

  • Application Period : 2018. 1. 17. (Wednesday) ~ 1.28.(Sunday)
  • Number of Recruits : ○○ people
  • Qualifications for Application
    • – Monitoring Team
      Foreigners or marriage immigrants (including naturalized citizens) who meet all of the requirements below :
      ① A minimum of 1 year residing in Seoul and an intermediate proficiency in either Korean or English
      ② Applicants with great interests and passion for Seoul
      ※ This activity is considered volunteer work and does not grant any special legal status.
      ※ Monitor members who become illegal immigrants at any time during the volunteer activity will automatically be dismissed.
    • – Translators Korean Nationals
      Translators who meet all of the requirements below :
      ① Korean Nationals living in Seoul having experience of translation from Korean to English and vice versa more than 2 years.
      ② One who has experience of attending activities of foreigners and can actively participate in various programs related to foreigners.
  • Documents to Submit
  • How to Apply : Submit the application documents by email
  • ○ Notification of Results : 2018. 2. 5. (Monday)
  • Program Outline
    • ○ Program Duration : 2018. 3. 1. ~ 2018. 12. 31.
    • ○ Monitors will receive a fixed monetary compensation for their activities(20,000 won per report)
    • ○ Monitor members who do not participate for at least 3 months will automatically be dismissed.
    • ○ Appointment Ceremony and Orientation : End of February 2018
    • ※ The above schedule is subject to change.



‘Seoul City Job Cafe’ to Rent Job Consulting and Study Rooms for Free

‘Seoul City Job Cafe’ to Rent Job Consulting and Study Rooms for Free
Seoul Youth Employment Center Pitch Study Cafe
Seoul Youth Employment Center Pitch Study Cafe

Located in Jongno, Sinchon, and other places with a high population of youth, ‘Seoul Job Cafe’ is a space for job searchers between the ages of 18 and 39. The cafe provides the latest job information, employment counseling, duty consultation, and other various employment support programs, in addition to study room rentals. All programs and services are free of charge.

Study rooms are considered to be the most important factor for youth preparing for employment, and Seoul City has created job cafes at private facilities, such as study cafes and language institutes, as well as in public facilities. Through the cafe, approximately 60 study rooms that can accommodate between 2-10 persons are provided for free. Hours of use for the study rooms are a maximum of 3 hours per person per day.

Meanwhile, Seoul City is set to expand the number of job cafes to 90 in 2018, from the 78 places currently in operation. Also, it will continue to listen to opinions of the youth in order to expand consumer-oriented programs which will be of practical use to those preparing for employment, and it plans to increase the quality by systematically organizing the programs according to individual levels of preparation.

To participate in the employment support program or to book study rooms at <Seoul City Job Cafe>, you may refer to the Seoul Job Portal (job.seoul.go.kr) for confirmation and registration.




Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill

Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill is the main program at Ttukseom Hangang Park, which allows visitors to enjoy snow sledding in the nearby Hangang River. The sledding hill has two sections: a large slope for adults, and a smaller slope that is safe for children aged 36 months to 6 years to use. Along with the sledding slopes, the site is also equipped with a children’s snow playground, a Viking/bungee jumping ride, and other facilities. Various other experiences, such as traditional village-style performances and smelt catching, will also be available.

○ Address: 139 Gangbyeonbuk-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
○ Public Transportation: Exit 2 of Ttukseom Resort Station, Subway Line 7
○ Operation Period: Dec. 22, 2017 – Feb. 18, 2018
○ Operation Hours: 09:00-17:00 (ticket counter closes at 16:30)
○ Entrance Fee: 6,000 won for entrance ticket, 5,000 won for smelt catching, 3,000-5,000 won for equipment
○ Inquiries: 82-2-453-3028

Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill

Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill

Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill

Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill

Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill

Ttukseom Hangang Park Sledding Hill




A Representative Airport Connecting to Seoul – the Opening of Incheon International Airport’s Terminal 2

A Representative Airport Connecting to Seoul – the Opening of Incheon International Airport’s Terminal 2

Incheon International Airport is Seoul’s representative airport, serving as the gateway to the city for people from all over the world. In 2001, it took over the role of Korea’s main international airport from Gimpo International Airport. In 2008, a concourse building was added in the middle of the airport, along with a runway on the west side, and the second passenger terminal was finally added on the north side on Jan. 18, 2018.

Incheon International Airport is compartmentalized by airlines and not by destinations. It is highly encouraged that passengers check the location and number of their boarding terminal on the airport website beforehand.
Incheon International Airport Website: https://www.airport.kr/ap/en/index.do

The most convenient way to get to Incheon International Airport from Seoul is to take the Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit (subway) or the bus. A subway going from Seoul Station to Terminal 2 takes 66 minutes and is set to open on Jan. 13. The Seoul City airport buses with numbers in the 6000s will extend their final destination from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. Compared to the subway, however, buses take much longer to go move from one terminal to another, since they have to take detours, unlike an underground subway. Moreover, once an airport bus stops at Terminal 1, it takes extra time to unload passengers’ luggage before leaving for Terminal 2. Taking this into consideration, the total trip time may take up to 30 minutes longer when you are headed to Terminal 2 as compared to Terminal 1. Therefore, passengers heading to Terminal 2 should leave for the airport much earlier than before.

There will be no additional charges for the extended bus route, and the service will begin on Jan. 15. Meanwhile, airport buses with numbers in the 6700s will first head to Terminal 2 before heading to Terminal 1, starting Jan. 18. And it should also be noted that, from Jan. 15, a portion of the bus lines (6006-1, 6009-1, 6020-1, 6300-1) will only operate up to Terminal 1, and will not head to Terminal 2.

If you get off at the wrong terminal by mistake, you can move between terminals. You may take the Airport Railroad (operates 5 times per hour in the afternoon, 6-minute ride, 900 won charge), or take the shuttle bus prepared by Incheon International Airport (operates 12 times per hour, 15-18-minute ride, free of charge).




Seoul City Wall Course 4: Inwangsan Section

Hanyangdoseong, or the Seoul City Wall, covers not only the fortress that surrounded the old downtown area of Seoul, but the entire capital area surrounded by the fortress. Even today, Seoul City Wall blends well with the skyscrapers of the city and has become the symbol of Seoul. The Hanyangdoseong Trail is divided into four courses: Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan, and Inwangsan. Among these four courses, Course 4, Inwangsan, starts at Sungnyemun Gate, passes the Souimun and Donuimun sites, and crosses the 338-meter Inwangsan Mountain to reach Changuimun Gate. Since the most damage had been caused to the fortress in this section, walking along the fortress is more difficult than with the other courses, and a detour must be made to Jeongdong.

○ Course Information
– Area: Jongno-gu and Jung-gu in Seoul
– Course: Sungnyemun Gate – Donuimun Gate – Jongno-gu Culture and Sports Center – Changuimun Gate
– Distance: 5.3km
– Time Required: 3 hours
– Level of Difficulty: Difficult
– Inquiries: Jongno-gu Office 82-2-2148-1863

▶Entry to Inwangsan Mountain restricted every Monday

○ Transportation
– Seoul Station (Lines 1, 4) exit 4; Seoul City Hall Station (Lines 1, 2) exit 8
– Get off at exit 3 of Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3); get off in front of Jahamungogae for buses 7212, 1020, or 7022

○ Website: http://seoulcitywall.seoul.go.kr
(To download guidebooks: https://goo.gl/LuDdsL)

Seoul City Wall Course 4: Inwangsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 4: Inwangsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 4: Inwangsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 4: Inwangsan Section

Seoul
City Wall Course 4: Inwangsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 4: Inwangsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 4: Inwangsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 4: Inwangsan Section




Seoul City Wall Course 3: Namsan Section

Hanyangdoseong, or the Seoul City Wall, covers not only the fortress that surrounded the old downtown area of Seoul, but the entire capital area surrounded by the fortress. Even today, Seoul City Wall blends well with the skyscrapers of the city and has become the symbol of Seoul. The Hanyangdoseong Trail is divided into four courses: Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan, and Inwangsan. Among these four courses, Course 3, the selection along Namsan Mountain, starts at Gwanghuimun Gate, passes Jangchungdan Park and Namsan Park, and finishes at Sungnyemun Gate. The Namsan Course allows visitors to view cultural relics from Korea’s history and look around the famous tour sites of Seoul, thereby providing an opportunity to reflect upon the past and present of the city. Moreover, journeying across Namsan Mountain, Seoul’s most representative mountain, allows for leisurely trekking while reveling in nature.

○ Course Information
– Area: Jongno-gu and Jung-gu in Seoul
– Course: Gwanghuimun Gate – Jangchung Gymnasium – Namsan Park – Sungnyemun Gate
– Distance: 5.2km
– Time Required: 3 hour 30 minutes
– Level of Difficulty: Average
– Inquiries: Jung-gu Office 82-2-3396-4624

○ Transportation
– Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (Line 2) exit 3
– Seoul Station (Lines 1, 4) exit 4; Seoul City Hall Station (Lines 1, 2) exit 8

○ Website: http://seoulcitywall.seoul.go.kr
(To download guidebooks: https://goo.gl/LuDdsL)

Seoul City Wall Course 3: Namsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 3: Namsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 3: Namsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 3: Namsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 3: Namsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 3: Namsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 3: Namsan Section

Seoul City Wall Course 3: Namsan Section




Seoul City announces ‘Changing Life in Seoul, 2018’

Seoul City announces ‘Changing Life in Seoul, 2018’

< Major city policies to be changed in 2018 >
In order to support families planning to have children in the current age of low birth rates, postnatal visiting services will be put into effect from July 2018. Every family going through the process of childbirth will be provided with a dispatched postnatal health management assistant. Furthermore, the age range of children eligible to receive free influenza vaccinations will be expanded from those between six months and under 59 months, to those between six months and 12 years old. In addition, to minimize inconvenience for the blind and visually impaired, card braille stickers, which can be used to distinguish cards and/or IDs, will be distributed free of charge at community service centers from May 2018.

Also, the expansion of national and public daycare centers (to be completed in 2018 with 1000 centers being added) will help more children be admitted to public facilities. The “Ttareungyi” public bike rental service will be expanded to 1,540 locations, and existing services which have gathered much support from the public, such as the installation of 155 additional decorative bathrooms, will continue to be pursued. Meanwhile, all 22 of Seoul City’s parks under its direct management will be designated as “alcohol free zones.”

< Major facilities to be opened in 2018 >
In April, the Sinchon Culture Center will be opened and provide infrastructure to support the activities of artists and other people pursuing cultural interests. The Sinchon Culture Center is scheduled to be built on four above-ground floors and two basement levels in the Sinchon area (47 Yonsei-ro 2na-gil, Seodaemun-gu), and will be known as Seoul’s representative cultural space. It will provide a culture platform service for artists and other people pursuing cultural interests that supports their design, creation, presentation, and exhibition activities. Moreover, it will also work to develop a network among artists by operating cultural spaces and cafes within the Culture Center premises.

Seoul Botanic Park, where people can enjoy plants and botanical culture, is expected to open in early 2018. Being designed in Magok, Gangseo-gu on a scale of 540,000㎡, it will consist of four spaces: the ① Open Forest Park, ② Botanical Garden, ③ Lake Park, and ④ Wetland Eco Center. Three thousand types of plants will be on exhibit, centered in greenhouses and themed gardens. It is expected to become a world-class botanical park, a space for education and culture where the city and nature coexist.

Seoul City will distribute “Changing Life in Seoul, 2018” to autonomous local offices and community service centers as a way to introduce new or changing policies for the new year. The guide will also be posted online at Seoul City’s e-book site (http://ebook.seoul.go.kr/).




New Year’s Countdown

The first New Year’s Countdown in the area of Lotte World Tower and Seokchon Lake took place in 2017. Starting with the countdown performance with 123 citizens present, the 2018 Countdown show was held with a variety of music performances for people of all ages. The event also showcased performances for the successful hosting of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

○ Website: http://www.lwt.co.kr/countdown.do

New Year’s Countdown

New Year’s Countdown

New Year’s Countdown

New Year’s Countdown

New Year’s Countdown

New Year’s Countdown

New Year’s Countdown

New Year’s Countdown