Subway and Bus Operations for Seoul International Fireworks Festival

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has come up with guidelines to minimize the traffic congestion in the festival area and help visitors safely attend the 2017 Seoul International Fireworks Festival on September 30 (Sat).

< Restricted traffic flow at Yeouidong-ro and increased operation of Line 5 & 9 by 92 times >

The roads on Yeouidong-ro (South of Mapodaegyo Bridge – In front of 63 Building) will be controlled between 2pm and 9:30pm on the 30th (Sat). (※ Festival Period: 1pm – 9:30pm)
The entryway to Olympic-daero, Nodeul-gil and 63 Building will also be controlled flexibly depending on the traffic conditions.

As such, the 20 bus routes that pass through Yeouidong-ro will take a detour between 1pm and 9:30pm and the four bus stops that are inside the control area will not be available for use.

To prepare for a concentrated volume of public transportation users, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will increase the number of subway Line 5 & 9 operations by 92 times between 4pm and 11:30pm. Additionally, there will be 11 spare trains on standby in case of an emergency situation. Buses will be concentrated one hour before and after the event time at stops near the venue.

< Increased safety guards by five times at stations, Drive through Yeouinaru Station without stopping in the event of extreme congestion >

On the day of the festival, 247 safety guards, five times more than usual, will be placed at 18 stations near the event venue such as Yeouido Station and Yeouinaru Station.

They will be in charge of platform safety doors, escalator safety, traffic control at platforms, entrances, exits and staircases, instructions on how to use single use transportation cards, how to walk to the event venue, etc.

To prepare for passengers coming in all at once in large volume, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will also install temporary ticket booths selling transportation cards and sell tickets at convenience stores. We will also install restrooms outside the stations.

Avoid using the roads and subway stations near the event venue on the day of the festival between 3pm and 7pm and then again between 8pm and 10pm. If you plan on using a single use transportation card, we recommend that you purchase a return ticket in advance.

Yeouinaru Station (Line 5), which will be accessed by the largest number of visitors, may be closed or passed through with stopping depending on the traffic volume.

Check the controlled areas and temporarily changed traffic information on the website of Seoul Traffic Information Center TOPIS (http://topis.seoul.go.kr).

Vehicle Control and Detour Bus Information for Seoul International Fireworks Festival

□ Control Duration: 2pm-9:30pm, September 30, 2017 (Sat)

  • ○ Yeouidong-ro (South of Mapodaegyo Bridge – In front of 63 Building), Olympic-daero, Nodeul-gil, 63 Building Entryway (flexible)
    Yeouidong-ro (South of Mapodaegyo Bridge – In front of 63 Building), Olympic-daero, Nodeul-gil, 63 Building Entryway (flexible)
□ Detour Bus Route (20 routes)

Detour Bus Route (20 routes) table
RegionNumber
Seoul City
(16 routes)
Intra-city Bus
(14 routes)
261, 262, 360, 461, 662, 753, 5534, 5615, 5618,
5633, 5713, 6623, 7611, 7613
Maeul Bus
(2)
Yeongdeungpo 10, Yeongdeungpo 11
Gyeonggi-do
(4 routes)
108, 10, 700, 7007-1

Support Plan for Subway Use in Connection to the Venue of the 2017 Seoul International Fireworks Festival
Support Plan for Subway Use in Connection to the Venue of the 2017 Seoul International Fireworks Festival

1. Line 9 Dangsan-Sinnonhyeon
Operation of 74 special trains
2. Dangsan (Stationing of safety guards)
3. Yeouido (Stationing of safety guards)4. 63 Building
5. Saetgang (Stationing of safety guards)6. Noryangjin (Stationing of safety guards)
7. Nodeul (Stationing of safety guards)8. Dongjak (Stationing of safety guards)
9. In-bound and out-bound operation of Line 5
18 additional operations
10. Singil (Stationing of safety guards)
11. Flexible non-stop operation
Yeouinaru (Stationing of safety guards)
12. Mapo (Stationing of safety guards)
13. Gongdeok (Stationing of safety guards)14. Pass by Yeouidong-ro
Temporary detour of intra-city buses and maeul buses
15. Sinyongsan (Stationing of safety guards)16. Ichon (Stationing of safety guards)



Seoul’s Response Strategy to the 4th Industrial Revolution

Seoul’s Response Strategy to the 4th Industrial Revolution

On September 29, 2017, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will host the 16th Seoul International Business Advisory Council (SIBAC) at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul under the theme of Seoul’s Response Strategy to the 4th Industrial Revolution.

SIBAC is an advisory council to the Seoul Mayor that was established in 2001 and consists of 27 CEOS of global companies such as McKinsey & Company, Nomura Holdings, Forbes, Siemens and five consultants. 15 annual meetings have been convened so far. 322 advisories have been made to the Seoul Mayor in the areas of economy, society, city, infrastructure, culture and environment and 271 of them, accounting for 84%, have been reflected in the administrative affairs of the city.

The 16th annual meeting for the SIBAC will be carried out in three sessions: ▴ Combining talents, technology and leadership, ▴ Innovation and cooperation: Tasks for local governments, ▴ Fourth Industrial Revolution and cases in world cities. 13 advisory panels and five consultants will attend the meeting.

Seoul’s Response Strategy to the 4th Industrial Revolution

Speakers for the first session, ‘Combining Talents, Technologies and Leadership’, will be Global Managing Partner Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company, Chairman Peter Zec of the Red Dot Design Award, Chairman Rudolph Schlais of ASL Management Consulting Company (Shanghai), and Chairman Yan Lan of Lazard China.

The second session will seek for ways to enhance Seoul’s competitive power focusing on the theme of ‘Innovation and Cooperation: Tasks for Local Governments.’ The sessions will be attended by Chairman of the Board of Directors Nobuyuki Koga of Nomura Holdings, Vice Chairman Roland Busch of Siemens, BOD Member Sanjeev Gandhi of BASF, CEO Akihiro Nikkaku of Toray Industries, Chairman and CEO Marco Provera of Pirelli.

Finally, the third session will discuss the direction that Seoul City should pursue under the theme of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and cases in world cities. CEO Bernard Charles of Dassault Systèmes, Vice Chairman Christopher Forbes of Forbes, CEO Masakazu Tokura of Sumitomo Corporation, President of Operations André Wyss of Novartis and Chairman Antoine Frérot of Veolia will share outstanding cases of Fourth Industrial Revolution in their cities and also talks about international trends regarding the topic.




French woman won grand prize for her cartoon in comfort women contents contest

  • – Seoul City held the contest from June 21 to August 31, 2017, receiving 74 submissions of art works and selecting fifteen works as the winning contents
  • – Annabelle Godeau, a French woman, won the grand prize for her eighteen-paged cartoon about the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery
  • – Seoul plans to use the winning contents for promotion and education about the victims

SEOUL, September 26, 2017 – A French woman won the grand prize for her cartoon in the “comfort women contents contest” organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG). The contest was held to support the efforts to list records of comfort women on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

Annabelle Godeau, 27, depicted the tragic story of the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery in her eighteen-paged cartoon. Her cartoon received good reviews from the judging panel for her good understanding of the topic, and completeness and creativity of the story.

Godeau had been grown up in Blois, a small city of France, and studied the illustration and animation at an art school in Lyon. She started to watch video clips about Korea through the Internet when she was a high school student. Her interests in Korea have made her visit Korea three times since 2012 to study Korean and work as an intern at an application development company. She used to publish her digital comics about her experience in Korea, titled “Annabelle and Korea,” at Lezhin Commics, one of the popular digital comics service platforms in Korea.

According to her, French people learn about the World War II at school, but they do not know well about what happened to Korea at the wartime. When she was staying in Korea, she came to know the stories of comfort women who were forcibly taken to military brothels to serve Japanese soldiers before and during the World War II. She developed her interests in the victims and chose the issue as the subject of her graduation work at the university. One Korean friend of hers suggested her to participate in the contest and she did.

French woman won grand prize for her cartoon in comfort women contents contest images table
French woman won grand prize for her cartoon in comfort women contents contestFrench woman won grand prize for her cartoon in comfort women contents contest
French woman won grand prize for her cartoon in comfort women contents contestFrench woman won grand prize for her cartoon in comfort women contents contest

A total of 74 entries of video clips, cartoons and other types of art works had been submitted during the contest that was held from June 21 to August 31, 2017. Among them, fifteen artworks were selected for the prizes and awarded in the ceremony held at the City Hall on September 23, 2017.

Hyeongbae Kim, the head of the judging panel, said a number of good entries expressed well about the artist’s willingness to remember the sad history of Korea and promote the issue to more people across the world with unique and refreshing new ideas.

Following the grand prize for Godeau, “The Records of Today, The Memory of Tomorrow” filmed by the university student group “400km Family,” and cartoon “Nunmul (Tears) by Haeji Jeong, a student of the Korean National University of Arts, won the best prizes.

On the same day of the awarding ceremony, around 150 elementary and middle school students and their parents participated in the contents creation contest. They joined the contest by drawing paintings, or writing essays or letters about the comfort women.

The city government is currently providing an educational class for students, adults and families at the Comfort Women Memorial Site where was opened in August 2016 at the Namsan Mountain in central Seoul. It will further push forward with historical record management and educational program development about the comfort women.




2017 September (No.156)

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Seoul Garden Show

The Seoul Garden Show introduces gardening culture to the citizens of Seoul to realize a city of forests and gardens.

The 2017 Seoul Garden Show, marking its third anniversary, was held at Yeouido Park between September 22 and 26, 2017. Over 80 gardens created by invited organizations, artists, citizens and students majoring in relevant fields were displayed under the themes of “Gardens for You, Me and Us” and “Brilliant You, Me and Us.” The event also featured participatory programs including a garden contest, making a family flower pot and gardening from nature as well as a garden industry display and gardening culture exchange conference.

Seoul Garden Show

Seoul Garden Show

Seoul Garden Show

Seoul Garden Show

Seoul Garden Show

Seoul Garden Show

Seoul Garden Show

Seoul Garden Show




Meokkaebi returns to gobble up trash during the Seoul International Fireworks Festival!

Poster of the Fireworks Clean Hangang River campaign

Throw Away Trash While Having Fun

On September 30, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will carry out the ‘Fireworks Clean Hangang River’ campaign led and participated in by citizens during the 2017 Seoul International Fireworks Festival at Yeouido Hangang Park in order to reduce trash dumping.

To heighten interest and participation in the campaign, Meokkaebi, a friendly trash-eating monster, will be a part of a fun, cute event for citizens.

It has been pointed out in the past that Hangang Park suffers from dumping of trash after the brilliant fireworks display. It costs 150 million won to handle the trash that is dumped over this one single day. Feeling the need to encourage citizens to actively partake in the proper disposal of trash, the SMG decided to follow up on the Mongttang Clean Hangang River campaign it had successfully carried out last summer through the Fireworks Clean Hangang River campaign in order to promote Seoul as a clean and pleasant city to live in.

Poster of the Fireworks Clean Hangang River campaignMeokkaebiz, the guardian angels of earth’s environmentTrash bag
Poster of the Fireworks
Clean Hangang River campaign
Meokkaebiz, the guardian
angels of earth’s environment
Trash bag

The Fireworks Clean Hangang River campaign seeks to create an effect in which people think of throwing away trash as a fun experience by incorporating Meokkaebiz, a group of trash-eating monsters. It is a beneficial movement that instills the idea in people that they are the agents of creating a pleasant environment to live in.

The most interesting part of the campaign is the character of Meokkaebi. This trash-eating monster will promote curiosity and interest so that citizens will throw away their trash inside the monster-shaped trash cans.

Trash cans designed after the monsters will be placed throughout Yeouido Hangang Park.

Each monster will only accept certain kinds of trash: one will accept cans, another will accept leaflets and yet another will only accept disposable containers to add fun to the act of throwing away trash.

Trash Bag MeokkaebiLeaflet MeokkaebiDisposable Container MeokkaebiGlass bottle/Can Meokkaebi
Trash Bag MeokkaebiLeaflet Meokkaebi Disposable Container MeokkaebiGlass bottle/Can Meokkaebi
Meokkaebiz transformed into trashcansMeokkaebiz transformed into trashcans
Meokkaebiz transformed into trashcans
Citizens participating in the Mongttang Clean Hangang River campaignCitizens participating in the Mongttang Clean Hangang River campaign
Citizens participating in the Mongttang Clean Hangang River campaignCitizens participating in the Mongttang Clean Hangang River campaign
Citizens participating in the Mongttang Clean Hangang River campaign

Gifts such as a Meokkaebi trash bag, pouch, eco bag and chocolate will be handed out to citizens who participate in the trash disposal event. Various activities will be held including Meokkaebi face painting and photo taking with family, lover or fellow citizens at the photo zone and uploading them on Facebook or Instagram.

Trash disposal after festivals is a big problem in Japan as well. A broadcasting company in Japan showed keen interest in the Mongttang Clean Hangang River campaign. It was introduced as a successful event that received positive feedback from citizens through utilization of monster characters that eat trash.

 Introduction of Mongttang Clean Hangang River campaign– NHK (Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan) Introduction of Mongttang Clean Hangang River campaign– NHK (Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan)
< Introduction of Mongttang Clean Hangang River campaign– NHK (Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan) >

Overview of the 2017 Seoul International Fireworks Festival Clean River Campaign

□ Event Overview

  • ○ Event Name: Fireworks Clean Hangang River campaign
  • ○ Time: 2:00pm~6:00pm on Sep. 30, 2017 (Sat)
  • ○ Location: Event plaza at Yeouido Hangang Park
  • ○ Inquiries: Mongttang, dreaming of a clean Hangang River
    (Facebook)www.facebook.com/cleanhanriver

□ Program

  • ○ Back story
    – Trash-eating monster, guardian angel of the earth’s environment! Meokkaebiz are back. Meokkaebiz, who were enjoying a deep sleep under the Hangang River, arose from their deep slumber when people started to dump trash. Transforming into trashcans, they will gobble up all the trash there is!
  • ○ Description
     Description

□ How to Participate

  • ○ For: All citizens
  • ○ How to participate: SNS or on-site participation
  • ○ Fee: Free



Useful Information for the Chuseok Season

Useful Information for the Chuseok Season

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will implement Five Chuseok Plans between September 27 and October 10, 2017 so that citizens can enjoy a safe, comfortable traditional holiday.

① One, implement a special inspection and carry out preventative measures to check road facilities, construction sites, and fire-prone areas to prevent accidents before the start of Chuseok. Have an emergency duty lineup ready to prepare for any unexpected natural disasters such as heavy rain. Station rescue teams on standby at major subway stations, terminals and cemeteries.

② Two, increase the number of Express bus / intercity bus operations by 20%, and capacity by 51% (compared to a regular day) to carry 130,000 travelers daily on average. Also, provide advanced and real-time traffic information through various media to promote travel convenience and establish traffic order through controlling illegal parking or refusal to accept customers by taxis.
(☞ Check road traffic in real-time: Website for checking Seoul’s traffic conditions: http://topis.seoul.go.kr/ )

During nighttime, 9 owl bus lines (11:40pm ~ 5:00am) and 2,580 night taxis (9:00pm~9:00am) will be in operation. The SMG will not, however, extend the last bus hours for public transportation.

Useful Information for the Chuseok Season
No.Route NumberOrigin and DestinationIntervalHours of Operation
1N13Sanggye-dong~Jangji-dong25~30 min00:00~03:30
2N15Ui-dong~Sadang Station25~35 min00:00~03:20
3N16Dobongsan Mountain~Onsu-dong25~30 min00:20~03:45 (Onsu-dong)
00:10~03:35 (Dobongsan Mountain)
4N26Banghwa-dong~Sinnae-dong30~35 min00:00~03:10
5N30Gangil-dong~Seoul Station30~35 min23:30~03:40
6N37Jingwan-dong~Jangji-dong25~30 min00:00~03:10
7N61Sinjeong-dong~Nowon Station20~25 min23:50~03:45
8N62Sinjeong-dong~Myeonmok-dong30 min23:40~03:00
9N65Gaehwa-dong~Siheung-dong25~30 min00:00~3:10

Useful Information for the Chuseok Season

③ Three, 170 emergency medical institutions and 200 pharmacies will be opened during the holiday to prepare for emergency situations.

☞ National Emergency Medical Center website: http://www.e-gen.or.kr/egen/main.do
☞ Pharmacy 114 website: http://www.pharm114.or.kr/

< Special Operation of the 120 Dasan Call Center during Chuseok [Sep. 30 (Sat) ~ Oct. 9 (Mon)] >

◈ Description: Information on transportation, medical services, living and cultural activities

– Transportation: Inquiries on hours of operation of trains and buses at train stations and terminals

– Emergency: Inquiries on emergency centers and pharmacies, reporting illegal parking or dumping trash

– Culture: Inquiries on Chuseok events in Seoul and other autonomous districts, operation status of cultural facilities, etc.

– Living: Trash disposal schedule, administrative affairs of cities and districts

Cultural Events for Chuseok

Traditional Culture

Traditional Culture
Date/TimeLocationTitleFee
Oct 3-5
11:00~17:00
Yard at Namsangol Hanok Village
/Outdoor Stage at the Yard of Cheonugak
How to Enjoy Chuseok at Namsangol VillageFree
(Certain programs are free)
Oct 5-8
11:00~17:00
Seoul City Hall
Citizens Hall
Traditional gamesFree

Exhibitions/Events

Exhibitions/Events
DateLocationTitleFee
Oct 5-7.Seoul Baekje Museum2017 Hangawi Museum FestivalFree
Sep 29-Oct 1Seoul Museum of Art Buk Seoul Museum of ArtSeoul Cake Week 2017Free
Oct 7Sejong Art GardenSejong Art Market “So-So”Free

Performances

Performances
Date/TimeLocationTitleFee
Sep 28-29
19:30~21:00
Crown Haitai Theater,
Seoul Namsan Gugak Center
Korean Music in the World20,000 won
Sep 30, Oct 7
17:00~18:00
Cheonugak Outdoor Stage,
Namsangol Hanok Village
Saturday Excursion for Traditional TunesFree
Sep 30
17:00
Changnyeongwigung Ritual House, Dream Forest Art CenterForest Ensemble
“Dreams and Memories”
Free
Oct 4
17:00
Seoul Donhwamun Traditional TheaterChuseok GamesFree



Introduction of 39 old shops in Jongno and Euljiro

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has discovered and introduced old shops in Seoul that contain the sentiments and narratives unique to Seoul. Selected shops are either over 30 years old, inherited over two or more generations or shops that are operated by those designated as intangible cultural heritage (or holder of the skill).

The SMG disclosed a list with 39 old stores in Jongno and Euljiro with excellent accessibility to nearby tourist attractions. The list consists of stores in diverse categories with a focus on traditional shops including teahouses, ancient art galleries, rice cake shops, stamp shops, clock shops, handicraft stores, record store, oriental medicine store, sweets shops, small restaurants, Buddhist supply store and workshops. Restaurants were excluded as they have already received plenty of media attention.

The SMG hopes to promote the value of old things and the unique charm of old shops in a modern city to domestic and foreign tourists to provide them with a very special experience in Seoul.

Old Shops Recommended by the SMG

NO.Name of ShopCategoryAddressPhoneDescription
1Gawon Craft StudioHandicrafts45, Donhwamun-ro 6na-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-814-0250Jade work
2Kyung-in Museum of Fine ArtArt gallery11-4, Insadong 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-733-4448Display artwork
3Koo Ha San BangCalligraphy supply store11, Insadong 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-732-9895Traditional writing utensils
4Gukseon OttchilLacquerware shop88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea 82-2-2265-3371Lacquerware
5KymBakYeonWorkshop24-12, Bukchon-ro 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-730-2067Traditional gold work
6Nakwon FoodRice cake shop444-1, Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-732-5579Duteop Rice Cake
7Napcheong BronzewareBronzeware shop39, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-736-5492Handmade bronzeware
8Naeja PeanutsSweets shop111-1, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-730-7239Sweets
9Daegu Sesame Oil ShopSesame seed oil shop67, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-765-3475Sesame seed oil, perilla oil
10Donglim Knot WorkshopWorkshop10, Bukchon-ro 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-3673-2778Knot work/workshop
11Dongyang MillRice cake shop77, Jahamun-ro 40-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-379-6987Jumbo songpyeon (half-moon rice cake) and other rice cakes
12Manna BunsikKorean fast food 9-2, Pirundae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-732-5101Tteokbokki (stir-fired rice cake), sundae (Korean sausage)
13Myeongsindang Handicrafts34, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Koreaf82-2-722-4846Traditional writing utensils, seals
14Munhwa BarbershopBarbershop7, Hyehwa-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-762-2314Barber
15ParkindangStamps55, Room 302, Daesin Building, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-733-3429Stamps
16Bukchon Wood WorkshopWorkshop12, Gyedong 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-725-1061Wood workshop
17Biwon Rice CakeRice cake shop20, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-765-4928Sweet rice with nuts and jujube, pancake with stuffing
18SambowonBuddhist supply store53, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-732-9904Rosary, incense
19Sonmat GimbapKorean fast food18, Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-722-8389Addictive seaweed rolls
20Sunnie’s Side DishesSide dishes88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-2279-1885Marinated crab, spicy fermented flatfish
21Ahwon GongbangHandicrafts3, Bukchon-ro 5ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-735-3482Candlesticks, jewelry, etc.
22Yuil ClinicOriental medicine17-3, Yulgok-ro 30-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-742-5533Acupuncture, herbal medicine
23JidaebangTeahouse33, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-738-5379Traditional tea and sweets
24Cheongwon SanbangWorkshop27, Bukchon-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-715-3342Wood work for windows and doors
25TalbangHandicrafts48, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-734-9289Traditional masks
26TongmungwanBook store55-1, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-734-4092Old books
27Tong-in StoreAncient art gallery32, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-733-4867Old artworks
28Natural DyeWorkshop8, Changdeokgung 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-765-9970Traditional dyeing experience
29Hakrim TeahouseTeahouse119, Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-742-2877Coffee
30Hyoja BakeryBakery54, Pirundae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-736-7629Bread
31GamuCafe2F, 3F & 4F, 16, Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-776-3141Tea
32Dol RecordsRecords49-29, Majangro-9gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-2235-7130LP records
33Seoul Store General store2, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-788-8149Ginseng and other goods
34Seoul RecordsRecords56, Euljiro-1ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-776-4756Records, DVDs
35Songlim Handmade ShoesHandmade shoe store3F-4F, 60-1, Supyo-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-2279-1910Handmade shoes
36Eulji TeahouseTeahouse72-1, Chungmu-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-2272-1886Black herbal tea
37Jongno TailorTailor shopRoom 618, Eulji Business Center, 45, Supyo-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-733-6216Custom-made suits
38TaegeukdangBakery7, Dongho-ro 24-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-2279-3152Sweet bean bread
39Hanyeong TailorTailor shop2, Toegye-ro 20-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea82-2-735-1988Custom-made suits
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Seoul Street Arts Festival 2017 kicks off on Oct. 5 offering enjoyable events for Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving Holidays

  • –The annual street arts festival to take place in downtown Seoul from Oct. 5 to 8, 2017 offering a total of 145 rounds of 47 performances for free to the public
  • –For the opening performance “Muaré,” multinational performance groups and Lee Seung-Hwan Band of Korea to be collaborated
  • –The festival to be closed with fireworks show presented by Korean and Spanish teams
  • –Traffic to be shut down from Gwanghwamun intersection to Daehanmun Gate from 9am to 10pm on the last day of the festival

The Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (SFAC) announced that it would hold the Seoul Street Arts Festival 2017 in downtown Seoul including Seoul Plaza in front of the City Hall and the Sejong-daero street for four days from October 5 through 8, 2017.

This year’s festival is prepared with the theme of “pleasant consolation” to send a message of support to the citizens who went through pains and aches, and delight and impression of political turmoil last year.

Directed by Professor Jongseok Kim at Yongin University, the annual street arts festival invites international performance teams from the UK, Spain and Argentina. It will offer a total of 145 rounds of 47 street arts performances during the festival.

Main programs include “Muaré Experience,” an aerial performance presented by Duchamp Pilot from the UK and VOALA from Spain and Argentina with Lee Seung-Hwan Band of Korea as the opening performance, and “Su A Feu+ Transforming Seoul,” a fireworks show by Deabru Beltzak of Spain, HWARANG art pyrotechnics and Asian Shot of Korea as the closing event. 16 international performances and 31 Korean ones in total will delight Seoul citizens and visitors alike during the festival. Besides, performances where citizens are allowed to participate, citizens’ parade and other exciting programs are expected to take place.

Art Director Jongseok Kim said, “Last year, we changed the title of the festival from Hi Seoul Festival to Seoul Street Arts Festival to fortify its identity. This year, we prepare new programs that will raise public awareness of the festival and increase citizens’ opportunities to participate.” He added, “Especially we developed timely theme and programs to approach much friendlier to the citizens.”

SFAC also presents diverse events to bring all walks of life together. For family audiences who look for enjoyable events for their “Chuseok” (Korean Thanksgiving) holidays, entertainment-added events, or ARTainments, are introduced – for example, Gandini Juggling’s “Smashed,” Circus Group Bongnjoule’s “I, Bongnjoule,” AH-HAE Project’s “Camping Theatre; the Spaceman,” and Teamclown’s “Gyeongsang Bubble.”

Also in “Let’s play with Gildongee,” citizens can participate in the performance and have hands-on experiences. “Gildongee” is the name of the festival’s voluntary guide who leads the event autonomously. Around 370 Gildongees are expected to help citizens enjoy the festival. Gildongee is named after Gildong Hong who is the main figure of Korean comic story book.

Meanwhile, traffic will be shut down in the 500-meter street of Sejong-daero from Gwanghawmun Intersection to Daehanmum Gate from 9am to 10pm on the last day of the festival (Oct. 8).

During the festival, the Mapo Cultural Storage Site where was opened to the public as of September 1, 2017, the newly opened pedestrian floating road Seoullo 7017, and Mugyo Regeneration Space will also become places for street arts performances.

In addition, Seoul Street Arts Creation Center will run a container vehicle for Street Arts Exhibition Tour where visitors can learn about the history and types of street arts performances. SFAC will stage an arts support campaign and provide a variety of first-hand experience programs at Seoul Plaza.

For more information on the festival, please call the SFAC’s Festival Organizing Committee (82-2-3290-7090) or visit its official Website at www.festivalseoul.or.kr.




2017 Seoul Street Arts Festival to be held During Chuseok

2017 Seoul Street Arts Festival to be held During Chuseok

The Seoul Street Arts Festival will be held between October 5 and 8, 2017 at Seoul Plaza and Sejong-daero during the national Chuseok holiday. For this year’s festival, 47 works from Korea, England, Spain, Argentina, etc. will perform a total of 145 street performances and citizens will be able to participate in a variety of special programs.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) also prepared performances under this year’s theme of Merry Consolation for young people, head of households and neglected neighbors to enjoy.

Inquiries:
Website www.festivalseoul.or.kr
Contact 82-2-3290-7090

Overview of the < 2017 Seoul Street Arts Festival >

□ Festival Overview

TimeOctober 5-8, 2017
Place

Plazas (Seoul Plaza, Cheonggye Plaza, Gwanghwamun Square)
Streets (Sejong-daero, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Deoksudung-gil)
Urban Regeneration Space (Oil Tank Culture Park, Mugyo Regeneration Space, Seoullo 7017)
Seoul Museum of Art, Citizens hall, etc.

ThemeMerry Consolation
ProgramsPerformances: 47 works, 145 performances
•Officially invited works (Overseas/Domestic): 34 works, 98 performances (Overseas: 12 teams; 12 works; 40 performances, Domestic: 21 teams; 22 works; 58 performances)
•Free submissions (Overseas/Domestic Works): 13 works; 47 performances (Overseas: 4 teams; 4 work; 18 performances, Domestic: 9 teams; 9 works; 29 performances)
Closing programs
•Citizen participation program
• Closing citizen’s parade
Special programs
•Small festivals by citizens
•Citizen participation program
•Movable display of street art
•Arts sponsoring campaign
•Specialist program

□ Festival Overview

CategoryDescriptionTotalParticipating countries
PerformanceOverseas work16 works
(12 officially invited overseas works,
4 freely submitted overseas works)
47 works from 8 countriesTotal of Eight Countries: Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, France, Finland, Korea
Domestic work31 works
(22 officially invited domestic works,
9 freely submitted domestic works)



Seoullo Media Canvas, a Great Spot to Tie the Knot

Seoullo Media Canvas, a Great Spot to Tie the Knot

Seoullo 7017 will open a large media canvas to display media artworks by famous artists. People can propose to their lover on the screen as well.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will install a 29m long, 7.7m tall Seoullo Media Canvas on the wall of Jungnim-dong branch Woori Bank in front of Malli-dong Plaza and display various media artworks starting on September 21, 2017.

The hours of operation is from 6pm to 11pm on weekdays and 5pm to 11pm on weekends. Screening of media artworks and citizens’ media artworks and citizen participation events will be displayed at a ratio of 6 to 4.

What differentiates the media canvas from existing media facades is that it allows for bi-directional communication through real-time participation of citizens.

When citizens apply through the smartphone app, they can propose to lovers through image, photo or text and display the photos they have taken on the large screen at Seoullo 7017.

The SMG will also release an app called Seoullo Media Canvas as a means to encourage real-time citizen participation on September 21, 2017. Search for Seoullo Canvas (or Seoullo Media Canvas) at the App Store (iPhone) or Play Store (Android) to download.

Location and aerial view of `Seoullo Media Canvas`
Location and aerial view of `Seoullo Media Canvas`




Seoul completes its second-stage of improving water facilities in Chanchamayo of Peru

  • –Seoul has injected around 900 million won (US$ 793,000) in ODA for the second-stage of water facility improvement in Peru
  • –Peru’s aqueduct and water intake & supply systems were improved and a new water purification plant was built through the assistance project to provide clean water to residents in Chanchamayo
  • –Seoul to continue providing assistance where needed throughout the world and find opportunities to expand Korea’s businesses on waterworks abroad.

Overseas development assistance projects carried by the Seoul Metropolitan Government have been successfully paying off. Especially it obtains great results in the waterworks field.

As the first assistance project, the city government built and renovated water supplies and purification plants in Chanchamayo, Peru, based on its advanced know-hows and skills. Now the city of Chanchamayo is able to produce and supply clean water to its residents.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Office of Waterworks has been conducting various overseas development assistance projects related to waterworks – through which it builds water facilities to underdeveloped countries, promote exchanges of experiences, know-hows and skills with other countries by holding workshops and dispatching skilled manpower. It also supports Korean companies that have a plan to extend their waterworks business abroad.

Since 2013, the city government has been building and improving waterworks in Chanchamayo in three stages – It improved the aqueduct and water intake systems, built a new water purification plant, and improved the water supply plants in La Merced. As of September 12, 2017, the city government completed its second-stage of works.

The city government injected 2.1 billion won (US$ 1.8 million) from 2013 to 2018 into building or renovating water supplies and purification plants in Chanchamayo’s San Ramon, La Merced and Pichanaki, which will provide clean water to residents in the area.

The assistance projects are made through the Official Development Assistance that can be used to promote international exchanges, amicable ties and cooperation with foreign countries and disaster relief activities. Around 900 million won (US$ 793,000) have been spent for the first and second stages of works in Peru as far.

Other cities including Huancayo in Peru and Bogota in Colombia are also interested in possible cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Government to improve local water supply and purification systems.

The city government hopes to continue to provide assistance where needed throughout the world, such as South America, Africa and Southeast countries, to build water facilities for cleaner water. It will also find opportunities to expand Korea’s businesses on waterworks abroad.