Seoullo 7017 Celebrates the 2nd Anniversary of its Opening

Seoullo 7017

Seoullo 7017 celebrated the second year since its opening on May 20, 2019. During the two years since its opening, a total of 16.7 million citizens and tourists have visited Seoullo 7017 (as of April 30, 2019), which amounts to an average of approximately 20,000 visitors per day. Moreover, Seoullo 7017 has also received a great amount of attention, not only domestically but also internationally. The opening of Seoullo 7017 was announced in the UK’s The Guardian, America’s CNN, and The Financial Times, in addition to being selected as one of the “100 Must-Visit Tourist Spots of Korea 2019-2020” by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Seoullo 7017 was also designated as one of the “World’s Greatest Places” in the August 2018 issue of TIME magazine.

According to a survey conducted by Seoullo 7017, visitors sought out Seoullo 7017 mostly in order to take rests and go for walks. At Seoullo 7017, there are 287 types of plants of 50 different species that create a garden within the city, offering a space for rest.

Since its opening, Seoullo 7017 has constantly formed partnerships for mutual support between local businesses. In addition to jointly publicized activities with local merchants, Seoullo initiated activities for local residents and program support while contributing to this park culture that stretches out into neighboring alleyways.

Shops in the vicinity of Seoul Station, where Seoullo 7017 is located, continue to undergo high-spirited changes. At old existing shops such as car centers and drivers’ diners in Malli-dong and Jungnim-dong, “young bosses” have opened trendy dessert shops, pubs, and cafes.

Seoullo 7017’s “Pedestrian Roads” hold year-round festivals and programs that reflect its identity. Festivals include path-themed parades, busking relay performances, flower exhibitions, live talk shows, and walkathons, as well as programs such as the Seoullo School and Seoullo Story Classroom in which people of all ages can participate.

In celebration of the second year since Seoullo 7017’s opening, “Seoullo Story” will be open on May 19 (Sun.) from 14:00-19:00 and on May 21 (Tues.) from 17:00-21:00 on the upper overpass and in Malli-dong Plaza with a citizens’ market, performances, and citizens talk show. During this time, Seoullo 7017 will also be hosting various free events in which the public can participate. For more information on Seoullo’s two-year anniversary event, “Seoullo Story,” and other programs, visit the Seoullo website (seoullo7017.seoul.go.kr).




Seoul Marathon Selected as World Athletics Heritage

The Seoul Marathon, co-sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Dong-A Ilbo, was awarded the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Athletics Heritage Plaque at the opening event in Yokohama, Japan, on May 10, 2019. The Seoul Marathon is the first marathon in Asia and the third in the world, following marathons in Boston, U.S.A., and Athens, Greece, to be selected as a full-course marathon.

The World Athletics Heritage Plaque was established by Olympic gold medalist and IAAF President, Sebastian Coe, to commemorate the astounding memories and moments of a 3000-year athletics history, while the plaque honors the competitions and landmarks that contribute to the growth and history of athletics.

As Korea’s one and only Gold Label Road Race, the Seoul Marathon celebrates its 90th anniversary this year following its establishment in 1931. The Seoul Marathon that unfolds at the heart of Seoul splits into a full course for elite marathoners, as well as a 10-km course, to promote healthy participation among the public, addition to a marathon festival with over 40,000 participants annually.

A total of 139 local and foreign marathoners and 38,000 participants (with 20,000 in the full course, 15,000 in the 10-km course, and 3,000 in the relay) from 66 countries took part in the Seoul Marathon on March 17, 2019.

The Seoul Marathon acquired the Gold Label for ten consecutive years as of this year, with its sights set on obtaining the Platinum Label, one level beyond the gold, in the coming year.




2019 Seoul Museum Week

In light of International Museum Day (May 18), Seoul will designate the week of May 14 (Tues.) to May 19 (Sun.) as the 2019 Seoul Museum Week during which various programs will be available to citizens.

The 2019 Seoul Museum Week will introduce Seoul’s lesser-known museums and art museums to the public, offering an opportunity for new discoveries and visits.
The main events will include, “Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators,” “Walking to Museums and Art Museums,” “Sticker Tour,” and “10 Thousand Museums, 10 Thousand Colors, Seoul’s Museums and Art Museums.” A free shuttle bus service will be available for easy access to the major museums.

The “Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators” program will consist of four differently-themed, 2-hour courses that will be operated twice a day at 10:00 and 14:00 on the 18th and 19th. Reservations can be made on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. on May 14 at Seoul’s Reservation for Public Service website (yeyak.seoul.go.kr).

< Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators >

Visiting Museums and Art Museums alongside Curators
Course Name Tour Course
Independence Movement in Museums Seoul Museum of History, Donuimun Museum Village, Gyeonggyojang
Museums inside of Hanok Seoul Education Museum, Baek In-je House Museum, Go Hui-dong Arts Museum
Museums within Modern Buildings Seoul Museum of Art, Appenzeller Noble Memorial Museum, Jungmyeongjeon Hall
People in Museums Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum, Central Post Office, National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

The Museum and Art Museum Walking Tour Courses is recommended to citizens who want to enjoy museums located in and around Seoul’s major tourist attractions.

< Walking to Museums and Art Museums >

Walking to Museums and Art Museums
Course Name Tour Course
Jeong-dong Modern History Street Seoul Museum of History → Donuimun Museum Village → Former Russian Legation → Gojonguigil (The path taken by Gojong) →Jungmyeongjeon Hall → Ewha Woman’s University Museum → Appenzeller Noble Memorial Museum → Seoul Museum of Art
Bukchon, Neighborhood of Joseon’s Yangban (Noblemen) Jeongdok Public Library → Baek In-je House Museum → Bukchon Hanok Village → Bukchon Museum → Gahoe Museum
Seochon, the Artists’ Village Suseong-dong Valley → Site of Yoon Dong-ju’s Boarding House → Park No-soo Art Museum → Sajikdan Altar → National Palace Museum of Korea → Gyeongbokgung Palace
Elegance of Namsan Mountain Seoul Namsan Tower → Museum of Performing Arts → Jangchungdan Park → Namsangol Hanok Village → Former Site of Tonggambu (Japanese Office)
Museums and Seoul Station Culture Station Seoul 284 → Seoullo 7017 → Namdaemun Presbyterian Church → Sungnyemun Gate → Yakhyeon Catholic Church → Son Kee Chung Memorial Hall
Museums Along the City Fortress Dongdaemun History & Culture Park → Heunginjimun Gate → Seoul City Wall Museum → Iumpium Sewing History Center → Nam June Paik Memorial Museum
Meeting Baekje in Hanseong Mongchon Museum of History → Mongchontoseong → Seoul Baekje Museum → Olympic Park
Seongbuk-dong, the First Neighborhood in the North of Hanyangdoseong (Seoul City Wall) Choi Sunu House → Seonjamdan → Seonjam Museum → Seongbuk Museum of Art → Manhae Han Yongun Simujang

Citizens who visit museums and art museums during Museum Week can participate in an event to win a ticket to the David Hockney exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art.

< How to Participate in the Sticker Tour >

  • Visit four Sticker Tour locations to collect stickers
  • Bring the program book filled with stickers to receive a voucher for an extra ticket to the David Hockney exhibition that will be provided with the purchase of a regular admission ticket
    • – Participating locations: Gyeomjae Jeongseon Art Museum, Go Hui-dong Arts Museum, Donuimun Museum, Park No-soo Art Museum, Nam June Paik Memorial Museum, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seongbuk Museum of Art

The ‘Museum Shuttle’service that will be making rounds to the major museums in Jongno and Bukchon will operate free of charge for two days, on the 18th and 19th, from 10:00 to 16:30 in 30-minute intervals.

The shuttle buses will depart every thirty minutes after the hour and every hour, on the hour, from the Seoul Museum of History (Kumho Asiana Main Tower). Curators will also be riding the buses to offer guided tours of neighboring museums and routes.

Starting at the Seoul Museum of History, the buses will stop at eleven museums. Visitors will be able to visit 27 museums and art museums located within the vicinity of the bus stops.

< Shuttle Routes >

Walking to Museums and Art Museums
  Bus Stop Neighboring Museums and Historic Sites
1 Seoul Museum of History
(in front of Kumho Asiana Main Tower)
Seoul Museum of History, Donuimun Museum Village, The Korean National Police Heritage Museum, Sehwa Museum of Art
2 National Palace Museum of Korea National Palace Museum of Korea, Daelim Museum
3 National Museum of Korean Contemporary History National Museum of Korean Contemporary History
4 National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), National Folk Museum of Korea, Kumho Museum of Art
5 Seoul Education Museum Seoul Education Museum, Art Sonje Center, World Jewellery Museum
6 Baek In-je House Museum Baek In-je House Museum, Bukchon Traditional Museum, Myeong In Museum, Gahoe Minhwa Museum
7 Go Hui-dong Arts Museum Go Hui-dong Arts Museum
8 ARARIO MUSEUM in SPACE ARARIO MUSEUM in SPACE
9 Central Buddhist Museum Central Buddhist Museum, OCI Museum of Art, Mokin Gallery, Bona Museum, Museum Kimchikan
10 Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum Gongpyeong Historic Sites Museum
11 Gwanghwamun Station Ilmin Museum of Art, Presseum, Art Center Nabi

During Museum Week there will be special exhibitions, educational programs, and events at participating museums and art museums. More information can be found on the Seoul Museum and Art Museum website (gomuseum.seoul.go.kr) and program books will be distributed at public museums in Seoul.




Official Opening of Seoul Metropolitan Archives, a Storage for Seoul’s Memories and Records

기억의 힘

The Seoul Metropolitan Archives, a storage space for Seoul’s memories and records, will officially open its doors on May 15, 2019. The Archives will not only manage and preserve municipal records that have been preserved for over thirty years and civil records that carry great public value, but also develop the Archives into a cultural heritage organization in citizens’ everyday lives. Here, citizens will be able to easily access data of choice and experience, firsthand, the preservation process of records.

Just as the proper management of records by the management agency of the Archives is the foundation to providing complete and accurate information and records to the public, Seoul Metropolitan Archives plans to grow into an international archive that improves the dignity of the capital’s 2000-year history.
The Seoul Metropolitan Archives is a local permanent archives management agency founded in accordance with the Act on the Management of Public Archives. As the top archives management agency rooted in the law, Seoul Metropolitan Archives will thoroughly preserve Seoul’s memories and records to oversee the management of Seoul’s records for future generations.

Under the perception that access to public records should not be exclusive to just one individual or a group or individuals, but rather should be open to the public, as they are public property to be passed on to future generations for a better future, Seoul became the first autonomous group to begin the construction of the Seoul Metropolitan Archives in April 2016 for an official launch on May 15, 2019.

The Seoul Metropolitan Archives is composed of two underground floors and five above-ground floors for a total area of 15,004㎡, possessing the equipment and capacity of a scale comparable to that of the National Archives of Korea.

The Seoul Metropolitan Archives will be operated with ▴ the Special Preservation Space, ▴ the Citizen Participation Space, and ▴ the Document Work Space.

Special Preservation Space (B1-B2): This space is home to essential documents, photos, images, and objects that testify to the history of the city, from Seoul’s land-related documents dating back to the early 1910s to electronic documents produced in the 2000s. The space also permanently manages over one million items, including predictions of records that are anticipated to be produced in the next thirty years. Furthermore, there is a library of paper documents along with a library with visual and auditory data under scientific and systematic management for the preservation of all archives in optimal environments.
Citizen Participation Space (1F-3F): This space will be operated under the concept of “Story + Sharing Archives,” where visitors can experience Seoul’s stories through records. In addition to the Reading Room where visitors can freely discover records, there will also be the Record Exhibition Hall that explains the significance of archives and the Open Library that offers a firsthand look into the preservation process.
Document Work Space (4F): This space has a Record Restoration Room where professionals restore damaged records, in addition to the Visual and Auditory Records Handling Room and the Electronic and Magnetic Media Workroom where documents and visual and auditory data are permanently preserved via technology.

Information on Seoul Metropolitan Archives
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-17:00 (closed January 1, Lunar New Year, Chuseok)
Admission: Free
Address: 7, Tongil-ro 62-gil, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
Transportation: Bulgwang Station (Lines 3, 6), Exit 2
Website: achives.seoul.go.kr




Opening of the ‘4th Seoul Youth Council’

Opening of the ‘4th Seoul Youth Council’

Seoul hosted the 4th Seoul Youth Council on May 11-12, 2019. The 4th Seoul Youth Council was comprised of the Seoul Children and Youth Participation Committee, which includes young people from 25 autonomous districts with experience in youth-participatory organizations, as well as youths hoping to become active in the Youth Council.

Young members who became council members this year, in 2019, made pledges at the opening ceremony, received commissions, and officially began their activities in the council.

The members took part in political activities in the following areas of the four standing committees: △humanities education, △living and welfare, △culture and participation, and △human rights and ethics. The committee chairperson and vice-chairperson of each standing committee, as well as one chairperson and two vice-chairpersons of the Youth Council were directly elected by the youths on the day of the opening ceremony.

Following the opening ceremony, the Youth Council discussed issues or circumstances related to youths in the local community, in addition to standing committee activities for policy introductions.

The general meeting will commence in November. A total of 24 policies were proposed at the general meeting in 2018 and 14 of them were reflected after examination.

As part of measures to eradicate the recently growing issue of sexual assault in schools, the sexual assault report box installment policy proposed by the Youth Council was reflected, leading to a push for the installment of a direct hotline between the Women’s Association and the superintendent of education by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education. The final policy decided by this year’s general meeting will be examined by the appropriate department and reflected in the Seoul Municipal Government.




6-km Section of Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest Open to Public

Seven years after the beginning of the revitalization of the Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest project by Seoul in 2013, the entire 6-km section of the forest has been completely connected to allow for uninterrupted walking.

Following the three sectional openings, the city completed the connection of the final 0.4-km section (from the entrance of Seoul National University of Science & Technology to the Gongdeok 2 Railway Crossing and Happy Housing office) that was left incomplete due to the construction of the Happy Housing office. The completed Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest is now officially and fully open to the public.

The Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest was transformed into a green park through Seoul’s Urban Regeneration Project of the abandoned Gyeongchun Line site following the discontinuance of the use of the railway in December of 2010. The old railroad track and structure was preserved while utilizing traces of the railway to plant flowers and trees for the creation of a “forest line.”

The newly opened section will be home to a photo exhibition incorporating the opening processes of the entire Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest section. The exhibition will feature images of the Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) from its first installment in 1936, to its closing in 2010, and its transformation into a forest.

Each section of the Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest has a special quality and charm. The first section hosted the transformation of a house into a café, to become a space of meeting and communication among residents. The second section is a park created by citizens that contains a vegetable garden and various trees. The third section consists of a railroad track in the forest where visitors can take quiet walks together with the history of the old Hwarangdae.

6-km Section of Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest Open to Public
Section Areas Distance Time of Opening
Section 1 Gongdeok 2 Railway Crossing – Yuksa Samgeori 1.9 ㎞ May 2015
Section 2 Gyeongchun Railroad Bridge – entrance of Seoul National Univ. of Science & Technology 1.2 ㎞ November 2016
Section 3 Yuksa Samgeori – border of Guri-si 2.5 ㎞ October 2017



Seoul Becomes Friendly with Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel’s economic capital of Tel Aviv, that has come to the forefront as the world’s finest startup city, will form a friendly relationship with Seoul, as well as a cooperative relationship. This is Seoul’s first friendly relationship with a city in Israel and the third with a city in the Middle East, after Tehran, Iran and Muscat, Oman.

Mayor Park Won-soon, who is currently visiting Tel Aviv, Israel, met with Mayor Ron Huldai at Tel Aviv City Hall to conclude an MOU on friendly exchanges and cooperation between Seoul and Tel Aviv.

With the Friendly City Agreement, the two cities will cooperate on improving the startup ecosystem, as well as in areas of innovative startups, culture and tourism, smart city, traffic, social innovation, shared economy, and sustainable development.

With Seoul’s current focus on innovative startups under the key strategy of changing the economic map in the future, the city’s new partnership with Tel Aviv, a global startup city that houses a 70% concentration of Israel’s high-tech industries, will aim to fortify the construction of Seoul’s innovative startup ecosystem.

Tel Aviv is the heart of the country’s economy, located along Israel’s western Mediterranean coast. Though it was once a small port city, Tel Aviv began to see full-scale development with the migration of individuals of Jewish background to the area in 1909.

The city became one of the world’s top startup cities with its implementation of various policies for the attraction of foreign investors and businesses, and provision of optimal working environments for early startups. The city understands that Mayor Ron Huldai, who has been mayor of Tel Aviv since 1998 for five consecutive terms, has played a significant role in the city’s growth. The population of Tel Aviv, that once recorded a forty-year negative growth, has now experienced a ten percent increase during Mayor Ron Huldai’s terms in office.

Mayor Park Won-soon visited “FutuRx,” Israel’s biotech, innovative startup incubator, to discuss cooperative measures with the Hongneung’s “Seoul Biohub,” the base location for the fostering of Seoul’s biotech industries.




Introducing Seoul’s Walking Tour Courses

Introducing Seoul’s Walking Tour Courses

Seoul will be introducing three walking courses (Deoksugung Palace – Jeong-dong Course, Mongchontoseong Fortress Course, Seoullo Night Course) to the city’s already-existing 33 walking tour courses.

The first course, the Deoksugung Palace – Jeong-dong Course, starts at Deoksugung Palace and travels along the tranquil stone wall path, passing the Seoul Museum of Art, the Chungdong First Methodist Church, and the Former Russian Legation (2.3 km, 2-hour course) for a tour of Korea’s modern, present-day history. The second course, the Mongchontoseong Fortress Course, is themed around the history and nature of Baekje, following a path that passes by the Pungnaptoseong Fortress, Mongchontoseong, the Peace Plaza, and the Seoul Baekje Museum (4 km, 2-hour, 30-minute course) for spiritual healing in the city. The last course, the Seoullo Night Course, offers a view of the beautiful, natural scenery of Seoul’s representative tourist attraction, Namsan Mountain, from Seoullo to Hanyangdoseong (Seoul City Wall), Baekbeom Plaza, and Sungnyemun Gate (2 km, 2-hour course).
Seoul currently operates 33 Seoul Walking Tour Courses with cultural tour guides. Reservations can be made for free at the Seoul Walking Tour website (http://korean.visitseoul.net/walking-tour), with guides available in four languages (Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese).




Seoul Holds Safe Seoul Festival for All Generations

Seoul Holds Safe Seoul Festival for All Generations

In an effort to become a safer city, Seoul will be hosting the 2019 Safe Seoul Festival at the Yeouido Park Culture Plaza for three days, from May 9-11, 2019.

This year, with the theme, “A place of safety and sympathy where all generations can participate together,” the Safe Seoul Festival will begin on May 9 with an opening event, comprehensive safety experience programs, and safety cultural events. The festival will offer theme-related programs and events until May 11.

The 2019 Safe Seoul Festival will greet the public, offering safety experience programs that all generations can understand. The festival will have comprehensive safety experiences that address fires, traffic, life, the environment, and the prevention of particulate matter, which has recently become a growing societal problem. The cultural event will incorporate a safety cultural event through which all generations can fully comprehend safety, private-public emergency relief training in preparation for disasters, and an international seminar that aims to be a hub for sharing safe, global policies. The festival will proceed as a cultural event offering safety-sympathizing experiences of various forms for all ages.

There will be a total of 86 safety experience programs in five different categories. The five categories include ① 17 fire safety programs, ② 11 traffic safety programs, ③ 18 living safety programs, ④ 18 car experience programs, and ⑤ 22 societal programs.

The festival will also be hosting smaller activities for citizens to enjoy. During the festival, at noon, there will be concerts, as well as a hot air balloon experience, cafes and food trucks, a fire-fighter musical, and an animation character parade.




Mayors of Seoul and London Discuss Cooperation on Low Emission Zones

Mayors of Seoul and London Discuss Cooperation on Low Emission Zones

Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul met with London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan at London City Hall. The two mayors discussed cooperative measures regarding the growth of innovative startups, a topic of interest common to both cities, as well as the fintech industry, attraction of foreign investments, and improvement of air quality.

The two mayors first shared the current states of the “Environment-friendly Car Rating System” that both cities have promoted to reduce particulate matter, and then agreed to continue their internationally cooperative relationship to solve the problem of air quality.

Following this joint declaration, Seoul took the lead in introducing an environment-friendly rating system by offering a strong governmental proposal. The city’s Metropolitan Council then passed eight bills, including the “Special Act on Fine Dust Reduction and Management,” that were enforced starting in February 2019 through various policies. Seoul is currently the only city in the nation to implement operational restrictions on five-grade vehicles after the official announcement of emergency reduction measures. Furthermore, the city plans to enforce a trial project of regular operational restrictions on five-grade gas emission vehicles in “green traffic areas” as part of its traffic demand management in consideration of the atmospheric environment.

London was the first major city in the world to jointly declare and begin enforcement of the “Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)” policy for restrictions on vehicle operations in order to solve the chronic problem of air quality in the city.

Furthermore, Mayor Park Won-soon and Mayor Sadiq Khan sought to compose cooperative measures in the economic field. Seoul has made economy revival its key project with the completion of the seventh popular elections and focuses on revitalizing urban industries and the city’s capabilities when it comes to innovative startups. London has promoted a change in its economic paradigm through recent innovative growth amid difficult interior and exterior conditions such as Brexit.

The meeting between Mayor Park and Mayor Khan is their first meeting in two years after Mayor Park’s visit to London in 2017. At the first meeting, the two mayors discussed various exchange and cooperative plans based on their commonality as mayors who have responded to climate changes, taken the lead in social integration and innovation following their inauguration into office as human rights lawyers and members of civic organizations, and concluded an agreement that paved the way for cooperation in nine areas including economic democratization.




Mayor of Seoul Visits Three Middle Eastern and European Countries for Strategic Planning of Innovative Startups

strategic-planning

Mayor Park Won-soon will be making visits in the Middle East and Europe from May 1-8, 2019. This will be his first visit to the Middle East in six years after his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2013. He will visit the three cities of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, London, England, and Tel Aviv, Israel.

The keywords theming this round of visits is “Innovative Startups.” Mayor Park Won-soon presented startups as the solution to reviving the economy, a project emphasized by the municipal government. This time, he will make his very first visit to Israel, a global startup nation that has created the world’s number one cyber security business. Mayor Park will meet with important figures to actively seek advice on policies and ideas for creating an ecosystem for Seoul, a city open to startups, as well as to propose exchanges and collaborations with Seoul’s businesses. A friendly city agreement will be concluded with Tel Aviv, the economic center of Israel, thus opening a gateway seeking exchanges, collaborations, and cooperation in various areas, including Israel’s forte, innovative startups.

The two-night, three-day visit to London will take place during the UK Fintech Week, which will stress Seoul’s sales in London, a global financial center. Mayor Park Won-soon will take the stand at the “Seoul Investor Relations (IR).”

In the UAE, the mayor will meet with high-ranking officials of the UAE government, as follow-up measures of the MOU was concluded between Seoul and the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment at the Korea-UAE Summit in February 2019. This visit is being made in order to offer a concrete proposal for the formation of a UAE-customized “Upcycling Landmark.”




Korea’s First Botanical Park, “Seoul Botanic Park,” Officially Opens May 1

Seoul Botanic Park
Plant Culture Center (Greenhouse + Educational & Cultural Space)
Lake Garden Botanic Garden (Medicative Garden)
Greenhouse (Mediterranean Zone) Greenhouse (Tropical Zone Skywalk)

Seoul’s first botanical park, Seoul Botanic Park, will officially open its doors on May 1 after concluding its trial operation.
All zones of the greenhouse (Tropical and Mediterranean Zones) that were closed for two months from March 2019 due to inside supplementation will be open to the public starting at 9:30 a.m. on May 1. The “Marsh Park,” one of the four sections of the garden (Forest Field, Botanic Garden, Lake Garden, Wetland), that was previously closed due to preparatory work will open on the same day, allowing for full use of the entire 504,000 ㎡ area.

The garden’s currently-owned 3,100 types of plants will be expanded to 8,000 types to actively collect plants and actively promote institutional exchange, research, and propagation with the goal of becoming Korea’s representative city-type botanical garden.

The greenhouse will feature the Victoria lily that was first discovered by the Amazon River, a wild tree that grows in Queensland, Australia, an olive tree brought in from Spain, and other rare plants that are difficult to find in Korea and that are also in line with the exhibition concept of plants from twelve cities around the world.

Seoul Botanic Park is a “Botanical Garden + Park” within a space that is the first to be introduced in the country under the concept of an organic fusion of “park” and “botanical garden.”

The four spaces of the garden include the ▴Forest Field, ▴ Botanic Garden, ▴Lake Garden, and ▴Wetland. Starting from the opening day on May 1, the Theme Garden will be in operation from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a small fee, and the park areas (Forest Field, Lake Garden, Wetland) will be open year-round (24 hours) at no charge. The Botanic Garden can be accessed at KRW 5,000 for adults, KRW 3,000 for teens, and KRW 2,000 for children.

The Botanic Garden can be accessed
Category Cost (KRW) Additional Comments
Adults
Teens
Children
5,000
3,000
2,000
Children: ages 6-12
Teens: ages 13-18
Adults: ages 19-65
Groups: more than 30 people entering at the same time with same intent

Through Seoul Botanic Park, the city plans to ▴develop plant culture, ▴take the lead in plant diversification research, ▴establish a citizen-participatory park culture, and ▴realize the value of a growing botanical garden.

General botanical gardens aim for plant research and preservation, but Seoul Botanic Park considers the improvement of plant culture in citizens’ lives as an important project and plans to focus on providing citizens various experiences related to plants.

Seoul Botanic Park website: botanicpark.seoul.go.kr