INTO SEOUL

It has been almost a year since Seoul has won the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2018 with the world’s attention and celebration for its urban revitalization policy through civic participation. In celebration of its first anniversary, the city made a pictorial video “INTO SEOUL” to present beautiful scenes of Seoul at that time.
Let’s see the attractive Seoul city where the past and the present coexist and change through urban revitalization.



2019 Cultural Seoul Plaza

Seoul city has offered an opportunity through the Seoul’s cultural policy for citizens to enjoy leisure along with cultural arts in their daily lives with a variety of cultural performances including classic, gukak fusion and circus at special stage in Seoul Plaza from every May to October since 2015. Besides, the ‘Citizen Lounge’ as a rest area, photo zones and the citizen-oriented stage with piano are ready for visitors to have fun freely when there is no performance in Seoul Plaza. On April 26th, global vocalist Paul Potts and soprano KimSoon-young gave the unforgettable memories to the people by taking the stage together to offer fantastic show in special opening ceremony.



DDP Celebrates 5th Anniversary

The giant grey architectural work located in the Dongdaemun district of Seoul is one of the most well-recognized landmarks of the city.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, more commonly known as DDP, is the world’s largest three-dimensional amorphous architecture designed by late architect Zaha Hadid. It’s built with some 45,000 aluminum panels and has no straight lines or walls.

Since its opening in 2014, DDP has been serving as a cultural hub hosting 186 exhibitions and 478 events year-round. Asia’s biggest fashion event, Seoul Fashion Week is also held here twice a year bringing in fashion lovers, designers, and buyers from all around the world.

“DDP has become an international landmark. It is one of the most visited spots in Seoul by foreigners. We have had more visitors than we initially expected and have seen DDP contribute to the vitalization of surrounding shops.”

To mark its 5th anniversary, DDP is offering special tours to 88 citizens inside the iconic building. Visitors will get a chance to see some hidden places that have never been opened for the public, including the control room, warehouse, and machine room.
Passing through the backdoors, visitors can peek at the behind-the-scenes operations that keep this giant piece of architecture running smoothly.

People can get a better understanding of DDP’s unique design by looking at the inside structure of the roof. At a space right below the roof, visitors can see the space frame that sustains the building without pillars.

The highlight of the special tour is going up to the rooftop. The initial design of the building was supposed to allow the public access to the rooftop but that changed when the ceiling got higher during the construction process. While wearing safety gear, visitors can get a rare panorama view of the Dongdaemun area.

Although only 4 special tours are planned for the 5th anniversary, if there’s more demand, it could become a regular program. Various exhibitions and events are also lined up to mark the occasion.

“Now being recognized as a global design hub, Dongdaemun Design Plaza hopes to expand its role in the local community and help local design businesses in the coming years.”
Lee Min-sun Arirang News.

Reporter : minsunlee@arirang.com)




Seoul 365 Fashion Show

The Seoul 365 Fashion Show is a project that the city of Seoul has been organizing since 2016, in collaboration with the citizens, with the intention of promoting fashion shows that are closer in proximity to people’s everyday lives. Seoul’s attractions are transformed into runways where various fashion shows are held each month. The event offers participatory programs that the citizens can enjoy, such as the 365 Fashion Show, the 365 Pop-Up Store, culture performances, and more. The Seoul 365 Fashion Show, that is ready to greet the public with various cultural content, has expanded both the scope of artistic cultural events and the concept of “fashion shows,” thus becoming one of the most representative cultural events in Seoul.



Seoul Metropolitan Archives officially opens on Wednesday

After two months of test operations, the Seoul Metropolitan Archives officially opened its doors on Wednesday.
Located at Seoul Innovation Park in the northwest of the city, the archives can hold up to 1.3 million public records including the city’s records from the past century and the ones expected to be made over the next 30 years.
The archives include administrative documents, photos, and videos as well as social records like memorial ribbons and writings left at Seoul Plaza’s memorial alter after the Sewol-ho ferry disaster.
Later this year, over a hundred-thousand records stored at a site in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province since 1968 will be transferred to the Seoul Metropolitan Archives.
The archives will also hold regular exhibitions, classes and student field trips.
The basement up to the 3rd floor of the archives is open to the public, and the fourth floor will be used for the experts to restore damaged records.
Seoul Metropolitan Archives will be open from Tuesdays to Sundays except on New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day and Chuseok.
Lee Min-sun Arirang News.

Reporter : minsunlee@arirang.com)




A Seoul’s Viewpoint: Seoullo 7017

Panoramic View of Seoul – Seoullo 7017
Seoullo 7017, celebrating its 2-year anniversary this year, is a charming promenade and cultural space that maintains the flow of pedestrian traffic in various ways in order to restore the city streets that were once cut off. Seoullo 7017’s seventeen walkways offer easy access to Namdaemun Market, Malli-dong, and other nearby attractions. Visitors can also experience and attend various events held along Seoullo 7017!

Seoullo 7017 website: http://seoullo7017.seoul.go.kr/SSF/GLO/ENG/M000.do




A Seoul’s Viewpoint: N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower, the symbol of Seoul, has been loved by citizens and tourists because of its height and unique structure and formation. It becomes No.1 tourist attraction in Seoul for lots of people as it is been more popular as a filming site of many TV shows and dramas!

Address: 126, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Direction: No.02, 03, 05 Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus
(More details: http://www.nseoultower.com/eng/visit/traffic.asp)




A Seoul’s Viewpoint: Seodaemun Prison History Hall

Korean independence movement followers in the Japanese colonial period and democracy movement followers after liberation were executed here, so it is a symbolic place of modern Korean history.

Especially this year is 100th anniversary of March first independence movement, so many people can feel the pain from the past and the history of overcome indirectly through this video.

*Direction: Exit 5, Dongnimmun Station, Line3
*Operating hour: Everyday 09:30~18:00 (*Off on Mon)




A Seoul’s Viewpoint: Yeouido Spring Flower Festival

Yeouido Spring Flower Festival held in April is an international culture festival that has been loved by people every year. Visitors can enjoy the spring atmosphere with many flowers and Hangang view even if the festival this year is already over. Check out the beautiful scenery of day and night of festival in this video!



A Seoul’s Viewpoint: Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung Palace is one of five royal palaces remaining in Seoul, and its old name was ‘Gyeongungung Palace.’ Visitors can see Korean and Western style buildings such as Seokjoseon at the same time. Let’s see the peaceful scenery of Deoksugung palace located at the corner of Seoul’s busiest downtown intersection.



A Seoul’s Viewpoint: Teheran-ro

Have you known that the name of this road in the video was named for celebrating sisterhood relationship of Seoul and Teheran in 1977? As a place setting close with international finance and IT buildings, Teheran-ro represents 10 Lanes crossing from east to west of Gangnam, the center of Seoul. Let’s check it out in the video!



A Seoul’s Viewpoint: Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung, the main palace in Joseon Dynasty and the center of the Joseon! It has been loved by many visitors as another historical landmark in Seoul. Check out its amazing scenery!