Summer Garment Fashion Show for Beating the Summer Heat and Saving Energy

The Summer Garment Fashion Show is part of the Cool-Biz Campaign that has been led by Seoul city since 2005. “Summer Garment Fashion,” refers to cool and simple clothes, such as shorts, loose dresses, no ties, etc.

On June 26, 2019 at 12 p.m., Seoul will host the Summer Garment Fashion Show at Cheonggye Plaza with the theme, “Summer Fashion, Healthy Earth.” For the event, Seoul will employ citizen volunteers who want to participate and a total of 30 individuals will model on stage.

Wearing cool summer attire can lower the temperature experienced by the wearer by 2 degrees Celsius, which also helps maintain an optimum room temperature (26-28 degree Celsius). If every citizen set their air-conditioning 2 degrees Celsius higher than the current temperature, it would reduce 274,540 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This is equivalent to the effect of planting 4,120 30-year-old pine trees.

In addition to the fashion show, there will be various participatory programs and a bazaar with an emphasis on summer garments, starting at 11 a.m.

Seoul will be recruiting citizens who want to model in the Summer Garment Fashion Show. Anyone who is interested in the saving the environment and energy may apply to participate. Application forms can be downloaded from Seoul’s official website ( and submitted via e-mail ( by 6 p.m. on June 21, 2019.
The selection will be carried out through a screening process that considers the age and sex of candidates. Those who participate in the show will be offered a small cash prize.
※ For details, contact the Environmental Policy Division of the SMG at (☎ +82-2-2133-3529).

This year, again, the city of Seoul is striving to create a cool working environment by encouraging government officials to take the initiative in wearing cool summer attire (no tie, etc.) and in saving energy in Seoul City Hall. The city also has plans to carry out the campaign with the Seoul Chamber of Commerce and Industry to spread the Summer Garment Fashion culture in companies.

2018 Summer Garment Fashion Show with Participation by Citizens

2018 Summer Garment Fashion Show with Participation by Citizens

2018 Summer Garment Fashion Show with Participation by Citizens

Seoul City to start a movement with citizens to reduce the use of single-use plastics

Since last September, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been striving to make Seoul a City Free of Disposable Plastics and, as part of its efforts, is running a campaign with civic organizations to reduce consumption of five major single-use plastics, such as plastic cups, straws, bags, packaging, and suit covers.

In South Korea, the annual number of disposable plastic cups used is as many as 25.7 billion, straws 10 billion, bags 21.1 billion, and suit covers 400 million. As of 2016, the amount of plastics used in South Korea is 132.7 kg per person, greater than 93.8 kg in the USA and 65.8 kg in Japan.

For this reason, in April this year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government selected an organization for each item, in order to pursue campaigns for encouraging citizen participation to reduce the usage of plastics.

The campaigns are being conducted by the Korea Federation for Environmental Movement to cut down the usage of plastic cups and straws, Seoul Saemaeul Women’s Association for bags, Green Future for packaging, and Korea Women’s Federation for Consumer for suit covers.

The Korea Federation for Environmental Movement will monitor the actual usage of single-use cups and straws and distribute guidelines to cafes to prevent them from providing plastic straws. Campaigns will also be waged at the venues of university festivals and other events in order to limit the usage of plastic straws. Also, by receiving reports on plastic-free cafes, the KFEM will discover exemplary cases to practice these guidelines.

On May 18, Green Future launched the campaign to reduce the consumption of packaging at the food-delivery-concentrated zone in Yeouido Hangang Park.

At the campaign, people were informed of the current status of environmental pollution owing to disposable plastics, agreed to participate in reducing consumption of disposable food packaging, and posted their signatures as evidence of the agreement on SNS, by which they received multi-use spoons and chopsticks.

Green Future will continue running the campaign at citizen-concentrated areas like Hangang parks and Gwanghwamun Market. Also, it has plans to conduct a factual survey on the store operation of a chicken franchise that willingly signed an MOU with the Seoul Metropolitan Government in February and to give advice.

The Korea Women’s Federation for Consumer has been leading the movement to decrease the use of suit covers as it agreed in an MOU with the Korea Cleaning Association and the Seoul Metropolitan Government last October.

This year, the KWFC has trained 20 campaign leaders for reduction of the number of suit covers used in laundries, and since May, they have visited over 900 laundries to raise awareness.

The Seoul Saemaeul Women’s Association signed an MOU with the Seoul Metropolitan Governance Merchant Association last year and is launching the campaign to cut back on the use of single-use plastic bags in traditional markets.

This year, it is running the campaign at 10 traditional markets, six more markets compared to last year. At the newly selected markets, various events and programs will take place, including an agreement ceremony between the SSWA and the merchant associations, making shopping baskets, accepting basket donations, providing free baskets to those who shop without plastic bags, collecting newspapers that can replace the plastic bags used to wrap groceries, and more.

The SSWA will run the campaign to curtail the use of plastic bags twice a month at traditional markets by conducting surveys, supplying newspapers, and collecting shopping baskets.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will unswervingly lead the campaign to reduce the use of five major plastic disposables and is going to open the discussion to evaluate the outcome of each civic organization in November to seek better methods.

Choi Gyu-dong, Director of the SMG’s Resources Recycling Division said, “The seemingly insignificant practices in daily life, like bringing a personal tumbler, not using plastic straws, using shopping baskets, saying no to disposable spoons and chopsticks, and not receiving suit covers from laundries, are in fact important. We urge citizens to more actively participate and cooperate.”

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The Campaign for Reducing the Use of Single-Use Cups and Straws
The Campaign for Reducing the Consumption of Plastic Packaging
The Movement to Cut Down the Use of Single-Use Suit Covers

2019 Go! Green Campus Performance

Considering World Environment Day, ‘2019 Go! Green Campus Performance’ was held at Seoul Plaza on June 4th.

This performance includes a message urging the establishment and realization of a green campus to meet the global average temperature increase of 1.5°C or below.

Five-year Plan for the Seoul Special Pedestrian City Announced

The Seoul Metropolitan Government designated 2019 as the first year for the Seoul Special Pedestrian City and announced The Second Basic Plan for Pedestrian Safety and Convenience Enhancement (2019-2023). This is a medium to long-term plan that will help orient the pedestrian policies of Seoul over the next five years. It contains the plan and principles for the construction of spaces that will give pedestrians priority in a variety of spaces and streets throughout Seoul.

First, the “comprehensive pedestrian-public transportation connection system” will be newly established, providing optimal travel routes for pedestrians by connecting, not only the bus and the subway systems, but also various eco-friendly forms of transportation like the Ttareungyi (Seoul Bikes) and Nanum Car (Shared Cars) with pedestrians. A new app will be developed to provide this service. A diverse array of information, including information regarding convenient facilities near the path of travel, the number of taxis waiting nearby stations, public transportation facilities for vulnerable users, and more, will be conveniently provided.

Improvement to the walking environment will evolve to have a proactive countermeasures to the effects of climate change, such as heat waves. Special pavements that reduce the absorption of solar heat will be used for sidewalks in order to lower the heat indices experienced by pedestrians during summer. Additionally, cooling mists, which can lower the ambient temperature by 2-3 degrees Celsius, will be created by spraying artificial fog from devices installed at places where pedestrians often must wait, like at bus stops.

In order to promote walking and the use of public transportation at the same time, the BMW (Bus, Metro, Walk) Mileage Project, through which users can transfer walking mileage into T-money, will be launched.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has the goal of creating a “Walkable City, Seoul,” where pedestrians are prioritized, following this Second Plan. To this end, it has established three basic principles for walking. The three principles are ▴ the Establishment of Walkable Streets ▴ Making the City Safe and ▴ Building a Virtuous Cycle for the Walking Project.

Seoul Creates “Solar Landmarks” at World Cup Park and Ttukseom Hangang Park

In October 2019, a circular, 19-meter “Solar Square” will open at the Seoul World Cup Park Constellation Square. Solar and LED “pavement” will replace real pavement, and electricity generated here will create various LED content and images on the ground after sundown. Solar and LED lights will be installed along the 250-meter bicycle lanes around the waterside stage at Ttukseom Hangang Park for bicycling with a subdued view that suits the Hangang River.

Both locations will install solar and LED pavement in place of regular pavement and the solar-generated electricity will create various LED lighting for the public to enjoy after sundown.

The solar landmarks are part of the comprehensive “2022 Solar City, Seoul” project that the city announced for expanded provision of 1GW of solar energy by 2022. These landmarks will be the first to be made as part of this project in Seoul.

First, 1,088 blocks of solar pavement will be installed along the outer frame of “Solar Square” at the World Cup Park Constellation Square while 2,453 blocks of LED pavement will be installed inside the circle.

Through the solar-generated electricity, the public will be able to appreciate LED images of various content, including nature, constellations, proposals, birthday messages, and more. This will be the first time in the nation that images will be produced through solar-generated electricity.

Seoul will also install photo zones near Solar Square that offer a full view of the landmark, as well as wi-fi zones to offer a resting area and accommodations to the public.

World Cup Park, where Solar Square will be installed, is located near World Cup Stadium, Haneul Park, and Oil Tank Culture Park, for easy public access. The landmark is expected to be a new and renewable energy landmark, together with Korea’s first energy-independent public structure, Seoul Energy Dream Center, that also is located in the park.

There will be a total of 348 solar pavement blocks through the middle of the Solar Road, which will be installed along the bicycle lanes around the waterside stage at Ttukseom Hangang River, while 584 LED pavement blocks will be installed along the bicycle lanes.

Citizens can safely ride their bicycles after sundown along the path lit with LED lights powered by solar-generated energy. There are solar canopies, solar-powered electric car charging stations, and symbolic solar sculptures in Ttukseom Hangang Park as a part of the “New and Renewable Energy Theme Park,” a place for general solar experiences.

World Cup Park Solar Square

Surrounding Environment and Location
Surrounding Environment and Location

Aerial View (proposal)
Aerial View (proposal)

Ttukseom Hangang Park Solar Road

Surrounding Environment and Location
Surrounding Environment and Location

Installment along Bicycle Lanes
Installment along Bicycle Lanes

Seoul International Forum on Air Quality Improvement 2019

The Seoul International Forum in Air Quality Improvement 2019 was held this year at Seoul City Hall. The Forum sought measures for cooperation and sharing policies and expertise in order to find a solution to the particulate matter problem in Asia between major Asian cities, Korean and foreign air quality experts, and officials from the international environment field.

The 2019 Forum was the ninth to be held, with participation by 35 cities (21 cities from 5 foreign countries) from a total of 6 countries, including China, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Singapore, the largest in scale in the Forum’s history. With emphasized cooperation by Korea and China for the reduction of particulate matter, a grand total of 16 cities from China took part in the Forum.

At a point in time with an emphasis on a Korea-China channel regarding the recent levels of particulate matter and on multilateral cooperation between the two countries, Seoul plans to expand its range of cooperation with other participating cities, not only with Beijing, the existing cooperative channel and the Chinese city with the largest scale of participation.

※ Participating cities in the Seoul International Forum on Air Quality Improvement 2019
Beijing, Hong Kong, Jilin, Guizhou, Heilongjiang, Sichuan, Shandong, Yunnan, Hunan, Tianjin, Jinan, Changchun, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Shenyang, Chengdu (China), Fukuoka, Kitakyushu (Japan), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Hanoi (Vietnam), (Singapore)

On May 22, 2019, the first day of the Forum, Isabelle Louis, Regional Director and Representative for the UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office, opened the event with a keynote address.

At the first session on “Vehicle Emissions Reduction Policies,” Seoul presented and shared its “Network Measures for Living Rights” that was recently announced regarding restricted vehicle operation in green transportation areas (to be implemented on July 1, 2019), the vehicle low-pollution project, and the electric bus supply.

The last session on “Urban Forest for Clean Air” was planned for the first time at the 2019 Forum upon reflection of a proposal for the “necessity of an ‘urban forest session’ at the Air Quality Improvement Forum, as city forests play a huge role in the reduction of particulate matter,” offered by a citizen during the Q&A session at last year’s forum.

On May 23, the second day, there was a center for discussion between international air quality organizations, members of citizen groups, and officials from major Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cities. The discussion addressed in-depth cooperation between cities and citizen-participatory plans.

This forum was an “eco-friendly” forum that minimized use of plastics and disposable goods. In place of paper program books and leaflets, online speaker information, programs, and presentation materials were available through QR codes posted throughout the venue. Participants were provided with nametags made from reusable bands and recycled paper, and beverages were offered in multi-purpose cups.

More information on programs and speakers can be found on the Seoul International Forum on Air Quality Improvement 2019 website (, and inquiries can be made to the Secretariat (, ☎82-2-6952-0653).

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
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:

Seoul to Host 2019 Northeast Asia Forum on Air Quality Improvement in May

Seoul will host the 2019 Northeast Asia Forum on Air Quality Improvement, a conference that seeks a solution for the improvement of air quality. The two-day forum will start on May 22, 2019 in the Conference Hall on the eighth floor of Seoul City Hall and will open pre-registration online from April 22 to May 17, 2019. Admission is free and anyone can participate by registering on the official Northeast Asia Forum on Air Quality Improvement website at

The 2019 Northeast Asia Forum on Air Quality Improvement aims to share the policies of various cities (with the participation of twenty cities in six countries including Beijing, Tokyo, and Ulaanbaatar) on the intensifying particulate matter. 300 experts in air quality and environment, officials of international organizations, and citizens will discuss possible solutions to such urban problems.

The first Northeast Asia Forum on Air Quality Improvement was held in Seoul in 2010 and the Forum will be held for the ninth time this year. With interest in the forum rising each year, this year’s Forum will be host to twenty northeastern cities, various officials from international organizations (*CCAC, GUAPO, ICCT, C40 Air Quality Network), and domestic organizations (Ministry of Environment, Korea Forest Research Institute) that are concerned with air quality. Participating cities include fourteen cities from China (Beijing, Jilin, Shenzhen, Jinan, Heilongjiang, Sichuan, Hong Kong, Guizhou, Chongqing, Tianjin, Changchun, Yunnan, Shandong, and Chengdu), three cities from Japan (Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Kitakyushu), one city from Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar), one city from Vietnam (Hanoi), and Singapore.

On the first day of the Forum on May 22, measures for improvement of air quality in the transportation sector, measures for improvement of air quality in the life sector (heating, power generation, dust scattering, volatile organic compounds produced indoors, etc.), and measures for the improvement of city forests and air quality will all be addressed. On the second day of the Forum on May 23, there will be discussions on the best cases of city cooperation among cities for air quality improvement, as well as citizen-participatory measures.

Details on the program and related information can be found on the registration page of the Northeast Asia Forum on Air Quality Improvement website (, and other inquiries can be made to the Forum administration office (☎ 82-2-6952-0653,

Seoul Holds Public Event Commemorating 111 Years of Tap Water

September 1, 2019, is a historical day celebrating the 111th year of Seoul’s provision of tap water to the public for the first time at the Ttukdo Arisu Water Purification Center, and November 21st is the 30th founding anniversary of the Seoul Waterworks Authority, which offered the public high-quality Arisu.

Seoul is set to host the celebratory event, 111 Years of Tap Water & 30 Founding of Seoul Waterworks Authority, to create an opportunity of celebration and enjoyment for people of all backgrounds.

From May 13-24 on the first floor lobby of Seoul City Hall, and from September 1-30 at the Waterworks Museum, a special waterworks photo and artifact exhibition is scheduled to be held in order to illuminate upon the 111-year history of waterworks in Seoul.

In promotion of active public participation, fun programs will also be available, including Arisu face painting, bubble zone, clowns on stilts (balloon art), and caricatures, at the tap water promotion hall, Arisu Land (located in Neung-dong, Gwangjin-gu), on Children’s Day, May 5.

In addition, Seoul will organize and operate a 30-person Expert Advisory Panel, beginning from April, that is comprised of experts from various fields, civic group officials, as well as ordinary citizens and students, for the active development of waterworks policy.

Seoul to Provide for the Energy-Vulnerable, ‘No Gas Supply’ Areas by 2020

With the rate of urban gas consumption at 98.2% within Seoul, Seoul will discover energy-vulnerable areas that do not have access to city gas for reasons of consultation that is necessary for gas pipe lines that go through privately-owned land, high-altitude bedrock areas, safety issues of old buildings, congested areas, etc. in order to supply them with gas by 2020.

Seoul plans to cooperate with autonomous districts, local residents, and five city gas companies to discover households in straggling areas upon citizens’ request. Solutions appropriate to characteristics of each area will be found through on-site inspections, and step-by-step and continuous supply of gas will be provided to households for which construction is possible after arrangements are made with the residents.

Construction will take place following advance investments of five city gas companies and by method of collecting the principal through city gas fees. Level of satisfaction of citizens, construction fees, etc. will be reflected in the fees for adequate appropriation of city gas fees.

Last year, Seoul completed construction for 128 households that are not supplied with city gas upon request of Samyang-dong residents and made an additional discovery of 1,698 households in need of city gas supply in 14 autonomous districts and 34 dongs. Ten autonomous districts and 28 dongs in the Gangbuk region were confirmed to have many straggling and high-altitude areas.

Conveniently Check Seoul’s Tap Water Data

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Seoul will offer citizens news about water quality through the Arisu app for easier access to tap water information.

The Arisu app will be available on the Arisu website ( starting February 22, 2019, and users can select neighborhoods on the map for water quality information, Arisu’s supply routes and water quality per route, construction information, park water fountain locations, and check water quality in real time.

The five Arisu information offered include:
▴ Regular monthly tap water quality, ▴ the ‘Arisu Supply Route’ that gives information about routes of tap water supply and water quality, ▴ locations of park water fountains and quarterly water quality inspection results, ▴ information on waterworks construction in neighborhoods, and ▴ real-time water quality renewed every hour.

Seoul to Commence the ‘Era of 25,000 Electric and Hydrogen Cars’ This Year

Era of 25,000 Electric and Hydrogen Cars

Seoul is set to commence the ‘Era of 25,000 Electric and Hydrogen Cars’ by the end of this year. This year, 14,000 vehicles are expected to be distributed with the aim of popularizing eco-friendly cars. The amount distributed this year will be greater than 11,512 accumulated vehicles supplied over the past ten years.

Seoul aims to distribute a total of 13,600 electric cars. To make the switch from old diesel vehicles, the main cause of air pollution, to electric cars, Seoul will distribute 9,055 electric cars and 445 trucks. In terms of public transportation, 30 electric taxis and about 3.3 times the number of large buses will be supplied additionally as compared to last year. Compared to the 55 hydrogen cars supplied last year, there will be a sharp increase with 307 cars supplied this year.
To accommodate the convenience of vehicle charging with the increase of eco-friendly cars, the city will distribute 2,000 public electric car chargers and expand to eleven hydrogen car charging stations.

Seoul will provide subsidies for the promotion of eco-friendly cars by supporting KRW 12.06-13.5 million per electric car and KRW 2-2.3 million per electric motorcycles (subcompact cars) in accordance with vehicle performance and effects of improving atmospheric environment. The fixed amount of KRW 3.5 million (approximately 50% of the vehicle price) will be funded for hydrogen cars.

In accordance with Seoul’s electric vehicle support policy of 2019, KRW 500,000 will be funded for the scrapping of an old diesel car with a switch to an electric car, and up to KRW 1 million will be funded for the scrapping of an old diesel car with a switch to an electric car for residents in Seoul’s Green Transport Promotion Zone.

In addition to the subsidies, eco-friendly cars will receive tax reductions, 50% discounts at public parking lots, 100% exemption in congestion charge for Namsan Tunnel, and other benefits for economic efficiency.