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


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
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:

Introducing Seoul Through Arirang TV, the International Broadcasting Network

Introducing Seoul Through Arirang TV, the International Broadcasting Network

Seoul will further extend its urban marketing with the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation’s Arirang TV, which is viewed by nearly 140 million households in 105 countries throughout the world in Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania.

For example, Seoul’s excellent policies or information on lifestyle, culture, travel, and events that are helpful to foreigners will be broadcasted, as news, in English to viewers around the globe through Arirang TV’s overseas broadcasts and on SNS channels. A special program introducing Seoul will be produced utilizing the global network held by Arirang TV to promote telecasting on influential television media in England and America. A Seoul publicity video starring globally recognized celebrities will be made to introduce to the world the harmony of tradition and modernity found in Seoul.

On April 29, 2019, Seoul concluded the “Seoul-International Broadcasting Foundation MOU on Overseas Publicity” to launch the overseas, partnered marketing.

Both parties agreed to five areas of cooperation: ① support for overseas joint publicity and marketing activities for Seoul, ② production and expansion of English news programs, ③ co-production and support for publicity and news programs, ④ provision of data and information for broadcast production related to publicity and provision of production benefits, and ⑤ provision of a discounted rate in advertisement inserts and sharing of mutually retained resources.

Furthermore, in addition to joint marketing with the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation, Seoul plans to begin global marketing projects with production and expansion of online and offline urban publicity and advertising contents in Southeast Asia, where there is higher recognition of Seoul, and to publicize Seoul at festivals in major cities around the world.

Traffic Control at Jongno During the “2019 Yeon Deung Hoe”

With the opening of the 2019 Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival), Seoul will close off all lanes from the Sejong-daero Intersection to the Heunginjimun Gate, and Jangchungdan-ro, in stages, from 1:00 p.m. on May 4 to 3:00 a.m. on May 5, 2019 for the lantern parade and movement of movable Jongno Central Bus Stop.

※ Plans for Traffic Control

Plans for Traffic Control
Control Day and Time Control Sections Control Method
May 4 1:00 p.m. – May 5, 3:00 a.m. Jongno (Heunginjimun Gate ↔ Jongno 1-ga) Complete control of both sides of the streets
5.4 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Jangchungdan-ro (in front of Dongguk Univ. ↔Heunginjimun Gate)
5.4 6:00 p.m. – May 5, 1:00 a.m. Jongno (Sejong-daero intersection ↔ Jongno 1-ga intersection)
Ujeongguk-ro (Anguk intersection ↔ Jongno 1-ga intersection)
May 5 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Ujeongguk-ro (Anguk intersection ↔ Jongno 1-ga intersection)

“Yeon Deung Hoe” (Lotus Lantern Festival), National Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 122, will open throughout Jogyesa Temple on Ujeongguk-ro and in Jongno for three days, from May 3 – 5, 2019. This year, Seoul will host the “Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns (along Cheonggyecheon Stream),” “Eoulim Madang (Dongguk Univ.),” “Lantern Parade (throughout Jongno),” “Hoehyang Hanmadang (Jonggak Intersection),” and other various cultural events.

Yeon Deung Hoe is Korea’s traditional cultural lantern festival that has been passed down for 1,200 years from Unified Silla. It was designated as National Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 122 in 2012. Additionally, the Yeon Deung Hoe Preservation Committee has sponsored Yeon Deung Hoe while training successors in order to pass down and preserve Yeon Deung Hoe, and opening traditional lantern production classes, international symposiums, and more.

The main event, “Lantern Parade,” will take place on May 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., starting at Heunginjimun Gate and ending at Jogyesa Temple. This year’s parade will take place with the theme, “Lighting Up Seoul with a Parade of 100,000 Lanterns.” Anyone can participate in the Lantern Parade and watch the parade from viewing sections installed along Jongno.

At the end of the Lantern Parade, between 9:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on May 4, the Hoehyang Hanmadang will take place at the Jonggak Intersection. Those who participate in the Lantern Parade can join together to enjoy flowers raining from the sky, along with Ganggangsulae, Daedong Nori, and more.

On May 5, there will be 120 booths of traditional cultural events in front of Jogyesa Temple. These events will consist of various experiential programs for children and the whole family in light of Children’s Day.

Seoul will be running inspections of facilities related to the Jongno central bus lanes and carry out Jongno Central Bus Station movement work for safe operation of the Lantern Parade. These preventative measures will be taken as large-scale participation by various age groups, from young children to the old and weak, is expected in this year’s Lantern Parade.

Bus routes that pass through Jongno will be in operation, but will be making detours. Those wishing to move through Jongno will need to stop at a nearby bus stop and walk or take the subway, as bus stops in the parade section will be closed.

Opening of the “Seoul Danurim Tourism Center” for Travel Support of the Travel-Weak


The Seoul Danurim Tourism Center will open its doors to offer comprehensive tourism activity support for the disabled, elderly, and other citizens who experience difficulty getting around due to physical limitations. Seoul will open the Seoul Danurim Tourism Center that provides all services related to barrier-free tourism.

Seoul plans to satisfy all tourism demands of the travel-weak through the Seoul Danurim Tourism Center, which opens this week, in addition to providing a universal environment for the travel-weak to experience the joys of travel, anytime and anywhere. The Seoul Danurim Tourism Center is expected to help Seoul grow into a city that is convenient for traveling.

In order to realize this, the city will offer barrier-free tourism information on the Seoul Darnurim Tourism website (, as well as a one-stop service that will offer customized travel counseling and reservation services for the travel-weak. The city will operate the Seoul City Bus that is equipped with wheelchair ramps, accommodative services such as the wheelchair and auxiliary device rental service, information accessibility, and improved physical environments.

Furthermore, Seoul will construct a cooperative system with related local and foreign organizations for cooperation and the sharing of related information, to provide awareness-increasing manual development and supply of tourism personnel for such increase of social awareness, and to aim for the expansion of a base for the revitalization of barrier-free tourism.

Opening of the “2019 Cultural Seoul Plaza”

On April 26, 2019 at 7 p.m., the “Cultural Seoul Plaza” will return. As a representative program of Seoul Plaza that presents a variety of cultural and artistic performances to citizens and tourists, the Cultural Seoul Plaza will greet visitors until October of this year, offering better and richer programs than last year.

The Cultural Seoul Plaza first began in 2015 and has provided opportunities for citizens to enjoy leisure along with cultural arts in their everyday lives with special performances of various genres, including classical music, gugak (traditional Korean “national music”), circus, and more. The Cultural Seoul Plaza is hosted every year at the Seoul Plaza special stage from May to October. As of 2018, a total of 246 performances have been held with a total of 280,000 spectators.

On days when performances are not scheduled at the Cultural Seoul Plaza, the stage will operate as a “Citizens’ Lounge,” on which a photo zone and piano will be installed. Visitors can rest, use the photo zone, or freely play the piano on this citizen-friendly stage.

This year, special performances will open the 2019 Cultural Seoul Plaza. Global vocalist Paul Potts, soprano Kim Soon-young, and the Millennium Symphony Orchestra that has been recognized for its performances in collaboration with world-class soloists, will all take the stage together to offer a fantastic show.

At this 80-minute performance, which will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:20 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to listen to opera classics that are usually hard to encounter, film soundtracks that are enjoyed by people of all ages, and plenty of other orchestra performances.

Information on the 2019 Cultural Seoul Plaza’s opening ceremony, schedule, and guest appearances can be found on the Cultural Seoul Plaza website (, and additional inquiries can be made to the Seoul Culture Policy Division (82-2-2133-2541).

April-May Performance Schedule

April-May Performance Schedule
Date and Time Performers/Genre Details
April 26, 7:00 – 8:20 p.m.
Special Opening Ceremony”
Paul Potts, Kim Soon-young, Millennium Symphony Orchestra Fantastic harmonies through collaborative performance
May 2, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Indie Acoustic band performance
May 6, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Trot “Filial Concert” in celebration of Parents’ Day
May 7, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Popera (Opera Pop) Crossover music group
May 8, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Jazz & Gugak Unique performance of jazz and gugak fusion
May 15, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Jazz Original saxophone performance
May 20, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Film Music Film music (OST) concert
May 21, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Indie Hybrid two-person indie band that sings about honesty and sympathizes with reality
May 22, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Jazz A band that introduces an original sound while incorporating pop, Latin, fusion, and classical music with jazz

Seongnagwon Garden, the Only Traditional Korean Garden Remaining in Seoul, Open to Public

Seongnagwon Garden, the one and only remaining traditional Korean garden in Seoul, will be opened to the public. With a size of 16,000㎡ and located at the foot of Bukhansan Mountain, Seongnagwon Garden will reveal its charm to the public from April 23 to June 11, 2019.

Seongnagwon Garden was originally the villa of Sim Sang-eung, who served as the Minister of Interior during the time of Cheoljong of the Joseon Dynasty. The garden was also the detached palace used by Yi Kang for thirty-five years. Seongnagwon Garden holds a special significance, as it is one of the few villa gardens located within Seoul. Its landscape has been uniquely well-preserved, despite its urban location, and it was designated Historical Site Number 378 in 1992 and then re-designated as Scenic Site Number 35 in 2008.

The name Seongnagwon means, “Garden for the enjoyment of the beauty of nature outside the city.” The natural geographical features, such as the bedrock and stream, were heavily accentuated, while the touch of human was minimized to highlight the essence of this Joseon garden.

Seongnagwon Garden effortlessly incorporates nature and artificiality in each section that is divided by topology. In the inner garden of Seongnagwon Garden is home to Yeongbyeokji, the natural pond with artificial features, while the words of Chusa Gim Jeong-hui are engraved on the rock that sits at the pond.

After being designated a cultural heritage asset in 1992, efforts have been made to restore the original appearance of Seongnagwon Garden through several restoration projects.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Cultural Heritage Administration are in the process of establishing a comprehensive maintenance plan for Seongnagwon Garden, and plan to carry out restoration and maintenance projects in stages according to the results of the comprehensive maintenance plan.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, the Cultural Heritage Administration, and the Korea Furniture Museum will temporarily open the garden to the public from April 23 to June 11 as an opportunity to promote Seoul’s traditional garden. Reservations are required for viewing, with three sessions per week (Monday, Tuesday, Saturday) that are open to twenty participants per session.

Seongnagwon Garden Viewing and Special Kokdu Exhibition Operation Schedule

  • Period: April 23 – June 11, 2019 (every Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, 11:00-18:00)
  • Time: 1 hour (Seongnagwon Garden – 45 min., Special Kokdu Exhibit – 15 min.)
    ※ Kokdu: Human, animal, or plant forms made with wooden bier accessories
  • Method: Guided tour, reservations required (tour by cultural commentator), seven sessions per day (five in Korean, two in English)
  • Course: Front entrance→Ssangryudongcheon Stream, Yongdugasan → Yeongbyeokji →Songseokjeong Pond → Songseokjeong (Kokdu Exhibit) viewing → Dajeong → Yeongbyeokji →Front entrance
  • Reservations: Korea Furniture Museum (+82-2-745-0181) or e-mail (
  • Course: Ssangryudongcheon Stream, Yongdugasan → Yeongbyeokji → Songseokjeong Pond → Songseokjeong
Seongnagwon Garden
Seongnagwon Garden
Session Time Language Remarks
1 11:00 – 12:00 Korean

 · Total seven sessions per day (five in Korean, two in English)
· Maximum 20 participants per session
· One-hour-long sessions
(Seongnagwon Garden – 45 min., Special Kokdu Exhibit – 15 min.)

2 14:00 – 15:00 Korean
3 14:30 – 15:30 English
4 15:00 – 16:00 Korean
5 15:30 – 16:30 Korean
6 16:00 – 17:00 English
7 16:30 – 17:30 Korean

– Admission: KRW 10,000 (card payment on-site or advanced deposit)

Implementation of Restrictions on Tents to Reduce Waste at Hangang Park

In order to manage the cleanliness of the Hangang Park, a popular resting place for global citizens, Seoul will officially implement the “Hangang Park Cleanliness Improvement Measures.” First, the city will enforce the “Standard Bag Name System” for waste produced by businesses in Hangang Park. The Standard Bag Name System will be introduced to separate trash produced by Hangang Park’s kiosks, camping grounds, and other businesses for the efficient management of recyclables. The “Clean-Up Guidelines” will also be presented at various events held throughout Hangang Park.

With such implementations, Hangang Park will designate and operate the “Permitted Shade Canopy/Tent Sections” throughout the park. Shade canopies and tents are one of the methods for hanging out enjoyed by citizens, but it is becoming a hotbed of damaged greens and waste production.

Due to the rising concerns about inappropriate behavior in public locations, “Permitted Shade Canopy/Tent Installment Sections” will be selected in which two sides of the canopy or tent must be open at all times and must be taken down after 7 p.m. Failure to comply with such regulations will result in a fine of KRW 1 million in accordance with the River Act.

There will be thirteen permitted shade canopy/tent installment sections in the eleven parks of the Hangang River (two at Yeouido, two at Banpo). Each shade canopy or tent must be under 2 m x 2 m with at least two sides open at all times. Hours of permitted operation are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Starting on April 22, 2019, Seoul will implement a guide and offer instructions for canopy/tent installments and will take regulatory measures in unavoidable cases.

Flyers will be posted on “Delivery Zone Bulletin Boards.” The two delivery zones at Hangang Park and the five in other parks (two in Ttukseom, three in Yeouido) will operate as places where citizens can receive their food orders in order to prevent motorcycle accidents in the park. The “Designated Bulletin Boards” will be installed to prevent the increase of reckless and unpermitted distribution of flyers by competing businesses.

Along with these measures, trash will be removed more promptly as the cleaning time gaps of cleaning businesses will be minimized. During the park’s peak season, more clean-up personnel will be added to increase the number of waste removal times from three to four times a day. The clean-up personnel will also see a switch to flexible working hours in order to minimize the amount of waste that is generated at nighttime and left until the next morning. Seoul plans to utilize SNS, and online and offline media to encourage participation and to find a consensus between citizens.

Permitted Locations for Shade Canopy/Tent Installment

Permitted Locations for Shade Canopy/Tent Installment
Park Name Permitted Zone Area (㎡) Map
Gwangnaru Grass field in front of the bicycle park 11,500
Jamsil Green area near convenience stores 1 and 2 8,100
Ttukseom Near the waterside stage 18,000
Jamwon Grass field in front of Jamwon Underpass 6,800
Banpo(2 locations) Picnic areas upstream and downstream of Banpodaegyo Bridge 26,800
Ichon Dongjakdaegyo Bridge – Nature Exploration Area 15,000
Yeouido(2 locations) Summer Campground, Seasons Plaza 45,000
Yanghwa Between Seonyugyo Bridge & Dangsandaegyo Bridge 9,000
Mangwon Lower part of northernmost Seongsandaegyo Bridge 11,500
Nanji Grass field in front of Nanji Information Center 19,000
Gangseo Southernmost Family Picnic Area of Banghwadaegyo Bridge 7,500

Seoul Hosts Welcome Week for Foreign Tourists

Seoul will designate the eleven days from April 26 to May 6 as the spring “2019 Tourist Welcome Week.” During this week, the city will hold a major event to welcome foreign guests and tourists.

On April 26, the 2019 Tourist Welcome Week will take off with an opening ceremony at the Myeong-dong Welcome Center. The opening ceremony will be full of events, such as an opening band performance, the unveiling ceremony of the Myeong-dong Welcome Center, street campaigns, and other events that will greet foreign tourists.

Seoul Hosts Welcome Week for Foreign Tourists
2017 Welcome Week Street Campaign 2018 Tourist Welcome Week event participation

In addition to the opening ceremony, visitors can feel the welcoming atmosphere at the Incheon and Gimpo International Airports, as well as at popular tourist attractions throughout Seoul. During the welcoming period, Incheon Airport, Gimpo Airport, Seoul Station, Yongsan Station, and other major areas throughout Seoul will be delivering welcome messages with tourist information signs. At the Welcome Centers in Hongdae and Gangnam, interpretation services will be offered mainly for Chinese and Japanese tourists.

※ Welcome Center Venues and Operation Schedule

Welcome Center Venues and Operation Schedule
No. Place of Operation Venue Operation Dates and Hours
1 Myeong-dong Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center April 26-May 6, 11:00-20:00
2 Hongdae Hongdae Pedestrian-Friendly Street
(near Hongik University Station, Exit 8)
3 Gangnam COEX COEX East Gate entrance
4 Cheonggye Plaza Cheonggye Plaza
(Near Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 5)
May 2-May 4, 11:00-20:00

Each Welcome Center will offer △traditional Korean culture experiences, △the opportunity to find Seoul tourist attractions, △VR experiences of Seoul’s tourist attractions, △K-Beauty (nail art) experiences, △K-Star photoshoots, △Seoul Wish Trees, △the opportunity to send postcards, △certification for the exploration of Seoul’s tourist attractions, △One More Trip product experience events, △lucky draws, and more ONOFFMIX events to promote a viral effect among foreign tourists.

The Myeong-dong and Hongdae Welcome Centers will provide photo zones displaying the globally sensational artist group BTS, as well as photo printing services.

For three days, from May 2-4, Welcome Booths will be operated for five local tourist organizations at Cheonggye Plaza near Gwanghwamun Station. At the welcome booths, there will be various offers and benefits available for foreign tourists for shopping, experiences, performances, exhibitions, and more.

※ 2019 Tourist Welcome Week Souvenirs and Discounts (offered at the Cheonggye Plaza Welcome Booths)

2019 Tourist Welcome Week Souvenirs and Discounts
No. Category Details
1 Lotte Department Store 10% discount coupon, free beverage coupon
2 Lotte Duty Free Discount coupon, mask pack
3 L’atelier 30% discount coupon, souvenir
4 Trickeye Museum 20% discount coupon, souvenir
5 The Painters HERO Souvenir
6 Nanta Merchandiser goods (nametag, pen, magnet, etc.)
7 Fireman Sock set
8 COEX Aquarium Curling postcard set
9 Seven Luck Casino Lee Min-ho postcard set
10 Dr. Phamor Mask pack
11 InterContinental Seoul Hotel Discount coupon
12 LugStay 50% discount coupon
13 I’m Doctor 15% discount coupon
14 Musical “Only You” 20% discount coupon

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,