Sledding Slope Opens at Ttukseom Hangang Park

Sledding Slope Opens at Ttukseom Hangang Park
Large Slopes (for Adults) & Small Slopes (for Children)Children’s Snow Playground (No Fee)
Large Slopes (for Adults) & Small Slopes (for Children)Children’s Snow Playground (No Fee)
Pirate Ship (Fee: 3,000 won)Bungee (Fee: 5,000 won)
Pirate Ship (Fee: 3,000 won)Bungee (Fee: 5,000 won)

There is a way to have exciting winter fun without going far, at your nearby Hangang River!
Now introducing a place where you can have lots of fun with sledding, ice fishing, and other novel activities while making memories with the whole family!

Seoul will be greeting the winter vacation at the nearby Hangang River with its City Outdoor Sledding Slope, opening from December 16, 2017 (Sat.) through February 18, 2018 (Sun.) at the Ttukseom Hangang Park.

The sledding slopes have been divided into two main areas that can be enjoyed based on difficulty level and age range, with a larger slope for youth and adults, and two smaller slopes that are safe for children from 36 months to 6 years of age.

Visitor safety will also be a top priority, with safety guidance to be provided over loudspeakers regarding caution for slipping when roads are frozen over and for preventing loss of body heat due to prolonged exposure to the cold weather.

The entrance fee for the Sledding Slope area is 6,000 won for everyone, children and adults, with access to a variety of fun activities including the children’s snow playground, traditional games experiences, a rest area, and other conveniences all included in one admission ticket. There is a separate fee for the ice fishing experience on the winter lake and the Pirate Ship / Bungee rides, at 5,000 won and 3~5,000 won, respectively.

The opening time will be from 9AM to 5PM daily, with possibility of change in the case of safety concerns due to bad weather. Facilities including the Sledding Slope will be closed at 12PM daily for one hour to clear snow from roads and pathways.

Citizens visiting the Hangang Park Ttukseom Sledding Slope can find the entrance by the subway Line 7 Ttukseom Resort Station, outside of Exit 2.

Sledding Slope Office: 82-2-444-5358
Ttukseom Information Center: 82-2-453-3028

Mayor Won-soon Park Visits Paris, France to Attend Climate Change Summit

Mayor Won-soon Park Visits Paris, France to Attend Climate Change Summit

Mayor Won-soon Park made an official visit to Paris, France on December 12, 2017 to attend the One Planet Summit held in Paris, marking the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement.

This summit was co-sponsored by the French government, the United Nations, and the World Bank, with Mayor Park attending as the district government representative and president of ICLEI, at the invitation of French president Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.

To the extent that Seoul has been leading the way in responding to climate change more than any other city in the world, Mayor Park communicated the importance of the role of local governments as an ambassador of climate change response, informing the world of Seoul’s efforts and achievements.

In his presentation, Mayor Park emphasized that the most important part of responding to climate change is ‘citizen participation’, and introduced the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s policies for climate change response including the representative ‘One Less Nuclear Power Plant’ and ‘Seoul’s Promise’ policies which are being promoted by the City of Seoul as the core drivers of citizen participation, along with the ‘Promise of Ambitious Cities’ project for spreading ‘Seoul’s Promise’ to Southeast Asian cities.

To accompany this, also being introduced is the new ‘City of the Sun, Seoul’ project, which was announced in November 2017 with the aim of propagating solar power to the capacity of one nuclear power plant (1GW) via distribution of mini solar packages to 1 million households by 2022. A new investment model was also introduced where citizens invest and share profits, similar to a citizens’ fund.

BTS to Sing a Song to Talk about Seoul’s Charms

BTS to Sing a Song to Talk about Seoul’s Charms

BTS, a global Hallyu boy group that has expanded its popularity worldwide including to the Americas and Europe, will sing a song with lyrics that talk about the various charms and appeals of Seoul to introduce the city to the world.

The city of Seoul released a song track sung by BTS called “WITH SEOUL” on December 6th, 2017, announcing it on the Seoul Tourism website ( Anyone may download the song and watch the music video on YouTube ( starting from December 13, 2017.

With the message that “Seoul is a heartwarming city, a city like a friend, a city of excitement” in the lyrics, it emphasized how the city can be a special place for anyone. Towards the end of the song the Seoul city brand is also introduced through rap lyrics that say, “I can feel you in this city, I·SEOUL·U, You, I, Seoul”.

BTS plans to utilize the Seoul song in major events in Korea and overseas, in production of PR video materials, and at international PR booths. The song will also be spread throughout the world by BTS’ concerts, not only in Korea but around the globe.

2017 Seoul Strasbourg Christmas Market

2017 Seoul Strasbourg Christmas Market

2017 Seoul Strasbourg Christmas Market

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Don’t miss out on this traditional European Christmas Market organized by the Strasbourg Tourist Office in France.

2017 Seoul Strasbourg Christmas Market
Period: December 15 (Fri.) – December 31 (Sun.), 2017
Time: Weekdays 17:00~22:00, Weekends 15:00~21:00 (no colons)
Location: The Yeouido Hangang Park Event Plaza
Major Attractions: Food Zone with an array of food trucks, Shopping Zone for handicrafts, Strasbourg Zone to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Christmas in Europe, and various performances and experiential programs.

Seoul Examined through Statistics, “Seoul Statistical Yearbook 2017” published

Seoul Examined through Statistics, Seoul Statistical Yearbook 2017 published

What was a day in Seoul like in 2016? Every day an average of 206 babies were born, and 119 people passed away. 157 couples got married, 49 couples divorced, 7,810,000 and 4,280,000 people used the subway and buses, respectively, and an average of 0.95 person died in traffic accidents.

As of the end of 2016, the total population of Seoul was 10,204,000, a decrease of 93,081 from the previous year, while the number of registered foreigners was 273,000, accounting for 2.7% of the entire Seoul population. The average age of Seoul citizens was 41.1, a slight increase from 40.6 of the previous year.

Meanwhile, the consumer price index rose by 8.1% compared to 5 years ago (2011). Looking at major items, the price of cigarettes saw a significant increase of 80.8%, urban railway fees by 35.0%, and downtown bus fees by 29.5%. In contrast, the cost of gasoline fell by 24.1%, and mackerel and laundry detergent by 23.1% and 22.2%, respectively.

The percentages of each transportation type used by an average Seoul citizen in a day (as of the end of 2015) were subway and railroad 39.3%, bus 26.5%, personal car 23.0%, and taxi 6.8%, with the subway Line 2 shown as the most used subway line.

Seoul city has published its ‘Seoul Statistical Yearbook 2017’, in which the social lifestyles of Seoul during 2016 can be viewed through 342 major statistics in 20 categories including population, economy, housing, education, and transportation. The report has been disclosed on the Seoul Statistics website.

Website: (Publications → Statistical Yearbook)

Before presenting detailed statistical data, it shows “A Day in Seoul” in a single page, allowing the statistics of Seoul during 2016 to be easily understood at a glance through simple and concise graphs of 19 different categories including ▴population, ▴labor, ▴electricity, ▴water supplies, ▴consumer prices, and many more.

View “A Day in Seoul” statistics:

I·SEOUL·U Holds Korea’s First Flash Mob Awards Ceremony

I·SEOUL·U Holds Korea’s First Flash Mob Awards Ceremony

I·SEOUL·U , the brand of Seoul Metropolitan Government, is holding a flash mob awards ceremony to cheer for the citizens who keep hope while living a hectic life in Seoul. The awards ceremony will start at 2PM on December 8 in the waiting room of Seoul Station.

I·SEOUL·U will hold a flash mob event with approximately 80 members of the Korea University Cheerleading Association (KUCA) from 12 universities, where prizes are awarded “by citizens to citizens.”

The prizewinning works of the storytelling contest for I·SEOUL·U “Seoul for Us” implicitly express Seoul and the stories of living in Seoul as seen by foreigners, people with disabilities, North Korean defectors, and married immigrant women.

The top prize was awarded to “Story of Seoul in the Imagination of Us,” a video which imaginatively narrates a story hidden within the hectic life of day and night in Seoul. The creator of this work depicts a day in Seoul where tyrannosaurus dinosaurs come to work every morning to drive the elevators in downtown Seoul, the duck pedal-boats on the peaceful Hangang River fight fiercely to secure their positions, and buildings that twinkle every night use the people in them to send signals to one another. This piece won high points both from the panel of expert judges and through an online vote by citizens. With witty imagination, a fundamental character of the storyteller, it expressed the interesting daily life of Seoul.

In particular, this contest drew attention due to participation by a number of foreigners, from places including Mexico, Egypt and China. The creator of “The Story of Seoul by an Overseas Student from Mexico”, who first came to Seoul as a tourist and later as a university student, expressed that he hopes to spend most of his life in Seoul in order to make Seoul a “better place for all” as he met friendly people in Seoul who reminded him of his home town. Seoul, as seen by foreigners, has grown into a very special city filled with diverse cultures.

Grand Prize: Story of Seoul in the Imagination of Us, First Prize: Story of Seoul by a Man and Woman from Hamgyeong-do, Participation Prize: Story of Seoul by a Student from Mexico

Some of the prizewinning works have excellent quality, fit to be used even as a theme song for I·SEOUL·U. Overall, a large number of the works were moving stories based on actual events and moving messages to Seoul. The prizewinning works will be utilized in publicizing the value of I·SEOUL·U “Seoul for Us” to citizens.

Seoul City to Run On-demand Night Owl Bus in Gangnam, Hongdae for Year-end Season

Seoul City to Run ‘Year-end Custom’ Night Owl Bus in Gangnam, Hongdae

Approaching the end of the year, Seoul city is setting up and running two Night Owl Bus routes for a limited time starting from 12:00AM December 8, 2017 (expected to run until 3:30AM January 1, 2018). The routes were selected to provide convenient use of transportation for citizens going home late at night toward the end of the year, based on areas of frequent passenger refusal by taxis, number of passengers for Night Owl buses, and big data analysis of taxi hailing and arrival points.

There is a plan to also add two buses per route for the three Night Owl bus routes (N13, N15, N26) running in the major downtown areas to reduce the wait time in between Night Owl buses passing through downtown.

The two routes running from 12:00AM December 8, 2017 to 3:30AM January 1, 2018 are numbers N854 (Sadang Station – Konkuk University Station) and N876 (Saejeol Station – Yeouido Station). During that period, they are scheduled to run for 5 days a week (Wed. – Sun.), as well as from 12AM to 3:30AM on December 25, 2017 (Mon.) and January 1, 2018 (Mon.), when a large number of passengers is expected.

The two routes were decided based on big data analysis of year-end late night taxi hailing and arrival for the Gangnam and Hongik University station areas which have a high incidence of passenger refusal by taxis, and are expected to be a great help to passengers travelling short distances. Not only will the late night bus intervals be shortened on the main streets with high transportation demand, but the existing Night Owl bus routes and transfers will also be more convenient.

The N854 route will pass Gangnam Station, which has high traffic demand; the Yeoksam and Nonhyeon areas, which have high taxi arrival overall; and the Sadang, Isu, and Konkuk University Stations, which have high rates of taxi passenger refusal. The existing Night Owl routes such as N13, N37, and N61 will also be available for transfer via the N854 bus.

The N876 route will include Hongik University Station, which has high traffic demand; Eungam-dong, Dangsan, Yeongdeungpo, which have high taxi arrival; and also Yeouido Station, which has high rates of taxi passenger refusal. Transfer will also be convenient for the existing Night Owl routes N16, N26, N62, and N65.

Of the existing Night Owl routes in service in the downtown area, the number of buses for three routes (N13, N15, and N26) will be increased temporarily for the end of the year.

In the downtown area, due to high incidence of taxi passenger refusal around the Seoul Station, Jonggak Station, Jongno 2-3ga, and Dongdaemun, routes which stop often in such areas have been selected for an increase in buses.

Also, routes which serve stops where a large number of passengers ride were selected for an increase in the number of buses using the passenger data from the previous year for the year-end Night Owl buses.

Seoul City to Run ‘Year-end Custom’ Night Owl Bus in Gangnam, Hongdae
Serial NumberRoute NumberMain StopsBuses in ServiceDistanceInterval
First / Last Bus
1N13Dongdaemun Station,
Gangnam Station,
Jamsil Station
8→1074.5 ㎞ 25~30 min00:00
2N15Jonggak Station,
Seoul Station,
Noryangjin Station,
Sadang Station
8→1076.0 ㎞ 25~35 min00:00
3N26Cheongnyangni Station, Jonggak Station,
Sinchon Station
8→1072.3 ㎞ 30~35 min00:00

The temporary extra buses will be deployed between 1 and 2AM, when the extended service for downtown buses has ended. The interval time for the Night Owl bus routes at this time will be shortened by 10 minutes, which is predicted to contribute to relief of year-end late night traffic demand for the downtown area.

Starting mid-month, Seoul city also plans to implement an extension of bus service to 1AM for main areas in Seoul, to offer convenience of late night transport for citizens in all areas of Seoul.

Year-End Custom Night Owl Bus Service Summary

  • ○ Affected Route Sections
    Affected Route Sections
    RouteMain StopsBuses in ServiceDistanceIntervalTrips
    N854Sadang Station, Gangnam Station,
    Express Bus Terminal Station
    338.0 ㎞ 35-45 min6
    N876Hongik University Station, Yeongdeungpo Station, Yeouido Station338.9 ㎞ 35-45 min6
  • ○ Time: 12:00AM – 3:30AM
  • Period: 12.8.2017 – 1.1.2018, 5 days service per week (Wed. – Sun.)
    Period: 12.8.2017 – 1.1.2018, 5 days service per week (Wed. – Sun.)
    Service DatesService Times
    Dec. 8Fri.00:00 – 03:30
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  • ※ Service to be provided on December 25 (Mon.) and January 1 (Mon.), 12:00AM – 03:00AM due to high passenger expectancy

    Fare: 2,150 won (same as Night Owl bus)

Seoul City Implements Emergency Transport Measures

[Subway Line 9 Strike] Seoul City Implements Emergency Transport Measures

With the beginning of the line 9 subway union strike on November 30, 2017, the city of Seoul has mobilized emergency transport measures including the assignment of reserve city buses and charter buses. The strike is expected to last for 6 days from November 30.

The city plans to position 2 city employees at each of the 25 stations from the start date on November 30 for on-site inspections to confirm normal operations. Step-by-step alternatives were also arranged to mediate any difficulties with normal operations.

Emergency Transport Measures : Focus on rush-hour

  • □ Expansion of Downtown Bus Operations
  • ○ 62 reserve buses assigned to 46 routes
  • – Mainly via Noryangjin, Yeouido, Express Bus Terminal, Dangsan, Gayang, Yeomchang, National Assembly, Deungchon, Sinnonhyun, Bongeunsa
  • □ Shuttle Bus Service
  • ○ Long-distance charter buses (6am~9am, every 7~10 minutes)
  • – Sports Complex Station ~ Yeouido Station (9 stops, 36km) 26 buses, round-trip
  • ○ Local charter buses (7am~9am, every 5 minutes)
  • – Gayang Station ~ Dangsan Station (direct, 5.9km) 12 buses, round-trip
  • – Yeomchang Station ~ Dangsan Station (direct, 3.1km) 8 buses, round-trip
  • ⇒ Postings in stations and intercom announcements to inform citizens
  • □ Custom morning commute bus ‘Daramjwi Bus’ (Chipmunk Bus)
  • – 1 hour extension of running time (6am~9am)
  • ○ #8761 route, Gwangheungchang Station ~ National Assembly Station (8.5km), 4 buses
  • ○ #8551 route, Bongcheon Station ~ Noryangjin Station (12.3km), 5 buses

The subway Line 9 labor strike ended on December 5, 2017.

Seoul City Celebrates the 69th Anniversary of the UDHR

Seoul City Celebrates the 69th Anniversary of the UDHR

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will host a series of events for citizens centering on the theme of human rights at the Citizens Hall inside the new government office between December 1 and 6, 2017, in celebration of the 69th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights on December 10.

During the event period (December 1-6), visitors may view any of the 40 short human rights films at Citizens Plaza B on the first basement level inside one of four personal viewing rooms or at ‘Short Human Rights Film Cinema’ twice a day between 9am and 6pm.

On December 5, there will be human rights plays and talk shows. At 4pm, at Basurak Hall on the second basement level of the Citizens Hall, a human rights play will be carried out featuring the voices of 51 human rights activists from 35 countries on 5 continents.

On the same day at 7pm, the human rights talk show will be hosted at Taepyeong Hall on the second basement level of the Citizens Hall to discuss the issue of dating violence which is becoming a serious social problem as of late from a human rights perspective.

Apply to watch the human rights play or talk show at

Check out I · SEOUL · U at the Global Art & Consumer Goods Collaboration Expo 2017!

Check out i· seoul· u at the Global Art & Consumer Goods Collaboration Expo 2017! Date: Dec. 5 (Tue) – Dec. 6 (Wed), 2017 Location: COEX Hall C (3rd floor) Exhibition on Seoul Brand Art Collaboration Products/Brand Souvenirs, On-site Programs, and more

You can find the Seoul city brand products created through collaboration between
I · SEOUL · U and talented artists at the Global Art & Consumer
Goods Collaboration Expo 2017.

Date: Dec. 5 (Tue) – Dec. 6 (Wed), 2017 from 10:00 to 20:00
Location: COEX 3F Hall C

Admission is free if you register in advance on the EXPO website before December 4th!

Program: Forum on Art Collaboration Strategy, Special Lecture by Murata Chiaki, and more

Seoul AD to Appear in Times Square for End of the Year

Seoul AD,New York AD

Advertisements of Seoul will be on display in New York including Times Square, SoHo, Fifth Avenue and other locations between December 18, 2017 and January 14, 2018.

The AD image will be shown in three versions: each image features a woman wearing a hanbok superimposed by one of the three major tourist destinations of Seoul that include Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun Square plus the logo of Seoul at the top. The Seoul AD will be shown on 1,000 digital screens (LinkNYC) and 155 bus stops for an estimated exposure to one million people.

This is the second time that Seoul is promoting joint marketing with New York. It has previously pursued joint marketing with New York City for the first time in Asia and the fourth time in the world in 2011.

The New York AD will, in turn, be on display in Seoul. For the month of December, the central bus lanes in Seoul and 300 taxi stands in the crowded areas of Gangnam-daero, Seoul Station, Yeouido and other locations will post image ADs of New York containing the words “Famous, Original, New York City.”

Asiana Airlines, a national carrier of Korea, will carry out a promotional event in cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) in which discounts will be given to flights to Seoul and New York valid for use until May 2018. Prices for flights to New York will start at 880,000 won and those for Seoul will start at $736 via scanning the QR code on ADs, etc.

The flight promotion will be available between December 2017 and January 14, 2018. Visit the website of Visit Seoul or Asiana Airlines and click on the event banner or scan the QR code on the AD with your mobile phone to access the discounted ticket purchase page.

※ Round trip price; tax and fuel surcharges excluded; prices subject to change depending on the time of departure

The 21st Seoul Global Internship Recruitment Notice

The 21st Seoul Global Internship Recruitment Notice

■ Internship Overview

  • ○ Period : 2018.1.2(Tue.) ~ 2018.2.21(Wed.) (8 weeks total, 35 days)
  • ○ Number of Recruits : 30 people
  • ○ Current Openings : Refer to the attached document(application form)
  • ○ Eligibility
  • – Foreign undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in universities located in Seoul(exchange students are also eligible to apply)
  • – Period of sojourn(visa) must be valid until February 21st 2018
  • ○ Working Hours : Mon.~Fri. from 09:00 to 16:00(1hr. lunch break)
  • ○ Wage(including stipend for transportation, food, etc.) : 45,180 won per day
  • ○ Major Events : Orientation(1.2), Meeting(1.12), Meeting(1.19), Seoul Field Trip(1.26), Volunteer Activity(2.2), Meeting(2.9), Closing Ceremony(2.21) etc
  • ※The above schedule is subject to change

■ Application and Selection Guide

  • ○ Document Screening
  • – Application Deadline : 2017.12.3(Sun.) 18:00
  • – Required Documents
  • ∙ Application 1(required), Application 2(required), Certificate of Enrollment(required), Academic Transcript from Current University(required), TOPIK score(optional)
  • – How to Submit : Email submission of electronic files(hwp, doc, xls)
  • – Where to Submit :
  • – Screening Criteria : GPA, TOPIK score, etc.
  • – First Round Result Announcement : 2017.12.7(Thu.) 18:00 by email and mobile message
  • ○ Interview
  • – Period : 2017.12.11(Mon.) ~ 2017.12.15(Fri.)
  • – Process : Selected candidates will each visit the respective divisions(depts) on a scheduled day
  • ○ Final Result Announcement : 2017.12.21(Thu.) 18:00 (by email and mobile message)
  • ※ Applicants that have passed the final round will be informed individually by email and mobile message. Interns may not be selected if there are no applicants qualified for a specific division or dept. For further information, send all inquiries to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Multiculturalism Division at 02-2133-5077.

Application Form 1

Application Form 2

Recruiting Divisions List