Seoul’s Tap Water Arisu Confirmed Safe to Drink

Arisu acquired the ISO 22000 international certification (Food Safety Management System) from the International Organization for Standardization on November 22, 2016 and has been recognized as a safe food worldwide. The Seoul Metropolitan Government published the 2016 Arisu Quality Report on May 2017 to reconfirm the outstanding water quality of Seoul’s tap water.

Arisu Quality Report is a ‘water quality report’ that informs the water quality of the water source at the upper Hangang River, the Arisu Purification Center, autonomous districts in Seoul and tap water. It contains reports on water quality analysis on 170 items, which is more than the 163 items recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

No pathogenic microorganisms were detected and the water was free of 26 harmful substances including lead, arsenic, cadmium, phenol and parathion. Disinfection by-products generated were detected at 1/5 of the water quality standard.

The Arisu Quality Report also contains other useful information such as the Arisu Quality Certification System. Read the report at the website of the Office of Waterworks Seoul Metropolitan Government (http://arisu.seoul.go.kr).

Seoul’s Tap Water Arisu Confirmed Safe to Drink
< Arisu Quality Report > < Water Analysis Results >
Seoullo 7017 Walkway with Narration Seoullo 7017 Walkway with Narration



Seoul City Offers a Free Danger Monitoring Service

Seoul City Offers a Free Danger Monitoring Service

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will launch its Ansimi app on May 2, 2017 (Tuesday). The app provides SOS service in emergency situations such as returning home at late night, domestic violence, date violence or natural disasters through a simple operation of the app (power button, screen touch and shake).

Ansimi is a 24-hour smart one stop safety network that connects with 32,597 CCTVs (as of the end of 2016) and smartphones to monitor in real-time and provide rescue support as well with a control center* in each district. The Ansimi app has a photo/image recording function which enables immediate response to emergency situations by sending photos or videos of the scene that happens at CCTV blind spots to the control center.

(* The control center monitors 32,000 CCTVs that have been installed in alleys and parks of each administrative district in Seoul. It is operated 24 hours a day with between 4 to 9 monitors and police officers stationed at any given time.)

The app can be used as ①Safe Return Home Service or ②SOS in case of domestic violence or a natural disaster. Download the app via Google Play (android) or App Store (iPhone) and sign in before initial use. As the app involves the use of a safety/report service, user identification is required. Users must upload information on your administrative district, emergency contact, and a photo of the user.

◇ How Ansimi works

How Ansimi works

< Ansimi Safe Return Home Service: Sends my current location in real-time and returning home message >

To use the ‘Safe Return Home Service,’ touch the safe return service menu on the main screen of the app → enter the destination → touch ‘Start Service’ → your current location will be delivered to the control center of your administrative district in real-time and a returning home message will be sent to your emergency contact. → after arriving at your destination, touch ‘End Service.’

When an emergency situation occurs during the use of the safe return service, touch the Help button on the screen or shake your smartphone several times. In 10 seconds, the control center will receive an emergency call. If you pressed the wrong button by accident, press Cancel within 10 seconds. When you issue an emergency call, an automatically taken photo or video (set in user settings) will be sent to the control center.

The control center of your administrative district will monitor the user location info that appears on the situation board. An emergency alarm will ring when an SOS request has been received. Once the request is deemed valid, it becomes an emergency situation. The in-house police will be dispatched and take appropriate action.

< SOS Report: Shake smartphone to immediately send photos/videos or the scene >

Simply shake the smartphone to use the emergency call (SOS report) feature. Photos or videos of the scene (set by user settings) and your personal information along with current location will be sent to the control center of your administrative district.

In the case of android phones, an emergency call will be issued if you shake the phone, even if the home screen is locked, or press the power button three or more times. The intensity of shaking can be adjusted in the environment settings to suit your needs. Accidental SOS reports that have been made due to running is to be filtered out at the control center through viewing of the photos (videos) of the scene. The user can also cancel the report within 10 seconds.

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said, “It is the responsibility of the country and public institutions to protect our citizens. I will make sure to create a safe city for women through the implementation of our Ansimi app.”




Play in the Water at Hangang Parks!

Seven fountains in the Hangang Parks will be in operation starting on April 29, 2017 (Saturday).

Following the Banpo Moonlight Rainbow Fountain at Banpo Hangang Park and the Cascade Fountain at Yeouido Hangang Park, which began operating on April 1, 2017, seven fountains at Ttukseom Park, Yeouido Park, Nanji Park and Ichon Park will begin operating on April 29, 2017. They will remain in operation until October 31, 2017.

The fountains installed in the swimming pools at Nanji Hangang Park and Ttukseom Hangang Park will be in operation between June 23 and August 27, following the operation period of the pools.

The Splash Fountain at Ttukseom Hangang Park offers a night musical fountain show with beautiful images projected onto the Hangang River. The Mirror Fountain at Nanji Hangang Park is Korea’s largest ground water fountain with an area of 2,800㎡. The Water Playground Fountain at Nanji Hangang Park is an elaborate and dynamic structure featuring a wide selection of music.

Play in the Water at Hangang Parks
The Splash Fountain at Ttukseom Hangang Park

Play in the Water at Hangang Parks
The Mirror Fountain at Nanji Hangang Park

Play in the Water at Hangang Parks
The Water Playground Fountain at Nanji Hangang Park

The fountains operating hours vary. Visit the website of Hangang Project Headquarters (http://hangang.seoul.go.kr) to check their hours of operation.

Inquiries 02-3780-0653/0691




Indonesian Incentive Tourists Ride Seoul Public Bicycles

Indonesian Incentive Tourists Ride Seoul Public Bicycles

100 employees of Indonesian insurance company AXA visited Seoul as part of an incentive trip from April 24 to 27, 2017. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) held a Hangang Ttareungyi Tour at Yeouido Hangang Park for them.

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon rode the full course of 2.5 kilometers at the beautiful Hangang River on Ttareungyi, testifying to the possibility of Ttareungyi as a means for foreign tourists to navigate Seoul.

In order to speed up the process of attracting MICE tourists to Seoul, the SMG will temporarily operate the Seoul Special Experience Program until the end of 2017. Employees of AXA are the first to participate in the program.

※ Seoul Special Experience Program (April – December 2017)

  • ① [New Tourist Attraction] Walking on Seoullo 7017
  • ② [Nature] Biking at Hangang River
  • ③ [History] Trekking at Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall
  • ④ [Tradition] Participating in Hanbok, Hangeul, and traditional instrument programs operated for members of “Seoul MICE Alliance”
  • ⑤ [Hallyu] K-POP dance or hallyu makeup
  • ⑥ Domestic travel agency-recommended program (after selection)

* Seoul MICE Alliance: A public-private partnership established in 2010 for the purpose of cultivating the Seoul MICE industry and joint marketing. Currently, there are 230 members including convention centers, hotels, travel agencies, international conference agencies, and performance groups.

Support Plan for the Seoul Special Experience Program

❍ Support Target

Incentive travel groups that visit Seoul until the end of 2017 and stay in Seoul for at least two consecutive nights with a combined stay of 100 nights or above for all participants

❍ Support

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❍ Application: On-line http://kr.miceseoul.com/support/corporate.php

※ Inquiries: Seoul Tourism Organization, 82-2-3788-0826

  • 【Traditional Culture Experience】
  • Namsangol Hanok Village: Hanbok trial, commentary on cultural assets
  • Jeongdong Theater: Janggu, pansori, Korean dance
  • Hera Fantastic: Percussion performance, traditional theater
  • Korea House: Bibimbap+hanbok+folk performance, food, handicraft (Paper art, mask-making, etc.), art (dance, garment-wearing, etc.)
  • National Hangeul Museum: Hangeul as a font
  • Samcheonggak: Daily tea ceremony, traditional music – janggu, traditional mask-making, folk painting, kimchi-making, makgeolli brewing, etc.
  • Mugyewon: traditional culture program



The Spring of Seoul with Fun Festivals

A variety of festivals including Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, Lotus Lantern Festival, and Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival are held throughout Seoul every spring.

Seoullo 7017 Major Festivals and Events table
Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival Seoul Rose Festival
Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival Seoul Rose Festival
Lotus Lantern Festival Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival
Lotus Lantern Festival Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival

April

The Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is held by the Hangang River when the cherry blossoms come to bloom. This festival is a leading spring destination attracting over 6 million visitors each spring.

The Lotus Lantern Festival is held from April 12 to 29. Visitors can enjoy ▲ a variety of traditional lantern exhibitions (Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple, and Cheonggyecheon Stream), ▲ a lantern parade (Dongguk University → Jogyesa Temple), and ▲ traditional cultural performances/shows (in front of Jogyesa Temple). The Lotus Lantern Festival is one of the most popular folk festivals, continuing the history of the lotus lantern festival held from the Silla Dynasty to the Goryeo Dynasty and the Buddha’s birthday festival of the Joseon Dynasty with a 1300-year history.

May

The Seoul Rose Festival (5.19~21) is known as the most beautiful and fragrant festival of Seoul held in Junghwa Sports Park and Surim Grand Park. The festival is famous for the 5.1-kilometer-long rose tunnel, rose shrine, rose parade, and various photo zones. In particular, the festival provides colorful visual delight using night lighting under the theme of “Nocturnal Rose” this year.

The 2017 Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival will be held in Banpo Hangang Park from May 13 to 14. You can access Banpo Seoraeseom Island from Sinbanpo Station (Line 9) and Dongjak Station (Line 4 and 9). The Green Barley Festival will be held from May 10 to 20 in Ichon Hangang Park that has a total area of 10,000 square meters. You can reach the green barley field through Ichon Station (Line 1 and 4) after passing Ichon Interchange. The Seoul Metropolitan Government is planning to host a variety of festivals and programs so that citizens can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the country in downtown Seoul.




Seoullo 7017 Scheduled to Open on May 20

Seoullo 7017 Scheduled to Open on May 20

Seoullo 7017, a walkway featuring plants and cultural components built on top of the old Seoul Station overpass (built in 1970), is scheduled to open on May 20, 2017. The walkway is a 1.7km-long special pedestrian roadway that connects 17 passageways from Hoehyeon Station to Namsan Footbridge, Seoul Station Square, Cheongpa-dong, and Jungnim-dong.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) planted 24,085 plants of 228 species on Seoullo. There will be eight cultural facilities including a doll theater and a street stage as well as five restaurant complexes selling bibimbap, Korean desserts, and other snacks.

The SMG disclosed photos of the upper area of Seoullo 7017, which is now busy wrapping up construction before the opening in May, and introduced various programs on safety & security, natural disasters, disaster response, plant management, tourism & convenience facilities, and culture & festival.

Safety: Designed to withstand earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.3 – 6.5 and a load of 50,000 adults (each 70kg), which is ten times more than the maximum capacity of 5,000 people

Security: Station 16 security staff 24/7 to provide regular safety management and station 10 additional staff at major entryways on weekends and holidays to block street vendors from entering

Response to Natural & Man-made Disasters: Systematic response to disaster situations including fine dust, yellow dust, strong wind, typhoon, heavy rain, and heavy snow from their forecast

Hygiene Management: Maintain a pleasant atmosphere thorough hygiene management Minimize the number of trash cans to those inside convenience facilities such as cafes (8 total) and install and collect five additional sets of trash cans as necessary when there are many visitors.

Plant Management: Designed by Winy Maas as a mid-air arboretum featuring all the plants that can grow in Seoul including 24,085 plants of 228 species and 50 families

“Seoullo 7017” will open at 10 p.m. on May 20. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. with a lighting performance. This will be followed by various festivals and cultural programs throughout the year.

[Seoullo 7017 Cultural Facilities]

Seoullo 7017 Cultural Facilities table
Seoullo Exhibition Hall Small exhibition hall in the upper area near Seoul Station with a size of 16㎡where the railway passes by
Rose Stage(near Malli-dong) Performances and interactive programs for families
Magnolia Stage(near Toegye-ro) Cultural performances and game programs for professionals and local residents on weekday lunchtime and weekends
Midair Shelter Operation of seasonal programs including foot baths during spring and summer and walking on fallen leaves during the fall
Curiosity Treepot(3 locations) 3m-tall pot that has holes on the wall that broadcast videos and audio on Seoul’s tourist destinations

[Seoullo 7017 Major Festivals and Events]

Seoullo 7017 Major Festivals and Events table
Festival/Event Duration/No. of Events Place
Seasonal Flower Festival May 20 – 27 Seoullo 7017 area
(Seoul Station Square, Malli-dong Square)
Summer Seoullo (water festival) Aug 25 – 27
Working Day (street art) Oct 7 – 8
Light in the World (light festival) Dec 1, 2017 – Feb 10, 2018
Year Round Farmers’ Market 2nd and 4th Saturdays Malli-dong Square
Seoul Street Arts Festival During October Seoullo 7017, Malli-dong Square
Seasonal Street Art June & September (14 sessions) Malli-dong Square
Youth Mic Jun – Nov (6 sessions) Seoullo 7017, Malli-dong Square



Performances in May for the Entire Family

May is family month in Korea. As such, it is packed with a wide variety of fun and interesting performances for families.

During the month of May, the Sejong Center offers a dance drama, classical music and musicals for the entire family to enjoy according to the age of each family member. Dancing Scarecrow, a comic dance drama, and Wow! Classical Ensemble, a classical performance presented like a fairytale, are classics that have been loved over many years, perfect for watching with children.

Secret Envoy, an original Korean musical that talks about the Hague emissary, and classical music concert by Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Music Director Mikko Frank are also much anticipated performances. If you are interested in pets and plants, we also recommend the Painting, Companion, Communication exhibition held at the Sejong Museum of Art in the Sejong Center.

Alternatively, you can also enjoy traditional Korean music. Jami is a lunch concert held at the Samcheonggak Pavilion from April 5 to June 30 on Wednesdays and Fridays that combines performance with traditional Korean food. Sejong Music Tour is a court music performance that will be held at the Sejong Grand Theater in the Sejong Center on May 15.

If you want to enjoy good music with a large group of people, try May, Play at Dream Forest at the Dream Forest Art Center or enjoy gugak for 5,000 won at the Pre & Free series held at Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater.

The Sejong Center offers a discount of 25%-55% for children or when six or more family members purchase tickets together. Check out the prices on the Sejong Center website (www.sejongpac.or.kr).

[Performance Schedule]

Performance Schedule table
Category Date Place Program Fee (won) Age
Sejong Center May 3 (Wed) – 7 (Sun)  Sejong M Theater Dancing Scarecrow 20,000 – 40,000 4 or above
May 5 (Fri) – 6 (Sat)  Sejong Chamber Hall Wow! Classical Ensemble 20,000 4 or above
May 12 (Fri) – 13 (Sat) Sejong M Theater Rediscovery of Children’s Poems 25,000 – 30,000 7 or above
May 15 (Mon) Sejong Grand Theater Sejong Music Tour 20,000 – 50,000 7 or above
May 19 (Fri) – Jun 11 (Sun) Sejong M Theater Musical: Secret Envoy 20,000 -50,000 7 or above
7:30 p.m., May 25 (Thu) Sejong Grand Theater Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio 40,000 – 150,000 7 or above
5 p.m., May 27 (Sat) Sejong Grand Theater World Masterpiece Festival  10,000 – 50,000 7 or above
May 16 (Tue) – Jul 9 (Sun) Sejong Museum of Art Painting, Companion, Communication 4,000/9,000 All ages
Samcheonggak Pavilion Noon on Wed & Fri Ilhwadang Lunch Concert, Jami 22,000/45,000 7 or above
Dream Forest Art Center May 5 (Fri) Dream Forest ‘May, Play at Dream Forest’  Free All ages
Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater May 2 (Tue) – 3 (Wed) Performance Hall Moondrop 5,000 3 or above
May 4 (Thu) – 6 (Sat) The Little Prince’s Earth Report 5,000 3 or above
May 9 (Tue) – 11 (Thu)  Supermarket Lady’s Ssireum Challenge 5,000 7 or above
  • – Sejong Center: 02-399-1000
  • – Dream Forest Art Center: 02-2289-5401
  • – Samcheonggak Pavilion: 02-765-3700
  • – Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater: 02-3210-7001~2
Performances in May for the Entire Family
Dancing Scarecrow performance Publicity photo of Musical Secret Envoy
Dancing Scarecrow performance Publicity photo of Musical Secret Envoy
Wow! Classical Ensemble performance Conductor Mikko Frank of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio
Wow! Classical Ensemble performance Conductor Mikko Frank of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio
Jami performance at Samcheonggak Pavilion Sejong Music Tour performance
Jami performance at Samcheonggak Pavilion Sejong Music Tour performance



Seoullo 7017 Walkway with Narration

Seoullo 7017 Walkway with Narration

The remodeled Seoul Station overpass will open to the public as Seoullo 7017 on May 20, 2017. Seoulites and foreign tourists alike are welcome to participate in the opening program, which will introduce the various landmarks of Seoul in three tour courses.

Cultural tour guides will narrate fun stories on the history, culture, and prominent figures of the Seoullo area in an animated manner.

Local attractions within a one kilometer radius of Seoullo will be incorporated into the stories and included in the three tour courses.

Tour 1 ‘From Hanyang to Seoullo’ looks into the history of Seoul through a discussion of the changes in urban space and historical figures. Tour 2 ‘Seoullo Architecture Tour’ explores the architecture of Seoul by looking into the history of architecture, culture, and lifestyle in Seoul with the introduction of western culture in the early 1900s. Finally, in Tour 3 ‘Seoullo Night Tour’ you can enjoy the nightscape and romantic atmosphere of Seoul at night.

Seoullo 7017 Walkway with Narration
Tour Theme and Key Points
“From Hanyang to Seoullo” (history) How did the walled city of Hanyang develop into Seoul City? Culture Station Seoul 284-Seoullo-Severance Hospital-Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall-Baekbeom Square-Hoehyeon Station
“‘Seoullo Architecture Tour” (architecture) Tour of enlightenment and modern era sites inside the city Culture Station Seoul 284-Seoullo-Son Kee Chung Memorial Hall-Yakhyeon Catholic Church-St. Joseph Apartment-Chungjeonggak House
“Seoullo Night Tour” (nightscape) Night life in Seoul along with narration Seoullo-Namdaemun Presbyterian Church-Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall-Baekbeom Square-Sungnyemun Gate

Reservations: visitseoul.net (available from May 15, 2017)
Languages: Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese

Seoullo 7017 Walkway with Narration
Culture Station Seoul 284 Seoullo 701
Culture Station Seoul 284 Seoullo 7017
Yakhyeon Catholic Church Sungnyemun Gate
Yakhyeon Catholic Church Sungnyemun Gate
Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall Baekbeom Square / Ahn Jung Geun Memorial Museum
Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall Baekbeom Square / Ahn Jung Geun Memorial Museum
Samsoon Stairs Chungjeonggak House
Samsoon Stairs Chungjeonggak House



Seoul City to Have 400 Children’s Forests by 2023

Seoul City to Have 400 Children’s Forests by 2023

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will increase the number of children’s forests in Seoul to 400 so that children can play hard and grow up healthy. Forests will be built in green areas of each village to increase the number of children’s forests by nearly tenfold by 2023, with the goal of having one forest per each administrative dong unit.

The Children’s Forest is a space where children can play with small animals, leaves, branches, and flowers in nature. It is demonstrated to be educationally beneficial, producing calming effects.

The first children’s forest was built in 2011. Currently, there are 41 locations including Eungbong Park in Yongsan-gu and Ujang Park in Gangseo-gu.

The SMG, instead of pursuing its conventional policy of forming mid-to-large-size children’s forests, plans to discover green areas in hills, streams, and parks of each neighborhood to create new ones.

The SMG will expand the scope of users to include elementary school students, parents, and teachers in addition to preschoolers. Forests will be utilized as a place of learning and various interactive programs will be created to promote healing.

Seoul City to Have 400 Children’s Forests by 2023
Choansan Mountain, Dobong-gu Gyenam Park, Yangcheon-gu
Choansan Mountain, Dobong-gu Gyenam Park, Yangcheon-gu
Odong Park, Gangbuk-gu Inwangsan Mountain, Seodaemun-gu
Odong Park, Gangbuk-gu Inwangsan Mountain, Seodaemun-gu



Drones in the Public Safety Domain

Drones in the Public Safety Domain

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will expand the application of drones, which had been used only at disaster sites until now, to include the public safety domain.

With the application of drones to disaster sites in August 2016, it became easier to quickly assess the situation and come up responsive measures at disaster sites which include mountain fires, skyscrapers, and densely populated housing areas. The SMG will continue to expand upon the scope of drone application with a long term perspective to preemptively respond to emergency situations.

To do so, the SMG will build a road network database by expanding upon the firefighting safety measures created by the Seocho Fire Station. Then, it will build a swift disaster response system by reflecting the database in the Firefighting Safety Map of the comprehensive disaster management system.

At the same time, drones will be used in the public safety domain engaging in filming boar-infested areas and delivering the videos to related organizations. Through such efforts, the SMG plans to secure public safety and create a safe city.

[Drones used at Disaster Sites]

Drones used at Disaster Sites
Searching for survivors at multistory construction sites Monitoring the spread of fires at densely populated residential areas Searching for the point of origin of a fire and calling for helicopter support Searching for survivors at an automobile accident on the Hangang River
< Searching for survivors at multistory construction sites > < Monitoring the spread of fires at densely populated residential areas > < Searching for the point of origin of a fire and calling for helicopter support > < Searching for survivors at an automobile accident on the Hangang River >



May Seoul Global Cultural Center Programs

May is family month in Korea. Accordingly, the Seoul Global Cultural Center will host a variety of cultural programs centering on family for foreign residents and foreign tourists.

Programs include Hangeul calligraphy (May 2nd), writing a postcard (May 2nd-8th), children’s hanbok-wearing (May 4th), carnation-making (May 8th), and seodang experience (May 13th).

At the seodang experience program, you can learn about household and school etiquettes from a village teacher and write down your own family motto. An interpreter will be present to provide explanation.

All interactive programs can be reserved on-line or through onsite visit. Each program will accept up to 20 students on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The Seoul Global Cultural Center, operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), offers foreigners useful tips on living in Korea and provides various opportunities to learn about Korean culture through programs on traditional attire, craftwork, dance, Korean cooking, and makeup classes.

[Programs in May]

  • ○ Time: May 2-13, 2017
  • ○ Place: Seoul Global Cultural Center (5F, M Plaza, 27, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • ○ Programs
Programs in May programs
Program Time Description
Calligraphy May 2, 16:00~17:00 Write your Korean name on a fan
Coloring May 2-8,
10:00~18:00
Coloring wooden handicraft for children
Postcard-writing May 2-8,
10:00~18:00
Send postcards home
Folk painting May 4, 14:00~16:00 Folk painting using traditional Korean dyes
Children’s hanbok-wearing May 5,
10:00~12:00
14:00~16:00
Hanbok wearing and instant photo printing
Family movie May 6, 15:00~17:00 Korean movie screening (English subtitles): Herb
Traditional paper carnation May 8, 16:00~17:30 Carnation-making for Parent’s Day
Seodang experience May 13,
15:00~16:00
Learn traditional manners and calligraphy with a village teacher
Programs in May programs imgage
Hangeul Calligraphy Folk Painting K-POP Dance
Hangeul Calligraphy Folk Painting K-POP Dance
Holiday Traditions Field Trip Lectures on Korean Culture
Holiday Traditions Field Trip Lectures on Korean Culture
Korean Cooking Hanbok-wearing K-Beauty Makeup Class
Korean Cooking Hanbok-wearing K-Beauty Makeup Class



S-Plex Center to Become the Hub of Korea’s Game Industry

S-Plex Center to Become the Hub of Korea’s Game Industry

S-Plex Center to Become the Hub of Korea’s Game Industry

On April 16, 2017, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced the ‘Game Industry Cultivation Plan’, which will promote the game industry with the goal of creating more jobs for young people using a budget of KRW 50 billion by 2021. The SMG will devote its full attention to supporting this plan.

At the heart of the plan is the Seoul Game Contents Center that will open inside the S-Plex Center in Sangam-dong during April. The Seoul Game Contents Center will provide a stable game development environment for game development startups.

The Seoul Game Contents Center, located on floors 8, 9, and 10, has a total area of 5785㎡ and consists of 70 separate spaces including those for game startups (9-10F) and those for independent game development (8F).

In April 2016, the OGN E-sports Stadium (12-17F), where various e-sports matches are held year-round, opened inside the S-Plex Center. In July 2016, the Media Contents Center (5-7F), equipped with post production facilities for image and sound editing became part of the Center. In August 2017, the E-sports and Game Exhibition PR Hall is scheduled to open on the 11th floor of the building.

The SMG plans to actively support the overseas entry of small- and medium-sized domestic game companies. To do so, it will subsidize the shared booth fee, participation fee, and other expenses to companies that take part in overseas exhibitions.

The SMG will also vitalize the e-sports industry. To that end, it will promote the ‘Seoul Cup International E-sports Championship,’ which will be held for the second time during the second half of 2017, into a leading international event.

The SMG will also work with the ‘Seoul Internet Addiction Prevention and Counseling Center,’ which has been in operation since 2007, to build a sound game culture.

S-Plex Center to Become the Hub of Korea’s Game Industry
Seoul Game Contents Center inside S-Plex Center
Seoul Game Contents Center inside S-Plex Center Seoul Game Contents Center inside S-Plex Center
OGN E-sports Stadium (spectators watching an e-sports match)
OGN E-sports Stadium OGN E-sports Stadium