20 Creative Playgrounds for Kids in Seoul


In 2016, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will carry out a project aimed at transforming dilapidated park playgrounds into safe and creative spaces for children. The transformation of twenty selected playgrounds will be completed by the end of the year through the participation of local residents.

Funding for the overhaul of eighteen of the twenty selected playgrounds will be provided by the SMG, and two will be funded by private organizations.

“Before” and “After” overhauling work for Mirim Children’s Park

Mirim Children’s Park (111㎡ in size), one of the twenty selected locations, has been turned into a space equipped with orange-colored pipe chairs, so now childtrend love the place. Eighteen other playgrounds will be overhauled and reopened this year as places containing stories that children will love.

The project is part of the promise made by the SMG in 2015 to make playgrounds activity centers for local residents, and The SMG will continue to encourage local residents to be actively engaged in the progress of the project including designing and monitoring.

International Forum on Urban Policy for Sustainable Development Goals

Poverty, food shortages, health, imbalance in education, gender inequality, energy depletion, shortage of jobs, climate change, and the income gap are among the greatest problems facing humankind.

The international community has made efforts to solve these global problems in the 2001-2015 period under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and made significant achievement. Still, there is no denying that there are many obstacles to be overcome. Natural disasters are getting worse in the midst of abnormal climate change. Polarization is getting more serious due to income inequality. There are children deprived of the opportunity for education. The situation regarding women’s social participation needs to be improved drastically. Unless these problems are solved once and for all, younger generations of people will face a dismal future.

In September 2015, the heads of more than 190 countries unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 goals in a bid to create solutions to these problems through joint efforts.

As part of such efforts, the SMG, jointly with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the CITYNET: The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements, intends to hold the International Forum on Urban Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Seoul from June 8 through June 10 this year. The importance of the role and responsibility of cities and local governments in execution of MDGs has been widely acknowledged. Likewise, we cannot overemphasize their core role in the execution and attainment of SDGs, considering that more than half of the world population now reside in cities.

Participants in the forum will make joint efforts to solve diverse urban problems, exchanging opinions on sustainable urban development policies, sharing advanced knowhow with each other, and establishing partnerships for inter-city collaboration. We at the SMG will do our best to make the forum a successful event by providing positive support for constructive discussions about diverse issues.
We encourage you to take part in our efforts and provide your warmhearted support.

1. Time
– The Forum: June 8 and 9 (two days), 2016 ※ The Exhibition/PR Pavilion is operated.
– Inspection tour for overseas participants: June 10, 2016

2. Venue
– New Building of Seoul City Hall (The opening ceremony at the Multi-Purpose Hall on the 8th Floor)

3. Participants
Mayors of cities both domestic and abroad, delegates of local governments, international organizations, research institutes, NGOs, private businesses, and civil society

4. Main Programs

June 8 (Wed.) June 9 (Thu.) June 10 (Fri.)
9:30 ~ 10:25 Opening Ceremony
– Welcome/congratulatory speeches
– Keynote speech
Session 4
Discussion of the results from the sessions on Day 1
Field Inspection in Three Areas
(transportation, water supply/sewage, environment)

(※ Only for overseas participants)

10:45 ~ 12:00 Session 1
SDGs and Cities
Session 5
Execution of Objectives of Sustainable Urban Development and Evaluation
Noon ~ 13:30 Lunch break Lunch break
13:30 ~ 15:15 Session 2
Sustainable urban infrastructure
Session 6
How to Settle Urban Issues
– 4 sub sessions
• Environment/climate change (ICLEI)
• e-Government (WeGo)
• Safe Cities (UN-Habitat)
• Disaster reduction (UNISDR)
15:15 ~ 15:45 Making a tour of the PR Pavilion Making a tour of the PR Pavilion
15:45 ~17:30 Session 3
Operation of Sustainable Cities
– 4 sub sessions
• Asian Perspectives on Sustainable Urbanization: Exemplary cases (City Net)
• Urban innovation (UNDP)
• Social economy (GSEF)
• Financing (WB)
Session 7
Sharing Urban Policies

Closing Ceremony


5. Pre-registration
– Through the website (http://urbansdgplatform.org/seoulforum/)
– Period: April 26, 2016 – May 19, 2016
– For inquiries, please contact urbansdg.regi@gmail.com

An Underground Town the Size of 30 Ballparks to be Built in Yeondongdaero


A bird’s eye view (of the ground level)

On May 2, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced a plan for the development of an underground town in Yeondongdaero [the COEX-Samseong Station-Hyundai Global Business Center (GBC) section] with a size of 30 ballparks.

The 630m-long (70m wide and 51m deep) section between Samseong Station (Subway Line-2) and Bongeunsa Station (Subway Line-9) will be turned into the underground town. It will be the largest in the country’s history of underground development. The underground town will have a set of complex public infrastructure, including an integrated subway station, a subway-bus transit center, a city airport terminal, and cultural facilities.

First, an integrated railway station will be built that will encompass Samseong-Dongtan Railway Express, an extended KTX line, GTX-A, GTX-C, Nambu Railway Express, and the Wirye-Sinsa Line, which go through Samseong Station. The SMG is reviewing how to build the best possible railway station from a variety of perspectives.

The City Airport Terminal, which is in the COEX building, will be relocated to the underground town to meet an increase in the demand for international business associated with the GBC and the MICE (Meeting, Incentive Tour, Convention, and Exhibition/Event) facilities. Passengers will then be able to check in on B1 level and then take an airport bus or Subway Line-9 on B2 level.

The new underground town will link the COEX Mall with the soon to be built GBC Mall. On the ground level, COEX will be conveniently linked to the GBC. The ground level will be linked to the underground town through a pedestrian network.

With the completion of the work for the integrated station, the number of people going through the underground town will amount to 400,000 a day on average, about 1.3 times the number of those using Seoul Station, thus making the area the hub of the country’s public transportation network.

By 2021, when the Samseong-Dongtan Railway Express is opened, the travel time between Dongtan and Gangnam will be reduced from the present 41-66 minutes to about 20 minutes. The travel time between Samseong Station and Seoul City Hall will be only 5 minutes with the opening of the GTX-A Line (Samseong-KINTEX).

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A bird’s eye view (longitudinal section)


A bird’s eye view (transverse section)

Opening of Seoul e-Stadium, a New Mecca of e-Sports

On April 30, the SMG officially opened Seoul e-Stadium. A ceremony celebrating the opening of the e-Stadium was held on the same day, with many people in attendance, including Mayor Park Won-soon, Sports Minister Kim Jong-deok, and CJ E&M President Kim Seong-su.

The e-Stadium has been built with the investment of a total of 53.5 billion won (27.5 billion won by the SMG, 16 billion won by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and 10 billion won by CJ E&M, which will serve as the operating business), on broadcast facilities and the interior.

The construction plan was set up in 2009 and the work was completed on February 20, 2015. Prior to the official opening on April 30, the stadium went through a period of trial operation.

〈S-PLEX Center〉                   〈Seoul e-Stadium〉

The Seoul e-Stadium boasts a theater-like facility featuring comfortable spectator seats, a high-end sound system, a spacious players’ locker room, a bathroom for players, and a gigabit internet broadcast facility.

Commenting on the stadium, Mayor Park, Won-soon said, “e-Sport is a promising industry which has an infinite development and is popular mainly among peope in 10s and 20s It is expected to develop rapidly as a professional sports industry, given its level of participation. We at the SMG will strive to focus on the invigoration of its positive aspects so that it may grow as a mature industry and part of the culture representing young people.”

The SMG Announces Special City Respecting Workers’ Rights 2016

The SMG announced a measure named Special City Respecting Workers’ Rights 2016, which includes seven promises, in an effort to improve workplace environments and job instability, as well as put an end to the infringement of workers’ rights.

Promise 1: One-stop settlement of cases associated with workers’ rights
Seoul City officials will help low-income workers (those earning 2.5 million or less a month) suffering delayed wage payment, unjustifiable dismissal, or industrial injury by providing free consulting and engaging in an administrative lawsuit on their behalf. The service will be provided even to those not recognized as workers under labor laws, such as sub drivers, motorcycle couriers, and those engaging in door-to-door delivery service.

Promise-2: Elimination of labor rights-related blind zones
The SMG will dispatch labor rights experts for those working at small-sized workplaces with less than five employees, for example convenience stores and PC bangs, to help workers not familiar with workers’ rights. The SMG will also provide interpreters to the seven migrant workers support centers in Seoul for a similar purpose.

In 2017, the SMG will provide resting places for sub drivers and motorcycle couriers. The SMG will also check to see what it can do for them in collaboration with municipal financial welfare consulting centers and facilities for workers’ health about their welfare and opportunities to find other jobs.

Promise-3: Expansion of the scope of beneficiaries of the living wage system
The SMG will gradually expand the scope of beneficiaries of the living wage system by having SMG-entrusted private institutions adopt the system, the first step of its kind taken by a local government. Effective July 2016, the system will apply to 1,480-plus workers at a total of 280 such institutions. The SMG will also provide incentives to private businesses taking part in the system.

Promise-4: Turning non-regular workers into regular workers
The step taken by the SMG for turning 7,296 non-regular workers under its control into regular workers, which was begun in 2012, will be completed by the end of 2016. Those under the control of autonomous district offices (635 in total) will also be turned into regular workers by 2020. The SMG will see to it that no non-regular workers are hired by bodies under its control.

Promise-5: Reduction of work hours
The SMG started taking measures for this in 2015 and will apply it to the Seoul Credit Guarantee Foundation and the Seoul Medical Center under its control. The SMG will apply these measures to all of the 19 SMG-invested institutions by 2018.

Promise-6: Adoption of a system having workers attend the Board of Directors meetings
This system has been adopted by 18 countries in Europe. The SMG will listen to people’s opinions at hearing sessions before adopting the system. The system will be first adopted by SMG-invested institutions, where an agreement has been reached between the workers and management on adoption of the system, in October 2016.

Promise-7: Establishment of a labor policy network
The SMG will turn SMG-entrusted workers’ rights centers into independent foundations by 2018.
They are expected to play the role of diffusing the SMG’s labor policies, including the application of a living wage and reduction of work hours, to the private sector.

“No Smoking” Signs at Subway Station Entrances, Effective May 1

Views of No Smoking signs at subway entrances

Effective May 1, areas within 10m of subway entrances in Seoul are designated as No Smoking Zone.

Smokers are required to identify No Smoking Zone near subway stations. A violator will be fined 100,000 won, as of September 1.

The step taken by the SMG is in consideration of the fact that the subway is the most frequently used public transportation, and the need to protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke has been proven to be crucial to public health.

The SMG will inform people of the said designation and ask for smokers’ positive cooperation. Starting in June, the SMG will engage in concentrated control of areas close to subway entrances based on the results of the monitoring.

PLATFORM Chang-dong 61 has Opened, With the Aim of Emerging as a New Cultural Hotspot in Northwestern Seoul

The SMG plans to make PLATFORM Chang-dong 61 a cultural hotspot in the northwestern section of the city, in addition to having it serve as the engine for the local economy.

PLATFORM Chang-dong 61 is a project designed to create a new economic center encompassing Chang-dong and Sanggye-dong. The project will include performance facilities, knowledge-based R&D facilities, an industrial complex, and a public transportation transit center. It aims to attract a thousand businesses and create 80,000 jobs.

The location has a performance venue made from shipping containers named Red Box, where rock and hip-hop concerts will be held.

A three-story structure (with the total floor space of 2,241.98㎡), PLATFORM Chang-dong 61 is located within a minute’s walk from Exit 1, Changdong Station. It will accommodate facilities for music, food, fashion, photography, community activities, restaurants, stores, and cafes.

The area is expected to serve as the first step for the project aimed at forming a new economic center in Chang-dong and Sanggye-dong.

▶ Location: 1-9 Chang-dong, Dobong-gu, Seoul
▶ Close to Subway Line 1 & 4 Chang-dong Station
▶ Homepage: www.platform61.kr
☎ For inquiries, please call the Project Team for Four Northeastern Districts (☎ 02-2133-8444)

5 Walking Trails through the Heart of Seoul

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is continuing to build a series of Urban Trails: five walking trails of 25.4㎞ in the heart of Seoul within the four main gates in Seoul, a city with a large floating population and 600 years of historical and cultural resources.

Once the trails are completed, five walking routes, including ▲Connecting Trail ▲Old Scenery Trail ▲Forever-young Trail ▲Jongno Unjong Trail ▲Cheonggye Water Trail will connect the center of Seoul in a grid.

Each route and trail will feature major attractions and unique characteristics.

First, Connecting Trails (circle route, 9.5㎞) starts at Seoul Station, the center of modern transportation and once the major gate of Seoul. The trail then leads through Jeong-dong – Gwanghwamun – Insa-dong – Heunginjimun Gate – Myeong-dong and then back to Seoul Station. It is the only circular route among the five trails.

Old Scenery Trail (4.5㎞) starts from Waryong Park and goes through Unhyeonggung Palace, leading to the intersection of Toegye-ro 2ga. You can look around and enjoy a traditional atmosphere walking on the trail.

Forever-young Trail (3.8㎞) starts at Hyehwamun, which had disappeared in the Japanese occupation period and was restored as a part of the Hanyang Wall in 1992. The trail leads to Daehangno, the representative area of culture and art, and Dongdaemun Market, the fashion zone. The trail is full of art and culture, with youth and passion.

Jongno Unjong Trail (4.0km) starts at Seodaemun and goes through the Jongno area, where you can observe its living culture. The trail was named after Unjong Street, which indicated the area and translates to “people gathering around like clouds.”

Finally, Cheoggye Water Trail (3.6km) goes through the old site of the National Tax Service leading to Seun Plaza, the first multi-purpose building in Korea where the urban regeneration project is in progress. You can enjoy a variety of cultural events and food through the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream.

On the Urban Trails, road stripes will indicate the start and finish points, 100m intervals, and information points using the BI of “Walk, Seoul,” so that anyone can easily recognize them. Historical sites including the old city office, the old National Assembly building, and the old site of six administrative offices will be indicated so as to easily understand the history of each site by installing and rearranging the signs.

The SMG will also improve walking convenience and safety by creating and relocating crosswalks and organizing obstructions causing inconveniences to walking, such as inappropriate braille blocks and bollards.

The SMG has announced the urban trail construction plan, including the details above, and has stated that it will complete the 6km upper section of Connecting Trail (Seoul Station – Gwanghwamun- Heunginjimun Gate) within the first half of the year, and complete the other 4 trails within the year. The rest of Connecting Trail is scheduled to be finished by April 2017 in accordance with the Seoul Station 7017 Project.

For foreigners, including tourists, to easily enjoy the urban trails, the official website of Seoul tourism (www.visitseoul.net) and the “I tour Seoul” application will provide foreign language services (texts and voices) in English, Chinese, and Japanese, and other languages.

☎ Contact: Walking & Bicycle Division +82-2-2133-2413

▶ “Seoul Station 7017 Project” Policies

▶ Article on “Namsan Mountain Yejangjarak Ecology Restoration and Regeneration”

▶ Article on “Seun Plaza Regeneration”

SMG Hosts Multi-cultural Families Experience Events

Fashion Enthusiasts Gather in Dongdaemun Showroom


If you are a fashion enthusiast interested in viewing and purchasing the latest fashion trends, visit the Dongdaemun Showroom in Seoul.

In DDP, the Seoul Metropolitan Government opened the Dongdaemun Showroom, which will exhibit and sell fashion brand products created by up-and-coming designers and serve as a platform for joint businesses to expand overseas. It is the first public showroom established and operated by a local government.

The Showroom is a B2B fashion distribution project that features exhibitions of samples to potential buyers and make contracts and orders through consultations. The SMG has selected 100 brands (80% clothing, 10% accessories, 10% other goods) to feature in the Showroom.

The SMG decided to implement the project in order to reimagine the fashion trading area of Dongdaemun, which has been shrinking due to rapid growth of the on-line market, and to support new and potential designers in their expansion overseas.

In the 1,440㎡ area of the DDP, approximately 200 small businesses related to fashion, designers, and potential designers brands are recruited, moving in and out every season.

Its opening serves as a opportubity to fulfill the promise made by Mayor Park Won-soon after collecting opinions from fashion-related industries during the Employment Trail in October 2015.

Seoul Friendship Fair 2016


The Seoul Friendship Fair, where visitors can experience different cultures from all over the world, will be held on May 7-8, at Seoul Plaza, Seoul City Hall, streets of Mugyo-dong, and Cheonggyecheon-ro.

This year, the festival will be the biggest ever, presenting performances by groups invited from 15 international sister cities as well as a world food fair featuring 62 countries.

The world tourism fair provides information on participating countries and formed photo zones of tourist attractions all over the world, where visitors can take pictures to experience the unique cultures of each country.

Date: May 7-8, 2016
Opening Ceremony: May 7 16:00
Location: Seoul Plaza, streets of Mugyo-dong, Seoul City Hall, Cheoggyecheon-ro area

– May 7 (Sat.)

Seoul Plaza Streets of
Main Stage Plaza Streets Sub-stage
11:00~15:00 Rehearsal World culture fair
World tourism fair
World photo zone
Seoul tourism fair
World food tour
World food fair
15:30 Parade, Pre-ceremony performance
16:00 Stage greetings from performance teams, Mini fashion show
16:30 Opening ceremony
17:00 Performances by sister city teams


– May 8 (Sun.)

Seoul Plaza Streets of
Main Stage Plaza Streets Sub-stage
11:00 Rehearsal World culture fair
World tourism fair
World photo zone
Seoul tourism fair
World food tour
World food fair
12:00 Hanbok performance
Performances by sister city teams
17:00 Closing ceremony


▶ Contact
– Website: www.seoulfriendshipfair.org
– Dasan Call Center: 02-120

Master Plan to Establish International Exchange Complex in Jamsil Sports Complex Area


The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced a master plan and guidelines for each facility comprising the International Complex in the Jamsil Sports Complex area. By the year 2025, the 414,205㎡ area is going to be transformed into a hub of international business exchange, leading the future global competitiveness of Seoul.

The SMG set the plan to preserve and regenerate the main stadium, saving the value and historical significance of the venue of the 1988 Olympics. Based on this background, the city plans to recreate the area as a global MICE hub through exhibitions, conventions, performances, and entertainment spaces mingled together. The existing sports facilities including the baseball stadium, the swimming pool, and the gymnasium will be rearranged and reconstructed.

For example, the baseball stadium will be moved to the riverside of Hangang River, and is expected to be a unique attraction of the city where 35,000 people can enjoy the games, a scale larger than ever before.

For MICE facilities, exhibition and convention facilities covering 100,000㎡ or more will be available for exclusive use, and a high-end hotel with 1,500 rooms will be constructed. The exhibition and convention facilities occupying 195,000㎡ will be an exhibition & convention cluster on an international scale.

Its administrative procedures will start in 2016 and 2019 through three phases; the construction is scheduled to begin in 2025.