Seoul Summer Sale 2015


You can purchase a wide range of discounted products and services in department stores, duty free shops, major super markets, shopping malls, cosmetics stores, theaters, theme parks, and restaurants from July 1 to July 31, 2015.

With a Seoul Summer Sales Discount Card, you can get a variety of items at more reasonable prices and participate in many different events that offer giveaways and freebies at department stores and duty free shops.

Visit the event website for further details!

Seoul Summer Sale 2015

Businesses and Organizations in Seoul to Support the Fight Against MERS

To prevent the spread of MERS and overcome the current outbreak, businesses and organizations in Seoul are making a concerted effort to support the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Using the Dasan 120 Call Center and other means to connect businesses and organizations eager to provide assistance with related institutions in the aftermath of the MERS outbreak, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is working to support the medical personnel and patients at the frontlines of the outbreak as well as those placed under home quarantine.

In general, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is connecting businesses and organizations with previous experience engaging in social philanthropy with the Seoul Metropolitan Government as well as those that have expressed a desire to provide support with the Social Cooperation Team through the Dasan 120 Call Center, thereby supporting those in need during this difficult time.

For instance, Kolmar Korea, which provided medical supplies following the Nepal earthquake in May, donated 5,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to national and public childcare and welfare facilities in cooperation with the Seoul Council on Social Welfare. In addition, the SPC Happy Foundation provided over 3,000 people, including medical professionals, support personnel, patients, and people under home quarantine, with snacks such as pastries and beverages.

Working through the Seoul Volunteer Center, Sebang Co., Ltd. and Kuhnil Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. provided funds for the purchase of necessary materials, such as vitamins, personal sanitary products, daily necessities, and antiseptics, while the Community Chest of Korea in Seoul provided medical staff, hospital personnel, and those under home quarantine messages of encouragement along with snacks and beverages packaged by organization members themselves. For members of low-income households under home quarantine, the Community Chest of Korea is also planning to provide financial assistance to help cover living expenses.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will continue to support and bring together private businesses and organizations that have established plans to make social contributions for those in need.

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Kolmar Korea – Donated hand sanitizer SPC Happy Foundation – Provided snacks such as pastries and beverages

Employment Status of Seoul Citizens by Age

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(Source: Statistics Korea (2009, Second Half of 2014), Study on Employment by Region)

▶ The average income of youth employees in Seoul was KRW 1.807 million, while that of elderly employees was KRW 1.287 million.

In 2014, approximately 62.9 percent of youth employees were graduates of college or higher, but about 53.8 percent of elderly employees were graduates of middle school or below. Also, the average monthly income of youth employees was KRW 1.807 million, which was higher than the KRW 1.287 million of elderly employees. However, the income of elderly employees has increased by 25.7 percent over the last five years, which is much greater than that of youth employees, at 15.0 percent. In fact, the average income of both youth and elderly employees is substantially lower than the total average income of KRW 2.519 million.


(Source: Statistics Korea, Study on Economically Active Population)

▶ The number of youth employees in Seoul has declined over the past five years, while that of elderly employees has increased steadily.

The number of youth employees is on the decline, while the number of elderly employees has increased consistently from 207,000 to 306,000. Additionally, the employment rate of the elderly has increased from 22.5 percent to 27.0 percent.


(Source: Statistics Korea (Second Half of 2014), Study on Employment by Region)

▶ The number of elderly employees working in the fields of business facility management/business support, transportation, and real estate and rental was higher than that of youth employees.

In descending order, the fields with the most youth employees were: wholesale/retail (174,000 people), accommodations/restaurants (128,000), and education services (96,000). For elderly employees, it was found to be: wholesale/retail (51,000), business facility management/business support (43,000), and transportation (31,000).

Seoul Metropolitan Government Job Opening Announcement for Temporary Public Official

Seoul Metropolitan Government
Job Opening Announcement for
Temporary Public Official

Seoul Metropolitan Government announces an opening for a temporary public official as follows.

6. 26, 2015

Chairman of the HR Committee 1 of Seoul Metropolitan Government

1. Position & No. of Openings

Area Position/Level No.of Opening Contract Term Hiring Department Responsibilities
Head of Operation Team, Global Center Temporary position equivalent to a regional administration official 1 2 years Multiculturalism Division, Women & Family Policy Affairs – Supervising the operation and management of facilities used to support foreign residents
– Supervising the support programs aimed at foreign residents (start-up, trading etc)
– Supervising the support programs aimed at cultural exchange and amenities for foreign residents

※The term of contract may be subject to renewal up to 5 years in total depending on job performance.

2. Statutory Provisions

❍ Article 25.5 of the Local Public Officials Act

❍ Decree on the appointment of public officials (Presidential Decree No. 24853)

❍ Integrated Guideline on HR management for regional public officials

❍ HR Management Rule of Seoul Metropolitan Government

3. Qualifications

    ❍ Basic Requirements (as of the date of interview)

  • – Those who are not disqualified for the reasons of disqualification under Article 31 of the Local Public Officials Act shall be eligible for the post. Also, the applicants shall not be prohibited from applying for the post according to Article 65 of the Decree on the Appointment of Local Public Officials or other pertinent decrees.

    ※ Article 31 of the Local Public Officials Act.

      Any person who falls under any of the following sub paragraphs may not be appointed as a public official:

    • 1. A person declared incompetent or quasi-incompetent;
    • 2. A person declared bankrupt and has not yet been reinstated;
    • 3. A person sentenced to punishment of imprisonment without prison labor or heavier punishment and completed the sentence of for whom five years have not passed since the final decision of exemption of from execution of such sentence;
    • 4. A person sentenced to punishment of imprisonment without prison labor or heavier punishment and for whom two years have not passed since the expiration of the period of suspension of execution;
    • 5. A person under the period of suspended sentence of a punishment heavier than imprisonment without prison labor;
    • 6. A person disqualified, or whose qualification is suspended, pursuant to a decision of a court of other Acts;
    • 6-2. A person who committed any offense prescribed by Articles 355 and 356 of the Criminal Act while in office as a public official, and is punished by a fine not less than 3 million won, and for whom two years have not passed after his/her sentence is finalized;
    • 7. A person removed from his/her office by a disciplinary action, and for whom five years have not passed thereafter;
    • 8. A person dismissed by a disciplinary action, and for whom three years have not passed thereafter.

– No limitations on place of residence, age or gender

❍ Qualifications for the Position: The applicants shall satisfy the following qualifications: (as of the date of interview)

Category Qualification Requirements
Grade 5 Temporary Position ① A foreigner who had obtained Korean citizenship as of the date of this announcement, or a foreigner without Korean citizenship who have lived in Korea for more than 5 years with fluent Korean language skills;

※ For those without Korean Citizenship, they shall be able to obtain working visa such as F-2 (residency), F-5 (permanent residency) or E-7 (specific activities).

② Those who meet any of the following requirements;

  • – A bachelor´s degree holder of a local or overseas university with professional experiences in broadcasting, promotion, support of foreigners, consultation or cultural exchange works at public agencies, companies, organizations or foreigners’ communities for more than 5 years;
  • – A person with professional experiences in broadcasting, promotion, support of foreigners, consultation or cultural exchange works at public agencies, companies, organizations or foreigners’ communities for more than 8 years;
  • – A grade 6 public official (or higher) with professional experiences in broadcasting, promotion, support of foreigners, consultation or cultural exchange works for more than 2 years

※ Preference

  • – Being fluent in Korean with in-depth understanding of Korean culture is a plus.
  • – Being fluent in English with in-depth understanding of diverse cultures is a plus.
  • – Being good at establishing foreign residents’ community network with excellent communication skills is a plus.

4. Remuneration

❍ The remuneration for temporary public officials shall be based on the rules specified by grade under the Wage Regulations for regional public officials, but may be adjusted through mutual consultation in consideration of the applicant’s qualification, capacity, work experience etc.

[Annual Wage Limits for temporary public officials (pursuant to Article 34 of the Wage Regulations)] (Unit: One thousand won)

Category Maximum Minimum
Grade 5 (or equivalent) 52,556

※ Bonuses may be paid in accordance with the Wage Regulations for Regional Public Officials and Bonus Regulations for Regional Public Officials.

5. Recruitment Examination

❍ Application Dates

  • – Period: 2015. 00. 00(Tue) ~ 00. 00(Fri)
  • – Method: by visit or by post (registered post)
  • ․Applications will be accepted only if they are received within the period outline above (by 18:00).
  • – Applications should be sent to: Seoul HR Development Center
  • ․Address: (Postal code 137-071) Career Employment Team, Seoul HR Development Center, 58, Nambusunhwan-ro 340-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
  • ※ Please use the Application Package (Application Form, Resume, Self-introduction Letter etc) attached to the Announcement.
  • ※ Any application made without the Certificate Stamp of Seoul Metropolitan Government attached will be rejected.
  • ※ Applicants are responsible for not getting full consideration over their application package due to inadequate compliance with the instructions as outlined including submission by proxy or by post.

❍ Application Process

Category Dates Venues
Announcement 2015.6.26(Fri)
Submission of application documents 2015.7.6(Mon) ~ 7.8(Wed) by visit, by post
Announcement of the selected applicants 2015.7.22(Wed)
Interview 2015.7.27(Mon) Seoul HR Development Center
Announcement of the final candidate 2015.7.29(Wed)

※ Any changes in the application processes will be notified directly to each applicant in advance.

A. Phase One (Documents Review & Screening): Successful candidates after screening to be notified individually and via the website of Seoul City

  • – Screening the suitability of the applicants for the position through their application packages
  • – If the number of the applicants is more than ten times the number of the opening(s), the number of the applicants who will pass Phase 1 may be more than five times the number of the opening position(s).
  • ※ Criteria for selection shall be determined and implemented by Seoul HR Development Center based on data demonstrating job relevance, work experience and performance, job-related qualification etc.

B. Phase Two (Interview): Successful candidates to be notified individually

  • – Applicants who were successful at Phase 1 will be invited for a job interview.
  • – The applicants will be evaluated based on comprehensive work aptitude including qualifications, potential for growth, expertise and suitability to the organization etc.
  • ※ The successful applicant(s) at Phase 2 (Interview) will be registered as the final candidate(s) for the position upon approval of Seoul HR Development Center, and subject to reference check verifying whether he/she is disqualified according to Article 31 of the Local Public Officials Act.

C. Announcement of the final candidate: Successful candidate(s) to be notified individually and via the website of Seoul City

※ In case the final candidate is not available for employment due to renouncement or disqualifications, another applicant who scored the second can be selected within 3 months of the final selection announcement date.

6. Application Package

❍ One completed application form (Form 1)

  • – Passport-size photo (3.5 cm x 4.5cm), taken within last 6 months
  • – Application Fee: A Certificate Stamp of 10,000 won (to be purchased at Information Center on the ground floor, New Building, Seoul City Hall)
  • ※ The Certificate Stamp may be waived if you could demonstrate that you are a low income earner or a single-parent family member. (Please attach the supporting document(s) with your Application Package).

❍ One completed Resume (Form 2)

  • ※ Information provided on a resume must be attached with documentary evidences as work experiences without documentary evidences will not be recognized. (Please submit a copy of Certificate of Business Registration/Certificate of Incorporation of your previous employer or Certificate of National Health Insurance Subscription Status (downloadable from 「」) and etc if your previous employer is closed or you are unable to prove work experiences with a particular employer.)

❍ One self-introduction letter (Form 3)

❍ One signed consent form (Form 4) for verification of qualification

❍ One proposal on how to fulfill one’s duties (Form 5)

❍ Diploma Certificate (one original + one copy) – please submit both undergraduate and graduate certificates if applicable.

❍ One original copy of certificate of career (published within ___ months of the date of opening announcement for this position)

  • – Certificate of career should contain information including working period, job title, responsibilities, signature of its issuer’s name and contact information, together with a document demonstrating the legal status of the employer (e.g. Certificate of Business Registration etc.)
  • – For part-time jobs, please state the number of hours worked per week.

❍ One copy of Professional License pursuant to the National Technical Qualifications Act (Please present the original when you submit the Application Package.)

❍ One copy of Language (English) Test Result (if applicable)

❍ Detailed list of work experiences in the private sector; Letter of pledge to avoid Conflict of Interest

  • – All successful candidates for the positions of Grade 5 or above (or equivalent) are required to submit “Detailed list of work experiences in the private sector” and “Letter of pledge to avoid Conflict of Interest” pursuant to Article 16 of [Code of Conduct for Public Officials of Seoul Metropolitan Government], and shall be monitored for two years in their employment to see if their jobs are involved in any conflict of interest.
  • ※ These documents may be submitted for registration upon determination of the final candidate.

    ※ Documents in foreign language (diploma certificate, certificate of career etc) must be accompanied by notarized Korean translations.

    ※ Documents shall be dated after the date of the job announcement unless those documents remain valid within the effective period stated in the document, pursuant to the applicable laws (for documents with specified effective period only).

7. Miscellaneous

❍ Applicants must assess for themselves before applying for the post whether he/she is suitable for this position.

❍ The application packages will not be returned to the applicants. If any information provided on the documents is proven to be false, even after the final selection, the selection will be nullified. If the position is withdrawn by the employer, the Certificate Stamp fee may be refunded.

❍ No candidate will be selected for the position if there is no suitable applicant. If any fact for disqualification is found during police check, medical check for employment, verification of diploma certification etc, the selection will be nullified.

❍ If an applicant violates Article 65 (Action against Wrongdoer) of the Decree on the Appointment of Local Public Officials, or involves in an attempt to manipulate the selection processes by providing false information on the job application etc, the selection processes may be suspended or become void and the selection will be nullified. In addition, he/she may be disqualified to take any employment examination defined under the same Decree or others for the appointment of public officials for the next five years following the said arrangement.

❍ Please do not forget to provide your E-mail address and mobile number on the form. The applicant is responsible for any errors in the application or failure to be reachable.

❍ From the beginning of your employment and within 3 months thereafter, you may choose to join the national unemployment insurance scheme with a competent employment security agency.

❍ If the number of applicants is the same as or less than the number of job openings, or none, then the announcement of such position will be repeated once or more.

❍ The contents of the announcement may be changed according to circumstances of the employer. Such changes will be announced at least seven days prior to the documents review on the website of Seoul City.

❍ Please contact the following personnel for further information:

– Ms. Park Gyung-gil (☎ 2133-5063), Multiculturalism Division


Application Form

Housing Situation for Newly Married Couples in Seoul



(Source: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (2014), Panel Survey on Newly Married Couple Households)

▶ Newly married couples in Seoul live in homes with an average floor area of 72.7 square meters; 44.6 percent of newly married couples live in apartments or residential complexes.

In 2014, newly marries couples (married for less than five years) in Seoul lived in homes with an average floor area of 72.7 square meters, which is smaller than the national average of 80.1 square meters and the average for the Seoul Metropolitan Area of 76.5 square meters. By housing type, most couples, about 44.6 percent, lived in apartments and residential complexes, followed by multiplex housing and townhouses at 36.7 percent and detached homes and multi-household housing at 16.4 percent.

▶ Two out of three newly married couples (63.5 percent) live in leased housing; about half of leased housing (49.3 percent) costs between KRW 100 and 200 million.

By housing type for newly married couples living in Seoul in 2014, most couples, about 63.5 percent, lived in leased housing, followed by owned housing at 21.4 percent, free housing (living with parents, company housing, official residences, etc.) at 8.1 percent, and monthly rental housing (including half-leased housing) at 7.0 percent. As for homeowners, 44.5 percent answered that their homes cost between KRW 200 and 300 million (average of KRW 270 million), while 49.3 percent of leased housing residents paid between KRW 100 and 200 million as their housing deposit (average of KRW 140 million). Residents of monthly rental housing requiring deposits paid an average of KRW 75 million for the deposit with an average monthly rent of KRW 320,000.

▶ If the deposit for their current leased housing were to increase, 24.1 percent of newly married couples would move to different housing; acceptable increase of deposit found to be between KRW 10 and 20 million

If the deposit for a newly married couple’s current leased housing were to increase, three out of five households (62.8 percent) answered that they would decide whether to renew their lease or move to different housing after they were informed of the specific amount by which their deposit is to increase. Among these, 31.4 percent answered that they would accept a deposit increase of between KRW 10 and 20 million. Moreover, 24.1 percent of newly married couples answered they would move to different housing if the owner of their current residence were to raise the deposit amount.

Seoul Metropolitan Government provides emergency support for businesses struggling due to MERS outbreak


The Seoul Metropolitan Government, in cooperation with the Seoul Credit Guarantee Foundation, has decided to put significant effort to providing payment guarantees for small-sized businesses incurring damages from the slowdown in business caused by the MERS outbreak.

To breathe life back into the local economy, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has begun providing emergency management stabilization funds, amounting to a total of KRW 200 billion, through the provision of special payment guarantees for cash liquidity, focusing on small-sized businesses, clinics, and travel agencies. As a result, a total of 4,389 relevant applications, amounting to KRW 127.8 billion, have been submitted since June 10, when the program was first launched.

The Seoul Credit Guarantee Foundation eased the eligibility criteria in order to help businesses receive much-needed financial support sooner, and has opened emergency counters at its branches to serve the businesses receiving payment guarantees. It has also adopted a more flexible human resource management system at its headquarters and branches.

As a result, a total of KRW 11.2 billion in payment guarantees has been provided to 366 businesses since June 22.

In addition to the stabilization funds, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Credit Guarantee Foundation are also providing relevant consulting and funding (up to KRW 1 million per business, KRW 450 million in total) to a variety of businesses, including restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, and laundromats, in an effort to help them endure the difficulties caused by the MERS epidemic.

We Are the MERS Citizen Volunteer Group.

“We Are the MERS Citizen Volunteer Group.”

All citizens and patients alike are suffering due to the MERS outbreak,
but those suffering the most may be the medical community and public officials.
Recognizing this, we offer all of them our deepest thanks.

Why did a sincere, hand-written letter from an elementary student touch the hearts of so many?
It is because it touched a nerve among those fighting MERS behind the scenes
nd the citizens cheering for them amid the hot summer weather.

From sterilizing the facilities frequented by countless citizens to organizing citizen campaigns in support of MERS patients and medical personnel
and a series of hand sanitizer sharing events,
the Seoul City Volunteer Center and the volunteer centers in 25 autonomous districts stand united in the fight against the MERS virus.

The fear and uncertainty about MERS can be overcome
through the sincere personal effort of each and every citizen.





Seoul City tests subway stations and cars for MERS


Between June 19 and 21, the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Research Institute of Public Health and Environment and the Seoul City Transportation Headquarters carried out a joint MERS-related investigation of subway stations, platforms, washrooms, and hanging straps on subway trains in an effort to dispel the vague feeling of unease that has spread throughout the population.

The investigation was conducted in the three subway stations that were used by the 137th MERS patient, and six other transfer stations, including Gangnam Station, where commuter volume is higher than that of other stations, with a particular focus on 115 places, including platforms, waiting spaces, plumbing fixtures, train doors, ventilation openings, and filters.

Following the survey, Seoul City officials announced that no MERS virus was detected on any surface in the subway stations or subway cars.

▶ Six subway stations surveyed :
Seoul Nat’l Univ., Seoul Nat’l Univ. of Education, Irwon, Jamsil, Konkuk Univ., Gangnam, Sindorim, Seoul City Hall, and Seoul Station

Jayang Public Healing Center Project

○ Outcome of Design Evaluation

✓Project Outline
Project Name Jayang Public Healing Center Project
Ordering Institution Public Structure Architecture Planning Division, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (+82-2-450-7034,
Land Location 17, Achasan-ro 24-gil, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
Land Area 988.1 ㎡ Architecture Size B1/5F, Floor area (1,600㎡)
Design Cost 164,329 (Unit: ₩1,000)
✓Outline to Design Entry
Entry Method Restricted Open Entry.
Entry State Entry application: 22 case, Accepted entry: 7 case
✓Ways of Evaluation
Date 13:00~17:00 (Mon), 2015. 6.15.
Name (Occupation) Park Gi Ho (Gwangjin-gu Public Servant)
O Dong Hoi (Gansam Architect Office)
Kim Sun A (Studio Architect Office)
Yang Gap (Jipyung Architect Office)
Jo Ik Su (Plusumi Architect Office)
Name (Occupation) Kim Chang Hyun (local resident)
✓Evaluation Outcome
Distinction Architectural Office Architect (Designer) Prize
Selected Work I Dam Architect Office I Han Il Right of Contract
Aerial View, etc     당선작 1
Judge for Prized Work 1. Flexibility as a healing center, formative stability, color, comfort appropriateness enemy2. Each silbyeol excellent facilities, such as the elderly spacing

3. Roof Garden outer space, including the availability complaints but requires preventive measures

Distinction Architectural Office Architect (Designer) Prize
Excellence Prize Probe Architect Office O Hyuck Gyn 6,570 (Unit: ₩1,000)
Aerial View, etc     우수작 1
Distinction Architectural Office Architect (Designer) Prize
Runner-up Kan Architect Office Im Gyn Jae 4,920 (Unit: ₩1,000)
Aerial View, etc     가작 1

Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon Pays Visits to MERS-Related Hospitals.


On June 16, Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon paid a visit to Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital, one of the 33 MERS-free hospitals in Seoul (161 nationwide), where he inspected the status of MERS-related operations and shared some words of encouragement with the medical staff there.

He checked the separate facility (168 square meters) in front of the main building of the hospital that was installed to accommodate patients suffering from fever and respiratory symptoms as well as the negative pressure room on the fifth floor, where test samples are thoroughly screened for the virus and kept isolated and tightly contained. While speaking to the medical staff, he made a point to ask whether they were experiencing any difficulty.

Prior to his visit to this hospital, the Mayor paid visits to several other hospitals: the Seoul Medical Center, designated for patients showing serious MERS-related symptoms (June 9); Boramae Medical Center, similarly designated (June 13); Seobuk Hospital, designated for those exhibiting minor symptoms (June 14); Mediheal Hospital , in Yangcheon-gu, currently closed due to exposure to confirmed MERS patients (June 14); and Korea University Guro Hospital, designated as a MERS-free hospital (June 15).

“MERS-free hospital” refers to hospitals, designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), to which ordinary people can go without having to worry about contracting the virus, as patients presenting with respiratory symptoms (including suspected MERS patients) are kept separate from regular patients. In consultation with private hospitals, Seoul City will continue to designate more MERS-free hospitals.

Seoul City is currently operating three types of hospitals in connection with the current MERS outbreak: ▴ two hospitals designated for the treatment of those exhibiting serious symptoms (Seoul Medical Center and Boramae Medical Center), ▴ one hospital designated for the treatment, in a separate space, of those showing minor symptoms (Seobuk Hospital), and ▴ 59 hospitals designated for the treatment of those suspected of having contracted MERS (i.e. 25 public health centers, three Seoul City-operated hospitals, and 31 hospitals for emergency care, including those operated by Seoul National University).

▶ List of hospitals designated for the treatment of suspected MERS patients and MERS-free hospitals

Seoul Metropolitan Government Announced the “Seoul City Emergency Economic Stimulus Package”


The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced the “Seoul City Emergency Economic Stimulus Package,” which has been developed as a means of stabilizing the livelihoods of the public and minimizing the impact of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on the weakened consumer sentiment.

As a first step, the city government will invest emergency funds of KRW 10 billion by the end of July in order to provide public jobs for approximately 2,000 unemployed youths and low-income households, who are struggling to keep themselves afloat. Particularly, the measure plans to engage those working in the culture and tourism sector as well as small merchants, who have been the hardest hit by the MERS outbreak.

Second, as emergency welfare funds, Seoul City will provide one month of living expenses, ranging from KRW 409,000 (for one-person households) to KRW 1,514,700 (for six-person households), to those who have been quarantined or hospitalized due to MERS. Benefitting from the stimulus package will be about 2,842 quarantined and hospitalized patients (as of June 13), 525 people who have recently been released from quarantine, and others who are expected to suffer related damages in the future.

Household Size Amount of Support (KRW)
1 person 409,000
2 persons 696,500
3 persons 901,100
4 persons 1,105,600
5 persons 1,310,200
6 persons 1,514,700

Third, emergency funds of about KRW 200 billion will be distributed among merchants, who have been hit hard by MERS, either directly or indirectly. Also, small-sized firms and small merchants, who have been operating their businesses for more than six months, are eligible to receive special deposits and loans—a maximum of KRW 50 million per company.

In addition, restaurants, bakeries, and supermarkets—frontline sectors in close connection with the livelihood of the people—will be offered a maximum of KRW 1 million per store and a total of KRW 450 million in consulting and maintenance funds. In the future, the city government will provide additional support for merchants in connection with the government support measures.

Fourth, in order to prevent MERS from spreading through traditional markets and shopping districts, and to secure the safety of visiting citizens, 25 autonomous districts and 344 traditional markets will be equipped, very soon, with a total of 750 hand sterilizers, 5,595 hand sanitizers (875ml), and 27,714 gel-type hand disinfectants (476ml).

Fifth, Seoul City will regularly announce the current status of the MERS outbreak in the Seoul area and keep citizens updated on the city government’s measures. In addition, while collecting suggestions and concerns from each and every company and area in need of government assistance, Seoul City will request that companies with workers suspected of having come into contact with the MERS virus preserve the positions and salaries of such workers.

Lastly, by spending 58 percent of the budget subject to early execution (a combined amount of KRW 22.2895 trillion in the city and districts) in the first half of this year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will take the lead in supporting the weakened economy and promoting consumption.

Medical institutions in Seoul equipped with MERS treatment facilities


Anyone who suspects they may have contracted MERS, or is experiencing a fever and respiratory symptoms such as coughing and phlegm, can receive treatment at a public health center or a medical institution equipped with a MERS treatment facility. At present, such facilities have been established at 25 public health centers, eight Seoul City-operated hospitals, and two public hospitals.

Suspected MERS patients who visit a public health center will be checked for MERS through a body fluid test carried out at the Seoul City-operated Research Institute of Public Health and Environment. Also, the Seoul Medical Center is carrying out tests and providing treatment, using a negative pressure room for the collection of bodily fluids.

The Seoul Medical Center and Seobuk Hospital have been designated as MERS-quarantined hospitals, and are treating MERS patients showing mild symptoms, while Boramae Medical Center has been tasked with providing intensive care for MERS patients displaying severe symptoms.

Seoul City will increase the number of MERS treatment centers in consultation with private hospitals, including tertiary hospitals.

▶ List of 25 Public Health Centers

Location Phone numbers
1 Jongno-gu 2148-3552~4
2 Jung-gu 3396-6363
3 Yongsan-gu 2199-6181~2, 2199-8102, 2199-8103
4 Seongdong-gu 2286-7040, 2286-7034
5 Gwangjin-gu 450-1937, 450-1936
6 Dongdaemun-gu 2127-5422, 2127-5409
7 Jungnang-gu 2094-0742, 2094-0743
8 Seongbuk-gu 2241-6023, 2241-6022
9 2241-6023, 2241-6022 901-7703, 901-7704, 901-7706
10 Dobong-gu 2091-4481, 2091-4482
11 Nowon-gu 2116-4344
12 Eunpyeong-gu 351-8900, 351-8278, 351-8277
13 Seodaemun-gu 330-8726, 330-1886
14 330-8726, 330-1886 3153-6380~2, 3153-9032, 3153-9033
15 Yangcheon-gu 2620-3856, 2620-3855
16 Gangseo-gu 2600-5992, 2600-5955
17 Guro-gu 860-3288, 860-2419
18 Geumcheon-gu 2627-2426, 2627-2717, 2627-2718, 2627-2686
19 Yeongdeungpo-gu 2670-4904, 2670-4905, 2670-4907
20 Dongjak-gu 820-9680, 820-9463, 820-9465
21 Gwanak-gu 879-7131~2, 879-7131, 879-7132
22 Seocho-gu 2155-8090~6, 2155-8091, 2155-8093
23 Gangnam-gu 3426-7980~4, 3423-7135, 3423-7134
24 Songpa-gu 2147-3477, 2147-3478, 2147-3481, 2147-3480
25 Gangdong-gu 3425-8501~2, 3425-6713, 3425-6712

▶ Eight Seoul City-operated hospital

Location Names Phone numbers
1 Jongno-gu Seoul Metropolitan Children’s Hospital 2148-3552~4
2 Eunpyeong-gu Seobuk Hospital 3156-3200, 3114
3 Eunpyeong-gu Eunpyeong Hospital 300-8126 (day), 300-8114 (night)
4 Jungnang-gu Seoul Medical Center 2276-7113
5 Dongdaemun-gu Dongbu Hospital 920-9118~9
6 Jungnang-gu Bukbu Hospital 2036-0348
7 Dongjak-gu Boramae Medical Center 870-2114
8 Yangcheon-gu Seonam Hospital 6300-9119

▶ Two national and public hospitals

Location Names Phone numbers
1 Jung-gu National Medical Center 2276-2112 (MERS Countermeasure Headquarters)
2 Jongno-gu Seoul National University Hospital 2072-2114

The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) has released a list of MERS-free hospitals. “MERS-free” refers to hospitals being run for ordinary people concerned about the possibility of having contracted MERS. So far, 22 tertiary hospitals, 61 general hospitals, and four hospitals have been designated as MERS-free hospitals, 20 of which are located in Seoul.

At MERS-free hospitals, patients experiencing respiratory symptoms receive treatment at a separate treatment facility, instead of in the emergency room. If hospitalization is necessary, they are given single-bed rooms. Patients with pneumonia are sent to an intensive-care facility after it has been determined that they are not infected with MERS.

▶ 33 MERS-free hospitals in Seoul

Location Names Phone numbers
1 Yangcheon-gu EWHA Womans University Medical Center 2650-5114
2 Dongjak-gu Chung-Ang University Hospital 6299-1114
3 Guro-gu Korea University Guro Hospital 2626-1114
4 Dongdaemun-gu Kyung Hee University Medical Center 958-8114
5 Seodaemun-gu Severance Hospital 1599-1004
6 Seongbuk-gu Korea University Anam Hospital 1577-0093
7 Gangnam-gu Gangnam Severance Hospital 2019-2114
8 Seongdong-gu Hanyang University Seoul Hospital 2290-8114
9 Seocho-gu Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital 1588-1511
10 Nowon-gu Eulji Hospital 970-8000
11 Dongdaemun-gu SahmYook Medical Center 1577-3675
12 Yeongdeungpo-gu Yeongdeungpo Hospital 2632-0013
13 Yeongdeungpo-gu Myongji St. Mary’s Hospital 829-7777
14 Yongsan-gu Soonchunhyang University Hospital 709-9114
15 Nowon-gu Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital 950-1114
16 Gangdong-gu VHS Medical Center 2225-1111
17 Jung-gu Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital 2270-0114
18 Gangdong-gu Gangdong Sungsim General Hospital 2224-2114
19 Gangseo-gu Bumin Hospital 1577-7582
20 Yeongdeungpo-gu Burn&Scar Institute Hangangsoo 2063-8383
21 Jongno-gu Seoul National University Hospital 2072-2114
22 Songpa-gu Asan Medical Center 1688-7575
23 Jongno-gu Kangbuk Samsung Hospital 2001-2001
24 Yeongdeungpo-gu Yeouido St. Mary’s Hospital 3779-1114
25 Gangnam-gu Bestian Medical Center 3452-7575
26 Dongdaemun-gu Seoul Sungsim General Hospital 966-1616
27 Jongno-gu Seoul Red Cross Hospital 2002-8000
28 Dongdaemun-gu St. Paul’s Hospital 958-2114
29 Yeongdeungpo-gu Gangnam Sungsim General Hospital 829-5114
30 Dongjak-gu Boramae Medical Center 870-2114
31 Dobong-gu Gangbuk Himchan Hospital 1899-2226
32 Gangnam-gu The Joeun Hospital 591-3777
33 Yangcheon-gu Mokdong Himchan Hospital 1899-2221