Three-Strike Rule for Taxis Refusing Passengers

Starting on January 29, 2015, the Seoul Metropolitan Government instituted a stronger measure to improve the taxi service in Seoul and to deal with Seoul’s taxi drivers who refuse passengers, pick up multiple passengers, or demand an unfair fee.

The first time taxi drivers refuse passengers within two years, they will be fined KRW 200,000; the second time, they will be fined KRW 400,000 and suspended for 30 days; the third time, they will be fined KRW 600,000 and their licenses will be revoked. For cab companies, the number of licensed taxis and violations will be collected to calculate the violation index. In the worst case scenario, the government will be able to revoke their business license.

Moreover, if a cab company provides a cab to a driver who does not belong to the company, their business license will be revoked even with a single violation. In order to improve the work conditions for cab drivers, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will fine KRW 10 million and revoke the business license of a company if it imputes the cost of gas and car crashes to the driver for three times.

Introducing First ‘Empty Private Houses for Rent’ at 90% Market Price

Starting in February, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is scheduled to provide 80,000 Empty Private Houses for Rent, a new type of rental house, by 2018.

Through the Empty Private Houses for Rent program, the SMG will be providing lessors and lessees a maximum of KRW 250,000 each and up to KRW 500,000 in total for real estate brokerage fees while lowering the rental fees of private houses, as lessors are having a hard time finding tenants, to 90% of the market price. Promotional activities will be also supported via real estate portal sites.

This housing program aims to solve the problems faced by landlords in securing tenants as well as to enable tenants to buy houses at lower than market value. This year, the SMG will provide 3,000 houses and increase this figure to 11,000 houses by 2018.

The roles of the institutions concerned are as follows: Seoul City supports real estate brokerage; autonomous districts receive applications from the lessors of empty private houses and conduct verification of the first-round market price; the Korea Appraisal Board conducts verification of the second-round market price; and real estate portal sites promote houses, which are entitled to receive real estate brokerage support from Seoul City, via the Internet.

Lessors with houses for exclusive use that offer a floor area of 85㎡, and are priced at under KRW 250 million, can apply. Every type of rental fee will be set at less than 90% of the market value. In terms of monthly rentals that require a partial deposit, both the deposit and monthly rental fee will be set at under 90%.

25 Villager-Led Enterprises Selected to Invigorate Village Economy

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has selected 25 villager-led enterprises to invigorate the village economy by regenerating the local community and is increasing salaries and jobs for local residents.

A total of KRW 837 million will be provided to select villager-led enterprises. A maximum of KRW 50 million in project costs will be granted to each enterprise in the first year, and enterprises in their second year can receive up to KRW 30 million.

Villager-led enterprises and village communities in need of financial assistance are obliged to take prior educational courses, organized by the Village Advocacy Team of the Seoul Community Support Center (SCSC), before submitting an application. Prior education will take a workshop form comprised of beginner, basic, team workshop, advanced, and presentation courses.

Particularly, in order to improve the stability of operations of villager-led enterprises this year, courses on establishing business schemes, cost analysis, and PR and marketing will also be started. Furthermore, new applicants will be able to learn from the experience of preexisting villager-led enterprises by paying educational visits to established enterprises.

Applications for the prior educational courses will be made available from February 9 and, after uploading the story of the relevant villager-led enterprise to the website of the Seoul City Social Economy (, and consulting with a villager-led enterprise incubator in each autonomous district, courses will be allotted.

Villager-led enterprises and village communities applying for project costs can submit an application form and related documentation to the Village Advocacy Team in each autonomous district, from March 16 (Monday) to March 20 (Friday).

A Meeting of Seoul City Village-Led Enterprises Held in 2014

Prior Education for Villager-Led Enterprises

Go Deock 119 Fire House Construct Project

○ Public Announcement for Design Competition

✓Application for/Inquiry into Entry
Ordering InstitutionFire Administration Division, Gangdong Fire Station
Address133, Yangjae-daero 156-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
More Information
✓Outline to Design Service
Service NameGo Deock 119 Fire House Construct Project
Service Scopeenforcement design
Land Location133, Yangjae-daero 156-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
Land Area660 ㎡Architecture SizeB0/3F, Floor area (750㎡)
Estimated Construction Cost1,756,000 (Unit: ₩1,000) (including VAT)
Estimated Design Cost89,000 (Unit: ₩1,000) (including VAT)
✓Outline to Design Entry
Ways of EntryDesignated (i.e. Invited) Entry
Qualification of EntryUnder the Certified Architects Act, an architect with an overseas licensemay conduct the construction design or supervision work in Korea (Refer

to the Guide to Design Entry)

Site DescriptionTime: 14:00, Feb 2 (Mon), 2015Place : within business site
Application for EntryDuration : 9:00, Feb 3 (Tue)~ 18:00, Feb 4 (Wed), 2015Place : Fire Administration Division, Gangdong Fire Station

Online Application :

Entry of Design WorkPeriod : ~ 18:00, Feb 17 (Tue), 2015Place : Fire Administration Division, Gangdong Fire Station

Online Entry :

Name (Occupation)
Selected Design & PrizeSelected designRight of contract for the design service
Excellence Award and Runners-upPrize is given in proportion to service size and entry quantity (Note Design Entry Guide)

※ For further details, consult the Design Bid Guide and Work Contents (in Korean).

※ Matters regarding contracts will be governed by the pertinent Korean laws including The Act on Contracts with Self-governing Bodies.

※ Bid information and other related documents must be prepared in Korean. Naturally, documents in foreign languages must be translated into Korean.


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Seoul Citizens’ Hall Celebrates Second Anniversary with 3.1 Million Visitors

This year marks the second anniversary of the opening of the Seoul Citizens’ Hall. Since its opening on January 12, 2013, the Citizens’ Hall is estimated to have attracted some 3.1 million visitors as of the end of December 2014 – an average of 5,018 people a day. The Citizens’ Hall has consolidated its presence as a platform for sharing culture, communication, and enhanced everyday well-being by holding not only exhibitions, forums, lectures, markets, and weddings but also citizens’ engagement programs, such as the Seoul Speakers’ Corner and Talking about Policies.

In addition to these past achievements, the Seoul Metropolitan Government, with its “space of the people, for the people, and by the people” vision, will strengthen citizen engagement in its operations and programs offered while opening the hall even on Mondays, which formerly was day of rest from the public.

The changes do not stop there: the number of members of the Citizens Planning Group — 21 general citizens initially participated in the effective operation of Citizens’ Hall — will be increased to forty and their ability to take part in programs, which was restricted to once per year, will become unlimited.

The roles of citizen volunteers, which formerly were confined to being a simple guide and providing support for program operations, will be expanded to include serving as professional guides for senior citizens, planning and executing programs by area, and implementing monitoring activities.

As an attempt to facilitate the general public’s participation, transparent independent projects aimed at public happiness and well-being will be actively set up, and the number of joint programs based on private-public partnerships, including civic groups with suitable contents and resources, will be expanded.

Second Stage of Subway Line No. 9 to Open from March, Test Operations from January 31

From March 2015, the second stage of Subway Line No. 9, from Sinnonhyeon Station to Sports Complex Station, will being operations in earnest.

< From Gimpo Airport Station to Sports Complex Station will take thirty minutes less than before…under 38 minutes without transfer >

If the Subway Line No. 9 route from Gimpo Airport Station to Sports Complex Station is opened to the public in March, the estimated time en route will be drastically decreased from 60 minutes to 30 minutes. Currently, the fastest route from Gimpo Airport Station to Sports Complex Station, via the Subway Line No. 2, takes about 65 minutes, but if an express subway is used, it will take about 38 minutes without transfer.

Also, the accessibility of the nearby areas of the second stage section, including Eonju Station, Seonjeongneung Station, Samseong Central Station, Bongeunsa Station, and Sports Complex Station, is expected to be improved greatly.

<Test Operations from January 31, the Ratio of Full-Day General to Express Subways Will Be Adjusted from 2:1 to 1:1>

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will start test operations of the second-stage section from January 31, and in order to minimize the waiting time of passengers, resulting from these test operations, the ratio of general to express subways will be adjusted from 2:1 to 1:1. Prior to the test operations, the SMG completed the verification process for the facilities last month, and after establishing an integrated monitoring system, in cooperation with external experts, and conducting safety verification for test operations, more than 10,000 test runs will be carried out over a span of 83 days starting this Saturday and running until the official opening day.

If the test operations are conducted while maintaining the current operating ratio — general to express 1:1 during the rush hour and 2:1 at usual times — the commute distance will be lengthened by about 4.5km and the waiting time will be 0.3~1 minute longer during the commute time. Under normal circumstances, it will take 1.5 minutes and 3 minutes longer for general subways and express subways, respectively.

Therefore, to reduce these inconveniences, the ratio of general to express subways will be adjusted to 1:1 on a full-day basis; thus, the operating frequency and the waiting time during rush hour will not differ greatly from present, but the operating frequency of express subways during non-rush hour times will increase, reducing the waiting time by about three minutes: from the current 13 minutes to 10 minutes.

< Expected to Increase Subway Car Number When the Third Stage Opens, Measures to Reduce Inconvenience Will Be Executed >

In addition, the SMG has increased 48 subway cars in 2011, three years earlier than initially scheduled.

CategoryTotalFirst StageSecond StageThird Stage
No. of Planned Cars 198 cars96 cars34 cars68 cars
No. of Currently-Secured Cars 144 cars96 cars (2009)48 cars (2011) 

The SMG will seek multiple measures to relieve traffic congestion, e.g., newly-establishing or adjusting a bus line serving the busiest section between Gimpo Airport and Yeouido and by consistently monitoring and analyzing the demand of passengers before increasing the number of subway cars.

Encounter a Marriage of Cartoons and Alleys

The Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Business Agency (SBA), SME-supporting institutions that have been leading the creation of jobs in Seoul, will hold an exhibition on alleys in Seoul titled “Story Road, Seoul, Korea – Alleys.” This exhibition will be open until March 1 (Sun) at Jaemirang, a cartoon art museum, free of charge.

  • Period: Jan. 9, 2015 (Fri) – Mar. 1 (Sun) (Mar. 6, 2015 (Fri) – May 10 (Sun), Part 3)
  • Venue : Jaemirang (42, Toegye-ro 20-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • Content : Seoul’s alleys and Jaemi-ro from the perspective of cartoon artists and artists
  • Admission Fee : Free
  • Host/Organizer: SBA Seoul Animation Center
  • Location :Get off at Subway Line 4, Myeongdong Station, Exit 3. Walk toward Soongeui Women’s College for about 5 minutes.
  • Website :
  • SNS:
  • Contact :02-779-6107
At the CrosswalkBuilding,
and Threading
On the Way to SchoolThe Scene of
a Ginko-lined Street
There are
All Sorts of Things

This exhibition is the first special exhibition in 2015, where the artists have selected their favorite alleys in Seoul and reinterpreted them through their memories and the way they look now. Through this exhibition, the artists provide fun for the audience, such as “Finding hidden memories.”

A total of five artists are participating in the exhibition, and along with the exhibition, an experiential program is offered for children, lovers, friends, and families.

Outside of “Four Month-Long
Animation Center”
Clay Experience SessionInside of “Four Month-Long
Animation Center”

Childcare Capacity in City to Focus on Preventive Measures Against Child Abuse

With the belief that preventive measures for child abuse are the foundation for a civil society, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has decided to focus its childcare policies to this effect. On January 22, the city government announced, “Preventive Measures for Child Abuse in Childcare Facilities,” which contains the city’s efforts to eradicate child abuse by investing KRW 28.7 billion, in 2015, and a total of KRW 133 billion, by 2018, towards child abuse prevention projects. This is in addition to its investment in the expansion of public and national childcare facilities (KRW 630 billion between 2015 and 2018).

The Seoul Metropolitan Government believes that, in order to fundamentally resolve the issues of child abuse in daycare facilities, it is important to 1) raise public concern about childcare, 2) come up with measures to improve the qualifications of daycare teachers, and 3) establish a foundation to consistently maintain it.

Therefore, on top of the additional 1,000 public and national childcare facilities that Mayor Park Won Soon has been pursuing, the city government will raise the ratio of national and public childcare centers to 28 percent by 2018 and establish a Childcare Quality Support Center (expected to open in May 2015) In order to achieve a groundbreaking leap forward in the fostering and recruiting system of daycare teachers.

Moreover, comprehensive childcare support centers in 25 administrative districts, as well as Seoul, will work hand in hand with the child abuse prevention centers in seven regions and Seoul. By dividing the efforts and ensuring collaboration between the two types of centers, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will synergize the two major institutions to improve child abuse prevention and response on a local level. In this way, the handling of child abuse cases will be expedited.

Furthermore, other improvements will take place as part of this project: Restoring self-esteem for daycare teachers by improving their working conditions, providing a guide for child discipline, child abuse check lists and example manuals to be put to use on site, and allowing open all hours childcare centers so that parents can come and go as they wish.

The main points in the “Preventive Measures for Child Abuse in Childcare Facilities” include: ① establishing the necessary infrastructure to eradicate child abuse, ② reinforcing the child abuse prevention system and early detection systems, ③ improving the daycare teacher fostering and supply system, ④ improving the work conditions for daycare teachers, ⑤ operating open and participatory daycare centers, ⑥ strengthening administrative measures for child abuse, and ⑦ creating an additional 1,000 national and public childcare centers.

Community-Related Public Information by Autonomous Districts Is Unveiled Entirely to Citizens

A, a housewife in Seoul, often takes in the free performances and movies shown at a community cultural center or a library, on weekends, after scanning the listings via the Seoul cultural event information app. The app, which is frequently used by A, was created by a general citizen who used public information disclosed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG). Following the disclosure of public information/data by City Hall, business establishments, and funded institutions, the public information unveiled by two autonomous districts (Seodaemun-gu, Guro-gu), initially on a trial basis, will be expanded to all autonomous districts from January 26, enabling all citizens to search for and use public information.

Anyone can search for and download public information from the Seoul Open Data Plaza ( and the Open Data Plaza in each Gu-office. Since November 2013, and as a pilot program that follows on from City Hall, business establishments (May 2012), and funded institutions (February 2013), Seodaemun-gu and Guro-gu have been disclosing information to the public.

In addition to offering information on Seoul City as a whole, including the operation of taxis and the number of subway users at each subway station, and the public data compiled by each Gu-office – number of CCTVs installed in each Dong, lectures offered by sports centers in each Gu, status of approval and guidance on pharmacies, postpartum care centers, toy rental centers, etc., status of the facilities in youth training centers, and youth programs, including education and events – which formerly were not disclosed publicly even if they were considered useful community sources, will be made available to all citizens.

In addition to offering information on Seoul City as a whole, including the operation of taxis and the number of subway users at each subway station, and the public data compiled by each Gu-office – number of CCTVs installed in each Dong, lectures offered by sports centers in each Gu, status of approval and guidance on pharmacies, postpartum care centers, toy rental centers, etc., status of the facilities in youth training centers, and youth programs, including education and events – which formerly were not disclosed publicly even if they were considered useful community sources, will be made available to all citizens.

In order to ensure citizens use this public data in diverse ways, such information will be offered as raw data, such as an open API, sheet, chart, and map. With the release of public information by autonomous districts, the Seoul Open Data Plaza will be able to offer 7,000 types of services, with 3,600 types of dataset in ten areas. Not only that, the SMG has developed an open platform for the public data the se of which it has offered for free to each autonomous district seeking to establish such a system.

1,000 More Public Daycare Centers to be Built by 2018

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will build 1,000 more public daycare centers by 2018. For the past three years, 296 centers have been opened through a cost-efficient model, increasing the number of public daycare centers to 934 (as of the end of 2014), and the number is expected to grow to some 2,000.

The proportion of public daycare centers will increase about 28%, which is two times higher than the current proportion of 13.7%, and the quota will rise from 65,000 to 100,000. The number of public daycare centers will be expanded annually on a gradual basis (150 centers in 2015; 300 centers in 2016; 300 centers in 2017; and 250 centers in 2018).

To this aim, the SMG has come out with four major guidelines: ① installing equally by region and building centered on regions with high demand for childcare ② minimizing management pressure on private daycare centers in consideration of their co-existence with public daycare centers ③ overcoming financial pressure by focusing on cost-efficient projects ④ strengthening the selection criteria for daycare teachers and directors to heighten the quality of childcare.

In addition to expanding a more appropriate number of daycare centers, a ‘public management system for daycare teachers’ will be established to raise the quality of childcare by supporting the efforts to secure a pool of competent teachers, after recruiting and offering the related training in the second half of this year. The selection criteria for directors will be reinforced to a minimum of seven years of work experience. These measures will be overseen by the ‘Childcare Quality Support Center’, which will be built within the Seoul Foundation of Women and Family, this May.

Furthermore, the SMG will discover and proceed with a new type of cost-efficient model this year by utilizing idle spaces in urban parks, after benchmarking the Northern European model that encourages kids to become familiar with the woods and nature.

The eight models of public daycare center by type are as follows: ① expanding public daycare centers within an apartment complex ② purchasing and converting home and private daycare centers ③ installing within public institutions, purchasing general buildings or constructing on public land ④ reinforcing joint alliances between private and public daycare centers ⑤ expanding public-workplace mixed daycare centers ⑥ utilizing idle classrooms in schools ⑦ utilizing idle spaces in urban parks ⑧ converting to after school daycare centers.

< Expansion Plan by Year >

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< Expansion Methods >

  • ① Expanding public daycare centers within an apartment complex.
    – Making it mandatory to build public daycare centers inside a new residential district / converting existing daycare centers in administration buildings.
  • ② Purchasing and converting home and private daycare centers.
  • ③ Installing within public institutions, purchasing general buildings or constructing on public land.
  • ④ Reinforcing joint alliances between private and public daycare centers.
  • ⑤ Expanding public-workplace mixed daycare centers.
    -Joint collaboration between the Korea Workers’ Compensation & Welfare Service and Korea Federation of SMEs; supporting the installation and operational budget for small- and mid-sized companies.
  • ⑥ Utilizing idle classrooms in schools.
    – Remodeling idle classrooms; integrated building of daycare centers and kindergartens; building within a complex building.
  • ⑦ Utilizing idle spaces in urban parks.
    – Building within a neighborhood park with more than 10,000㎡ of floor space.
  • ⑧ Converting to after school daycare centers.
    – Targeting daycare centers with more than 200㎡ of floor space at less than 50% of the quota.

Jangchung Gymnasium, Reborn as ‘a Sports and Cultural Complex’ after 50 Years

The 51-year-old Jangchung Gymnasium — the nation’s first indoor gymnasium, which opened on February 2, 1963 — with a history of holding numerous historic events, including amateur basketball matches, pro-wrestling matches by legendary pro-wrestler Kim Il, and the 12th presidential election, has been reborn as a sports and cultural complex.

The exterior design symbolizes Korea’s representative dances and plays, such as the fan dance and Ganggangsullae, a Korean circle dance, and focus was made on improving the safety of the facilities. Audience seats were divided into themed seats, including family seats and couple seats, and seats for the disabled. The gym is also equipped with state-of-the-art audio/sound equipment, lighting, a large electronic screen, and broadcasting facilities to enable a variety of cultural performances like musicals and concerts to be held. The accessibility has been enhanced by building a pathway connecting Dongguk Univ. Subway Station (Line 3) to the gym.

  • Solar Light Facility
  • A Passage to the Dongguk Univ. Subway Station
    (Line 3)

The Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation began remodeling the gym, whose condition had deteriorated, and after going through two years and eight months of renovations that started in May 2012, its interior and exterior facilities were eventually unveiled to the public in January 15, 2015.

After the renovations, the previous gym, with one underground floor and three above ground floors (total floor area: 8,385㎡), has been expanded to two underground floors and three above ground floors (total floor area: 11,429㎡) with a total of 4,507 audience seats.

The newly-built second underground floor will be used as an auxiliary stadium and fitness center (total floor area: 564.7㎡) for athletes as well as a sports center for local residents.

  • Seats with Folding Armrest
  • Sound-Proofed Wall

In addition, the gym houses a ‘Sports Activity Center’, where local residents can enjoy leisure activities (first underground floor); sports-related operational management facilities, including the main stadium, athlete waiting room, referee’s room, and janitor’s office (first above ground floor); service facilities, such as the general audience seats, ticket booth, and cafeteria (second above ground floor), and general audience seats (third above ground floor).

Building Facilities

Location200-102, Jangchung-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu
SizeTwo Underground Floors, Three Above Ground Floors
Total Floor Area: 11,429㎡ (Expanded approx. 3,044㎡)
Above Ground Floor3rd FloorAudience Seating (General Audience Seats)
2nd FloorAudience Seating and Service Facilities
(Cafeteria, Ticket Booth, Exhibition Hall, etc.)
1st FloorSports-Related Operational Management Facilities
(Main Stadium, Athlete Waiting Room, Referee’s Room,
Janitor’s Office, Electricity Room, etc.)
Underground 1st FloorSports and Cultural Complex (Sports Activity Center)
Floor 2nd FloorSports Operational Facility (Auxiliary Stadium)
and Sports and Cultural Complex (Fitness Center, etc.)

< A Connected Pathway on the Second Underground Floor >

< An Art Wall on the Second Floor >

< Location Map >

64,734 Underprivileged Households Supported through Welfare Home Visits

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) identified 93,226 households, deemed to be in blind spots of the welfare system, over a period of six months – from April 8 to October 7, 2014 – through 260 Deoham welfare counselors, thus providing support to 64,734 households (69%) from among the households visited.

From 64,734 households ▴2,587 households (national basic livelihood security system) ▴637 households (Seoul City basic security system) ▴1,570 households (emergency welfare support) ▴59,940 households (other welfare services and private support) received support.

TotalNational Basic
Security System
Seoul City Basic
Security System
Welfare Support
Other Welfare Services
and Private Support

After reviewing the performance of the 1st wave of Deoham welfare counselors, which was first launched last year, the SMG assessed the project to have contributed greatly to improving the welfare of citizens in blind spots and unveiled its plan to continue discovering and supporting blind spots in Seoul’s welfare system by launching the 2nd wave of Deoham welfare counselors: 130 counselors (five for Seoul City and 125 for autonomous districts) will work for six months from January 26, 2015.

The 1st wave of Deoham welfare counselors were composed of social welfare workers with certificates, those with work experience in welfare, and field activists who were well versed in the pending issues. These qualified individuals went from door to door, in groups of two, in order to offer counsel.

The 250 Deoham welfare counselors, allocated to the autonomous districts, firstly examined whether those households that had applied for welfare support, including national basic livelihood security and the Seoul City basic security system, but had failed to be accepted by not meeting the criteria to receive emergency support, were legible for support. Secondly, the counselors visited and offered counsel to households that had failed to pay their monthly rental fees and public utility fees by leveraging local networks with isolated communities (e.g., accommodations for examiners or flophouses).

In order to support households with complex cases, which could not be managed by Seoul City’s autonomous districts, the Solution Committee comprised of Seoul City public officials in charge of welfare, finance experts, lawyers specialized in welfare, and Deoham welfare counselors gathered together every Friday to seek ways to support the underprivileged families in a comprehensive manner.

[Deoham Welfare Counselors, Helping the Underprivileged Households through Counseling]