The Seoul Metropolitan Government organized various events, celebrating the 39th Coming of Age ceremony on May 16. The events were held to commemorate young people’s entry into adulthood, and to allow citizens and foreign tourists to celebrate together.
The Coming of Age Day is a day for celebrating young people’s official entry into society as mature and proud grownups. Some 138,898 people, born in 1992 in Seoul City and due to turn 19 this year, will receive congratulations.
The Coming of Age Day celebrations were held from 10:30 am to 1 pm on May 16. The event consisted of a Coming of Age Day ceremony in Part 1, and a traditional Coming of Age ritual in Part 2. Notably, of the 100 or so people participating in the event, over 20 foreigners studying or living in Seoul and who became adults this year participated in the event, thereby gaining direct experience of a venerable Korean tradition.