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  • Foreigners jump into winter palace clean-up drive

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    A group of foreign volunteers have emerged as cleaning guards for Seoul’s royal palaces, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said.

    It said the 30-member team of foreign volunteers from the Seoul Global Center took part in a two-hour clean-up project for Gyeonghuigung (Palace) located in Sinmun-ro, Jongno-gu, as of 10 a.m. on Nov. 9.

    The foreign volunteer team focused on rooting out weeds, dusting inside and outside the palace, removing spider webs, and clearing away foliage, Seoul City said.

    A foreign volunteer team cleans up Gyeonghuigung (Palace)

    This fleet of volunteers will play a role in maintaining a clean city that lives up to Seoul’s reputation as a UNESCO-designated creative design city. They will also be promoting a favorable image to the growing number of foreign tourists here, as well aiding in the preparations for the G20 summit taking place from Nov. 11 to 12.

    After the clean-up, the foreign volunteers were offered an in-depth tour of the palace and provided background information on traditional Korean culture in order to expand their understanding of Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

    The team of foreign volunteers, who were comprised of foreigners residing in Seoul, has been active in volunteering for other community centers, such as those that look after senior citizens and children.