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  • Happy and Safe Lunar New Year holidays in Seoul with culture and arts

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    • An event that presents gifts when taking pictures of Korean folk games and posting them on social media.
    • The first performance of “Culture Todak Todak 2021” with a performance of Trot and Pop Pera at Unhyeon Palace on the 13th (Saturday).
    • The number of total passengers of village shuttle buses and intra-city buses had also been dropped by 27 percent and 22.7 percent, respectively
    • For the elderly, songs and comedy performances will be held and 14 online Gugak performances are also prepared during the Lunar New Year holidays.
    • Safe folk culture experience will be operated by complying with quarantine guidelines in Namsangol Hanok Village and Unhyeon Palace

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 10, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government has arranged cultural events and programs for Seoul residents to enjoy from home during the Seollal or Lunar New Year holidays. Some of them are as follows:

    1) Traditional Games Proofie Contest

    The city will hold an event encouraging the citizens to take selfies using filters with traditional folk game themes, such as flying kites and Yutnori [윷놀이]. Smartphone users can download apps, such as SNOW and B612, and apply filters under the “Seollal” theme, then upload their posts on social media with relevant hashtags. The city plans to award prizes for the best pictures.

    2) Online Concerts and Performances of Trot and Korean Traditional Music

    Seoul will continue its series of online cultural performances as part of its “Culture Todak Todak[문화로 토닥토닥]” project to comfort citizens weary of the ongoing social distancing with special YouTube concerts during the Seollal holidays. Citizens can enjoy Trot (Korean classical pop) and Popera (operatic pop) performances to be held at Unhyeongung Palace on February 13, as well as 14 performances of Gukak or traditional Korean music as part of the city’s “Ontact Gukak Week” series on February 10-16, both on YouTube.

    The Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater will also unveil its performance featuring masters of Korean traditional opera and folk music on February 12. The Seoul Silver Cinema [청춘극장] will offer a performance targeting senior citizens who have found it difficult to venture outside during the pandemic. The performance, featuring songs and comedic sketches, will be hosted by veteran MC Song Hae.

    3) Experiencing Seollal Customs and Traditions

    The Namsangol Hanok Village and the Unhyeongung Palace will hold limited events featuring Seollal customs and traditions. Entrance for the event will be restricted to four people or less at a time and will adhere to strict social distancing protocols. The Namsangol Hanok Village will offer Yut fortune-telling [윷점] through meanings of flowers, and an exhibit for table settings for Charae [차례], or ceremonies to honor ancestors. Visitors to the Unhyeongung Palace will be able to take part in traditional folk games, such as Jaegi Chagi [제기차기], Tuho [투호], and archery.

    The Seoul Museum of Art, the Seoul Museum of History and the Seoul Baekje Museum, which reopened on January 19, will also be available to the public during the holiday, albeit on a limited basis. Entrance will be restricted to those who make online reservations and to groups of four or less to enter at set intervals. Visitors who wish to access these museums should check their web sites for more details.

    “The city has organized diverse exhibits, performances, and social media events for Seoul citizens who have to refrain from visiting their friends and family outside the city as part of a nationwide effort to mitigate the spread of the virus,” said Yoo Yeon-sik, Deputy Mayor for Culture at the Seoul Metropolitan Government. “We hope our citizens will be able to enjoy a safe Seollal with arts and culture helping them greet a prosperous Year of the Ox.”