On July 17, the city of Seoul announced its selection of 58 excellent items out of the 182 entries that were submitted through the 7th Seoul Tourism Souvenir Contest. The items were selected based on both an evaluation by experts and a vote by residents and foreigners.
With the theme, “My Neighborhood is the Symbol of Seoul,” the contest had participants use the abundant resources that represent the autonomous districts and neighborhoods in Seoul as raw materials. Specifically, various souvenirs that helped foreign tourists keep their memories of every corner of Seoul were submitted.
In the product category of the Seoul Tourism Souvenir Contest, a total of 31 winners were selected. The glory of the grand prize was given to Lacquer Tea Cups—Containing the Hidden Sights of Seoul, which are a set of Korean-style brassware tea cups engraved with the patterns of Seoul’s trails.
In the image category of the contest, a total of 27 winners were selected. The gold medal was given to SinbukGwoldo, a painting of Gyeongbokgung Palace, a representative Korean heritage, surrounded by Gwanghwamun Square and the Blue House (the President’s executive office and official residence).
Starting in August, the 11 highly-ranked winners (from grand prize to bronze medal) in the product category and the 8 highly-ranked winners (from gold medal to bronze medal) in the image category will be offered mentoring and commercialization to manufacture up to KRW 160 million worth of products to be supplied to the city of Seoul. In addition, the award ceremony for all of the 58 winners will take place in October, together with the exhibition of the works.
|1||Grand prize||Lacquer Tea Cups—Containing the Hidden Sights of Seoul|
|2||Gold medal||Bangjja Yugi and the Landscape of Seoul Accessory|
|3||Gold medal||Hangang River Welcomes You, the Mother-of-pearl Magnet|
|2||Silver medal||Beyond the Border—Story 1 of the Fortress Village|
|3||Silver medal||History of Time—From Dongdaemun to DDP|