Seoul Metropolitan Government has set September 16 as “Seoul Car-Free Day” and the week of September 10 – 16 as “Seoul Car-Free Week.”
This year’s “Seoul Car-Free Day” event was pushed forward a week from the original September 22 date, in consideration of the Chuseok holidays.
Seoul is planning to open a relay event and campaign for the reduced driving of private cars and active use of public transportation systems including subways and buses in order to reduce air pollution from cars and cut down on greenhouse gases during the Car-Free Week.
Seoul Car-Free Day will be held on the 16th from 7 am until 8 pm at the “Car-Free Street” Sejong-daero (from Gwanghwamun to Seoul Plaza).
Citizens wanting to go to the “Car-Free Street” during this time will have to come by public transportation. Differing from last year, this year will be holding a no-power parade through City Hall – Sejong-daero Sageori – Jongno 1-ga – Euljiro 1-ga – Sungnyemun Gate – City Hall from 11:10 until 12 during which there will be traffic control.
There will also be various events and programs that the whole family, from children to elderly, can enjoy including a citizen walk, anniversary ceremony, putting the environmentally-friendliness label, drawing pictures on reused large banners, no-power parade, environment and culture festival, stage performances, and 40 experiential booths.
The events will end with the environment and culture festival. It will be held from 4:30 pm, starting with a street performance from the pungmul band, along with a bubble show, fashion show with recycled, reused banners, and an environment madanggeuk ceremony on the stage.
Along with this year’s Car-Free Day, additional agenda of holding environmentally-friendly events to minimize the use of single-use items and plastics, this year will differ from previous years in that they will not provide plastic Arisu water bottles, and will instead have Arisu water fountains installed at various locations, and participants are encouraged to bring their own bottles, cups, or tumblers.