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Mayor's Hope Journal

  • Introducing the Family Nature Campsite for Seoul Residents
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 140]

  • Mayor's Hope Journal SMG 1190


    Tired of the fiercely competitive, cement-plastered life in the city? Go to the countryside for a break and some spiritual healing.

    Seoul Metropolitan Government has prepared a place where Seoul residents can unwind.

    After Seoul Citizen’s Place in Wanju, Jeollabuk-do, our newest project, is located in Hoengseong, Gangwon-do. We refitted the local school into a family activity center.

    Now that more children have five-day school weeks, families can visit Gyeonggi-do right outside of Seoul during weekends to experience the outdoors.

    The project is expected to stimulate the local economy – truly a win-win deal!

    The local school, Wolhyeon, will open this June; it will be available all year round except in winter.

    There are 20 outdoor decks with tents, parking lot, bathroom facilities, and barbeque area. The classrooms will be used for seminars and group activities.

    A family of four will pay KRW 20,000 for one night.

    Nearby are Jucheongang (River), astronomical observatory, and traditional Korean market Heongseong Market for families to visit.

    There will be more campsites and activity centers in the countryside to come for Seoul citizens, especially in the nearby Gangwon region.

    We hope this will kindle a friendship between Seoulites and local residents while they explore the area and participate in experience programs. Furthermore, this could result in the regular purchase of local produce, thereby building a win-win relationship between them.

    This may be a small step, but I believe it is taking us closer to an ideal world.