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  • A Village Close to Yeongdeungpo Station
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 162]

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    In a place close to Yeongdeungpo Station is a village called jjokbangchon that will strike you as similar in looks to those of the period when this country was much poorer. Houses there have many incredibly small rooms. It is not difficult to see drunken people even during daytime in that neighborhood.

    Right after my inauguration as Seoul Mayor, I started the Ondol Welfare Program, which was designed to give hope to the less privileged, and paid a visit to this place. Seoul Metropolitan Government built toilets at the request of philanthropic workers (those at Kwangya Church and Joseph Clinic) engaging in activities to provide help to dwellers in this place. We also decided to refurbish their houses.

    Today, I received good news from Wi Jin-bok, a public architect who provided container houses to be used by the dwellers temporarily during the refurbishment work: a young couple there had a new baby born on April 25.

    Mr. Wi checked how they were doing, in addition to providing the temporary container houses. What a wonderful person he is! I am very happy today.