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  • Chuseok – The Most Important Holiday Season for Korean
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 259]

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    Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) is just a week away. In Seoul, we will take comprehensive measures designed to help people enjoy the holiday season comfortably and peacefully.

    Between 6:00 PM on September 17 and 9:00 AM on September 23, a 24-hour task force will stand by against potential emergencies, such as transportation issues, commodity prices, typhoon or flood accidents, medical services, and fire. On the occasion of Chuseok, the city of Seoul will take special measures concerning the following:
    1. Sharing what we have with needy neighbors
    2. Control of commodity prices
    3. Provision of convenient public transportation to people traveling home and visiting ancestors’ tombs
    4. Precautions around typhoons or floods
    5. Safety measures against disasters or accidents
    6. Maintenance of public health/hygiene and garbage collection
    7. Monitoring of public officials’ discipline

    We will provide rice, ramen, or blankets to low-income households and senior citizens living alone. We will also prepare a rite for paying homage to deceased ancestors for those who cannot afford to do one for themselves due to the lack of financial means.

    The long spell of rain and scorching heat of last summer are having an impact on the prices of Korean cabbage, radish, apples, pears, chestnuts, dates, and yellow corbina, which are items most commonly used during the Chuseok holiday season. Thus, we will do our best to increase the volume of supply for these products to control prices and take measures to invigorate traditional markets, which provide goods at relatively lower prices.

    To summarize, we at the city of Seoul will take the following measures during the Chuseok holiday season: ▴ provision of daily necessities to needy households, ▴ provision of meals to the homeless, ▴ carrying out a campaign for donations for the needy, ▴ operation of a team to control prices hikes, and ▴ smooth operation of public transportation.

    Chuseok is a season for people to be grateful for harvested grains and share with their neighbors. Happy Chuseok!