The Seoul Metropolitan Government has been operating four pedestrian zones and providing an extensive range of events so that citizens could enjoy walking in car-free zones. In 2017, the SMG will hold more varied and specialized events and extend the scope and hours of pedestrian zones so that more citizens can enjoy walking.
The Sejong-daero Pedestrian Zone (550m) which used to be created between Gwanghwamun three-way intersection to Sejong-daero intersection) on the first and third Saturdays of each month will be reborn as the Street of Urban-Rural Cooperation.
Citizens can enjoy a variety of local events on the first Saturday of each month. In April, the signature madang nori (traditional Korean outdoor performance) of the Chunhyang Festival will be held. In addition, citizens can enjoy the bamboo archery program of the Damyang Bamboo Festival and wine tasting of the Yeongdong Wine Festival. Citizens will be able to enjoy the Gangneung Danoje Festival and the Gangjin Celadon Festival in May, and the Andong Maskdance Festival and the Imsil N Cheese Festival in June. In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Sejong Special Self-Governing City, the Sejong Festival and the Gangneung Coffee Festival will be held in September. The Market of Urban-Rural Cooperation will be held on the third Saturday of each month.
For the Sejong-daero Pedestrian Zone, vehicle traffic is limited to one way (Gwanghwamun three-way intersection to Sejong-daero intersection, down only) centered on Gwanghwamun Square. In the first week of June and September, 2017, both sides of the road will be blocked (Gwanghwamun three-way intersection to Sejong-daero intersection, both up and down) to create a Sejong-daero Pedestrian Zone.
A new pedestrian zone will open this year. For office workers, a 200-meter-long pedestrian zone (from Mugyo-ro behind City Hall to Cheonggyecheon-ro) will be test-operated for five days during April, from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
Although the Pedestrian Zone of Deoksugung Stone Wall Path currently opens only for lunch time on weekdays, the operation hours will be extended to 11am-2pm on weekdays and 10am-5pm on weekends starting in April.
The DDP Pedestrian Zone, which opened two years ago, will transform into a place for a variety of culture and traditions of the world. Considering its high density of night population, the operation hours of the DDP Pedestrian Zone will be extended by two hours in summer (May, June, and September).
The Cheonggyecheon-ro Pedestrian Zone will be filled with a variety of food stands and market stalls. Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market will be held on every Saturday and Sunday. Gwanghwamun Hope Sharing Flea Market which currently opens in Gwanghwamun Square will be held on the first and third Sundays of each month after May, in the Cheonggyecheon-ro Pedestrian Zone.
Inquiries: Walk & Bicycle Division +82-2-2133-2429