Cultural Activities of Seollal (Korean Lunar New Year) You Can Enjoy in Seoul

This information will introduce the cultural activities that visitors and citizens of Seoul can enjoy during the holiday of Seollal, Korean Lunar New Year’s holiday.

There will be special operations for the visitors who want to make special memories at Hangang River during the holiday. After watching a romantic acoustic guitar performance on board, they can fly kites and experience the “Winter Story Cruise” that deserves to be enjoyed.

When visiting Hangang Park during the Korean New Year’ s holiday, anyone can enjoy the traditional experiences and games for free. In the 11 areas of Hangang Park, visitors can enjoy various traditional games including Yutnori, Neolttwigi, etc.

Hangang Cruise Ship
Play Neolttwigi Play Tuho

 

From January 27th to January 30th, the “2017 Seollal Feast at Unhyeongung Palace” will be held in the Unhyeongung Palace, aiming to greet New Year’s day, Seollal which, is one of the most special holidays for Korean people, and to pray for the well-being of all the citizens throughout the year.

  • “2017 Seollal Feast at Unhyeongung Palace “
  • ❍ Period: 2017 Jan. 27th (Fri) – Jan. 30th (Mon) (4 days)
  • ❍ Time : 11AM – 5PM
  • ❍ Place : Around Unhyeongung Palace
  • ❍ Main Program
    ‣ New Year’s performance of gukak, Korean classical music
    ‣ Write a wish letter for New Year, Make the New Year’s Talisman
    ‣ Experience traditional folk games such as Yutnori and Jaegichagi play & experience traditional costumes
    ‣ Share Tteokguk, Korean traditional rice-cake soup
  • ❍ Admission: Free admission, separate fee for traditional costume experience
  • ❍ Inquiry: Website of Unhyeongung Palace www.unhyeongung.or.kr (02-766-9090)
▲ Write a Wish Letter for New Year ▲ Write a Wish Letter for New Year
▲ Make the New Year’s Talisman ▲ Play Yutnori



Seoul Aims to Attract 17 Million Foreign Tourists This Year

The number of foreign tourists who visited Seoul in 2016 exceeded 13.5 million. It is the largest ever, increased by 18.8% from the 11.42 million in 2014, and 30.3% from the 10.41 million in 2015. Based on these achievements, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to attract 17 million tourists to visit Seoul from abroad in 2017 and, by doing so, secure 606,000 jobs in the related industries.

Seoul, which is a major city visited by 78.7% of the total number of tourists visiting Korea, has set the top five priority projects in 2017: 1) promote the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and attract visitors to Seoul; 2) carry out tailor-made marketing for each target market; 3) derive fair tourism models; 4) strengthen tourism infrastructure to accommodate 20 million tourists; and 5) establish the Seoul Tourism Promotion Foundation.

First, Seoul is leading the boom of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a huge global event. The host city of Olympic game is Pyeongchang, but the SMG plans to attract tourists visiting Pyeongchang to Seoul by promoting the attractions of Seoul.

Starting from the opening ceremony of the G-1 countdown clock tower at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games held on February 8th, 2017 in Seoul Square, a mini-venue will be installed and winter sports events and related Korean Wave concerts will be promoted. The city also plans to launch a “special tourist pass” (3-day pass, 5-day pass) in October 2017, linking major tourist facilities in Seoul and Pyeongchang, including the National Palace, the N Seoul tower, the Pyeongchang Sheep Ranch and the Olympic Games. During the Winter Olympics, there will also be a 20% discount event for sightseeing pass (currently so called “Discover Seoul Pass”), which allows visitors to Seoul to visit 16 major tourist facilities in Seoul.

Second, the SMG will carry out various tourism marketing activities for major overseas strategic markets and emerging markets. To this end, it will invest a total of 16.2 billion won in overseas tourism marketing including on-line and off-line marketing.

As for Chinese tourists, which account for 46.8% of the tourists visiting Seoul, Seoul will concentrate its promotion on Chinese individual tourists called ‘Sanker’ (59.1% of all Chinese tourists). Seoul will increase the proportion of tourism marketing targeting Chinese individual tourists. In addition, in cooperation with the Japanese travel associations and large travel agencies, Seoul will develop travel products for visiting new tourist attractions such as ‘Seoullo 7017’ and ‘Seoul City Wall’ in order to continuously attract Japanese tourists with high revisitation rate and plans to promote “Fam Tour” products linking Seoul and Pyeongchang. In addition, Seoul will expand the scope of tourism marketing activities to the Middle East, Europe, and America in order to improve the market structure concentrated in China and Japan.

Third, “Seoul International Fair & Sustainable Tourism Forum” was held jointly with UNWTO in September 2016 . As the residential areas become tourist attractions, the city will prevent the “Touristification (tourism plus gentrification)” phenomenon where local residents suffer damage and are forced to leave to other regions, and plans to create a model of fair tourism in Seoul by creating a virtuous circle structure in which the profits from the increase of tourists return to the residents.

In addition, the city will lay the foundation for 20 million-tourist cities. Also, the “Seoul Tourism Promotion Foundation” will be launched. Further, it will strengthen policy efforts such as providing barrier-free tourist information and developing tourism products in order to guarantee the universal right to enjoy tourism experiences for people with less opportunity to have such experiences, like people with disabilities.




Seoul Announces ‘2016 Seoul Future Heritage’

Since the announcement of the “Basic Plan for Transforming Seoul’s Modern Legacy into Future Heritage” in June 2012, 372 Future Heritages have been selected throughout Seoul, and 54 have been confirmed as Seoul Future Heritage of 2016 this year.

The selections of this year include ‘Seoul Jangsoo Makgeolli’, which has been producing makgeolli since 1962 and has become the leading makgeolli brand, and Seoul native food of ‘Seolleongtang’ for the first time.

In order to select the contemporary novel, modern poetry, and the movie categories set against the background from the Japanese colonial period to the 1970s as Future Heritages, the city collected experts’ opinions of the related areas before the committee was held.

Any citizen can recommend Future Heritages through the Seoul Future Heritage website (http://futureheritage.seoul.go.kr), and can use 9,000 materials related to heritage in the archives.

The Seoul Future Heritage Certificate will be issued to those selected as ‘Seoul Future Heritages.’ If an owner agrees, a sign in the form of a copper plate will be attached to it to inform visitors that it is a Seoul Future Heritage in order to raise the self-esteem of the owner.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to discover Future Heritages continuously in the coming years. In addition, the city aims to utilize the designated heritages to create a cultural space linked with the history, culture and life of the region.




Lunar New Year Celebration at Namsan Hanok Village

From January 28th to 29th, 2017, Seoul will hold an event at the Namsan Hanok Village to celebrate Seollal, the first day of the Korean lunar calendar which is Jan 28 this year. The “Odaegam Seollal Feast” will be held at Namsan Hanok Village’s five houses of Yangban, the traditional ruling class of dynastic Korea, featuring a variety of programs including folk games, traditional performances, and handcraft experiences that have been held on New Year’s Day in the past.

This event will recreate traditional seasonal customs in order to help citizens relive the meaning and customs of Seollal and experience the traditions, for example through the explanation of ancestral memorial rites. In addition, various experiential events will be held to share the excitement of the holiday. Visitors can experience traditional crafts, bow making, and Hanji crafts that cannot easily be seen in everyday life.

Visitors who have stamps on the event leaflets provided at the general information center can receive the New Year calendar of 2017 produced by Namsan Hanok Village. Various items are also prepared for the prize of the armchairs contest.

“Odaegam Seollal Feast” of Namsan Hanok Village

❍ Period: From Saturday January 28th to Sunday January 29th (two days in total)
❍ Time: 11 am to 5 pm
❍ Location: Namsan Hanok Village.
❍ Main Programs
‣ Seasonal Customs: Tteokguk eating, Korea traditional memorial service table explanation,
and Others
‣ Performance: Ganggangsullae, Folk song performance, Pungmul and Others
‣ Market Place: Farm products market, food trucks
❍ Fee: Admission is free, Participation fee may apply to certain activities
❍ Inquiry : hanokmaeul.or.kr or 82-2-2261-0500




The 4th Anniversary of the Opening of the “Seoul Citizens Hall”, Visitors Have Exceeded 7.3 Million

Energy Recharging Concert Sharing Housekeeping Market
Seoul Citizens Hall Wedding Seoul Speakers’ Corner

 

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will hold the event of “Together! 4th Anniversary Party of Seoul Citizens Hall” to celebrate the anniversary. Since its opening, 7.3 million people have visited the Seoul Citizens Hall.

Over the past four years, various citizen activities have been held at the Seoul Citizens Hall. It hosted 23 citizen participation programs for 5,033 occasions in total; 140 couples married at “Seoul Citizens Hall Wedding”; and public spaces were rented 3,156 times. In addition, the Seoul Citizens Hall served as a venue for communication with citizens. A total of 6,393 citizens voiced their opinions at the Seoul Speakers’ Corner. Among the suggestions made by citizens at the Seoul Speakers’ Corner, 210 suggestions related to the city administration (measures to reduce smell in elementary school toilets and ease conditions for funding young entrepreneurs, along with many others) were reflected in city policies. A total of 61 “Policy Hearing Debate Forums” were held to hear and reflect opinions of experts and citizens. A total of 1,251 citizen’s opinions proposed at the debate session were realized as city policies, such as the permanent operation of the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market and the expansion of small weddings held at public institutions.

The Seoul Citizens Hall has evolved with citizens over the past four years and there are plans to open a second Seoul Citizens Hall in late 2017 to respond to the positive response from citizens.

 

「Together! 4th Anniversary Party of Seoul Citizens Hall」

□ Events

Division Program Period/Time Location Contents
Events Celebrating the 4th Anniversary of Seoul Citizens Hall Commemoration concert ‘Dreaming Seoul, Happy Seoul Citizen’ Jan. 14th, 2017
2pm to 4pm
Open Lounge
(B1)
– Orchestra performance by children
– Congratulatory performance of the popular four-member vocal group “Sweet Sorrow”, a public relations ambassador of Seoul
Citizen Experience Program Jan. 12th to 15th, 2017
2pm to 5pm
Citizens Plaza
(B1)
– Writing a New Year’s Wish and Displaying on the Media Wall
– Drawing Citizens Hall characters on postcards
– Create a cake-like photo zone by writing your wishes to Citizens Hall on Post-its
Special Exhibition “Yesterday and Today of the Seoul Citizens Hall” Jan. 14th to 30th, 2017 Citizens Plaza
(B1)
Citizens Plaza
(B1)
Linked Exhibition Fantastic Forest Dec. 23rd, 2016 to Jan. 30th, 2017 Dec. 23rd, 2016 to Jan. 30th, 2017 – Media art exhibition for virtual experience of communicating with animals in the winter forest
Warm Dreaming Seoul Dec. 23rd, 2016 to Feb. 23rd, 2017 City Galley
(B1)
– Introduction of Seoul City Policies on Jobs, Welfare and Tourism

 




DDP Exhibition Ticket Discount Event Implemented

LOOK Smithsonian Photo Exhibition Fornasetti Practical Madness The Encounter between Kansong and Paik Nam June

 

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is holding the DDP Exhibition Ticket Discount Event, offering affordable prices for the winter vacation until March 15th, 2017. The event will include large-scale exhibitions held at DDP, such as the LOOK Smithsonian Photo Exhibition, the Fornasetti Practical Madness, and The Encounter between Kansong and Paik Nam June.

Tickets for ‘LOOK Smithsonian Photo Exhibition (12,000 won for adults)’ and the ‘Fornasetti Practical Madness (15,000 won for adults)’ are available at a cost of 20,000 won for both. For visitors who have seen ‘The Encounter between Kansong and Paik Nam June (8,000 won for adults)’, ‘LOOK Smithsonian Photo Exhibition (12,000 won for adults)’ ticket price is reduced by 2,000 won.

Ticket purchases are available at the ticket booth for LOOK Smithsonian Photo Exhibition and the Fornasetti Practical Madness. Details of the discount event can be found on the DDP website (www.ddp.or.kr).

The LOOK Smithsonian Photo Exhibition is an exhibition displaying more than 140 award-winning photographs hosted by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, USA. The exhibition is the first overseas exhibition of the Smithsonian, and features photos that capture wonderful and fascinating moments.

‘Fornasetti Practical Madness’ introduces approximately 1,300 works of Italian decorative artist Piero Fornacetti, who has worked as a painter, sculptor, print artist, designer, collector, and stylist.

‘The Encounter between Kansong and Paik Nam June’ is an exhibition that shows how two great masters representing Korean culture, Jeon Hyeong Pil and Paik Nam June, have changed the world through their art and culture. The exhibition invites the viewer to find meaningful connections between traditional and contemporary art.




Seoul City Celebrates 2017 with the Bosingak Bell

Seoul Metropolitan City will ring the Bosingak Bell with the citizens on Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at midnight. The city will select 11 people as representatives for citizens to participate in this year’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony, who gave hope and courage to the citizens in each field of society in 2016, and they will ring the Bosingak Bell in Jongno for the Watch-Night Bell Ceremony 33 times.

Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to set up a special stage of Bosingak to perform a variety of programs which citizens who come to see the Bell-Ringing Ceremony can enjoy, such as celebration performances before and after the bell ringing and New Year’s greetings from the Mayor of Seoul. Seoul will extend the operation of subways and buses so that citizens who go home late at night after the Bell-Ringing Ceremony can use public transportation conveniently. Subway operation will be extended to 2:00am (based on the terminal station), two hours later than usual, and the subway services will increase by 153 times. The time of the last trains are different for each destination, so make sure to confirm the departure time for the last train in advance by using the notices at subway stations.

For more information about the Bell-Ringing Ceremony, please visit the Korean website of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (www.seoul.go.kr), and call Dasan Call Center (120), the History & Cultural Heritage Division (☎82-2-2133-2613), or the Transportation Policy Division (☎82-2-2133-2221). For information regarding traffic control related to the event and public transportation, visit Seoul’s traffic information website (http://topis.seoul.go.kr) and the mobile application (http://m.topis.go.kr).

Time of the last train by subway station

◆ Jonggak Station (Line 1)

○ Bound for Seodongtan 11:00pm, Bound for Byeongjeom 11:15pm, Bound for Incheon 11:22pm, Bound for Guro 12:51am, Bound for Seoul Station 02:01am
○ Bound for Uijeongbu 11:43pm, Bound for Kwangwoon Univ. 12:55am, Bound for Dongmyo Station 01:52am

◆ City Hall Station (Line 1)

○ Bound for Seodongtan 11:03pm, Bound for Byeongjeom 11:18pm, Bound for Incheon 11:24pm, Bound for Guro 12:54am, Bound for Seoul Station 02:03am
○ Bound for Uijeongbu 11:41pm, Bound for Kwangwoon Univ. 12:53am, Bound for Dongmyo Station 01:50am

◆ City Hall Station (Line 2)

Inner circle line
(Bound for Seongsu, Jamsil)
Outer circle line
(Bound for City Hall, Sindorim)
Bound for Seoul Nat’l Univ. 01:18am Circle Line 12:31am
Bound for Seongsu 01:36am Bound for Seongsu 12:54am
Bound for Samseong 01:19am
Bound for Hongik Univ. 01:59am

◆ Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Line 2)

Inner circle line
(Bound for Seongsu, Jamsil)
Outer circle line
(Bound for City Hall, Sindorim)
Bound for Seoul Nat’l Univ. 01:20am Circle Line 12:29am
Bound for Samseong 01:38am Bound for Seongsu 12:52am
Bound for Samseong 01:17am
Bound for Hongik Univ. 01:57am

◆ Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Line 1)

○ Bound for Seodongtan 10:54pm, Bound for Byeongjeom 11:14pm, Bound for Incheon 11:33pm, Bound for Guro 12:49am, Bound for Seoul Station 01:59am
○ Bound for Uijeongbu 11:45pm, Bound for Kwangwoon Univ. 12:57am, Bound for Dongmyo Station 01:54am

◆ Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Line 3)

○ Bound for Ogeum 01:17am, Bound for Dogok 01:35am, Bound for Yaksu 01:53am
○ Bound for Daehwa 11:09pm, Bound for Gupabal 01:38am, Bound for Dongnimmun 01:56am

◆ Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Line 5)

○ Bound for Banghwa 01:19am, Bound for Yeouido 01:42am
○ Bound for Macheon 01:16am, Bound for Sangildong 01:31am, Bound for Gunja 01:46am

◆ Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5)

○ Bound for Banghwa 01:22am, Bound for Yeouido 01:45am
○ Bound for Macheon 01:04am, Bound for Sangildong 01:26am, Bound for Gunja 01:47am

◆ Seoul Station (Line 1)

○ Bound for Seodongtan 11:01pm, Bound for Byeongjeom 11:21pm, Bound for Incheon 11:40pm, Bound for Guro 12:56am
○ Bound for Uijeongbu 11:38pm, Bound for Kwangwoon Univ. 12:50am, Bound for Dongmyo Station 01:48am

◆ Seoul Station (Line 4)

○ Bound for Oido 10:43pm, Bound for Ansan 11:21pm, Bound for Sanbon 11:43pm, Bound for Sadang 01:44am
○ Bound for Danggogae 01:23am, Bound for Hansung Univ. 01:46am

◆ Dangsan Station (Line 9)

○ Bound for Sports Complex Station 01:12am, Bound for Sinnonhyeon 01:32am, Bound for Saetgang 01:52am, Bound for Gayang 01:36am

◆ Sports Complex Station (Line 9)

○ Bound for Gaehwa 01:00am, Bound for Dangsan 01:20am, Bound for Sinnonhyeon 01:40am

◆ Gaehwa Station (Line 9)

○ Bound for Sports Complex Station 12:44am, Bound for Sinnonhyeon 01:04am, Bound for Saetgang 01:24am, Bound for Gayang 01:44am




Seoul Introduces 21 Famous Places to Watch the New Year Sunrise

Seoul City selected 21 famous spots for viewing the first sunrise of the year. Various sunrise events will take place on January 1st, 2017, in each autonomous district, at sunrise time. According to the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, the scheduled time for Seoul sunrise on January 1st, 2017 is 7:47 am.

Sunrise in the City Center

First, Namsan Mountain and Inwangsan Mountain are good places to enjoy sunrise in downtown Seoul. Namsan Palgakjeong Pavillion is a tourist attraction where many foreign tourists visit, and choir performances and the event of writing wishes will be held. At Cheongun Park in Inwangsan Mountain, the event will start with a performance by a Pungmul band, followed by the event of writing family motto and writing and hanging of wishes.

Sunrise near the City Center

There are six places for sunrise events near the city center: Seongdong-gu Eungbongsan Mountain (Palgakjeong Pavillion), Dongdaemun-gu Baebongsan Mountain (Observatory and Outdoor Stage), Seongbuk-gu Gaeunsan Mountain (Playground), Seodaemun-gu Ansan Mountain (Beacon Mound), Yangcheon-gu Yongwangsan Mountain, and Gangseo-gu Gaehwasan Mountain (Summit).

Palgakjeong Pavillion of Eungbongsan Mountain is a good place to view the sunrise, with a panoramic view of the eastern part of Seoul including the Hangang River, Seoul Forest and Jamsil Stadium. This year, a variety of events will be held to celebrate the New Year, such as Pungmul, poetry reciting for New Year’s hope, and writing postcards of hope.

Gangseo-gu Gaehwasan Mountain created the ‘Sunrise Park’ near the heliport at the summit three years ago, which is popular as a sunrise spot where you can see the Hangang River and Bukhansan Mountain. Various events will be held here such as large drum performances, Samulnori and others.

Sunrise from Outside Seoul

For the citizens who start their New Year with hiking, there will be sunrise events in eleven places, including Achasan Mountain (Sunrise Square), Maebongsan Mountain, Umyeonsan Mountain (Somangtap) and Daemosan Mountain (Nature Park and the Summit).

Sunrise Square of Achasan Mountain is located east of Seoul overlooking the Hangang River and is the place in Seoul where you can see the sunrise first. It is a sunrise spot where about 40,000 people visit every year.

Sunrise in the Park

The sunrise ceremony is also held in the large park as well as mountains for the New Year. At the Haneul Park Summit of Mapo-gu World Cup Park, programs such as Samulnori and large drum performances will be held.

21 Famous Places to Watch the New Year Sunrise in Seoul (Korean) : http://www.seoul.go.kr/story/sunrise/

Cheongun Park at Inwangsan Mountain, Jongno-gu Cheongun Park at Inwangsan Mountain, Jongno-gu
Palgakjeong Pavilion at Eungbongsan Mountain, Seongdong-gu Achasan Mountain, Gwangjin-gu
Sunrise Park at Gaehwasan Mountain, Gangseo-gu Playground at Gaeunsan Mountain, Seongbuk-gu
Heliport at Buramsan Mountain, Nowon-gu Sunrise Park at Bongsan, Eunpyeong-gu



Seoul Announced “Seoul Citizens’ Cultural Rights Declaration” of 4 Chapters and 17 Articles

The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the “Seoul Citizens’ Cultural Rights Declaration”, which consists of a total of 4 chapters and 17 articles on Seoul citizens’ rights and responsibilities of the city to the ‘cultural rights’. The Declaration begins saying that “Citizens are the owners of culture and the subjects of rights.” Article 1, “Right to Enjoy Culture” states that “citizens should not be discriminated against based on their class, age, region, sex difference, race, religion, nationality and other factors when enjoying culture and arts.”

The 17 articles are as follows: ▴ Right to enjoy culture, right to access culture, right to cultural education, the freedom of expression (Articles 1 to 4), ▴ The cultural diversity of Seoul, cultural landscape, cultural resources (Articles 5 to 9) ▴ Citizens’ obligations, obligations of Seoul City, and roundtables of cultural rights (Articles 14 ~ 17).

In particular, the city has been organizing a “Cultural Rights Declaration Working Group” led by city officials, experts and local cultural activists for the past year instead of one-sided presentations to prepare the declaration through citizen discussions and proposals. In addition, Seoul’s Declaration includes the value and direction represented in international covenant on cultural rights such as “The UNESCO Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001)” and “The Charter on the City’s Cultural Rights and Duties (2002, Barcelona)”, as well as those of cities which declared cultural rights in advance.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government held “The Seoul Citizens’ Cultural Rights Declaration Ceremony” with the participation of more than 100 people including Mayor Park Won-soon on December 20th, 2016. On this occasion, Mayor Park Won-soon promised five agendas that “all declarations are not the end but a new decision and a new start.”

① Ensure cultural rights
② Support citizens so that simple spectators can become everyday artists enjoying creative activities.
③ Strengthen citizen’s cultural capacity by ensuring the stable life of artists and freedom of creation.
④ Strengthen the foundation of cultural autonomy for promoting local culture in Seoul.
⑤ Establish Seoul’s identity as a 2,000-year-old city.

Mayor Park said, “‘The Seoul Citizens` Cultural Rights Declaration’ is a promise made by Seoul to build freedom of expression instead of censorship, and a transparent and autonomous cultural policy led by citizens rather than corrupt cultural businesses.” He also said, “Specifically, it is a result created through the cooperation of Seoul and citizens in various fields along with the recently announced ‘Seoul Artist Plan’ and ‘Vision 2030 Cultural Seoul’, which is more meaningful.”




The Winter Silver Grass Park at Haneul Park Opened

From December 20th 2016 to January 31st 2017, Seoul Metropolitan Government opens a garden (2,000m) utilizing silver grass to offer a variety of experiences including a photo exhibition, a heart-shaped photo zone, a large silver grass tree (9.5m), and an illuminated Wish Tunnel under the theme of “Nanjido’s Yesterday and Today”.

At the Silver Grass Garden, which has the silver grass tree and the silver grass tunnel utilizing silver grass from Haneul Park, people will find something different from other places. ‘Hope Tree’ (9.5m) is decorated by using the silver grass from Haneul Park and the LED lights will be lit up until 10 o’clock every night during the event period. The inside of the garden has a photo zone so that families can create memories.

On the way to the Hope Tree from the Silver Grass Garden, the Wish Tunnel decorated with beautiful lights was also created as part of the garden, creating a year-end atmosphere at night. The lights of the ‘2017 Wish Tunnel’, which is about 20m long, illuminate the surrounding area and create beautiful scenery all around the tunnel. Anyone who visits the Wish Tunnel, scheduled to operate until 8pm during the event period, can make a wish for the year of 2017 and hang it on one of the prepared wish cards.




A Special Exhibition on Northeastern Seoul, “From Crop Fields to a Forest of Apartments” Held by Seoul Museum of History

Northeastern Seoul: From Crop Fields to a Forest of Apartment

The Seoul Museum of History will hold a special exhibition entitled 〈Northeastern Seoul: From Crop Fields to a Forest of Apartments〉 in its special exhibition room from 17th December 2016 to 5th March 2017. This exhibition is the first one to illuminate the northeastern part of Seoul, the representative place of high-density dwelling of middle-class.

‣ The exhibition will show the areas of Gangbuk-gu, Dobong-gu, Nowon-gu and Jungnang-gu.

At the exhibition, citizens can see images of northeastern Seoul from the Joseon Dynasty era to the present. The northeastern area of Seoul in the Joseon Dynasty was an important traffic center to the northeastern regions of Korea. In the 20th century, it became the starting point of Gyeungwon Line (Railroad) and Gyeongchun Line (Railroad). It is an area where local products and stories have been exchanged for centuries.

It was a land that welcomed the poor who were pushed out of the city center in the difficult time after liberation from Japanese colonial rule. In the period of rapid economic growth, it became a production base of Seoul, with many factories established in the area. It has now become a representative residential area for Seoul citizens.

When you enter the exhibition hall, you will find a map of northeastern Seoul covering the entire floor of the exhibition room. In addition, the main points of the map are featured by 20 exhibition towers showing time layers with history, geography, and changes of the city. Visitors are given the opportunity to experience an innovative look around the time and space of northeastern Seoul.

– Fee: Free
– Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekend and holidays
– Closed: Every Monday
– Homepage: Seoul Museum of History (www.museum.seoul.kr)
– Contact: 82-2-724-0154




Opening of 2016 Ttukseom Sledding Slope

Seoul City will open and operate sledding slopes in the Ttukseom Hangang (River) Park during the period from December 17th, 2016 to February 19th, 2017 to help citizens enjoy the winter with their family close to home.

The operating hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week. Operating hours may be adjusted due to safety concerns during inclement weather. The facility operation will be stopped for snow cleanup for an hour from 12 o’clock every day.

As it is difficult to make artificial snow this year because of winter temperatures, the large slope will be operated first, and supplemental artificial snow will be made when the temperature drops, depending on the weather conditions.

Citizens can enjoy a variety of rides and experience facilities as well as the sledding slopes at affordable prices.

Large Slope (for Adults) and Small Slope (for Children)

Fee: KRW 6,000 for ages 3 and up for the sledding slope, KRW 3,000 for rides, and KRW 5,000 for other experience facilities
Place: Ttukseom Park Station, Subway Line 7
Contact: Ttukseom Hangang Park (☎82-2-453-3028)