The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced that it will publish “2021 Seoul Life” in early January to inform citizens about the city’s new projects for 2021, public facilities set to open, and new institutions related to citizens’ life and living.
The key contents of each project are highlighted for citizens to easily peruse, and details on how to use and notes are explained in the form of a FAQ. For additional inquiries, you can contact via phone, website and social media.
The following are the four categories that comprise a total of 50 projects: Safety; Warmth; Dreaming; and Breathing.
Safety: Establishment of Emergency Center of Seoul Medical Center and Geumcheon Fire Station; Keeping Citizens Safe with Highly Functional Lane Markings
First, Seoul Medical Center’s Emergency Center will be newly established in Dec. 2021 to make the hospital equipped with the medical infrastructure to accommodate emergency situations as a specialized facility for responding to COVID-19 cases and a district hospital of the northeastern part of the city.
In Sep. 2021, a fire station will be established in Geumcheon-gu, a district where there has been no local fire station. Until the present, Geumcheon-gu has not had a local fire station, although it has been vulnerable to the massive fires at large-scale apparel shopping centers, startups, and factories. This will lead to more prompt responses in cases of accidents in the future.
Starting in Jan. 2021, paint three times brighter than normal will be used for lane markings so that drivers can see lanes clearly even on a rainy night. The high functional lane markings will enhance the angle of reflection of light, helping drivers clearly see the lanes at night or on rainy days.
Warmth: Seoul-type Paid Sick Leave Support; Operation of Kium Centers; Expansion of Care Services, Including Special Care in Day Care Centers
Second, the SMG’s Seoul-type paid sick leave program, which supports the living expenses for low-income workers and small business owners, will be expanded starting in January 2021. The target beneficiaries include the citizens whose official address is registered in Seoul from at least 30 days before the date of hospitalization (or physical examination) to the day of completion of the screening. They should be local subscribers of national health insurance and wage earners or business income earners whose income is below 100% of median income, possessing a property less than KRW 250 million. For details, you can contact the local community service center, a health care center, Dasan Call Center (+82-2-120), or the Health Promotion Division of the SMG (+82-2-2133-7614 or 7693).
Additionally, Seoul’s Kium Centers, facilities for after school care of elementary school students, will be operated in full swing in two regions of Nowon/Dobong and Dongjak. The centers will provide a variety of culture and arts activities as well as emergency care services for responding to gaps in care. Any citizen who wants to use the service can apply online (icare.seoul.go.kr).
To alleviate households’ burden of childcare, there will be more district night care centers, year-round day care centers, and ecological day care centers as well. Any child ages 0 to 6 can use the facilities. Citizens who want to apply for the use of these facilities should visit the website of the Seoul Childcare Service (iseoul.seoul.go.kr). There are no usage fees, but dinners are pay-per-meal.
Dreaming: Establishment of DDP Video Studio; Operation of Seoul Youth Center Orang; Youth Unemployment Solution Project
Third, the video studio Seoul ON will be established and regularly operated in Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) starting in April 2021. The SMG will lead the transformation into digital administration in the post-COVID-19 era by enabling citizens to hold various events at Seoul ON.
Anyone can apply to rent the facility via phone (+82-2-2133-2704 / +82-2-2153-0098) or email (email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org) from Feb. to Mar. 2021, as well as via the DDP Rental System (https://www.ddp.or.kr) starting in Apr. 2021.
As for the Seoul Youth Center Orang, there will be more branches operated in Gwangjin (from Jan.), Seocho (from Apr.), and Seongbuk (from Sep.). “Orang” means “together with the youth of today, we invite the youth to the center.” At the center, young people can participate in various programs, including counseling and instruction of the village. Any young adult (ages 19 to 34) can use the facility. The operation hours are 10 AM to 10 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays. The facility is closed on Sundays and holidays.
To participate in the programs, you should visit the official Seoul Youth Center Orang website (youth.seoul.go.kr/orang). Any young adult can visit all Orang branches in different areas.
The SMG will also implement its Youth Unemployment Solution Project to find jobs for the youth experiencing difficulties finding employment. Target beneficiaries will be the vulnerable young adults (ages 19 to 34) who do not have a job. They will be provided job training related to digital performance and tailormade job counseling. Anyone who is interested can apply for the program online (https://digitalmkt.kpc.or.kr) between Jan. 11 and Feb. 17, 2021.
Breathing: Strengthening of Pedestrian Rights by Creating Forest Road on Sejong-daero and New Gwanghwamun Square
Fourth, the SMG will be connecting its representative tourist sites, including the new Gwanghwamun Square (completion will be in Oct. 2021), Deoksugung Palace, Sungnyemun Gate, Seoullo 7017 and Seoul Station, by creating “people-centered, pedestrian-centered” Forest Road on Sejong-daero in Apr. 2021. The all-new Gwanghwamun Square, which will be completed in Oct. 2021, will be linked to Forest Road on Sejong-daero, creating the representative pedestrian road from Seoul Station to Gwanghwamun Gate. The western road of the Sejong Arts Center will be transformed into a “square with park,” a rest area with a lawn in harmony with more than 100 types of flowers and trees.
“2021 Seoul Life” is available to the public on the SMG’s e-book website (http://ebook.seoul.go.kr), the Information Communication Plaza (http://opengov.seoul.go.kr), and Media Hub Seoul (http://mediahub.seoul.go.kr), starting on Fri, Jan. 15, 2021. If you want to take a short glance at the information about the 50 projects, you can also refer to Seoul Sarang (Vol. 220), the monthly magazine published by the SMG, or on its official website (http://love.seoul.go.kr).