The Seoul Citizen Safety Training Center is becoming one of the favorite tourist destinations for foreign visitors to Seoul. The number of foreign visitors to the center more than doubled to about 4,000 people in 2009, compared with some 1,800 people in 2008.
According to the Seoul Emergency Operations Center, which operates an experience program on fire prevention, at the Seoul Citizen Safety Training Center, for foreign students on school trips to Seoul, a total of 2,067 students from China participated in the experience program by the end of February. The Chinese students participated in the program during their two-month winter vacation. In March, about 1,000 foreigners, including a delegation of public officials from Thailand, and middle-school students from Singapore, are scheduled to participate in the program.
The fire-prevention experience program for the Chinese students focused on safety measures in event of an earthquake, damage by storms and floods, and smoke and the use of fire extinguishers. Of these, the Chinese students paid keen attention to the safety measures to be taken in the event of an earthquake in the wake of the recent quake in Haiti and the 2008 quake in China’s Sichuan province.
To meet the rising demand, the Boramae Citizen Safety Training Center will open in Boramae Park of Dongjak-gu in early May, this year. The Boramae Center, which will specialize in programs for adults, is expected to become another tourist hotspot in the same vein as the Seoul Citizen Safety Training Center.
In line with the rising demand from foreign tourists, the Seoul Emergency Operations Center plans to work with the Korea Tourism Organization and foreign travel agencies to jointly map out a customized public relations plan and to place workers with foreign-language skills in the center.
The Seoul Citizen Safety Training Center is equipped with the country’s only facility that allows visitors to experience a 7.0-magnitude quake. In addition, there are some 20 experience zones, including one to experience storm and flood damage. Also, the center operates programs to learn about first aid such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of fire extinguishers.
For citizens, groups or tour guides who want to participate in the programs, please visit the center’s Web site (safe119.seoul.go.kr) or call 02-2049-4000 to make a reservation, in advance.