As of March, Seoul City is displaying a total of 1,936 poems on 4,498 screen doors in 288 subway stations in a bid to create a more cultural environment for subway users.
The poems on display were selected by review from 2009 after receiving recommendations of their own favorite work from over 1,500 poets in order to encourage participation by as many poets as possible.
The city plans to conduct a search to find more than 300 additional poems through an open contest to replace the poems already on display around May this year. The upcoming event will allow citizens who enjoy writing poems to submit and display their own work in subway stations.
Additionally, in this era of the multicultural society, the city is considering placing poems from various foreign countries in subway stations on a trial basis.
By country, the city plans to display poems from China at Daerim and Garibong Stations; from Japan at Ichon Station; from the U.S., Britain and Nigeria at Itaewon Station; from France at Sinbanpo Station and Express Bus Terminal Station; from Russia and Mongolia at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station; from Nepal at Dongdaemun Station; from India at Noksapyeong Station; from the Philippines at Hyehwa Station; and from Vietnam at Wangsimni Station.
Meanwhile, recitals featuring poetry and music will be held in five parks, including the Seonyudo and Banpo sections of the Hangang Park, Dream Forest in northern Seoul, Seoul Forest at Ttukseom, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park every Saturday from May 21 through early October.