SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 1, 2019 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its plan to conduct an all-out investigation into night clubs and similar entertainment facilities for their safety to prevent a man-made accident like the one that took place at a nightclub in Gwangju.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government urgently organized a joint inspection team with the city government’s relevant departments (including the Architecture Planning Division, the Food Policy Division and Fire & Disaster Headquarters) and autonomous district offices to conduct the full-fledged inspection in August.
The inspection team will look into overall risk factors, such as illegal buildings; poor conditions of safety management, food sanitation and fire facilities; and appropriateness of the business area reported.
According to the enforcement regulations of the Food Sanitation Act, if local governments set separate safety standards under the ordinance, the restaurant to dance around their tables to music, not on a stage, (called “Gamseong Jujeom”) can be registered and operated legally. There are currently a total of 52 Gamseong JuJeom in three districts in Seoul – Mapo-gu, Seodaemun-gu and Gwangjin-gu.
The inspection team will firstly conduct an emergency inspection of these 52 restaurants and other nightclub-like entertainment facilities that violated the facility standards during the special inspection earlier this year.
Minor violations will be asked to correct at the site, however if the team detects serious ones that might have an impact on the safety of the building, it will exercise strong administration actions, such as restriction of business. In addition, the city government will improve the system to get rid of illegal business activities, such as illegal alteration of the purpose of use or unapproved extension of the building.
Kim Hak-jin, Deputy Mayor for Urban Safety at the Seoul Metropolitan Government said, “Recently there are many accidents caused by illegal buildings. We will make every effort to improve the system so that at least safety issue can be managed within the system, and to strengthen safety management to prevent further accidents.”