The Seoul Metropolitan Government has established an elderly friendly street called “Rakui Street” in the area of Tapgol Park
in Jongno-gu and completed “Aging Service Design,” applied with seven detailed design items “Rakui 7.”
The “Aging Service Design” project is a project to develop the area into a specialized street by improving various fields, such as welfare, transportation, sidewalk environment and design, based on “the plan of service designed around Jongmyo and Topgol Park” conducted by Seoul Metropolitan Government in 2013.
For example, shops on the street put up shop signs from the 1960s and 1970s, and there are showcases and DJ boxes that display objects used during school days around the streets, invoking nostalgia for the elderly and creating the sense of stability. In addition, nearby shops are designated as “friendly stores” to provide bottled water or allow people to use their restrooms. Also, restaurants use big colored letters on their menu and signs so that the elderly can order food easily.
In addition to improving the physical environment to which the aging service design is applied, the city will continue its efforts to maintain and revitalize it. The city plans to revitalize the service design program in which residents, the elderly and local merchants can participate directly, and expand the elderly friendly street.
– Photos after building Rakui Street
① Friendly store
② Elderly priority restroom
③ Menu with big letters ④ Seven Up Manual
⑤ Cane holder
⑥ Maps for the elderly
⑦ Emergency medical equipment for cardiac arrest