SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, June 19, 2018 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government will implement the “visiting hours” for tourists at the Bukchon Hanok Village, one of the popular tourist attractions of Seoul. According to the new scheme announced, the tourists are only allowed to enter the Village from 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays and Saturdays. On Sundays, they are completely banned from visiting there. It came to reduce inconveniences experienced by local residents and to protect their rights.
An average of 10,000 visitors a day visits the Village, and around 70 percent among them are foreign tourists. The residents have made many complaints about loud noise, garbage dumping and illegal parking made by the tourists. Through the new rule, the city government is intended to discourage the tourists from visiting the Village early in the morning and late at night so to minimize the damages caused by tourists.
Along with this, group tourists will be always accompanied by a tour guide who can ask them to comply with the tourist etiquette at the Village. And illegal parking by tourist buses will be tightened up around the village. The number of garbage collection will be increased to three times a day from two times, and two more cleaning personnel will be stationed to better take care of trash.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Jongno-gu Office, the district office that takes administrative responsible for the Village, revealed this new measure, and they will hold town meetings with the residents to finalize the rule, which is expected to come into effect in July.