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  • Seoul Metropolitan Government Holds ‘Online Inauguration Ceremony’ for Seoul Mayor Open to Everyone for First Time

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    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will hold an inaugural ceremony for the 35th Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon through a live webcasting at the Mayor’s Office on the 7th floor at the Annex Building 1 of Seoul City Hall Seosomun for 40 minutes, starting at 11 am on November 16.

    The ceremony will be an “open inaugural ceremony,” which will appoint all citizens as Seoul Mayor, under the slogan, “Citizens are Mayors.”

    The inaugural ceremony will take place via live webcast, which is quite unusual. The inner room and interior of the Mayor’s Office, which was recently renovated, will be made public via the webcasting over the internet.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it is the first time that the Mayoral Office will be disclosed to the public, and the move holds a symbolic meaning as a gesture to return the authority and glory of the Seoul Mayoral Post to citizens.

    Mayor Park will sing the national anthem in person during the pledge of allegiance session, and make his inaugural pledge and deliver inaugural speech together with citizens via online. While Mayor Park delivers his inaugural speech, all citizens will also post their own “inaugural speeches,” and “I am the mayor too” messages via the internet and SNS, sharing the honor of being inaugurated as Seoul Mayors themselves.

    After the online inaugural ceremony, Mayor Park will move to Daehanmun Gate in Deoksugung, and will hold a meeting with citizens there. The session will be organized to provide all citizens who are not comfortable with using the internet a chance to participate in the inaugural ceremony.

    In conjunction with the online inaugural ceremony, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will operate an online inaugural ceremony site on its website (www.seoul.go.kr) from November 14 to 18.

    For people who are not comfortable with the internet, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is staging a “View together” campaign to enable people underprivileged in information access to take part in the celebration. The City Government will also operate a corner for citizens’ participation, where they can upload commemorative photos and user-created content. On the inauguration day, the entire inauguration process will be shown live via webcast, including the inaugural pledge, inaugural speech, and a question and answer session with online participants on November 16.

    The event will be live streaming on the web simultaneously via the City Government’s Website, and portal sites, including Naver, Daum Pot, olleh On Air, Pandora TV, and Africa TV.

    For two days following the ceremony on November 17 and 18, the City Government will operate a corner for citizens’ participation and corner for viewing interesting episodes. After completing the operation of these services, diverse, related content will be posted on the City Mayor’s homepage to sustain the excitement of the inaugural ceremony.

    Mayor Park Won Soon said, “Overcoming the practice of physical events, this inaugural ceremony, held together with many citizens, is an important, symbolic event that is designed to put into practice participation by the people and contribute to a transparent administration.” He added, “I will keep my initial pledge to continue to establish a Seoul City where citizens are the owner.”

    URL for online inaugural ceremony: mayor.seoul.go.kr (Mobile web: m.seoul.go.kr)

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