SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 1, 2019 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will provide emergency maintenance works until the end of this year for age-old conventional markets urgently in need of repair.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government completed the inspection of markets applied for the government’s repair scheme and selected a total of 20 ones considering their possible risks and urgency. They include Daerim Market in Eunpyeong-gu, Samseongdong Market in Gwanak-gu, Myeongil Traditional Market in Gangdong-gu, Gwangjang Alley Market in Jongno-gu, and Gongneung-dong Dokkaebi Market in Nowon-gu.
The goal of this emergency maintenance is to eliminate chronic risk factors and make the conventional markets safe places where both merchants and citizens work and visit. Around 1.7 billion won (US$ 1.4 million) is expected to be spent for this.
First of all, old electric wires will be replaced to prevent fire, and outdated exterior walls and ceilings will be repaired against any collapse. Flammable tents and arcades will also be repaired or replaced. In addition, facilities and equipment that will be urgently used in the event of an accident, will be installed or provided – emergency exit maps and emergency alarms will be installed; fire extinguishers will be provided; and fire pumps will be replaced if needed.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government carried out on-site inspections to find out any possible risk factors and take proactive safety measures in addition to maintenance requests directly from the market merchant associations. For example, corrosion and fall risks of ceiling metal plates were found during the inspection in Gongneung-dong Dokkaebi Market that will be additionally repaired. At Daerim Market, cracks in concrete were found in the base of a large signboard, which will be also fixed.
Seo Seong-man, the Director-General of Labor & Livelihood Security Policy, said, “We plan to conduct frequent on-site inspections for the conventional markets and provide continuous maintenance work in order to prevent any losses of life and property caused by accidents such as fires or collapses. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will make up a budget for this work and expand its maintenance support.”