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  • Seoul Square Skating Rink to Open on December 16

  • Integrated News SMG 1668

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will open the Seoul Square Skating Rink, a highly popular site for experiencing winter sports in the city center, on December 16, and will keep it open to the public for 59 days until February 12, 2012.

    The rink will operate from 10 am to 10 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and Sundays, and from 10 am to 11 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holidays. Skaters must wear protective gloves when using the rink.

    To mark Korea’s successful bid to host the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Gangwon Province, the City Government will introduce curling lessons to enable citizens to experience an exotic sport, on top of the skating lessons available in previous years. The lessons consist of weekday classes on Mondays through Thursdays (four times), and weekend classes on Saturdays and Sundays (two times). The lessons cost 10,000 won.

    People can make reservations to skate seven days in advance via the Seoul Square Skating Rink website at (http://www.seoulskate.or.kr/eng.php), and tickets can also be purchased at the rink on the day as well. For the lessons, reservations can only be made in advance via the website (from seven days prior to the opening date of the lessons) on a first come, first served basis.

    At 6 pm on December 16, when the opening ceremony will take place, national figure skating team members, including Lee Ho-jeong, Park So-yeon, and Kim Jin-seo, will showcase demonstration performances, and a synchronized team from Lila Elementary School will stage a congratulatory performance.

    Speed skating champions Lee Kyou-hyuk and Lee Sang-hwa will hold a skating session with citizens after the closing of the opening ceremony. Various other events will also be held for visitors to enjoy.

    Souvenirs commemorating the rink’s opening donated by a sponsor (Woori Bank) will be given away on a first come first served basis to 500 citizens who participate in the opening ceremony. Also, the rink will be open to the public free of charge through 11 pm after the end of the opening ceremony.

    Furthermore, an indoor resting space, outdoor benches, and tables will also be installed at the rink, while Photo Zones and DJ boxes will be available in various locations for anyone to enjoy and provide citizens with rest areas in the city center.