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  • Seoul to Go | Ep.2 | Gimjang Culture Festival, Yongsan Park Gallery and More!

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    Hello everyone~! I’m Angelina. This is the second episode of Seoul to Go. We have a lot of interesting news to share so stay tuned! Now let’s get started with our first piece of news!
    In October, the Yongsan military base in Seoul, a place where people were not allowed to enter for 114 years, has opened its gates to the public.

    ‘Gimjang,’ a word for ‘Gimchi-making’ is something Koreans must do in the winter season. At Seoul square, a special event was held where a lot of people gathered to make gimchi and list their names in the Guinness Book of World Records.

    This is all I have for today.
    The year 2018 is already nearing it end. I hope you all nicely wrap up the year spending some great time with your family and loved ones. Before we go, let’s shout out altogether~

    On Nov. 30, the Seoul Metropolitan government opened the Yongsan Park Gallery at the former USO building at Camp Kim, part of U.S Army Garrison Yongsan.

    This marks the first time opening a building within the U.S. army base to the public, as the military base’s gates have been closed shut to ordinary people for 114 years.

    The building has great historic value as it was used as a warehouse for Japanese military during the Japanese colonial period, and was the United Services Organization facility since the Korean War.

    Seoul city is planning to run the new gallery along with a bus tour program where people could tour around the U.S. Army base.

    At the exhibition hall, some 60 historic photos and maps of Yongsan Garrison were on display, and there was a new space for the community radio project Yongsan FM.

    Seoul city hopes the gallery would become a place where people could learn the significance of Yongsan Garrison, and how it relates to Korean society and modern Korea.

    Some 3,500 people came to take part in this year’s Kimchi-making, or Kimjang event which was held at the Seoul Square at the largest in scale.

    The winter event was aimed at promoting the Korean traditional food Gimchi as well as the value it carries through experiencing the Kimjang culture.

    The reason why more citizens took place in this year’s event is to break the previous Guiness world record for the largest gathering of people to make Kimchi.

    The largest crowd in the event recorded 2,635 in 2013. And after 5 years, people gathered once more to break that record.

    And almost 3,500 came, setting a new world record.

    People of all ages and also a lot of foreigners came to learn the Kimjang culture through various hands-on experience.

    Especially at times where more and more people live alone and the gimjang culture is naturally disappearing with the changing life style, the event was meaningful in a way to preserve our Kimjang culture.

    Seoul city hopes the Kimjang culture festival would continuously play a role in preserving the Korean traditional food culture as well as its values.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government has submitted to the city council a record 35.7 trillion won budget proposal for next year. It marks a 4 trillion won increase from this year’s spending. The city government is planning to allocate some 11 trillion won to fund Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon’s welfare initiatives such as providing free lunches at high schools. The plan also calls for spending 1.8 trillion won to create around 370-thousand jobs in the capital.

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    Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon says the city government will offer from next year a free childcare program for all preschoolers. Private preschools can cost up to 83-thousand won more than public facilities. Mayor Park said that starting next year, the city will provide the additional money parents need to pay for the private facilities and also expand childcare services to lessen the burden on first-time parents.

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    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will expand its free eco-friendly meal program to all elementary, middle and high schools by 2021.
    Currently, they are served at public elementary and middle schools and will expand to state-run and private elementary schools, all high schools and international middle schools in the capital from next year. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said the city will spend about 700 billion won on school meals every year.

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    Early in November, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has cracked down on shop owners, big businesses, such as distribution centers, department stores, who provide free plastic shopping bags to customers as part of efforts to reduce environmental pollution. Violators will face fines of up to 3 million won.

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    Seoul city has brightened Yanghwa bridge with light displays in 8 years after replacing its old lighting system. The bridge light has been turned off since 2011 in line with the city’s energy conservation plan. Lights will be on from sunset till 11 p.m.