Seoullo 7017 celebrated its one-year anniversary on the 20th of May, 2018, with a remarkable total of 10 million visitors nearly in sight. Over the past year, the city walkway saw an average of 30,000 visitors on the weekends and 20,000 visitors during the week, in addition to approximately two million foreign visitors. Age group-based percentages found those in their twenties and thirties to comprise the majority of visitors at 26.1% and 23.9% respectively, while 41.1% of visitors typically were discovered to enter through the Seoul Station Plaza, with the Namdaemun Market being the second most popular entrance area at 19.7%.
As many as 1,305 unique festivals and events were held, from the passing of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic torch to fashion shows, parades and more, amid guests from around 20 different countries coming to admire and benchmark the walkway and festivities, acquiring an outstanding 83.8% satisfactory rate among foreign visitors.
The Seoullo 7017 is gradually evolving into a part of the everyday lives of community residents and neighborhood merchants as it becomes a hub for revitalizing the area of downtown Seoul. According to the Namdaemun Merchants’ Association, since the opening of the walkway, the number of visitors has recently increased by as much as 20% as the summer season approaches.
The 288 different kinds of trees numbering 13,866 and the 95,391 flowers and vine plant life are also settling in, showing a survival rate of approximately 95% throughout the year. Malli-dong Plaza, in particular, has also been designated as an ‘air pollution-free zone’ with the 4,182 specially-selected trees showing a significant impact in air purification.
This last year has witnessed a total of 1,267,092 Seoul residents partaking in the various 1,305 festivals and events. In addition, the identity and symbolism of the vastly-popular ‘city walkway,’ stretching over a 1-km distance, has been accentuated through numerous walking events and parades and various daily programs geared toward neighborhood office workers and residents.
Seoullo 7017’s positive influence on community residents as it brought about the transformation from a pollution-inducing traffic road to a green-friendly city walkway has been the subject of much reporting both domestically and worldwide from known media outlets such as England’s ‘The Guardian’ and more.