Seoullo 7017 celebrated the second year since its opening on May 20, 2019. During the two years since its opening, a total of 16.7 million citizens and tourists have visited Seoullo 7017 (as of April 30, 2019), which amounts to an average of approximately 20,000 visitors per day. Moreover, Seoullo 7017 has also received a great amount of attention, not only domestically but also internationally. The opening of Seoullo 7017 was announced in the UK’s The Guardian, America’s CNN, and The Financial Times, in addition to being selected as one of the “100 Must-Visit Tourist Spots of Korea 2019-2020” by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Seoullo 7017 was also designated as one of the “World’s Greatest Places” in the August 2018 issue of TIME magazine.
According to a survey conducted by Seoullo 7017, visitors sought out Seoullo 7017 mostly in order to take rests and go for walks. At Seoullo 7017, there are 287 types of plants of 50 different species that create a garden within the city, offering a space for rest.
Since its opening, Seoullo 7017 has constantly formed partnerships for mutual support between local businesses. In addition to jointly publicized activities with local merchants, Seoullo initiated activities for local residents and program support while contributing to this park culture that stretches out into neighboring alleyways.
Shops in the vicinity of Seoul Station, where Seoullo 7017 is located, continue to undergo high-spirited changes. At old existing shops such as car centers and drivers’ diners in Malli-dong and Jungnim-dong, “young bosses” have opened trendy dessert shops, pubs, and cafes.
Seoullo 7017’s “Pedestrian Roads” hold year-round festivals and programs that reflect its identity. Festivals include path-themed parades, busking relay performances, flower exhibitions, live talk shows, and walkathons, as well as programs such as the Seoullo School and Seoullo Story Classroom in which people of all ages can participate.
In celebration of the second year since Seoullo 7017’s opening, “Seoullo Story” will be open on May 19 (Sun.) from 14:00-19:00 and on May 21 (Tues.) from 17:00-21:00 on the upper overpass and in Malli-dong Plaza with a citizens’ market, performances, and citizens talk show. During this time, Seoullo 7017 will also be hosting various free events in which the public can participate. For more information on Seoullo’s two-year anniversary event, “Seoullo Story,” and other programs, visit the Seoullo website (seoullo7017.seoul.go.kr).