The Seoul Metropolitan Government, together with Rotary International, will host the “3K Walk for Peace” event, which will start at 9:00 am on May 28, 2016 with 5,000-plus people from 160 countries in attendance. Participants will walk the total distance of 3km from the Seoul Plaza to the Gwanghwamun Plaza and then back to the Seoul Plaza in their traditional clothes, praying for world peace.
The event is the first official international event held by Rotary International from May 28 to June 1 to express the desire for peace of the people the world over.
Celebrities taking part in the event will include Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, and American, German, and Irish Ambassadors. Mr. K.R. Ravindran is known for stopping the Sri Lankan War to conduct polio vaccinations.
Ancillary events will include the Rotary International Photos Exhibition at the Gwanghwamun Plaza; Ganggangsuwolrae (a traditional Korean dance performed by a group of women that was first held to pray for a bountiful harvest and has developed into a cultural symbol for the country), and a large-scale Flash Mob designed for world peace and reconciliation at Seoul Plaza.
Rotary International was established the world’s first organization assembled to carry out volunteer services. It has 1.23 million members worldwide. At present, it engages in programs to get rid of polio, eradicate illiteracy, train next-generation leaders, and provide medical services.
The Rotary International Convention is held annually, in a different country every year. The event is attended by about 50,000 people (including 25,000 people from 160 countries). It is expected that this year’s event in Seoul will produce 292.5 billion won worth of economic ripple effects, including the occupation of 5,288 guestrooms in 56 hotels and the use of 1,500 chartered buses.
The SMG launched a special team for providing support for the international event in April in the safety, transportation, and tourism sectors.
Commenting on the event, Director General Kim Eui-seung of the Tourism and Sports Bureau of the SMG said, “We are providing full support for the success of this international event, which will be the largest ever event of its kind. We expect the event to go a long way towards the enhancement of the image of Seoul and the invigoration of the local economy.”