Opening remarks at the 2013 Surprising Saturday Seoul Expo
Date: June 15, 2013
Venue: Seoul Plaza
Hello, young people! I am very glad that you have come out today, and I see that your parents have come as well. It’s nice to meet you all. I am so pleased to be holding the Surprising Saturday Seoul Expo at Seoul Plaza, in the center of Seoul.
The Surprising Saturday Seoul Expo is designed to help our young citizens enjoy some wonderful experiences and grow as people, surprising their parents with the personal development they achieve on Saturdays without school. I know that many students and parents have wondered what they will do with two days off school—Saturday and Sunday. So, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has prepared options to allow students to make the best of the weekend since the five-day school week took effect on March 1, last year.
Last year, we launched many trial programs in various areas to realize a “surprising Saturday” for our students. We prepared today’s event based on our experiences and the results of those programs, and for one week, in every corner of Seoul, we will be carrying out many programs for Seoul’s youth.
The Surprising Saturday Expo also offers youth opportunities to prepare and participate in these events. They are free to pursue their own ideas, taking ownership and responsibility for how they spend their Saturday. We have also arranged for youths from other local districts to participate in the Surprising Saturday event in Seoul.
The main focus of today’s event is you, the young people of Seoul! And I hope it offers you a chance to participate directly, have fun, and learn a lot.
I deeply appreciate the efforts of all participants and staff that made the Surprising Saturday Seoul Expo possible. Young people! Enjoy yourselves today!