The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) held “The Charms of Seoul” global content contest to discover and promote various aspects of Seoul to the world—from history and culture to tourism and IT technology—drawing worldwide attention. Over the course of a month, the SMG received a total of 854 submitted works from 42 countries, including the Philippines, Russia, India and Taiwan.
The Grand Prize was awarded to ThOKI from the Philippines for their “SEOUL for soul” video submission, which show the fondness they developed for Seoul while traveling and seeing the charms of Seoul’s beautiful and fascinating attractions, such as DDP, Namsan Mountain, Seoul Station, the Hangang River and Hanyangdoseong (Seoul City Wall).
The contest was held under the theme of “Seoul You Want to Revisit,” and the SMG selected a total of 40 winning works—33 for the Video and Image categories, and 7 for the Children category.
The Grand Prize was awarded only for the Video category, and both Video and Image categories comprised Gold (1 winner per category), Silver (2 winners per category), Bronze (3 winners per category), and Runner-Up (10 winners per category) awardees. There were also Special Prize (7 winners) awardees for works by children.
The Gold Prize for the Video category was awarded to “To. Seoul” under the theme of “Seoul, where various spaces and people come together.”
The Silver Prize for the Video category was awarded to “Wandering around Seoul” under the theme of “city of inspiration” by three Seoul-based artists, and “What is your Seoul” under the theme of “Seoul, where passion and leisure as well as the past and present coexist.”
The Gold Prize for the Image category was awarded to “Landscape Painting of Seoul,” which shows Seoul as a modern city in a traditional landscape painting against a snowy winter scenery.
The Silver Prize for the Image category was awarded to “The Time When the Fairy Tale Begins,” which depicts a beautiful fairy tale-like night scenery of Naksan Park, and “Hanok Village on a Snowy Day,” which depicts winter in Eunpyeong Hanok Village.
A total of 7 works, including “Namdaemun Gate” and “Seoul in My Heart,” were selected as awardees of the Children category.
The award-winning works are available to view via the SMG’s foreign language website and YouTube. An online award ceremony is scheduled to be held in July to introduce the contest awardees.