2020 May (Vol.48)

I SEOUL U 2020 May No.48Together We Stand Cities Against COVID-19 Global Summit 2020 Seoul Hosts Online Conference 
in Preparation for the Post-Coronavirus Era The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will hold an international online conference “CAC (Cities Against COVID-19) Global Summit 2020” from Mon, Jun. 1 to Fri, Jun. 5 regarding overcoming the COVID-19 crisis and preparing for a significant paradigm shift. The conference will include participation of about 120 individuals, including mayors from around the world as well as international scholars and experts from various fields, for five days of concentrated discussions.

The conference will not encompass a particular area, but will address all areas of society affected by COVID-19, and this is the first attempt in which global cities will share response measures. The video conference will be conducted without an audience but will connect the whole world through an “untact” method. Experts and city government officials will discuss cooperative tasks regarding ten areas of the post-coronavirus era, which include prevention measures, the climate and environment, culture, public transportation, and smart city. Discussions will comprise of topics in distance learning, urban resilience and sustainability, and governance. 

On Tue, Jun. 2, Mayor  Park Wonsoon will host the “Mayoral Meeting” to be joined by mayors from around 40 cities around the world. The conference will stress the role of city governments and the need for solidarity in addition to proposing a plan for establishment of an international organization for countermeasures against an infectious disease. The Seoul Declaration will also be adopted at the meeting. On Thu, Jun. 4, Mayor  Park Wonsoon will have a conversation with Jared Mason Diamond, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Guns, Germs, and Steel, and world-renowned cultural anthropologist.

Through the CAC Global Summit 2020, the SMG aims to take off as the world’s “exemplary city” in all social fields in addition to preventive measures. The city also plans to establish itself as “Smart City Seoul,” “Safe City Seoul,” and “Green City Seoul.”Cooperation and Solidarity Betwwen Municipal Governments in Response to COIVD-19Copyright ⓒ SEOUL METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


2020 April (Vol.47)

I SEOUL U 2020 April No.47United We Stand: Cities Against COVID-19 In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can rest assured that no country or city is free 
from the virus. We are all exposed to the same risk together and the only difference, 
if any, is that one may face the crisis earlier than the other. This indicates that our 
airtight cooperation and information sharing is the only option for us to take during 
this tough time.

We must not only take swift action in the battle against the worldwide spread of 
COVID-19, but also cooperate globally to tackle this easily transmissible and mutable 
virus. Particularly, it is expected that countries around the world will experience a new 
paradigm shift after COVID-19. Thus, cities’ collaboration is necessary to seek ways to 
cope with such changes.

Under these circumstances, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) established 
a platform called Cities Against COVID-19 (CAC) where it can share information on 
the virus and disease with the international community. Seoul provides all aspects of 
its experiences, methods, and technologies to fight COVID-19 and prepared a two-way 
communication channel to share the countermeasures against COVID-19 of cities 
around the world.

The radical spread of coronavirus beyond borders must be dealt with by the combined 
effort of the international community, and cities lie at the heart of such effort and collaboration. 
Let’s stay strong and connected in our battle against coronavirus. Wonsoon Park, Mayor of Seoul English page of the SMG’s CAC website • Daily Updates: State of confirmed cases nationwide and throughout Seoul
• Countermeasures: Seoul’s preemptive responding measures (Designated screening clinic, 
   medical/disinfection services, economic support, campaigns, etc.)
• Cities Network: Two-way communication channel with sister and friendship cities
   (Q&A board, information on disinfection supplies, useful professional material board, etc.)
• News: Excellent examples of Seoul’s response to the infectious disease reported by foreign media Go to the CAC website: 
http://english.seoul.go.kr/covidCopyright ⓒ SEOUL METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


2020 March (Vol.46)

I · SEOUL · U 2020 March No.46各位朋友大家好!





首爾市秉持「信息透明 、及時公開是感染病的特效藥」的原則,從新型冠狀病毒肺炎感染初期階段起營運24小時災難安全對策本部,進而採取各種提前應對措施,並透過網站與緊急災難簡訊服務,透明且迅速地公開新型冠狀病毒肺炎感染狀況、確診者動線、篩檢診療所資訊等疫情相關情況,這樣的努力已被全球認可為傳染病對應模範。




此外,我們也將更加積極,將首爾市與大韓民國透明且有效的新型冠狀病毒肺炎防疫與治療過程經驗與國際社會共享,藉此和全世界攜手,早日克服新型冠狀病毒肺炎大流行的險峻狀況。COPYRIGHT 1996~2017 SEOUL METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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2020 February (Vol.45)

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2020 January (Vol.44)

I SEOUL U 2020 january No.44Mayor of Seoul introduces the Digital Citizen 
Mayor Room to the world at CES, US In early January, Mayor Park Won-soon gave a keynote speech on the theme of 'Value and the Future that Smart City Seoul Pursues' at CES, the world's largest consumer electronics and ICT exhibition in Las Vegas. Mayor Park Won-soon has brought up a conversation topic, through his speech, saying that the key value of Smart City Seoul is 'people-centric sustainable innovation' and introduced Seoul's smart city technology and policies that are transforming the lives of citizens. While there, he introduced the plan of Seoul building free public Wi-Fi with its own communication network throughout the city, a feat that is unprecedented in the world. Through this, Seoul is narrowing the digital gap and guaranteeing equal digital fundamental rights. He also introduced a plan to collect city data with thousands of IoT sensors throughout Seoul to innovate public services. In addition, Seoul has implemented ‘Digital Citizen Mayor Room’, which is considered the pinnacle of what it means to be a true Smart City, by operating 'Seoul Hall' on the theme of 'Smart City & Smart Life' for the first time at CES. Mayor Park Won-soon demonstrated the 'Digital Citizen Mayor Room' at the CES 'Seoul Hall' and showed firsthand how Seoul is leveraging smart technology to improve the efficiency of the city's major decision-making. For about 10 minutes, he demonstrated the process of how disaster situation occurrence and handling status, real-time air pollution, and traffic situation monitoring are carried out.Copyright ⓒ SEOUL METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


2019 December (Vol.43)

I SEOUL U 2019 December No.43SEOUL LIGHT 2019.12.20. ~ 2020.1.3 Seoul is due to host a media facade event at DDP, a major tourist attraction in Seoul, at the end of this year. It is expected to color the unique DDP building with beautiful lighting, making it become one of the most famous events in Seoul during the year-end holidays. SEOUL LIGHT, a creative technology using artificial intelligence, is an event enjoyed together with citizens, while serving as a public screen in public buildings as well as sharing the future and experiences of SEOUL LIGHT. When darkness falls on the city, the front wall of Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), designed by Zaha Hadid, becomes a huge exhibition hall, and a large light show combining colorful light, video and music spreads on the silver curved exterior, the signature of DDP. The theme of this year, which is the first year, is <SEOUL HAEMONG>, which will show the past, present and future of Seoul and Dongdaemun with data visualization content. Images showing the past of Seoul and Dongdaemun as well as Seoul photos taken by citizens are collected, which will then be interpreted and reassembled with technologies such as AI and machine learning to express those with light and video.  At the same time, DDP will install a Christmas market zone to welcome tourists. Be sure to visit and make lasting, special memories in Seoul during the New Year holidays.”   style=”vertical-align:top” border=0 hasbox=”2″></a><!-- 푸터 --><IMG  style=



2019 November (Vol.42)

2019 October (Vol.41)

I SEOUL U 2019 October No.41The City and its Architecture Speak about Seoul Celebrating its second anniversary this year following its launch in 2017, 
the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism takes place under the theme 
“Collective City: Reclaiming the City, Redefining Architecture” until November 10 
throughout downtown Seoul, in Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), 
Donuimun Museum Village, and Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture.
The Seoul Biennale is broadly divided into the Thematic Exhibition and the Cities 
Exhibition. The thematic exhibition, operated in DDP, is where visitors can learn 
about urban problems we face, the roles of cities, and how the cities have changed, 
as well as share and discuss the solutions. The cities exhibition takes place at 
the Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture, where the pending issues and problems 
of more than 80 cities are covered. Here, visitors can learn about what kind of issues 
the cities of the world are concerned about and what solutions exist. 
Over 180 institutions from more than 80 cities, including Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, 
New York, Ulan Bator, and Hong Kong, are participating in this year’s Seoul Biennale. 
The Seoul Biennale is a festival where not only experts in architecture can partake, 
but also regular citizens can enjoy and participate. People from various fields, 
including citizens, architects, and artists, freely exchange their opinions to seek 
solutions for urban problems and search for groundbreaking ideas and political 
alternatives to solve urban issues. Let’s have a deep discussion about the ideal city 
at the Seoul Biennale. Venues at which the Seoul Biennale takes place Dongdaemun 
Design Plaza Donuimun Museum Village Sewoon PlazaCopyright ⓒ SEOUL METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


2019 September (Vol.40)

I SEOUL U 2019 september No.40Seoul Adjusts Routes of Intra-city Buses Based on Big Data

Seoul will adjust the regular routes of intra-city buses with a focus on those with high levels of demand based on accumulated big data. The measure is being conducted in order to offer consumer-centered public transportation services and resolve the imbalances between the supplies of buses by scientifically analyzing their movement patterns according to hours, sections, areas, demand of passengers, and more. Through these adjustments, the city will reorganize inefficient routes and examine the expansion of squirrel and owl buses to satisfy the demands of passengers and their effective dispersion.

Seoul will also establish two to three routes of circulating buses in downtown areas. The downtown-circulating buses will be operated to prevent the inconvenience of passengers due to the ban on diesel vehicles and the restriction of ordinary vehicles in green areas. Green transportation areas connect historical and cultural tourist spots and major urban attractions. The routes for circulating buses will be customized and optimized to consider tourism, shopping, and entertainment, based on the comprehensive analysis of big data on traffic, communication data, number of tourists, and their courses.


2019 August (Vol.39)

I SEOUL U 2019 August No.39You may think that anyone can rest if they are sick. However, some 
people are deprived of this divine right. They are the vulnerable 
group of laborers who earn a living with their daily income, such as 
construction laborers and small business owners. As of 2016, 
the ratio of temporary workers who can take sick leave is 32%, 
less than half of the ratio of permanent workers.

The city of Seoul started the Seoul-type Paid Sick Leave Support 
project, the first of its kind in the nation, as the main project of the 
Comprehensive Plan for a Healthy Seoul in order to guarantee 
non-discrimination health rights to vulnerable laborers and small 
business owners who receive the least social security and cannot 
even receive treatment even when sick. The Seoul-type Paid Sick 
Leave Support is an innovative initiative to prevent vulnerable 
working groups from being deprived of medical services. The city 
provides the laborers and business owners who have not benefited 
from sick leaves as defined in Labor Standards Act or have been 
living in a welfare dead zone with living wages (KRW 81,180 as of 
2019) for up to 11 days per year (10 days of hospitalization and 1 day 
of physical examination offered by Health Insurance Corporation). 
Seoul will more widely activate Seoul Care to take care of working 
Seoulites by earnestly pursuing the Seoul-type Paid Sick Leave Support.


2019 July (Vol.38)

I SEOUL U 2019 July No.39As heat wave warnings are issued all throughout Seoul during the scorching summer, the city of Seoul has collaborated with 25 districts, metropolitan cities and related organizations for expansive installations such as mist-spraying shades,“Cooling Fog,” and crosswalk shades to protect citizens. The shades, which were first introduced in 2013 in Dongjak-gu, Seoul, area tent and parasol-like structures which can be found at crosswalks. Citizens can momentarily avoid the heat of the sun rays while waiting for traffic lights.Copyright ⓒ SEOUL METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Moreover, to provide natural shades in major downtown areas, the Seoul Metropolitan Government planted shade trees on traffic islands and by crosswalks in June 2019. Starting in July, the city is carrying out a project to install mobile tree planters in multi-use public spaces such as parks and plazas. As a result, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will place 400 planters on 71 traffic islands and 42 spots by crosswalks all throughout Seoul until 2022, and began its preparations for rest areas such as by installing chairs under the shade. In addition, various summer festivals are being held all around Seoul. Watch a clip of the Sinchon Water Gun Festival filmed on-site on the hip and trendy streets of Sinchon

2019 May (Vol.37)

I SEOUL U 2019 May No.37Seoul Metropolitan archives Opening on May 15, 2019 Collecting Seoul's memories and recoreds to pass on to future generationsCopyright ⓒ SEOUL METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.