Head straight to Yongsan District, Seoul if you wish to feel something cosmopolitan. Anytime is good but the season invites you to the district on 13th and 14th October as the Itaewon Global Village Festival draws far more native Koreans and foreigners alike to the zone. The slogan this year is 'Lets Beat, Itaewon!'
Like its character suggests, 57 foreign embassies in Korea are housed in the district but the number goes double if included residence of diplomatic missions and their cultural centers.
On the call of the mayor Sung Jang-hyun, 45 embassies responded to join the festival this year. To name some of the them are Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, Afghanistan, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Sierra Leon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Congo, Zambia, Czech, Ireland, Russia, Slovakia and Azerbaijan.
They are pitching up the booths alongside Itaewon-ro to promote their culture, tourism and academic courses and 14 of them are also to give traditional performances on the main stage at 12pm on 13th. If you are determined to enjoy the festival, don't forget to see the Global Parade starts from Hangangjin station to Noksapyeong station at 3:30 pm the same day.
Alongside the exotic performances, Korea will give Taekwondo performance (3pm on 13th), Joseon era state examination (12pm on 14th) and Dynamic K's fusion performance (3pm on 14th).
Congratulatory performances are also given by Dynamic Duo (7pm on 13th) followed by Seenroot, Lee Joong Sik Band, Mood Salon, Be OK and Fishingirls as well as busking here and there on the streets.
If you are a fashion enthusiast, don't miss Itaewon Fashion Show (4:30pm on 14th, main stage) as market merchants in the district displays their unique styles. If you like something exciting, join in DJ Party (6pm on 13th and 14th) and B-Boy Battle (12pm on 14th).
National Association of Mayors
Yongsan District mayor Sung Jang-hyun was inducted into the new president of the National Association of Mayors, announced on 18 September at its office in Yeouido.
The new board members are Ko Yun-hwan (Mungyeong mayor), Choi Hyung-sik (Damyang mayor) and Jung Cheon-suk (Ulsan Eastern District mayor) as the vice presidents and Park Hyeong-u (Incheon Gyeyang District mayor) and Han Beom-deog (Cheongju mayor) as auditors.
Sung said in his inauguration speech "The role of local governments is very important. The satisfied residents are the very competitiveness of the region and the competitiveness of the region is the national power.
We are in the high time of realizing this self-governing system as President Moon has a firm will on this and I will do my best as the president of the National Association of Mayors."
The association set sail in 2000 with all 226 local governments as members and the organization promotes local administration, deregulation, sound finance, cooperation with the central government and friendship between the members.
Sung activates on-site communications
Under his determination to realize 'resident-centered administration', Sung rolled up his sleeve to meet the residents in the villages. The itinerant started for 7 days from 5th September.
Unlike the past where the mayor's office toured 16 villages, Sung organized discussions on current issues this time at Yongsan Dream Tree Complex (on 5th), Garwol Daycare Center (5th), Yongsan Lifelong Learning Center (8th), Wonhyoro Multi-purpose Indoor Gym (8th), Hanganno Community Center (10th), Yongsan District Office (11th) and Yongsan Crafts Museum (11th).
The discussions removed all unnecessary ceremonies and formalities to focus on the subjects and it created positive energies. The complaints were sent directly to the responsible departments and the results were promptly reported to the complainers. Also, the plausible projects were reflected immediately with the necessary budgets.
The 'itinerant mayor's office' received 159 complaints during September of which 14 were answered directly by the mayor and the rests by the responsible departments.
Yongsan pays respect to Ryu Gwan-sun
Yongsan District held the 98th Memorial Service for Patriotic Death of Ryu Gwan-sun on September 28 at History Park in Yongsan District. 300 people of all walks of life high and low alike attended the service on the day and paid respect.
Sung gave memorial address and the commemorating speeches were given by Yongsan District Council chairman Kim Jung-jae and the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Seoul head Oh Jin-young followed by reading a commemorative letter and the will of Ryu Gwan-sun as well as three cheers for the nation.
Yongsan District gave the name 'Ryugwansun-gil' to the street in front of History Park and brought a pine tree and some soil from her hometown Cheonan to the area to be planted as the memorial tree.
Sung said "The district will keep introducing events and programs to commemorate the spirit of Ryu Gwan-sun."
|▲ Yongsan District Mayor Sung Jang-hyun|
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