A walkabout downtown draws 10,000 to festival
Amid the hopes of Korea successfully hosting the upcoming G-20 Summit on Nov.11-12, the walking event was sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korea JoongAng Daily and JoongAng Ilbo.
On Sunday at 10:00 a.m., participants embarked on a 12-kilometer (7.4-mile) journey from Seoul Plaza to Cheonggye Stream and Seoul Forest. Around 10,000 citizens applied via Internet, and a thousand people joined in at the site.
Kim Young-seon coming with her husband and their five-year-old daughter said, “We joined the walk to make memories with our family, and to become healthy. It’s good to have a chance to stroll around while savoring the scenes of Seoul.”
On Saturday, walkers started their courses at 10:00 a.m. from Gwanghwamun Plaza in central Seoul for a 13-kilometer route to Seoul Fortress and the other a 12-kilometer route to Seoul’s cultural heritage sites. Another 1,000 or so participants for each route walked around the tourist sites of Seoul under exhilarating weather.
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon encouraged the participants at the event saying, “Walking well is as important as eating well. I hope [the participants] have an exciting walking experience within the refreshing air of Seoul.”
Lee Na-hyuk, a 28-year-old man, grinned when saying, “I came here to have an unusual date with my girlfriend.”
By Lim Ju-ree [email@example.com]