Hi Seoul walk attracts 20,000 over two days

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Hi Seoul walk attracts 20,000 over two days


About 10,000 Seoulites walk along the Cheonggye Stream yesterday during the 2011 Hi Seoul Walking Festival, which was organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the Korea JoongAng Daily and the JoongAng Ilbo. By Kim Sang-seon

The Hi Seoul Walking Festival 2011 kicked off its second day at Seoul Square yesterday, and 10,000 people joined an event that promoted health through a walking tour of the city’s historic sites and natural beauty.

The two-day event was organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the Korea JoongAng Daily and the JoongAng Ilbo, and was hosted by Kumkang Co., a leading shoemaker.

Yesterday at 10:00 a.m., about 10,000 people embarked on a 12-kilometer (7.4-mile) course from Cheonggye Stream to Seoul Forest. “There is no better exercise than walking,” acting Seoul Mayor Kwon Young-Gyu told the participants. “I hope the citizens have fun at the festival while walking around the city’s historic sites and beautiful nature.”

“I decided to participate in the event as my husband and daughter loved it so much last year,” said Na In-ho, 38, who walked with her husband and their two children. “And I hope to take away good memories especially with such good weather.”

On Saturday, participants started the festival with a choice of two different courses: Moonhwa road that started from Seoul Plaza and passed several historic sites including Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo (a royal ancestral shrine); and Sungkwak road, a course that went through Seoul Plaza, Waryong Park and Naksan Park.

“I thought it was a good opportunity to introduce Seoul to my friend,” said Han Su-mi, 35, who was accompanied by a Chinese friend. “I’m happy I could introduce the city’s attractions in such fine weather.”

In Seoulsoop, the final destination, a certificate of course completion was distributed to the walkers by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and light meals including fruits and snacks were provided. Other interesting events - face painting, caricature drawing and checks for obesity levels - were also held.

“Walking is the best exercise for humans’ health, especially for the brain,” said Lee Eun-seung, a Kumkang executive. “I hope the participants had a great day with their families and friends.”

By Choi Mo-ran [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]
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