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Christmas comes early in Seoul

Symbols of summer - and winter - vacation will appear in the heart of Seoul this weekend as part of an event organized by the city government to offer some cool relief from the ongoing heat wave, officials announced on Wednesday.

“Unique opportunities to experience various culture and the arts will be offered at Seoul’s three major plazas this weekend,” a spokesman for the Seoul Metropolitan Government said. “We hope citizens will come enjoy the summer downtown.”

At Seoul Plaza, an artificial beach will be set up on Friday and Saturday, with 15 tons of sand, palm trees and beach parasols available for public use.

Visitors can also lounge in tents and sofas and enjoy outdoor movies and music.

At Gwanghwamun Square, about 150 large snow sculptures and a 6-meter (20-foot) Christmas tree will be on display Saturday.

Twelve teams will have the opportunity to compete and create their own snow sculptures.

At Cheonggye Plaza, there will be a summer fashion show and graffiti competition on Saturday.

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