Sunday, December 6, 2009

Winter Sports at Gwanghwamun Square

Gwanghwamun Plaza now hosts many events previously held in front of city hall. If big concerts and gatherings remain on Seoul Plaza, the winter ice rink moved up Sejongno, covering the flowerbed recently transformed into a lifeless field.

The 3 rinks (20x20 m, 20x30 m, 20x50 m) linked with an iceway will open from 10 AM to 10 PM (11 PM on weekends and holidays), and from December 12th to February 15th for a KRW 1,000 admission fee.

But the most striking feature remains the spectacular toboggan under construction in the Northernmost section of Gwanghwamun Plaza. A weird extension to Bukhansan, this short and steep jump pad (34 m high, 100 m long) will host the 2009 FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air Competition (December 13, Seoul Snow Jam on December 11 at 6 PM).

Not very sejonesque... but to celebrate, Bukhansan did exhibit a thin layer of snow on Saturday.

Seoul Village 2009

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