February 01, 2010 09:48
Gwanghwamun Plaza has drawn nearly 10 million visitors since it opened in August last year and is expected to hit the milestone within 10 days.
A total of 9.61 million people visited the plaza as of the end of January, with an average of 70,000 visitors on weekend days and 40,000 on weekdays, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Sunday. At this rate the number of visitors is expected to top 10 million by Feb. 10.
The plaza has been consistently packed with visitors from home and abroad, boosting the sales of businesses in the area by 100 to 400 percent, a city official said. But some critics say that too many events are held at the plaza, degrading its beauty with a jumble of temporary structures.
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said the city will "work out a plan on the best way to operate the plaza by gathering opinions from experts and the public so that it will still be recognized as a national symbol 100 years from now."
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