Outdoor Lights to Be Turned Off Amid Soaring Oil Prices

      February 28, 2011 10:16

      The lights on the bridges over the Han River in Seoul will be turned off at night as part of energy-saving measures taking effect from Monday.

      The Ministry of Knowledge Economy upgraded its energy alert level on Sunday amid the skyrocketing price of oil due to the civil unrest in Libya.

      The alert level is raised when the price of Dubai crude stays above $100 for five consecutive days. The government will also restrict power use at night for public buildings and service facilities.

      Bars and clubs must turn off their signboards after 2 a.m., while large discount stores and hotels are required to shut off their outdoor lights after business hours. Golf courses can only operate during daylight hours.

      However, the government has decided to make exceptions for tourist spots such as Gyeongbok Palace, Gwanghwamun, the Seoul castle walls, Jonggak and N Seoul Tower.

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