October 22, 2019 12:57
The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to set aside one day per month on which no events or rallies will be permitted in major public spaces like Cheonggye Stream, Gwanghwamun Square and Seoul Plaza in downtown Seoul.
The move came amid mounting complaints over noise and congestion in those places, which have lost their appeal as places for rest and relaxation in the midst of the city's forest of buildings, and have been transformed into scenes of massive rallies almost every day.
The city hopes to restore those places to make them more accessible and pleasant for Seoul citizens who want to visit there to take some rest, and plans to gradually increase the number of such rally-free days there.
City officials anticipate widespread public support for the move.
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