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100th edition of Children's Day to feature array of events
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100th edition of Children's Day to feature array of events
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  • 승인 2022.05.05 04:22
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Children from the daycare center of Gwangju's Buk-gu District on the morning of May 3, two days ahead of the centennial anniversary of Children's Day, run after bubbles at the campus of Chonnam National University in the city. (Yonhap News)
Children from the daycare center of Gwangju's Buk-gu District on the morning of May 3, two days ahead of the centennial anniversary of Children's Day, run after bubbles at the campus of Chonnam National University in the city. (Yonhap News)

The centennial anniversary of Children's Day on May 5 will feature an array of spectacles and events after the lifting of the outdoor mask mandate after two years and eased social distancing measures. This has led to heightened expectations of outdoor activities and events.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism through May 31 will hold "2022 Children's Literature Week" (unofficial title) nationwide including in Seoul, Busan and Daegu. Throughout this month, 40 libraries and literary houses around the country will host a "children's literature stage" featuring exhibitions and performances of children's literature.

The exhibition "Bang Jeong-hwan and the Centennial Anniversary of Korean Children's Stories" (unofficial title) from May 5-26 will display the children's magazine Eorini, which was founded in 1923 by Bang, who proclaimed Children's Day, and 100 classic works of Korean children's literature at the garden in front of the headquarters of Cheondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way) in Seoul's Jongno-gu District.

The Children's Museum of the National Museum of Korea on May 3 opened the exhibition "The Child in All of Us" at the former's Special Exhibition Hall. Under the themes "Play," "Gift" and "Conversation," the event allows not only children but also parents to become children and enjoy and communicate through interactive programs.

The Seoul Metropolitan Library on May 2 put this display on its Dream Board at its main entrance to mark the centennial anniversary of Children's Day. (Yonhap News)
The Seoul Metropolitan Library on May 2 put this display on its Dream Board at its main entrance to mark the centennial anniversary of Children's Day. (Yonhap News)

A wealth of attractions await on Children's Day.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government on May 2 refurbished its large-scale Dream Board at the main entrance of Seoul Metropolitan Library to mark the centennial anniversary of Children's Day. The billboard offers a 3D effect with trick art in which a child with a bright smile looks as if she is coming out through a gap in the library wall.

On May 3, a drawing of the nation's hit cartoon characters Pinkfong and Baby Shark was installed with the phrase "Future of Seoul, Dreaming Children" at an open lawn space of Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall in the capital's Jung-gu District.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza in the same district from May 5-15 will display a balloon bear 8 m tall designed by renowned pop artist Lim Ji-bin, offering a great photo zone for children.

Two days ahead of Children's Day, a drawing of the hit cartoon characters Pinkfong and Baby Shark on May 3 is inscribed with the phrase "Future of Seoul, Dreaming Children" to mark the centennial anniversary of the holiday at an open lawn space of Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall in the capital's Jung-gu District. (Seoul Metropolitan Government's Facebook page)
Two days ahead of Children's Day, a drawing of the hit cartoon characters Pinkfong and Baby Shark on May 3 is inscribed with the phrase "Future of Seoul, Dreaming Children" to mark the centennial anniversary of the holiday at an open lawn space of Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall in the capital's Jung-gu District. (Seoul Metropolitan Government's Facebook page)
Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul's Jung-gu District features a balloon bear 8 m tall. (Seoul Design Foundation)
Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul's Jung-gu District features a balloon bear 8 m tall. (Seoul Design Foundation)

Select venues will be opened in time for Children's Day.

The nation's first playground hub will be opened at Gwangnaru Hangang Park in Seoul's Gangdong-gu District.

Covering over 6,000 square m, this space has no stairs and features gentle slopes and safety devices to prevent falls by wheelchairs. Featuring swings, climbing nets, sandpit, pull-up bars and gazebos, the playground is for everyone -- toddlers, elementary school students and guardians -- including children with or without disabilities.

Legoland Korea Resort, the nation's first branch of a global theme park, will fittingly be opened on Children's Day in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do Province.

Other venues will offer visitor benefits.

Traditional palaces and royal tombs including the four major palaces of the Joseon Dynasty -- Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung -- as well as Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of Joseon will offer free admission on May 5 regardless of nationality or age.

Bang Jeong-hwan (1899-1931), a pioneer of Korean children's literature and independence activist, proclaimed Children's Day on May 1, 1922, to establish a sense of respect for Korean children, who were often oppressed by imperial Japan and adults. The day was suspended in 1939 due to the Japanese colonial government but reestablished on May 5 after national liberation.

Students at Geumwha Elementary School in Seoul's Seodaemun-gu District on May 2, three days ahead of Children's Day, run without masks in a relay at a sports festival. (Yonhap News)
Students at Geumwha Elementary School in Seoul's Seodaemun-gu District on May 2, three days ahead of Children's Day, run without masks in a relay at a sports festival. (Yonhap News)

 


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