News – Gyeonggi Global Global Inspiration, Global Gyeonggi Province Tue, 19 Jan 2021 05:59:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 News – Gyeonggi Global 32 32 “Realizing a world with respect for labor” – Gyeonggi Province Governor to implement Korea’s first fair allowance for temporary workers from January Wed, 06 Jan 2021 06:00:15 +0000 ○ Gyeonggi Province’s first policy of 2021 to provide fair allowance to temporary workers from January
– Reflects Governor Lee Jaemyung’s view that “lower wages for workers with unstable jobs is twofold discrimination”
○ Gyeonggi Province’s fair allowance to be granted in proportion to job instability from 5 to 10% of base pay
– 1,792 fixed-term workers of Gyeonggi Province and public institutions to benefit from policy this year

Gyeonggi Province’s first policy of the year to provide a fair allowance to temporary workers will be implemented from January.

This policy, the first of its kind to be implemented in the nation, reflects Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jaemyung’s view that “lower wages for workers with unstable jobs is twofold discrimination,” and that “even the public sector should focus more on temporary than permanent workers so as to pay more wages to temporary workers with shorter employment periods.”

The main element of this policy is the payment of a compensatory allowance of 5 to 10% of base pay in proportion to employment instability considering the employment period of fixed-term workers of Gyeonggi Province and public institutions.

This year’s beneficiaries total 1,792; 1,007 and 785 fixed-term workers of Gyeonggi Province and public institutions, respectively. This includes workers newly employed in 2021 who are waiting to assume duties and workers employed in 2020 and contracted until this year. For this purpose, an amount of KRW 1.8 billion has been budgeted this year.

Fixed-term workers employed for less than two months will receive KRW 337,000 with 10% of their base pay applied; those employed for less than four months will receive KRW 707,000 with 9% applied; and those employed for less than six months will receive KRW 988,000 with 8% applied.

Those employed for less than eight months will receive KRW 1,179,000 with 7% applied; those employed for less than 10 months will receive KRW 1,280,000 with 6% applied; and those employed for 12 months will receive KRW 1,291,000 with 5% applied.

The amount will be paid in a lump sum upon contract expiration. However, workers who were employed in the previous year will be given an allowance for their employment period in 2021.

To design this program, Gyeonggi Province referred to the employment instability allowance of France, the employment dismissal allowance of Spain, and the wage subsidy program of Australia, as well as the findings of surveys of residents and public officials in the Korean capital region.

France grants an employment instability allowance of 10% of an employee’s total wages, while Australia grants 15 to 30%, and Spain 5%.

The surveys also revealed that 76.5% of Korean capital region residents and 87.2% of Gyeonggi provincial officials thought a fair allowance was necessary. As for the amount of the allowance, residents indicated 8.6% as appropriate, whereas provincial officials indicated 14.83%.

To effectively implement the system, Gyeonggi Province will disseminate guidelines to each department of the provincial government and public institutions after collating the ideas of related agencies.

Gyeonggi Province Labor Bureau Director General Kim Gyu-sik said, “This policy will function as an opportunity to stabilize the livelihoods and employment of temporary workers. Through proactive and successful measures by the public sector, we will endeavor to expand the policy to the private sector so as to realize a fair world in which labor is respected.”

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jaemyung: “All people deserve respect… there is no reason for discrimination” – Dormitories for migrant workers in farming regions to be inspected Tue, 05 Jan 2021 06:00:22 +0000 ○ Gyeonggi Province to inspect dormitories and housing environments for migrant workers in farming regions
– Measures to improve migrant worker housing environments in farming regions follow death of a migrant worker in a Pocheon greenhouse
○ Detailed inspections to be conducted over 2-week period in cooperation with local government offices from January 4 to 15
– Task force tformed for on-site inspections
○ Governor Lee Jaemyung: “… there is no reason for discrimination regardless of skin color or language. Based in these inspections, we will prepare measures to ensure safer living environments for migrant workers.”

Following the recent death of a Cambodian migrant worker in a farm greenhouse in Pocheon City, Gyeonggi Province has implemented measures to closely inspect the housing conditions of migrant workers in farming and fishing regions of the province.

The aim of this initiative is to devise guidelines to improve housing conditions for migrant workers and create safer living environments by reducing the blind spots in terms of human rights.

The inspections of migrant worker dormitories in farming and fishing regions will be performed over a 2-week period in cooperation with local government offices from January 4 to 15.

Based on information from the Ministry of Employment and Labor statistics (as of the end of November 2020), 2,280 operations in farming, livestock and fishing regions of Gyeonggi Province will be subject to inspection. Operations not reflected in this figure will also be inspected with the assistance of local government offices.

The inspections, undertaken in accordance with the Enforcement Decree of the Labor Standards Act, will focus on housing conditions and installation sites, as well as the provision of restrooms, washing and bathing facilities, heating and ventilation systems, and safety equipment. Electrical wiring will also be inspected.

In relation to this, a task force led by Gyeonggi Province Labor Bureau Director General Kim Gyu-sik and comprised of members of the Foreigner Policy Division, Agricultural Policy Division, Livestock Policy Division, Maritime and Fisheries Division, and other related divisions will perform thorough inspections.

Through these inspections, Gyeonggi Province plans to improve living conditions for migrant workers at a provincial level, and also to propose better policies and measures to the central government as required.

Furthermore, any violation or risk factor entailing potential death by fire or hypothermia will require immediate rectification or amendment so as to ensure housing facility safety.

In relation to this, Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Han-gyu will visit migrant worker dormitories on a farm in Pocheon City on the January 5th to ascertain the situation and discuss improvement measures.

Governor Lee Jaemyung mentioned the death in Pocheon on social media on December 24, saying, “Autopsy results say the cause of death was poor health, but that does not change the gravity of this issue because the deceased lived in a greenhouse without receiving proper medical treatment or space in which recover.” Lee asserted, “All people deserve respect and there is no reason for discrimination regardless of skin color or language. Based in these inspections, we will prepare measures to ensure safer living environments for migrant workers.”

(COVID-19 Emergency Response Unit Regular Press Conference) Gyeonggi Province to establish 72 temporary screening clinics—active testing essential even for asymptomatic individuals Tue, 15 Dec 2020 06:00:31 +0000 ○ Gyeonggi Province to establish temporary screening clinics at Suwon Station and Beomgye Station for public convenience
– 72 new clinics to be installed; 52 clinics to be completed by December 15; remaining 20 to be established sequentially
– 2,938 tests performed at 39 temporary screening clinics as of midnight, December 15; 0 confirmed cases found
○ 684 beds secured at ten clinics for regular patients as of midnight, December 15; 86.5% (592 beds) currently occupied
– 48 of 49 beds for critical patients currently occupied
○ 4 additional community treatment centers to be established by end of month; maximum capacity of 2,876 patients

Gyeonggi Province announced that it has established a total of 52 temporary COVID-19 screening clinics as of December 15, requesting active public participation in preemptive testing.
During a regular press conference on December 15, COVID-19 Emergency Response Unit co-head Lee Hee-yeong announced that a total of 52 temporary screening clinics will be set up in accessible locations, including Suwon Station and Beomgye Station, by the end of the day. Lee also mentioned that, in order to avert a third wave of COVID-19 infections, it is important to preemptively identify asymptomatic cases. Therefore, residents are being asked to visit the temporary screening clinics even if they are not exhibiting any symptoms such as fevers or respiratory problems.
A total of 2,938 residents have been tested at 39 temporary screening clinics in Gyeonggi Province as of midnight on December 15 with no positive cases having been identified. Gyeonggi Province will establish 20 additional temporary screening clinics following December 16 in consideration of area circumstances for a total of 72 clinics.
As of midnight on December 15, 684 beds for regular patients had been secured from ten clinics with 86.5% (592 beds) currently being occupied. In terms of critical patients, 48 of the 49 designated beds are currently occupied.
Gyeonggi Province’s community treatment centers #3, #4, #6, #7 and #8 are occupied by 1,115 patients, accounting for 89.3% of total capacity as of 6 PM on December 14, with space for 133 new patients remaining. The SK Telecom Human Resources Development Center in Icheon was designated as the 9th community treatment center on December 14, and the Seongnam Citizens Medical Center has been designated as a dedicated hospital with 71 wards for 142 inpatients.
Gyeonggi Province plans to establish four additional community treatment centers before the end of December. Kyonggi University’s Suwon Campus dormitories, the Korea Expressway Corporation Training Center, Cheonan Sangnok Resort, and Goyang Dongyang Human Resources Center will be able to accommodate 2,000, 206, 440 and 230 patients, respectively.
Designation of the Korea Standard Association Learning Center in Anseong City and the dormitories of Hankyong National University as additional community treatment centers is being discussed. Resorts, university dormitories, and other suitable facilities are being considered for use as treatment centers in cooperation with local governments.
As of 10 PM on December 14, Gyeonggi Province had 278 home-care monitoring personnel drawn from 25 cities and counties, 16 of whom have been transferred to medical institutions and 88 to community treatment centers.
Lee said, “The recent COVID-19 wave entails the full implementation of our quarantine measures. In this time when asymptomatic and uninfected individuals co-mingle, social distancing through the avoidance of private gatherings and multi-purpose facilities is the most effective means by which to safeguard others as well as ourselves.”

Gyeonggi Real Estate web portal English and other new services start on December 15 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 02:18:02 +0000 ○ Street address and place names to be provided in English for convenience of non-Korean residents
○ Topographic map with 5-meter contour interval to show geographic features and altitudes of Gyeonggi Province
○ More resident-requested services included, such as land lot information

The Gyeonggi Real Estate web portal ( will feature new services, including a topographic map with English labeling, starting December 15. It will also improve some of its existing services, provide information on land lots and real estate agencies, and offer printable maps.
The English map on the Gyeonggi Real Estate web portal features English labeling of administrative regions, street addresses, landmarks, public offices, and buildings in Gyeonggi Province. This provides non-Korean residents who are not proficient in Korean with access to Gyeonggi Province’s real estate and map services.
The topographic map that shows terrain elevation and gradient as well as other geographic features of Gyeonggi Province.
These improvements reflect the opinions of Gyeonggi residents in terms of the improvement of services as revealed through a survey and the web portal.
Regarding land lot information provided via map services, users can select land lots from the map and identify them by different colors. The web portal’s one-stop services have seen improvements in visibility through the highlighting of lines demarcating lots searched by users.
The web portal’s real estate agency section provides more comprehensive data, such as agency business information including owner, accredited agents and staff. Furthermore, when printing continuous cadastral maps, users can use clearer fonts.
The Gyeonggi Real Estate web portal opened in February 2011 with the aim of ensuring easy access to Gyeonggi Province’s real estate data. Today, it provides diverse information, such as real estate transaction costs, land lot information, development plans, aerial cadastral maps, street address maps, and other tailored services.
A Gyeonggi provincial official said, “Gyeonggi residents will be able to use our web portal more easily with our newly launched services. We will continue to listen to public requests and incorporate them into our services.”

Gyeonggi Province hosts Gyeonggi Province–Central Asia Medical Industry Online Business Meeting for overseas market expansion Wed, 09 Dec 2020 06:29:34 +0000 2020 Gyeonggi Province–Central Asia Medical Industry Online Business Meeting runs December 9 to 11
– Participation by 29 medical businesses in Gyeonggi Province and over 30 medical businesses from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
– Direct video conferencing for product introduction, purchase contract negotiations, and more

Gyeonggi Province is hosting the 2020 Gyeonggi-Central Asia Medical Industry Online Business Meeting from December 9 to 11 to support exports by the Korean medical industry to Central Asian countries including Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

During the event, 29 businesses specializing in medical devices and consumables from Gyeonggi Province, including the cities of Gunpo, Suwon, Bucheon, Seongnam and Goyang, will participate along with over 30 medical businesses from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Considering present COVID-19 conditions, including limited business travel and Level 2.5 social distancing, companies from Gyeonggi Province will primarily attend meetings on an individual basis. A limited number of companies that are unable to consult online from their premises will be provided with onsite space within quarantine booths for online consultations with overseas buyers.

The main Korean products featured at the event include COVID-19 test kits, digital radiography devices, and more. Companies will discuss matters pertaining to products and purchase contracts with potential buyers interested in importing Korean medical products.

Choi Young-seong, Director for Health and Medical Treatment of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government, said, “We hope that this event will help the medical businesses of Gyeonggi Province that are experiencing economic difficulties amid the COVID-19 crisis, and also function as an opportunity for Gyeonggi Province to increase export volume along with the promotion of the K-medical industry.”

Panic button to alert police—Gyeonggi Safety Bell piloted in Ansan for safety of single-person households, women, and others Wed, 09 Dec 2020 06:26:12 +0000 ○ Gyeonggi Province, Ansan City, and Ansan Danwon Police Station sign an MOU on December 9 to supply Gyeonggi Safety Bells to households vulnerable to criminal activity
– First step in acting during ‘golden time’ to prevent crimes in households vulnerable to criminal activity
– Can be activated without a smartphone in emergency situations
– No installation costs incurred and available at an affordable price

Gyeonggi Province’s newly developed Gyeonggi Safety Bell, which immediately alerts police when activated in emergency situations, is scheduled to be piloted in Ansan City after distribution to 3,000 households vulnerable to criminal activity.

Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Yong-cheol, Ansan City Mayor Yoon Hwa-seop, and Ansan Danwon Police Station Chief Kim Tae-su took part in the MOU signing ceremony at Ansan City Hall on December 9 for the distribution of Gyeonggi Safety Bells to households vulnerable to criminal activity.

This MOU will see Gyeonggi Province’s Gyeonggi Safety Bell, a panic button co-developed by Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggido Business & Science Accelerator, piloted so as to ensure action during the ‘golden time’ for preventing crimes against single-person households, small businesses, women, senior citizens, and others.

The Gyeonggi Safety Bell, based on Bluetooth low-energy beacon technology through which the location-based broadcasting device regularly transmits location signals, is designed to be connected to smartphones and even paired to nearby beacons for offline services. Users can install it in their residence to issue instant police alerts by pressing a button that sends emergency SMS texts in emergency situations. The device is available at an affordable price (KRW 15,000 per unit) with no separate installation cost.

According to the MOU, Gyeonggi Province will oversee distribution as well as operation and management of the system, while Ansan City will promote the program and select eligible households (e.g. single-person households, female residents) that are vulnerable to criminal activity, and the Ansan Danwon Police Station will directly respond to emergency calls (e.g. receiving alerts via SMS, dispatching police officers).

Vice Governor Lee said, “The signing of this MOU for the distribution of Gyeonggi Safety Bell is meaningful at a time when security concerns are higher than ever.” He added, “I hope that the safety and security of Gyeonggi Province can be improved greatly by expanding the implementation of Gyeonggi Safety Bell throughout the province.”

Meanwhile, this project was recognized during a technology development competition for regional safety hosted by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety in 2020. The official title of the project is “Establishment of a Crime Prevention and Response System for Single-person Households and Households Vulnerable to Criminal Activity.” The 3-year project will be funded with a budget of KRW 1.83 billion.

Imjingak to open on Dec. 3 transformed into a tourist attraction for night-time experiences Thu, 03 Dec 2020 06:32:17 +0000 ○ New face of Imjingak presenting “Peace Fantasy” through night-time tourism content
– Media art created based on a storyline utilizing the surrounding environment, lightings and artificial structures
○ Expected to be reborn as a must-see attraction of Northern Gyeonggi Province and revitalize the region

– A media facade on an immense tree of 13 meters created to become the main icon of night-time tour in Northern Gyeonggi Province

○ Trial operation to be conducted during the social distancing period following quarantine measures

Imjingak, Korea’s main tour attraction related to national security, will be adding night-time tour content to transform into a tourist attraction with peace and hope.

Gyeonggi Province and Gyeonggi Tourism Organization (GTO) spent KRW 1.9 billion on Supul Nuri in Imjingak to install artificial structures and lightings for media shows with the purpose of creating a night-time tour facility, which opened on December 3.

Gyeonggi Province and the GTO explained that the night-time tour facility was created to disperse the concentration of Imjingak and Pyeonghwa Nuri Park visitors to Supul Nuri, and to create a pleasant night-time view of Imjingak and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

The size of the newly-opened night-time tour facility of Imjingak is 52,884 m2, which takes about 40 minutes to tour along the course. Interesting structures and laser art add fun to the tour, which is based on a storyline of flower seeds that made their way from the north, which bloomed to become the rose of Sharon (national flower of Korea) and peonies, spreading petals and messages of peace. The space is divided into sections of presentations that draw visitors’ attention.

The beginning of the tour depicts a dandelion puff and scattering seeds with lighting. Another flower structure blooms by itself when a person comes near and lasers that move like flower seeds travel along with the wind. They move toward Hanageuru, the main content of this show, creating a magical and dreamy atmosphere.

Hanageuru, a breathtaking media show presented on a massive tree of 13 meters in harmony with the surrounding landscape, is the greatest attraction of the program. Hanageuru screens main and seasonal videos with a running time of 15 minutes per session. The main video is a magnificent presentation of flower seeds with a message of hope clustering to form a tree. Before and after the main video, a seasonal video is played to function as a photo zone. A Christmas-themed video will be screened for winter.

By the waterside, a high intensity laser is used to create wavelengths that appear as gentle waves, while moving lasers visualize flower pollens of Hanageuru, giving visitors an exciting experience while walking down the pathway.

The night tour facility is planned to be operated by the GTO, which is also in charge of the Pyeonghwa Nuri Park of Imjingak. A trial operation will be conducted during the level 2 social distancing period. During the trial, the Hanageuru media show will be open for 3 days a week from Thursday to Saturday and Sundays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (3hours). Lighting will be on every day all year round for four hours after sunset. Images sent by visitors will be applied in the Hanageuru event video to create more opportunities that visitors can participate.

Gyeonggi Province expects this project to become the core of peace tour and the hub of long-stay tourism in Northern Gyeonggi Province, along with Pyeongwha Nuri Park Adventure Playground, a successful and popular spot for family visitors that opened last October 21 as well as camping sites.

Choi Yong-hoon, Director for Tourism of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government, said, “When the level of social distancing is reduced after the trial operation, we will showcase our new genre of “Peace Fantasy” in Supul Nuri to Imjingak visitors.” He added, “Just like the meaning of Hanageuru, which prays for the unification of South and North Korea, we hope men, women, elderlies and children make happy experience from here.”

GWFF and GIE seek to support adolescents with migrant backgrounds Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:00:16 +0000 ○ Forum cohosted on lives and options of adolescents with migrant backgrounds as a marginalized group
– Program: Opening → Presentations → Discussions → Q&A
○ Live online streaming from 3 PM on November 26; open to public

The Gyeonggido Women & Family Foundation (GWFF) and the Gyeonggi Institute of Education (GIE) will co-host a policy forum on the theme of “lives and options of adolescents with migrant backgrounds as a marginal group” at 3 PM on November 26 to examine the lives of adolescents with migrant backgrounds and discuss means by which to support their well-being.

The forum, hosted by GIE researcher Lee Geun-yeong, will commence with the opening remarks of GWFF President Jeong Jeong-ok and GIE President Lee Su-kwang, followed by a keynote lecture on “Time of global migration: Directions and initiatives of policies for adolescents with migrant backgrounds” by Professor Emeritus Choi Chung-ok (Kyonggi University), the first president of the Korean Association for Multicultural Education.

GWFF researcher Choi Young-mi and GIE researcher Lim Seon-il under Professor Park Kyeong-tae (Sungkonghoe University) will then make presentations on “Life experiences of young adults with migrant backgrounds and measures for their settlement in society” and “Methods to support the academic and working lives of arrivals during adolescence,” respectively.

Finally, Siheung Multicultural Family Support Center President Kang Eun-yi and Sincheon Elementary School Vice Principal Han Kyeong-eun will discuss how to improve education and support programs for adolescents with migrant backgrounds, followed by an open Q&A session in which the audience can freely participate.

This forum will be open to the public via live online streaming in accordance with COVID-19 infection control and prevention protocols. The GWFF will stream the forum via its KakaoTV channel, while the GIE will use its YouTube channel.

GIE President Lee Su-kwang said, “By going over issues related to the school lives of adolescents with migrant backgrounds and their employment, we will have the opportunity to reflect on the cultural diversity of our society.”

GWFF President Jeong Jeong-ok said, “I hope this forum will serve as a meaningful opportunity to analyze the current status of adolescents with migrant backgrounds and determine the most effective means to support them.”

No more worries about buses skipping stops in Gyeonggi Province: Pilot run of “Bus Stop Bell” starts November 30 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:00:07 +0000 ○ Gyeonggi Province to conduct pilot run of Korea’s first “Bus Stop Bell” service through G-Bus app
– Passengers can send bus stop alerts on their smartphone; requests will be sent automatically to bus drivers
– Passengers can report buses that skip bus stops even after drivers have been alerted
○ Improved app interface for greater accessibility and additional features including directions and reviews

Buses sometimes skip stops and leave passengers waiting for the next bus. However, starting this month, such inconveniences will be eradicated in Gyeonggi Province.

For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province will implement the “Bus Stop Bell” service to prevent buses from skipping bus stops. Pilot operation of the service will begin on November 30 via the G-Bus app.

Similar to yet unlike the bells that passengers use on buses to signal their intention to get off at upcoming bus stops, Bus Stop Bell works by notifying bus drivers of passengers who intend to board at certain bus stops.

A passenger who arrives at a bus stop can open the G-Bus smartphone app and engage the Bus Stop Bell after selecting the bus they wish to take. A device installed by the bus driver’s seat then audibly and graphically notifies the bus driver that a passenger is waiting for the bus at a certain bus stop.

For enhanced reliability of information, the notification can only be sent when a passenger is within 30 meters of the desired bus stop. Also, considering the time delay that may occur before the driver is alerted, the notification should be sent when the bus is least one stop away from the desired stop.

Only one notification can be sent at a time. If a passenger wishes to take another bus after having sent a notification, they must cancel the first notification before sending the second.

A reporting system will also be incorporated into the app. If a bus driver ignores a notification and skips a bus stop, the app will automatically record the time and location of the occurrence as well as the bus route and bus number.

Gyeonggi Province will apply this reporting system in the evaluation of bus management and services with the aim of increasing bus driver and company awareness so as to ensure better service.

The user interface of the G-Bus app has also been greatly improved. The app has been made accessible with consideration given to public transit users who may experience inconveniences, such as the visually impaired, with the text being adjustable in 3 different sizes. Directional and bus review functions have also been added.

Gyeonggi Province will conduct a pilot run of the Bus Stop Bell service on ten bus routes that have seen some of the most frequent reports of skipped bus stops. Another pilot round will take place this February on 89 routes to identify more areas for improvement before the service is finally launched on all routes starting in March.

After monitoring performance, the service will be expanded gradually through affiliation with private bus apps with large user pools (e.g., Kakao Bus, NAVER Map, etc.).

Gyeonggi Province expects that the Bus Stop Bell service will drastically reduce public inconvenience stemming from skipped bus stops. It is seen as being especially beneficial for bus stops in the suburbs and at night when there are fewer passengers.

Gyeonggi Province Transportation Bureau Director General Park Tae-hwan said, “The Bus Stop Bell service will encourage bus companies to voluntarily refrain from skipping stops and ensure a safer environment for passengers getting on and off buses. We will work on stabilizing this smart system for passengers to alert bus drivers in advance, and for bus drivers to be notified in advance.”

Korea Ceramic Foundation to host Korean International Ceramic Biennale 2021 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 01:12:21 +0000 ○ Registration for Korean International Ceramic Biennale 2021 International Competition to begin in January
– Open call for submission of sculptures, crafts, and ceramic works from January 1 to 31, 2021
– KRW 91 million in prizes: KRW 50 million for Grand Prize, KRW 20 million for Gold Prize
– 77 winning pieces to be exhibited online and offline at Korean International Ceramic Biennale 2021

The Korea Ceramic Foundation (KOCEF) will hold the Korea International Ceramic Biennale (KICB) 2021 International Competition.

The first KICB International Competition, which was held in 2001, has led global trends in ceramic arts and the discovery of new artists. In 2019, 1,585 artists from 82 countries submitted a total of 10,719 pieces and found success through the competition, which continues to grow in scope and number of participants.

The competition, which was originally an open call for artists, has been transformed this year into an open call for artworks so as to exhibit the works of more artists.

Prize money totaling KRW 91 million will be awarded as follows: KRW 50 million for the Grand Prize (1 winner); KRW 20 million for the Gold Prize (1 winner); KRW 10 million for Silver Prize (1 winner); KRW 7 million for Bronze Prize (1 winner); and KRW 1 million for Popular Prize (1 winner). The winners will also be invited to participate in the KICB Residency Program and the opening ceremony of KICB 2021.

All modern artworks and practical ceramic works, including sculptures, handicrafts, paintings, photographs, and video arts, that incorporate clay (ceramics) are eligible for submission, regardless of the age or nationality of the artist.

Qualifications are: 1 individual or 1 team; a maximum of 3 artworks; artworks created within the past 3 years with no prior awards from other international or local competitions. To apply for the competition, applicants are required to submit entry images along with the application form during the month of January 2020 via the application website (

KOCEF CEO Choi Yeon said, “This international competition has been transformed from an open call for artists to an open call for artworks. We hope that more creative ceramic artists from around the world will take part in the event.”