News – Gyeonggi Global Global Inspiration, Global Gyeonggi Province Fri, 05 Aug 2022 05:33:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 News – Gyeonggi Global 32 32 Gyeonggi Province most popular travel destination in Korea for three consecutive years; 53.4 million domestic visits last year Tue, 12 Jul 2022 04:31:48 +0000 ○ According to the 2021 Tourism Survey by the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute, Gyeonggi Province is the most visited travel destination in the nation
– No. 1 in average visits per traveler, ranked first in nation as day trip destination
○ Creation of tourist spots at unique sites such as Gyeonggi Dulegil Trails and ocean waters of the province

Gyeonggi Province was revealed to be the most popular travel destination in the nation for three years in a row, according to a survey of Koreans who traveled domestically last year; the province received 53.4 million visits from Korean travelers.

After a review of the 2021 Tourism Survey results published by the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on June 13, Gyeonggi Province was found to have the highest number of Korean visitors last year, totaling 53.4 million. This was more than twice as many as Gangwon Province (25,422,000), which ranked second in the survey. In 2020, Gyeonggi Province also ranked first with 45,496,000 visits, followed by Gangwon Province with 22,362,000.

When dividing the trip type into day trips and longer trips, Gyeonggi Province was still first with an overwhelming majority of 46,259,000 visits. This is approximately three times greater than the number of visits received by North Gyeongsang Province, the second-most visited day-trip destination in the country at 15,078,000 visits. In terms of overnight trips, Gyeonggi Province ranked no. 7 with 7,142,000 visits; Gangwon Province received the most visits with 15,875,000.

Gyeonggi Province also had the highest national average of visits per Korean citizen (1.17 times). According to the province, this indicates that every Korean traveling domestically visits Gyeonggi at least once. Second place went to Gangwon Province with 0.56 times.

For the average expenditure per person, which indicates the impact of tourist visits on the local economy, Gyeonggi Province was third in the country at KRW 66,000. Jeju-do ranked first at KRW 115,000, followed by Gangwon Province at KRW 74,000.

The survey estimated national data based on a sample of 50,400 Korean citizens aged 15 and above who were interviewed by the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute last year.

Gyeonggi Province determined that the figures are indicative of a range of tourist sites in the province attracting domestic travelers who became more active during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gyeonggi has made steady efforts to attract more tourists; these include the formation of ecotourism bases in each area, opening the Gyeonggi Dulegil Trails, and launching policies to revitalize the ocean waters of the province, in addition to traditional tourist attractions such as Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon City, as well as Yangpyeong Dumulmeori and the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju City. Furthermore, it expanded barrier-free tourist facilities at major tourist sites so as to ensure accessibility by persons with disabilities. Gyeonggi Province is also working to form fair tourist environments by including residents in tourism policymaking so that tourist consumption can lead to local economic vitalization.

In line with the increased tourist demand driven by the return to normality, Gyeonggi Province plans to actively devise measures to attract more foreign travelers through tourism industry partnerships.

“While expanding new and unique tourist attractions in Gyeonggi Province, such as the Gyeonggi Dulegil Trails and the ocean waters, we plan to provide more entertaining content, events, and tourist information so as to ensure genuine comfort, healing and relaxation, eco-friendly experiences, and tourist safety in the province,” said Choi Young-hoon, Director of Gyeonggi Province’s Tourism Division.

Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Dong-yeon hosts first corporate communication meeting after taking office Thu, 07 Jul 2022 05:38:04 +0000 ○ Approximately 20 business people, including the Chairman of the World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Associations, attended the July 6 meeting for discussions on economic cooperation methods
○ On July 6, a corporate communication meeting was held with business people at the gubernatorial residence.
– Twenty business people participated, including the Chairman of the World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Associations.
○ After approving the 1st comprehensive plan for public livelihood stabilization, Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Dong-yeon continued his economic endeavors by visiting the Yongin Semiconductor Cluster, attracting global semiconductor companies, and more.

The first communication meeting of the new Gyeonggi provincial administration was hosted at the gubernatorial residence, which is being transformed into a space for residents.

Governor Kim Dong-yeon hosted the meeting for better communication on investment attraction and economic cooperation with private sector representatives including the Chairman of the World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Associations (World-OKTA).

The meeting was the first such event hosted with the participation of business people after Governor Kim Dong-yeon took office on July 1. Approximately 20 business people including World-OKTA Chairman Cha Bong-gyu, President Jang Young-sik, and Honorary President Park Gi-chul, as well as Lenwich Group CEO Joo Se-hoon and others joined.

Of particular note, Joo Se-hoon (English name: Lenny Joo), who hails from Pyeongtaek City and is the first Korean NBA club owner (Milwaukee Bucks), is providing overseas employment support for youths while expanding investment in Korea through the establishment of a Korean branch of Lenwich.

Established in 1981, the World-OKTA consists of 7,000 overseas Korean CEOs in 138 branches from 64 countries across the globe, along with 21,000 next-generation overseas Korean business people.

Governor Kim Dong-yeon previously announced the comprehensive plan for public livelihood stabilization as an emergency economic response, the first such document approved on the day of his inauguration. Furthermore, Governor Kim continued his economic endeavors by visiting the Yongin Semiconductor Cluster on July 5, signing an investment agreement with Applied Materials of the US on July 6, signing the Onsemi semiconductor investment agreement and participating in a groundbreaking ceremony on July 7, and more.

Following the meeting, the event continued with Governor Kim and the business people having a simple dinner (beef bone soup).

Meanwhile, the gubernatorial residence has been designated as a modern cultural heritage site; it will be used a space for communication and interaction with provincial residents following Governor Kim’s assumption of office.

Gyeonggi Province to complete safety inspections of seven recreational water parks by end of August Tue, 05 Jul 2022 22:01:41 +0000 ○ Safety inspections of recreational water parks in province to prevent safety accidents in summer
– Seven recreational water parks in province to be inspected
– Joint public-private sector inspections conducted to ensure safety, particularly at recreational water parks with highest summer visitor numbers

Gyeonggi Province plans to complete comprehensive safety inspections of seven recreational water parks in the province, including Caribbean Bay in Yongin City, by the end of August. This initiative is aimed at monitoring the safety and water quality management practices of such facilities ahead of the peak summer holiday season.

The inspections include the following major areas: defects in amusement rides such as water slides; management of hazardous goods and various facilities; operational status of fire safety equipment; presence of lifeguards with required qualifications; use of water depth indicators, water quality-testing equipment, and rescue equipment; presence of covers on drainage holes in wave pools and floating water pools in response to a recent accident; and compliance with government COVID-19 protocols during the summer season.

Following the inspections, minor issues and non-compliance with protocols, such as not wearing a face mask in indoor spaces, will be noted and corrected on the spot. The province will continuously monitor areas requiring improvement, while city/county governments will perform safety inspections of 32 small recreational water parks in the province.

“We expect to see a spike in the number of water park users following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions,” said Choi Young-hoon, Director of Gyeonggi Province’s Tourism Division. “We will conduct thorough inspections together with professional agencies so as to ensure the safety of provincial residents while they are on vacation. We remain committed to managing recreational water parks and preventing accidents in all areas.”

Gyeonggi Province to operate animal medical support team to minimize summer heat damage to livestock farms Thu, 30 Jun 2022 22:00:13 +0000 ○ Gyeonggi Province will organize and operate an animal medical support team during the summer season starting from July.
– Swift medical support and additional disease control services to help affected livestock farmers
– Medical and infectious disease control supplies for animals

Gyeonggi Province announced on July 1 that it will operate an animal medical support team during the summer season in order to prevent and mitigate damage to livestock farms caused by seasonal natural disasters such as heat waves, torrential rains, and infectious diseases.

In response to the growing scale of damage caused by seasonal disasters, which have been exacerbated by climate change and other factors, this medical team will be tasked with minimizing damage to livestock farmers by providing prompt medical services and preventing disease outbreaks.

The animal medical support team will be comprised of state veterinary inspectors, public veterinarians, and officials from the local branch of the Korea Federation of Livestock Cooperatives. The team officially starts operation on July 1 and will function until such services are no longer required.

The team will respond to reports from livestock farms impacted by seasonal disasters such as heat waves and torrential rains, and conduct on-site inspections of related damage. It will also perform veterinary examinations to monitor the health of animals.

The team will not only provide emergency medical services, but also deliver a range of veterinary medicines including antibiotics, antipyretics, immune boosters, and painkillers, as well as quarantine goods such as fly/mosquito repellents and diagnostic kits.

Any livestock farm seeking assistance can contact the livestock department of their local city/county offices or the Gyeonggi Animal Sanitation Lab.

“The summer season is when livestock farms are exposed to various risks due to heat waves, torrential rains, and the weakened immunity of livestock animals,” said a Gyeonggi Province official. “We need to pay more attention to breeding management, the prevention of infectious diseases such as African swine fever, and disinfection measures. We urge the active participation of local city/county governments and farmers to minimize potential damage during this season. We will also do our part to help livestock farmers in need.”

Meanwhile, Gyeonggi Province is undertaking various initiatives to minimize damage to livestock farms caused by summer climate disasters. It has partnered with associated organizations, operates National Disinfection Day, and sends text messages with information on breeding management.

Gyeonggi Province Gubernatorial Transition Committee Confirms “3 Visions, 11 Strategies, and 120 Tasks” – Delivered to Governor-elect Kim Dong-yeon Thu, 30 Jun 2022 05:32:04 +0000 ○ Presented 3 goals to realize a ‘Gyeonggi Province of opportunity’ with ‘more, equal, and better opportunities’
○ 11 strategies, 120 in-depth tasks, and 404 detailed pledges formulated through communication via 361 meetings, etc.
○ Set as pledge execution plan through consultation with public panels; new agricultural tasks to be delivered via white paper

The Gyeonggi Province Gubernatorial Transition Committee held the ‘Transition Committee Regular Report Meeting’ at the Gyeonggi-do Human Resource Development Center on June 30 and delivered “3 Visions, 11 Strategies, and 120 Tasks” – incorporating the electee’s philosophy, values, and policies – to Governor-elect Kim Dong-yeon who will take office on July 1.

The 120 tasks unveiled that day under the slogan ‘Gyeonggi Province of opportunity’ with ‘more, equal, and better opportunities’ are embodied in 11 strategies: a province with pleasant housing and transportation; a province with many growth opportunities; a province of innovation, peace, and cooperation; a province with many opportunities for youths; a province with increased quality of life; a province with happy workers, farmers, and fishermen; a province that brings change and opportunities to its northern regions; a province that is green and sustainable, a communicative province with a cooperative administration; a province of ample culture and arts; and a province in which residents, government, and institutions cooperate. To achieve these strategies, 404 detailed pledges were also presented.

The 120 tasks revealed that day are slated for finalization in a ‘pledge execution plan’ after detailed discussions within the province’s executive branch and consultations with public panels and others.

The transition committee explained that, through 6 general sessions and 361 meetings, it formulated the 120 tasks and 404 detailed pledges that must be executed by Governor-elect Kim to improve the lives of Gyeonggi residents; these tasks and pledges are based on 408 pledges made by the Governor-elect during the election.

In order to ensure the inclusiveness of the policy pledges, the transition committee utilized 6 departments, 3 special committees, 1 task force and other means including the following: emergency economic response meetings; a social innovation complex task force; the Gyeonggi International Airport evaluation committee; a task force for administrative improvements; and public opinion gathered online (1,479 suggestions received) for incorporation to the fullest extent possible.

The 120 tasks reflect Kim Dong-yeon’s philosophy that “increasing opportunities is of utmost importance in order to resolve social conflicts and divisions while also meeting public aspirations.”

Furthermore, also expressed was the intent to transform the entire nation into a vibrant society by increasing opportunities in Gyeonggi Province, a microcosm of Korea in all aspects including economy, society, culture, and more.

In detail, to create many opportunities for growth, 40 tasks were presented based on strategies that include the realization of a province with pleasant housing and transportation, as well as a province of innovation, peace, and cooperation that supports the growth of companies.

Along with pledges for the swift reorganization of primary/secondary new cities and aging areas as well as GTX expansion, there were also public welfare tasks such as creating a startup ecosystem, completing a ‘Korean Silicon Valley’ through the construction of a global startup city, creating a welcoming innovation ecosystem using the old provincial government complex, undertaking credit relief for small businesses affected by COVID-19, expanding support for the recovery of small businesses, creating resident-friendly cities with thriving local businesses, and more.

Secondly, the goal of ‘providing more equal opportunities’ included 48 tasks based on strategies encompassing a province that ensures learning opportunities for youths, a province with happy workers, farmers, and fishermen, and a province that creates opportunities in its northern regions.

The key tasks include achieving the ‘5 rights of youth’ through Gyeonggi Youth Chance, the swift improvement of the educational environment through the relief of crowded classrooms, strengthening protection for victims of sexual crimes, expanding public care facilities for the elderly, improving support for various types of families, strengthening care for persons with developmental disabilities, closing the medical care gap between regions, and others that can enhance quality of life for youths, women, the elderly, and persons with disabilities through equitable and comprehensive welfare.

Furthermore, the strategy of creating a Gyeonggi Province in which all people are equally respected is reflected in such initiatives as improving the treatment of social welfare workers, enacting ordinances to safeguard the rights of all workers, realizing rural environments that ensure economic stability, and more. Concurrently, the will to fulfill the pledge for the even development of northern provincial regions was reflected through the creation of a vision and blueprint for northern Gyeonggi Province.

Finally, under the goal of providing better opportunities, 32 tasks were included based on the following strategies: a sustainable province through green transition; a province with a cooperative administration and communication; a province of culture and arts; and a province in which residents, government, and institutions cooperate.

Additionally—aside from tasks that focus on sustainable development such as carbon neutrality and a fair transformation, the revision of the public official election act to implement district-wide changes, the strengthening of digital competence as well as response systems for firefighting, disaster response, administration, and others—the government will also integrate strategies to increase sustainability in the environment, politics, culture, and sports sectors, establish permanent public-private cooperative systems such as creative activity support for artists, public health safeguarding through daily exercise promotion, and more.

Aside from the 120 tasks, the transition committee is planning to deliver future agriculture tasks separately in a white paper prepared by a future agriculture and fishery task force.

Tasks to be introduced in future agriculture plans include the creation of a carbon-neutral circulation agricultural region and G-RE100 village, the operation of bio-healthcare and an agricultural product platform for youths, and other initiatives.

A transition committee official said, “We prepared the set of tasks required for realizing Kim Dong-yeon’s philosophy and values in ‘making Gyeonggi Province a center of opportunity’ only after collecting and reviewing a myriad of opinions… We hope to receive considerable interest and support from provincial residents.”

Meanwhile, the transition committee undertook an online survey to directly collect public opinion, categorizing the key election pledges as ‘life-changing pledges’ and ‘livelihood-changing pledges’ so as to ascertain the interests, desires, and priorities of provincial residents.

Through survey results garnered with the participation of 5,470 provincial residents up to June 27, the pledge to ‘create a self-governing northern Gyeonggi Province’ was identified as a priority in the ‘life-changing pledges’ category.

Furthermore, the ‘permanent Gyeonggi local currency 10% discount’ was selected as the most anticipated pledge.

Gyeonggi Province opens smart work center at its new Gwanggyo complex for employees working remotely Tue, 17 May 2022 04:22:08 +0000 ○ Aimed at securing work flexibility by promoting a remote work environment
– Responds to growing demand for remote work due to frequent business trips to Suwon, Uijeongbu and elsewhere
– Provides ICT-based workspace to support flexible working

On May 17, Gyeonggi Province opened a smart work center on the first floor of its new Gwanggyo complex with the aim of ensuring the work flexibility of its employees.

Designed for the implementation of a smart administrative work system through ICT technology, the smart work center enables employees to perform in-house work such as electronic document creation and video conferences as before.

The 160-square-meter smart work center was created upon the relocation of the provincial government complex. Reflecting employee input, it is equipped with 40 seats, conference rooms, and rest areas. The center also features a real-time desk reservation system, authentication-based cloud printing for enhanced security, and digital boards for paperless meetings.

Gyeonggi Province intends to overcome administrative inefficiencies by reducing the time required for business trips and when interacting with the Korean National Assembly. It also aims to achieve work-and-life balance by promoting a flexible working culture.

Ryu In-kwon, Assistant Governor for Planning and Coordination, said, “The new smart work center will play a major role in improving administrative efficiency in this era of remote work that sees people working without spatial or temporal constraints.”

Gyeonggi Province’s Autonomous Cooperative Bus starts test runs in June in Pangyo; hits public roads in September Tue, 17 May 2022 04:19:17 +0000 ○ Test runs of Autonomous Cooperative Bus mixed with general vehicles start in June in Pangyo
– On June 9, temporary autonomous driving permit test passed at Korea Automobile Testing & Research Institute’s autonomous driving test center in Hwaseong
– To be introduced to public roads in Pangyo Techno Valley as early as September

○ Autonomous Cooperative Bus is an electric commercial bus equipped with radar and LiDAR
– Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center will provide transportation infrastructure information such as crosswalk and road traffic conditions
– Buses will run without passengers during test runs

Gyeonggi Province’s Autonomous Cooperative Bus will start test runs next month in Pangyo Techno Valley. Based on the results, the province plans to start operation of Autonomous Cooperative Buses on public roads in Pangyo Techno Valley from September, making them Korea’s first autonomous buses to operate alongside general vehicles.

Gyeonggi Province announced this plan on May 17, adding that the Autonomous Cooperative Bus successfully passed testing at the Korea Automobile Testing & Research Institute’s autonomous driving test center (K-city) in Hwaseong City and acquired a temporary driving permit on May 9. It will then obtain a temporary driving permit from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport at the end of this month before beginning test runs in June.

An autonomous vehicle is one that is capable of sensing, judging, and controlling itself without the assistance of a driver or a passenger. The Autonomous Cooperative Bus differs from other autonomous vehicles in that it receives information from a control center about infrastructure such as traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, and road traffic status. The bus boasts high efficiency and safety as its autonomous driving system is further enhanced by the control center.

Gyeonggi Province’s Autonomous Cooperative Bus, which begins road tests in June, is an electric commercial manufactured by Edison Motors with autonomous driving technology. It is 10.99 meters long, 2.49 meters wide, and 3.39 meters high—just like general buses—but with 20 seats instead of 48 seats. Outfitted with radar and LiDAR sensors as well as an autonomous driving system, the bus is capable of driving on its own. The Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center, located in Pangyo, will provide information on transportation infrastructure such as traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, and road traffic status.

The bus will run without passengers, except an onboard operator, during the test period. It will cover a 7-kilometer round-trip route between Pangyo Techno Valley 1 and Pangyo Techno Valley 2 for the convenience of workers commuting in Pangyo. The bus is also programmed to observe the speed limit (0–50 km/h) while operating.

The bus is capable of automatically adjusting its speed depending on the movement of vehicles in front, as well as steering to ensure its does not deviate from its lane. It also detects objects that suddenly appear in its path – such as vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles – and can stop to avoid potential collisions. To ensure operational safety, the automated controls are designed to disengage automatically if a driver takes over by hitting the accelerator and brake pedals.

Gyeonggi Province will decide on matters related to the general operation of the bus, including fares and schedule, following the test runs.

Ryu Kwang-yeol, Assistant Governor for Economy, said, “Gyeonggi Province will play a leading role in advancing traffic solutions and industrial development through a mobility revolution led by autonomous driving.”

Gyeonggi Province conducted a road test of the bus on May 9 at K-city in a simulated real-world road environment. The inter-vehicle distance control, lane departure prevention, emergency braking, and lane-change maneuvering systems were tested with a vehicle operator on board.

Gyeonggi Province to change organizational culture under leadership of “Gen MZ”; launches Innovative Junior Board Mon, 09 May 2022 04:14:44 +0000 ○ Consists of 15 Millennial and Generation Z public officials in Gyeonggi Province between the ages of 20 and 30, ranking at or below grade 6 and with less than 5 years of working experience
○ To operate in three small groups focusing on power abuse/organizational culture, working style, and work-life balance
○ Expected to improve organizational culture through periodic online/offline discussions, innovative government activity benchmarking, organizational culture campaigns and special guest lectures

In order to improve organizational culture and explore innovative policy ideas, Gyeonggi Province launched the “Innovative Junior Board” consisting of Millennial and Generation Z (Gen MZ; born 1980–2000) public officials between the ages of 20 and 30 who rank at or below grade 6.

The Innovative Junior Board held its launching ceremony at the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex in Gwanggyo (Suwon City) on May 9. At the ceremony, Ryu In-kwon, Assistant Governor for Planning and Coordination, presented certificates of appointment to the board members and delivered their annual activity plans. In addition, a free discussion regarding the board took place to facilitate its innovative and effective operation.

The Innovative Junior Board, launched for the first time this year, consists of 15 Gen MZ public officials aged between 20 and 30 who rank at or below grade 6 and have less than 5 years of working experience. It will operate in three small groups that will focus on (a) abuse of power/organizational culture, (b) working style, and (c) work-life balance.

Starting with its launching ceremony, the Innovative Junior Board will undertake various pioneering activities including online and offline discussions on improving organizational culture, innovative government activity benchmarking, and organizational culture campaigns.

Gyeonggi Province will actively support the Innovative Junior Board in its efforts to discover transformational ideas for the provincial government from new perspectives based on autonomy and horizontal communication.

Ryu In-kwon, Gyeonggi Province’s Assistant Governor for Planning and Coordination, commented, “It is time for a change towards a more flexible organizational culture as more and more Gen MZ members become public officials.” He added, “The activities of the Innovative Junior Board will mark the first step in building an organizational culture that facilitates cross-generational communication, embraces differences and promotes cooperation.”

Half of Gyeonggi Province residents expect to resume pre-COVID life this year Thu, 05 May 2022 04:12:12 +0000 ○ Expect to resume pre-COVID life in first half (10%) or second half (35%) of year
○ Hope to pursue domestic travel (57%), overseas travel (54%), cultural activities (54%) and outings (53%)
○ 81% of respondents say they are following COVID-19 prevention guidelines in daily life even after easing of social distancing measures

According to a recent survey, approximately half of Gyeonggi Province residents expect to resume pre-COVID life this year. A majority of respondents indicated that they prioritize travel and cultural activities after the easing of social distancing restrictions, followed by private gatherings such as alumni reunions and leisure activities.

According to a survey of 1,000 residents conducted on April 23 after the lifting of social distancing rules on April 18, respondents indicated that resuming pre-COVID life is possible this year, with 10% expecting to do so “within the first-half of this year” and 35% “within the second-half of this year.” Of the remainder, 34% answered “within the next year,” 14% “after 2024” and 1% “never.”

Regarding activities people prioritize upon the easing of social distancing rules, respondents answered “domestic travel” (57%), “overseas travel” (54%), “cultural activities such as movies, performances, sports, and art exhibitions” (54%) and “outings” (53%).

They also indicated “private gatherings such as alumni reunions and work gatherings” (48%), “family gatherings such as weddings and birthday parties” (48%) and “sports and leisure” (47%). “Visiting entertainment facilities such as pubs, karaokes and clubs” ranked the lowest at 21%.

A majority of residents (81%) responded that people are “diligently observing” COVID-19 prevention guidelines in daily life, such as the wearing of masks, even after the easing of social distancing restrictions. Only 17% of respondents responded that they are “not observing” such practices.

It was found that 30% of residents are engaging in outdoor activities more frequently than before upon the easing of social distancing rules, while 65% answered “similar to before” and 5% “less than before.”

Ryu Yeong-chul, Director General of Gyeonggi Province’s Health Bureau, commented, “With the easing of social distancing restrictions, compliance with individual infection control guidelines has become all the more important.” He added, “We ask that residents actively participate in individual hygiene measures such as vaccination, mask wearing, hand washing, ventilation and sanitizing, minimizing social gatherings, and seeking medical treatment if COVID-19 symptoms develop.”

This survey was commissioned by Gyeonggi Province and conducted by KSTAT Research, which polled 1,000 residents aged 18 and over on April 23 by telephone. The confidence level is 95% with a sampling error of ±3.1%p.

Gyeonggi Province to introduce ‘smart safety equipment’ including hazard-warning smart safety helmets at small- to medium-sized public building construction sites valued at under KRW 30 billion Tue, 03 May 2022 04:09:38 +0000 ○ Trial run to be launched at KRW 14.7 billion construction site of Namhansanseong Museum of History and Culture
– Current law requires mandatory application only at large construction sites valued at over KRW 30 billion
○ Aim is to utilize smart safety equipment at small- to medium-sized public building construction sites
– Expected to prevent serious industrial accidents

Gyeonggi Province announced on May 3 that it will introduce smart safety equipment – previously required only at large-scale construction sites valued at more than KRW 30 billion – to the Namhansanseong Museum of History and Culture construction site, a small- to medium-sized public building project.

Smart safety equipment refers to personal protective equipment (or “PPE”) embedded with advanced technologies. This includes smart safety helmets that warn workers of potential hazards through sound and vibration, mobile speakers that alert workers when they approach dangerous areas, and instruments that measure retaining wall slopes by detecting motion and angles.

In March 2020, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s Fall Prevention Guidelines, in accordance with the Comprehensive Measures to Prevent Fall Accidents at Construction Sites, mandated the utilization of smart PPE at construction sites valued at over KRW 30 billion.

Gyeonggi Province added that it has decided to introduce smart PPE at small- to medium-sized public building construction sites so as to reduce industrial accidents at such sites following the implementation of the Serious Accident Punishment Act this past January 27.

The first construction site to see such smart PPE utilization was that of the Namhansanseong Museum of History and Culture, which has a gross floor area of 2,963 square meters (1 basement level and 2 aboveground floors), in Namhansanseong-myeon of Gwangju City. Construction of the museum commenced last December with completion slated for August 2023 at a total cost of KRW 14.7 billion.

Smart PPE recently used at the Gwangju construction site includes smart helmets, beacons (location finders), an app for workers and managers, surveillance cameras, and measuring instruments, all of which are connected to a control system, This enables the real-time monitoring of the site, preemptive recognition of risks, and immediate responses.

Starting from this first application, Gyeonggi Province plans to actively promote the use of smart PPE and expand utilization to other public construction sites.

Han Dae-hui, head of the Gyeonggi Province Construction Headquarters, said, “The introduction of smart PPE is expected to greatly aid in the prevention of industrial accidents. We will do our utmost to supply smart PPE so as to ensure safety at construction sites.”