Touring Seoul in 2020 with Sustainability in Mind
Where permanent snow melt, plants and trees grow only to be decimated by months-long wildfires. Protecting our planet and its environment has become a vital element in every aspect of our life. Traveling is no exception to this. In the age of responsible tourism, we introduce a variety of activities in Seoul that are in compliance with sustainable travel trends.

Riding Ttareungyi in a park by the Han River with the view of Namsan.

Reducing Carbon Footprint with Ttareungyi
What can you do to contribute to reducing carbon footprint while traveling in a city? Using public transportation or, if the destination is not too far, walking or riding a bicycle is one way. Seoul City offers public bicycle rentals called ‘Ttareungyi.’ Anyone can take advantage of the rental program without a member registration. For multiple uses, it is more convenient if you sign up through PC or mobile app. After signing in, you can purchase a one-hour or two-hour voucher valid for a day at the cost of 1,000 won and 2,000 won, respectively. There is a separate voucher that allows a seven-day rental. You are now ready to rent a Ttareungyi. Using the Seoul Bike app, you can check the location of the nearest Ttareungyi rental station. Bicycling along the Han River parks enjoying the vista of Seoul is one of the major attractions the city provides. Rent a Ttareungyi and discover a different charm of Seoul while preserving the environment.
Ttareungyi Homepage
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A box containing raffle tickets for ‘Eco Traveler Project’

Participating in L7 HOTELS’ Eco Traveler Project
Recycling used plastic products is just as important as limiting or reducing the use of them when it comes to safeguarding the environment. If you stay at one of our L7 HOTELS, you can learn how to repurpose used PET bottles and participate in a project aimed at saving the earth. L7 HOTELS have been promoting the ‘Re:think’ nature campaign focusing on the ‘4R’ activities represented by refusing to buy unnecessary products, reducing waste, reusing and recycling what you can. In line with the campaign, L7 HOTELS offer the ‘Eco Traveler Project’ this time, collaborating with PLEATS MAMA, a fashion brand pursuing practical and sustainable designs. The Eco Traveler Project offers hotel guests an opportunity to repurpose used PET bottles to create a purse. Following the guidelines printed on an instruction manual prepared in the room, a customer can remove the cap and label from a used PET bottle and hand it to the front desk with an entry ticket to receive a luggage tag. A purse made from PET bottles will be given to lucky winners through a draw. The PLEATS MAMA eco-friendly purse is made of yarn extracted from 16 plastic bottles with a capacity of 500ml. Don’t forget to separate the cap and label from the bottle as they use different materials.
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Marché@’s Farmers’ Market


Marché@’s Vegetable Market

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Marché@’s Farmers’ Market © Marché@

Enjoying Slow Food at Urban Market Marché@
For travelers who like to visit local markets and explore seasonal food items of different countries, Marché@ is the answer. Founded in 2012, Marche@ is an urban market with farmer-centered business principles and a different theme for each opening. For reference, LHM has published an article about it in the September 2019 edition under the title of ‘Parade of Seasonal Flavors at Marché@.’ The star players of Marché@ are the farmers who grow non-GMO crops and vegetables in urban or suburban areas using more sustainable and eco-friendly methods including home seed production, as well as the farmers based in rural areas who operate on a smaller scale and have a hard time finding an outlet. Products sold at Marché@ are more reliable as the producers sell their harvest first hand. At Marché@, you can kill multiple birds with one stone as you can learn how to cook and sample a taste of sustainable crops and vegetables before purchasing, while reducing carbon footprint and consuming healthy foods. There are two types of Marché@: the Farmers’ Market and the Vegetable Market. The Farmers’ Market at Hyehwa opens every second Sunday of the month at Marronnier Park. The Vegetable Market opens three times a month between Jeong-dong, Seongsu, and Hapjeong. More information and detailed schedules are posted on Marché@ website and its Instagram account.
Marché@ Homepage
Marché@ Instagram

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The grocery section filled with a wide variety of grains and nuts © The Picker

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Shopping at Lifestyle Shop Promoting Zero Waste
The Picker is a lifestyle shop selling zero-waste products to help those who are keen on leading a life that minimizes the negative human impact on nature. Under the belief that environmentally-sound consumption keeps the earth healthy, the shop focuses on selling products that fit its criteria regarding sustainability, safety, and the manufacturing process. Its inventory includes household items that do not produce waste, such as natural sponges, organic soap, and soap nuts, as well as some 20 food items including fair-trade raw cashew nuts and chickpeas. You can bring your own containers to store the grains you choose from the shop’s dispensers. The Picker is located on the 9th floor of Heyground Seoul Forest, a shared office space. We recommend you explore the vibrant neighborhood of Seongsu-dong by visiting one-of-a-kind shops including The Picker.
The Picker Instagram
May 2020 Editor:Kim Hyewon
Cooperation: Lee Donghyuk(Illust)

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