Substitution Holiday to be Applied for Chuseok Holiday
Korea’s first substitution holiday will go into effect for the upcoming Chuseok holiday, replacing one of the three Chuseok holidays that falls on Sunday with an extra holiday on the next Wednesday, September 10th.
According to the Ministry of Safety and Administration, the upcoming substitution holiday on September 10th is the first holiday that will be adopted since the passing of the relevant law that allows the designation of the first weekday after the holiday as an additional holiday when one of the holiday dates falls on a weekend.
With the adoption of the law, this year’s Chuseok Holiday or Korean Thanksgiving day weekend will be extended to five days, from September 6th to the 10th.
Subways in Gwangju Now Allow Bikers to Carry their Bikes on Subway
The Gwangju Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation has announced that bikers will now be able to carry their bicycles when using subways on weekends and public holidays from August 30th.
Passengers have been allowed to bring their bikes onto subway trains on Sundays and public holidays since May of 2011, but as the number of bikers in the city continues to grow, the program has been expanded and bikers can now enjoy greater access to subways by being allowed to carry their bikes on Saturdays as well.
Passengers with bicycles can ride on the subway while carrying their bikes in the first and last cabins of the trains, numbered 1-1 and 4-4.
However, if bikers carry bicycles that are disassembled or that can be folded, they can use the subway regardless of the dates.
Low Cost Flights to be In Service in Gwangju Airport
Low cost flights traveling between Gwangju and Jeju will be in service at Gwangju Airport starting September 4th.
According to the city of Gwangju, one of Korea’s low price air carriers, T-Way Air Liner, will operate low-cost routes linking Gwangju and Jeju Island from September 4th using Boeing B737-800 planes that can accommodate 190 passengers.
Departure time is set at 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. from Gwangju with the Jeju route leaving at 8:15 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8:25 p.m.
One-way ticket prices for each flight are set at 61,000 won on weekdays and 70,000 won on weekends.
In the meantime, the city of Gwangju is planning on launching a new flight route connecting Gwangju and Incheon International Airport.
Jeollanamdo to Crackdown on Smoking in Public Facilities
Jeollanamdo has announced it will carry out inspections and crackdowns on smoking in public facilities across the province all this week.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Welfare and 22 cities and districts across the province, Jeollanamdo will conduct an intensive patrol of 25,000 public places in Jeollanamdo.
Since the initial passing and adoption of the regulation on prevention of smoking in public places, Jeollanamdo has been promoting smoking-free environments in provincial tourist attractions and public facilities.
Public restaurants, pc rooms, tourism facilities, and forestry regions will be target areas for the crackdown on smoking in public places until the end of this week.
In the crackdown measures conducted in the first half of this year, provincial inspection officers handled a total of 110 cases and some 24 smokers paid 100,000 won fines as penalties.