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'Cartoon street' opens in downtown Seoul

2013/12/17 10:36

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) -- The Seoul city government has created a street for cartoons in the central part of the capital to promote the imaginative industry and boost tourism, officials said Tuesday.

The 450-meter-long street from Seoul's Myeong-dong station to the Seoul Animation Center on the hillside of Mount Nam was transformed into a huge open-air cartoon gallery, featuring graffiti-like paintings of famous characters, comics' quotes and short stories.

Along the street named "Zaemiro," or the street of fun, the government created five small parks to allow locals and foreign tourists to take a rest while enjoying outdoor displays.

Some 70 famous local cartoonists contributed their products and took part in the project.

In the middle of the road, the city built a multipurpose cultural hall for comics. The four-story building, set to open on Thursday, is equipped with galleries, reference rooms and shops, according to the officials.

Starting next year, the city plans to run flea markets for trading animation-related goods and exhibitions of animated works, they added.

"We expect the transformation of this place using cartoons into a tourist attraction to create even greater synergy effects on both industries and to boost the local economy," said city official Han Moon-cheol in charge of the city's design projects.

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