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Two skaters on Dec. 21 take selfies at Seoul Plaza Skating Rink, which was reopened after a two-year hiatus, in the capital's Jung-gu District. (Yonhap News)

Two skaters  on Dec. 21 take selfies at Seoul Plaza Skating Rink, which was reopened after a two-year hiatus, in the capital’s  Jung-gu District. (Yonhap News) 

By Cao Thi Ha

The annual  winter attraction Seoul Plaza Skating Rink within the capital has been  reopened for the first time in three years.  

The particular Seoul Metropolitan Government on Dec. 21 said the rink will run for 54 days  through Feb. 12.  

Opening hours are from  10 a. m. to 9: 30 p. m. weekdays and 10 a. m. to 11 p. m. weekends and on  holidays.  

The cost is KRW 1, 000 per hour including skate rental. The use of safety equipment such as helmets and kneepads is free.    

Online reservations can be made on Seoul Plaza’s  official website  ( www.seoulskate.co.kr ).  

In a ceremony that day at 6 p. m.   with regard to reopening the rink at  Seoul Plaza, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said, “Seoul Plaza Skating Rink, visited by 130, 000 people, has been  reopened this year by expanding the children’s rink and doubling the number of safety personnel, ” adding,   “I hope that people can enjoy winter sports more comfortably and safely. ” 

The rink’s reopening comes  amid this year’s substantial lifting of social distancing measures and return to normal life from COVID-19, with the facility’s  last day of operation before its pandemic-induced  shutdown being Jan.   31, 2020.

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