By GI Korea
October 18th, 2013 at 3:51 pm
A new police unit called the “tourist police” has officially been launched in Seoul on October 16, 2013. The number of visitors to Korea has been increasing every year. For this reason, the government has decided to start an initiative to provide tourists with more convenience. These tourist police officers will be patrolling major tourist areas in Seoul such as Myeong-dong, Insa-dong, Itaewon Tourist Special Zone, and Hongdae. Aside from maintaining law and order and cracking down on overcharging merchants and taxi drivers, the officers will also be providing tourist assistance in English, Japanese, and Chinese.
I think this is actually not a bad idea if the police show a lot of initiative to help foreign tourists especially by speaking their language. It will be interesting to see how this idea turns out.