Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul is set to undergo a transformation into a venue for games and e-sports festivals during the final week of the 2023 League of Legends World Championship (LOL World Cup).
Riot Games will host "Walls Fan Fest 2023" around Gwanghwamun Square from the 16th to the 19th. Simultaneously, the international game exhibition, G-Star 2023, will take place in Busan, allowing enthusiasts to experience the allure of games and e-sports in two major Korean cities simultaneously. Notably, this marks the first time a game or e-sports event will be held at Gwanghwamun Square.
A massive 15-meter Timo, located at Lotte World Mall, will adorn the venue entrance. Meanwhile, a 2.5-meter Tiver will welcome fans in the Chamber Hall yard at the top of the stairs of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Gwanghwamun Square will feature the Riot Store and LCK Shop, offering merchandise to celebrate the LOL World Cup. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will promote Seoul's indie game companies and fostering programs in collaboration with Seoul Game Week, showcasing sports clubs, and organizing traditional play experiences. Major sponsors such as Mercedes-Benz, Mastercard, Red Bull, Secret Lab, AWS (Amazon Web Service), Coca-Cola, and Oppo will set up booths.
On the 18th, Gwanghwamun Square will transform into a massive concert hall. The event, under the banner of a live concert, will feature artists beloved by fans, including those who have contributed music related to League of Legends or the LOL World Cup. Overseas artists such as Alan Walker and Nicki Taylor will participate, alongside Korean artists like Mi-yeon[(G)I-DLE] and Soyeon[(G)I-DLE] from the virtual K-pop group K/DA, Mush Venom, and the talented band FT Island. On the 19th, the live broadcast of the LOL World Cup final match will take place. The final match at Gocheok Sky Dome has already sold out its 18,000 seats, with a viewing party scheduled at Gwanghwamun Square.
In anticipation of the influx of game fans to Gocheok Sky Dome and Gwanghwamun Square, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will establish a response team in collaboration with related agencies such as Jongno, Guro-gu Office, National Police Agency, and the fire department to ensure safety.
To manage crowds effectively, the government plans to monitor congestion levels at the platform at Guil Station near Gocheok Sky Dome Stadium and will implement crowd control measures if necessary. A free shuttle service will operate from Guil Station to Sindorim Station from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. after the game to disperse the crowd.
On the 18th, during the concert at Gwanghwamun Square, traffic in one lane towards City Hall will be restricted from 3-9 p.m. Additionally, more than 330 safety personnel will be deployed in preparation for an anticipated crowd of over 10,000 people.
Alan Walker, Nicki Taylor, (G)I-DLE’s Miyeon, Soyeon, and more
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