Annual 'space-out' competition to be held in Seoul this weekend

By Park Sae-jin Posted : May 21, 2024, 17:59 Updated : May 21, 2024, 18:08
Koreans dressed in various costumes participate in 2024 Han River Space-out Competition held in Seouls southern district of Seocho on May 12 to compete to achieve better points by doing nothing Yonhap
Contestants dressed in various costumes participate in a "space-out" competition at Banpo Han River Park in Seoul's southern district of Seocho on May 12, 2024. Yonhap

SEOUL, May 21 (AJU PRESS) - Eighty teams from Korea and around the world will gather to do absolutely nothing at an event set to take place in central Seoul this weekend, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Monday.

According to city officials, the annual International Space-out Competition, now in its 8th year, will be part of the "Seoul Friendship Festival," a three-day event scheduled to start on May 24, that offers diverse programs to indulge in the cultures of dozens of countries.

The festival will provide visitors with opportunities to experience foreign cultures and promote Korean culture to foreign tourists, the city said in a press release. About 70 embassies and foreign cultural centers will participate in the festival, hosting various events such as a traditional costume parade, a photo exhibition, performances, tourism booths, and other cultural activities.

One of the festival's main highlights is the unique competition that finds who is best at zoning out for about 90 minutes without falling asleep, and engaging in other activities like browsing smartphones, singing or dancing, consuming food or beverages, and socializing with other participants.

Taking place at Gwanghwamun Square on Sunday, a total of 80 teams will vie for the top honors with onlookers voting for the best contestants who maintain the most stable heart rate.

The winner will receive a gold-painted trophy resembling Rodin's "The Thinker" statue along with a badge and an invitation to next year's event.
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