On August 13th, undergraduate students of Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech), and Hansung University gathered at the 600th Anniversary Hall at SKKU to propose solutions to protect the privacy of Bukchon Hanok Village residents. The six participating students, named “Guardians of Bukchon,” aspired to create an approach where the tourists and citizens could co-exist without jeopardizing the privacy of the Hanok people. Two potential solutions were introduced by the students.
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One solution was to use a “No Photography” light-emitting diode (LED) sign. Infrared light sensors could be built into the main entrance of a hanok to project a camera icon with an “X” over it using LED lighting. This way, tourists can be informed of the restriction on taking photos in the area. The other solution was to increase resident privacy by preventing tourists from peering through household windows on the tourist photos: selling to tourists handheld fans with a design of the traditional hanok houses with which the windows of hanoks may be covered. Visitors can still snap a captivating picture of the traditional village while hiding the exposed interior of a resident’s household.
The Guardians of Bukchon are members of the “Converged Foundation Project.” The goal of the project was for students not just to learn from textbooks but to truly experience society’s issues that they would soon face in the real world. The project, consisting of 69 students, was originally established through SKKU’s 2014 C-School Project. It was a training curriculum that focused on Kingo’s learning and understanding of humanities, engineering, and the arts as one. After collaborating with SeoulTech and Hansung University this year, eight out of the thirteen teams from the “Converged Foundation Project” won the grand prize for finding and creating prototypes to resolve local problems in Jongno-gu. Within five weeks of their summer break, the students constructed models such as a subway traffic light that indicates the traffic on each train and a LED signal that applies vibration sensors to indicate a potential cave-in hazard of many worn down houses in Sajik-dong.
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