Show off your spatial skills at Han River Park

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2019 Hangang Space-out Competition (Seoul Metropolitan Government)

The Hangang Space-out Competition returns to the banks of the Han River after a two-year hiatus.

The September 4 event will crown a champion who can remain the “most stable” while staring into space for 90 minutes.

The competition, organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in collaboration with event founder Woopsyang, aims to show people the relaxing value of doing nothing, challenging the idea that spacing is a waste of time. .

This year, in particular, attendees will be able to admire the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain at the Jamsu Bridge, which has been temporarily transformed into a pedestrian-only bridge.

Participants are not allowed to eat, sleep or talk during the competition. Instead, they can hold up a colorful card to signal their needs: red for a massage when they’re feeling sleepy, blue for water, yellow for ventilation, and black for other needs.

2019 Hangang Space-out Competition (Seoul Metropolitan Government)

2019 Hangang Space-out Competition (Seoul Metropolitan Government)

The top three candidates will be selected based on heart rate data, measured every 15 minutes, and a vote by spectators on the site. Those who maintain a steady heart rate or show a gradual downward curve will receive extra points.

A total of 50 teams will be selected for the competition, with a maximum of three participants per team. Candidates will be selected based on their motivation to participate, taking into account age, gender and profession.

Applications are open until Sunday on the official website of the Space-out competition, or on its Instagram and Facebook.

The 2020 and 2021 competitions did not take place due to the pandemic.

By Hwang Dong-Hee (hwangdh@heraldcorp.com)

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