Eco-friendly Christmas trees light up Seoul
It's the holiday season,... and although the mood is not so festive in Korea this Christmas season compared to previous years... we are still seeing certain parts of Seoul beautifully illuminated.
But, what's even more meaningful -- some are choosing to go green this Christmas.
Kim Hyesung reports.
It's called the Mirror Christmas tree.
Six-and-a-half meters tall, it reflects the scenes around it: people, cars, trees... and the sky.
I live around the neighborhood. I've never seen a Christmas tree that reflects things like a mirror. It's pretty."
If you take a closer look, it's actually made of five hundred recycled plastic boxes and gold acrylic paint.
On the top is a special ornament, a star... made of six bicycle WHEELS.
"Since 2012, we've to used recycled material for our Christmas tree. We hope to raise awareness about saving energy and also give people something nice to look at."
The mirror tree is just one of many eco-friendly Christmas trees on display in Seoul during the holiday season.
"Here in Dongdaemun Design Plaza, there's a group of trees decorated with lights made of more than 15-hundred used cosmetic bottles."
Red, yellow, green, and purple plastic bottles are tied to lightbulbs, then hung on the trees, creating a rainbow of colors. The rain hasn't detered friends, families and couples from stopping by to take selfies or just enjoy the view.
"It's interesting how the Christmas tree is made of plastic bottles. It's pretty and creative "
And with all the bright lights, we can't forget the energy-efficient LEDs.
This 21-meter-tall Christmas tree is adorned with LEDs in blue... with rose-shaped lights shining underneath, and they're powered by solar energy produced during the daytime.
At night, this heart-shaped sculpture is powered by energy from pedaling bikes.
From LEDs to repurposed plastic boxes and used bottles, this Christmas the city is lit by trees that are unsually "green" -- something to keep in mind on a stroll through the streets this weekend.