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Seoul Launches Free Arisu Vending Machines to Provide Clean Water for the Homeless

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SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on Tuesday the installation of complimentary Arisu vending machines at Seoul Station Plaza in Jung-gu, Seoul, a support center for the homeless.

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The term “Arisu” originates from an old Korean word denoting the Han River and the Yalu River, now serving as the brand name for tap water sourced from the Han River.


Previously, individuals had to queue at specific times to access water, but now they can enjoy Arisu at their convenience through these free vending machines, which dispense 350-milliliter bottled Arisu.


The city intends to explore the possibility of extending the availability of free Arisu vending machines to other facilities catering to the homeless and squatter camps, with the Resurgence Hope Center being the initial focus.


“We have introduced these free Arisu vending machines to ensure that clean and safe drinking water is readily available to vulnerable individuals, even during winter,” stated a representative from the Seoul Water Supply Division. “Our commitment is to continue supplying top-quality tap water, Arisu, wherever the need arises, fostering a more compassionate Seoul.”

Image credit: Office of Waterworks Seoul Metropolitan Government, Yonhap /

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