Community House for Older Persons "Gyeongrodang" (경로당)

Countries: 
Republic of Korea
Implemented by: 
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Local governments in collaboration with local senior clubs
Type of Implementer(s): 
Local government
Government
Relevant MIPAA Issues: 
I-1 (Active participation in society and development)
I-3 (Rural development, migration and urbanization)
I-4 (Access to knowledge, education and training)
Description: 

Gyeongrodang is a community house for older persons. They are open during daytime for the community’s senior citizens, mainly over 65 years old, to spontaneously gather for socialization and leisure. Depending on locality, some Gyeongrodang provide information sessions on public health or other topics. Government laws of 2003 stipulate that one Gyeongrodang building be built for every 160 households nationwide. Easy access and governmental support make Gyeongrodang a center for the elders in local communities, and prevent older persons from being isolated.