Mageum-san Hot Springs Eyes Rebirth as Changwon’s Leading Tourist Spot.

  The hot springs of Mageum-san are alkalescent salt springs that maintain water at an average minimum temperature of 55℃. The legend has it that in the middle of the Goryeo period, injured roe deer and storks would get healed here. As more people shared how the hot spring water heals wounds, patients with skin diseases have flocked to the site.

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▲ Getting legs in the foot & leg spa removes your fatigue.

Located in Buk-myeon, Euichang Borough, Mageum-san Hot Springs is transforming into a major tourist attraction in Changwon. The city has created and is working hard to implement
a strategy for revitalizing Mageum-san Hot Springs in order to turn the area into a leading four-season tourist attraction in Changwon.

 First of all, the hot springs will have an eco-friendly family farm. The farm will parcel out to 50 families to be selected through an open invitation earlier this month kitchen gardens where they can grow vegetables. With this, the city plans to attract more tourists to Mageum-san Hot Springs by making sure that visiting families can sweat out working at their kitchen gardens and then enjoy hot springs.

 The city will also prepare a free bike rental center. As the rental center lends bikes for free to tourists and city people visiting the hot springs so that they can enjoy their leisure and tour the area with greater freedom, the city expects the hot springs’ rebirth through combination with leisure sports.

Filled with flowers and green color, the family farm and free bike rental center will start their operation from mid-June at Mageum-san Hot Springs.

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▲ Junam Reservoir Lotus Flower Compound well-known as a tourist spot near the hot springs.

  A large-sized rest park will also be created. The park will include a mix plaza, a lawn plaza, an eco-pond, a wild flower colony and learning center, and a walking trail, thus providing tourists with a comfortable rest stop.

The Nakdong River waterfront park in Buk-myeon will have a large-sized flower garden. By creating in the large space a year-round procession of distinctive varieties, the flower garden will present diverse spectacles through four seasons. Stage 1 of the project eyes its opening for next spring.

Along with this, the city is creating a walking trail that encircles the hot springs by putting eco-friendly features to the existing 3.5km climbing route that runs from Mageum-san Hot Springs to Mageum-san Top, sky bridge, and Cheonma-san Top and building an access road to the sky bridge.

Changwon Kakao Story Exceeds 30,000 Subscribers.

Now established as a leading interaction channel.

“If you’re curious about Changwon tourism information ,be a friend of Changwon City.“

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The city’s official Kakao Story (https://story.kakao.com/ch/changwoncity) now hasover 30,000 subscribers. With 10,000 subscribers added in just 5 months after the number hit 20,000 at the end of the last year, Kakao Story is solidly established as the city’s leading interaction channel.

As the city provides not only its administrative information but also realtime disaster and weather information through Kakao Story, the social networking service is rapidly rising
as an interaction channel that fits the Smart Age.

Moreover, the SNS presents a quiz entitled ‘How Far Did You Go in Changwon?’ every
Wednesday which presents tourist attractions in the city that is emerging as a tourist destination, thus receiving positive reaction from city people.

If you want to receive various news stories about Changwon, you can subscribe to them by clicking on ‘receive news’ after searching Changwon on Find Friends in Kakao Story.

 

 

“Wow, Changwon has this wonderful place!”

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Jeo-do Bridge serves to make romantic connections

May is the queen of months. With wind blowing from the sweeping blue sea, fresh green fills the fields.

On Jeo-do located in Gusan-myeon, Masan Happo Borough, sweet spring has come and budding flowers are intoning hope in the vernal season.

The name of Jeo-do comes from the fact that it looks like a reclining pig. Each year, a good number of people visit the island, attracted to the bridge and the beach road.

If you drive your car, you can make it to the island by first passing Office of Gusan-myeon, Masan Happo Borough, Baekryeong Pass, and Okgye, and then, taking a right turn at Ban-dong 3-Way Intersection before taking Maritime Tourism Road with Bandong Elementary School and Gusan Nonghyup on both sides.

If you use public transit, please take city bus 61 from Masan Station. The bus travels through Masan Express Bus Terminal, Shinsegae Department Store, Masan Fish Market, Masan Happo Borough Office, Gapo, Deokdong, Gusan-myeon Office, and Gubok Art Village to Jeo-do Bridge and public parking at the entrance of Beach Road.

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What first welcomes you as you arrive at the entrance of Jeo-do is the bridge that connects the island to Gubok-ri, Gusan-myeon. Jeo-do Bridge is actually a pair of parallel bridges.

The old bridge, built in red steel, was constructed in 1987. As it resembles theone from the flick, The Bridge on the River Kwai, the movie title has become its nickname. Because the bridge is old, vehicle traffic is prohibited while human traffic is allowed on the bridge.

These days, the rumor has it that if you walk across the bridge hand in hand with your lover, it will ensure the fulfillment of the romantic relationship. As if to support it, countless padlocks hang on the handrail of the bridge, carrying lovers’ pledges.

Side by side, the new 2-lane bridge was opened in December 2004. It resembles the black-tailed gull, the city’s bird. As it boasts a breathtaking night view, it is a popular date spot.

As you walk along Beach Road, the sounds of waves, mountain birds, and wind mingle in harmony, and you can enjoy the fresh sea smell into the bargain. From the observatory and Sea View Trail, you can have your fill of the far-flung indigo seas and the ria coastline. That’s why your senses are gratified while following Beach Road.

Once you step on the top of the 202m Yongdu-san, islands that dot the waters of Geoje and Jinhae Bay come into a single view. Despite the modest height of the mountain, its adjacency to the sea delivers indescribable ecstasy to the scene.

The city plans to attract a lot more tourists with a distinctive project for developing tourism resources that tap into the advantages of Jeo-do, such as putting glass floor on the old steel bridge and thereby turning it into a world-famous skywalk like Eiffel Tower in Paris and the glass-bottomed bridge in Hunan, China.

 

Changwon Designated as Korea’s

Small and Medium Business Administration (SMBA) has decided through deliberation to create Changwon Persimmon Industry Special District, which the city has pushed for since last year with a view to ensuring long-term development of its persimmon industry
that takes up the largest portion of the output in the country.

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Accordingly, the city will benefit from an assortment of regulatory exceptions by investing for next five years 41.9 billion won in three implementation projects and 16 specialized projects including creation of a basis for  producing quality persimmons.

Now that persimmon is established as Changwon’s major farm product, the city is going to focus on its processing and develop it into a representative local specialty.

Furthermore, the city will nurture a persimmon industry that leads the Changwon agricultural economy by linking it with the nearby tourism resources such as Persimmon Theme Park, Junam Reservoir, and Mageumsan Hot Springs slated to be completed
in December.

Meanwhile, as Changwon’s persimmon industry is expected to greatly contribute to promoting the city brand and upgrading its image, it will take a vantage point in securing
fund for related projects by the national government ministries.

 

 

 

Welcome Spring! Changwon City Tour

 

 

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In the spring time with clear sunshine and cool breeze tempting people to go outside, we are recommending you to make a Changwon city tour which includes local tourist attractions.

Changwon City Tour was launched in July 20th 2011 and tour itinerary covers “Joonam Reservoir, “Changwon city Moonshin gallery” where you can see internationally well known sculptures and “Jinhae naval port festival” which is one of the best festival in Korea. Changwon City tour offers all famous tourist attractions at a time and visitors can choose
a various courses from culture/experience, environment/history, naval/ culture, science/history, eco/art, history/art, naval port/experience and eco/history.

Other than this, the city tour guide ride with you and tells you about a variety of interesting stories while you are enjoying tour.

City Tour takes place from Tuesday to Sunday every week and starts at 09:30 from △Meeting Plaza(beside velodrome) △Masan Sports complex(inside main entrance) △Changwon central station(behind Gyeongnam provincial government building) and operates till 16:30, you can choose between all-day and half-day package.

All-day package is operated from 09:30 to 16:30 and you can choose 1 fixed course or 1 optional course out of 8 different courses. In optional course, there are 7 different courses plus culture/experience course.

The operation hour of half-day package can be selected from either 09:30~13:30 or 14:00~18:00 and there are 4 optional courses. Major courses include naval drama location set, Jeodo Eyunryukgyo Bridge, Dream Park, Jehwangsan Park, Joonam Reservoir, Moonshin Art gallery, House of Changwon and 3.15 democratic cemetery. Tour fee is 8,000 for adult and college student(all-day)/5,000(half0day)won. For military personnel, Youth(under 19), men of national merit, disabled, senior 5,000(all-day)won, 3,000(half-day)won.

For more information contact Changwon City Tour(☎ 055-287-1212)
http://www.changwoncitytour.com → You can buy tickets on the phone or at site.

 

 

Tourist Attraction of Changwon –

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There’s a place where you can get away from your hectic daily life and enjoy a clear view of ocean and soft spring breeze.

 That place is ‘Jeodo Island’s Eyunryukgyo Bridge’ which connects Goobokri of Masanhappogu and Jeodo Island. This bridge is called Korea’s ‘Kwai River Bridge’ because it resembles the bridge in the movie titled ‘Kwai River Bridge’ that was fi lmed based on Thailand. Eyunryukgyo Bridge was constructed in August, 1987 and it is 170m long and 3m wide, made of steel.

After its initial construction, due to safety issue caused by deterioration, new Eyunryukgyo Bridge which is 182m long and 13m wide and has pedestrian walk and two-lane road was constructed in December 2004. View of clear ocean through spaces of the bridge is the most distinctive pleasure of visiting Eyunryukgyo Bridge.

This place is well known for filming location for the movie ‘Indian Summer’ and where two main characters spend two days together in the movie. Thanks to the popularity of movie, this bridge is known for ‘Bridge of Love’ and became famous tourist attraction for couples. People believe the myth that love comes true if a couple holding hands together while
crossing the bridge. You can see many couples walking with holding hands on the bridge. Also sometimes you can see couples propose with 100 roses.

There are countless lockers hanging on the bridge, too. Locker is a token for everlasting love and people stop by to see lockers, keys and messages written on them. Nowadays, people also hang lockers to hope for happiness of family.

Jeodo Island’s Eyunryukgyo Bridge is more beautiful at night time. Night view from the bridge is like one fantastic painting with mysterious color of night sea. Please come and visit this bridge to make memorable stories lover and family.

“Ah, beautiful. How come it’s so beautiful?”

Gagopa Koburang-gil in Seongho-dong, Masan spotlighted as a new tourist attraction

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 Exclamations do not stop flowing out of the mouths of tourists who visit Chusan-dong, Masan-Happo Borough and Gagopa Koburang-gil in Seongho-dong.
With the area’s alleyways newly decorated with beautiful mural paintings, the old and outdated downtown area is now filled with new vitality.

 Gagopa Koburang-gil, revamped with mural paintings in December 2013, turned what once was a dark and dull alleyway into a cultural space full of personality and vitality,thus heralding its presence to the world.

 Located on the outskirts of Masan, Seongho-dong was an ordinary kind of poor neighborhood that attracted nobody’s attention. With a lot of houses packed like sardines on the hillside tortuous alleyways, the area was seldom visited by people other than its residents.

 As one begins a trek up the steep steps where the neighborhood starts, the alleyway that is so cramped and tortuous as to allow just one single pedestrian looked much just like a tiny maze from a fairy tale.

 As Changwon City refurbished it as Gagopa Koburang-gil, a specialized street, the area has become a must-visit destination for tourists coming to Masan.

The murals painted in bright colors have performed a complete makeover of what used to be a depressing neighborhood. While its residents feel reenergized with the fresh look, visitors so readily indulge in the pleasure of appreciating the murals.

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 Tourists who visit Gagopa Koburang-gil can mirthfully watch the panorama of unnumbered varicolored mural paintings unfold along the steep alleyway.
 Everyone wanted to get out the area, but now it is Masan’s representative mural village. It’s so amazing to see how the power of art changes humans and a community.

 Creating the Mural Village on Gagopa Koburang-gil has been implemented as part of Kyongnam Bank’s contribution to local community.
  The Mural Village on Gagopa Koburang-gil, which is created on the alleyway of Seongho-dong that commands a sweeping view of the beautiful Masan sea, is embroidered throughout with principal Masan scenes including Dotseom, sea, port, seagulls, fishing boats, flowers and trees, and famous art pieces.

  Notably, those who visit Mural Village on Gagopa Koburanggil in Seongho-dong can have a tour through a nearby Imhangseon Green Way, Tattoo Gallery, Changwon City Masan Museum, Burim Market, Chang-dong, Odong-dong, Fish Market, and Bukmasan Furniture Town, and thus can have their fill of visual and palatal attractions.
  To make sure that residents and tourists can appreciate the mural paintings in a safer and more comfortable environment, handrails and installed and wonderful photo zones are placed throughout the alleyway.

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  Now, the old piles of trash bags are gone, thus making the alleyway look more spacious. Especially, the long dilapidated spring is now made usable and is drawing positive reaction.
  Enjoying the neighborhood alleyway that has accomplished such a wonderful makeover, residents and tourists now cherish it as a cultural space where they can appreciate splendid paintings and meet up with people.
  In a remarkable change, the neighborhood is now a place of endearment not only for tourists, but also for its residents who previously had to scratch by through a distressful life and now, as they walk up or down day after day, can get some comfort from the countless paintings so exquisitely rendered on the walls.