Beautiful Lines of Hanbok

Burim Hanbok Festival Captures Tourists’ Fascination with Traditional Culture

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Under the slogan, “Changwon Embroidered  by the Beauty of Hanbok,” the Fifth Burim Hanbok Festival was held in Masan Burim Traditional Market and in Chang-dong for three days, celebrating the culture of traditional Korean garment, called hanbok in Korean. During the three-day festival, actors and citizens participated in Hanbok Flashmob events that colored the Chang-dong area with beautiful colors of traditional Korean dresses and shirts. Activities in the festival included hanbok fashion show, in which any resident could participate, as well as hanbok accessory activities, traditional games, and hanbok makeup sessions, all conducted in a stamp tour style. Silk Road Team performers from Daekyeong University, who gathered much attention from the crowd last year, also participated in the opening ceremony to offer entertainment to the visitors.

 

Bridge on the River Kwai in Changwon

Installation of Reinforced Glass on the Jeodo Bridge Floor Under Way

Construction to be Completed by the End of This Year, to Become a Tourist Attraction for Lovers

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Jeodo Bridge, as known as Changwon’s Bridge on the River Kwai.

 

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Concept art of Jeodo Bridge with reinforced glass on the floor.

 

 

Jeodo Island, Located in Gusan­myeon, Changwon, is home to Jeodo Bridge, otherwise known as Changwon’s Bridge on the River Kwai, frequently visited by lovers. The bridge, selected as the best tourist attraction in the province of Gyeongsangnam-do in 2012, is extremely popular among tourists. In order to further promote its outstanding tourism resources, the city is pushing for changes using new ideas. The city administration is executing a project for Jeodo Bridge, turning it into a “bridge over the ocean,” with a goal to complete the construction by the end of this year. After removing the concrete floor of the bridge at the center, the construction project aims to install eighty meters long and 1.2 meters wide reinforced glass in place. The construction began in August. The city looks to benchmark the transparent glass bridge in Hunan Province in China, or the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, in conducting this project of establishing a world-class skywalk. In addition, Changwon administration is developing more unique tourist sites to attract more visitors to the area. There are two parallel bridges that connect Bandong-ri, Gusan-myeon, Masanhappo-gu and Jeodo Island across the ocean. The older red steel bridge was built in 1987 is called Changwon’s Bridge on the River Kwai because of its similarity to the bridge in the movie. Some say that crossing the bridge while holding hands with a lover will consummate the love. Supporting the story, there are hundreds of locks hanging onto the railing on the bridge that lovers have placed to pledge their affection for each other. Changwon’s Bridge on the River Kwai was under consideration for removal due to safety issues caused by vehicle traffic and aging, but after the city administration decided to preserve it as a tourist site, it became a pedestrian-only bridge. Right next to the red steel bridge is the newer bridge featuring a two-lane road, built in 2004. The shape of the bridge is reminiscent of a seagull, which is the city bird of Changwon. The new bridge also hosts a beautiful night scenery, making it popular as a date course for lovers. Recent lighting replacement project at the newer bridge made it home to a magnificent symphony of lights at night.

A Symphony of 110,000 Chrysanthemums

Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival

Hosted at Masanman Bay Beach for Ten Days Beginning on October 29

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The largest flower festival for a single species, Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival takes place at the beaches of Masanman Bay at Changwon, from October 29 to November 7, for ten days. There are 7,600 entries to be exhibited at this year’s festival, which marks its sixteenth year. Twenty percent of all entries are new ones, beginning with the main artwork installed at the entryway. The work symbolizing seagulls that were installed last year will be changed to one representing a hot-air balloon this year. Along with kids’ zone, love zone, and other theme zones, the festival will feature various works or chrysanthemum art symbolizing the stone female diver statue at Dotseom Island, golden pig, and turtle ship. The number of chrysanthemums used for the festival also increased, from 100,000 last year to 110,000 this year, marking the highest in the festival’s history.

Temptation of the Sweetness from Changwon Persimmon Theme Park

Located in Hwayang-ri, Dong-eup: Assortment of Tourist Attractions

The Park Elevates the Status of Changwon as the First and Largest Persimmon Plantation

Changwon is the first place where persimmons were grown in Korea, and it is also the largest persimmon plantation in the country. A park celebrating the culture opened recently, under the name Changwon Persimmon Theme Park (Persimmon Park).

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Persimmon Park is located in 670-1 Hwayang-ri, Dong-eup, Euichang-gu in Changwon. With the beautiful natural environment of Dong-eup in the backdrop the park features promotions hall, experiential facilities, persimmon orchard, traditional houses, and an observation tower.

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At the entrance of Persimmon Park, a cute-looking character of a girl greets the visitors while holding a persimmon and sitting on a pot. The bright and familiar image of the character draws much attention. After walking across the parking lot, two large persimmon sculptures representing the status of Changwon persimmons sit on the rooftop of the promotional hall building, looking comfortable like a mother and her son. In front of the building, a century-old persimmon tree that was donated by a persimmon orchard shows off its beauty. Around the building are many traditional pottery that enhances the atmosphere of the traditional house and emphasizing historical nature of the site.

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At the entrance of the theme park featuring a sunflower garden, the promotions hall stands to provide information on Persimmon Park and the history of persimmon in Changwon. In the back of the promotions hall, a short trail with small sculptures and a pond, as well as a persimmon vinegar farm, and a grass square, is located.

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The persimmon vinegar farm features hundreds of pottery. The grass square hosts a large deck stage, a persimmon swing, and pinwheel sculptures that provide entertainment to visitors to the park. Beyond the grass square, a small cafeteria housed under a thatched roof, as well as traditional pavilions and a bathroom, is located. Around the area are folk game zone, small animal farm, large water mill, and a pond.

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Past the park and experiential facilities are a persimmon orchard with hundreds of trees. The observation deck has binoculars that oversee the beautiful scenery of Junamho Lake.

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Pilgrimage Course Remembering Rev. Ju Gi-cheol

City Organized 62.5 Kilometers in Pilgrimage Trail: Connections to Stay-Oriented Tourism

The city administration developed Rev. Ju Gi-cheol Pilgrimage Trail Course, which connects Rev. Ju Gi-cheol Memorial and Rev. Son Yang-won Memorial. Rev. Ju (b. November 25, 1897 – d. April 21, 1944) is a historical figure in Korean Protestantism who kept his faith despite imperial Japan torturing him for his opposition to worship at Japanese shinto shrines. He is also considered a martyr.

The pilgrimage trail begins at Rev. Ju Gi-cheol Memorial located in Nammun-dong, Jinhae-gu, and continues for 62.5 kilometers to Ungcheon Elementary School, Ungcheon Church, 120 Year Memorial for Mission Gyeongnam Region, Masan Munchang Church, and Rev. Son Yang-won Memorial and his house.

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<Photo> Rev. Ju Gi-cheol Memorial.

The city organized the course for more than visual tourism: the trail is a place to experience and feel the life of the reverend. First, Rev. Ju’s aphorism, “Absolute Determination” will be commercialized in the form of frames, towels, and cross necklaces. In addition, miniature sculptures representing the pilgrimage trail will be installed in front of the Rev. Ju’s memorial hall, along with a model of Cross Rock at Muhaksan Mountain, where the reverend prayed every night when he conducted mission at Masan Munchang Church. The sites will be provided as a space to pray and reflect on the suffering of the reverend.

In addition, a stamp relay event for children and youth tourists will be conducted to add fun elements to the course, and stay-oriented tourism course connecting pilgrimage and tourism will be planned as well.

 

Warty Sea Squirt Bibimbap: Changwon’s Representative Cuisine

Top Notch Taste and Flavor: Steamed Anglerfish Also Selected

Warty Sea Squirt Bibimbap was selected as a representative cuisine of Changwon. Warty sea squirt is a specialty of the city, with seventy percent of its national production concentrated in Changwon.

In order to promote consumption of Changwon specialty foods and vitalize food tourism, the city hosted a tasting and judging event for representative cuisine in Changwon. The highlight of the day was warty sea squirt bibimbap, which the participants did not spare compliments. The general consensus was that the dish retained the wonderful fragrance of the ocean and a top notch texture.

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<Photo> Warty sea squirt bibimbap, recently selected as Changwon’s representative foods.

The recipe for warty sea squirt bibimbap is simple. An adequate amount of processed warty sea squirt is poured over a bowl of rice, adding sliced dried seaweed and sesame oil.

The event also featured Korean pancakes, rice porridge, and other side dish made with warty sea squirt. The warty sea squirt rice porridge that retained the flavor of the ingredient was favorably received, and the participants also tasted salmon roll with warty sea squirt.

Mayor An commented that warty sea squirt bibimbap is a proud product of Changwon worthy of global attention. He said that the cuisine has better taste and flavor than sea urchin bibimbap, and is perfect to be called the representative food of Changwon.

The city formed a committee to select its representative cuisine, and conducted a survey to select steamed anglerfish and warty sea squirt bibimbap as its representative food, which will be managed with special attention.

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<Photo> Steamed anglerfish, recently selected as Changwon’s representative foods.

 

 

Masan Military Police Detachment Becomes a Space of Historical Education

City Opens a Museum Exposing Japanese Empire’s Atrocities in October

The Masan Military Police Detachment building in Changwon will be renovated as a space of historical education exposing the atrocities committed by the imperial Japan in the early twentieth century.

Located at the March 15th Avenue (Wolnam-dong) in Masanhappo-gu, the Masan Military Police Detachment building will be renovated as a history museum and opened in October.

The city administration will spend KRW 300 million to exhibit historical records displaying the crimes by imperial Japan, as well as a model of interrogation room where independence movement workers were tortured.

The city is now accepting donations of historical artifacts related to the Japanese occupation of Korea in early twentieth century. Donated artifacts, if selected after the evaluation of experts, will be displayed at the museum with the donors’ name.

The Masan Military Police Detachment (1 basement floor and ground floor) is the only Japanese military police detachment building remaining in Korea, and was built in 1926. Eight Japanese military policemen worked in the building at the time to oppress the Korean people and torture independence movement workers. the Cultural Heritage Administration designated the building as a Registered Heritage No. 198 in September 2005.

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<Photo> Masan Military Police Detachment, located in Wolnam-dong, Masanhappo-gu, Changwon.