Executing 5 Strategies for Reinvigorating Investment

With a view to contributing to creating new jobs

Changwon City has disclosed five strategies for recruiting private investments from here
and abroad and attracting companies in its new investment development areas including
Changwon International Business City (Masan Marine New Town),Gusan Marine Tourism Complex, the Second Free Trade Zone, and an industrial complex.


First, in order to secure future viability through recruiting advanced industries and research institutes, the city is going to hold meetings for investor relations in different zones after it selects target companies in the US, China, and Europe.

Second, the city is going to make an all-out effort to attract those expatriate Korean companies that want to return to Korea. Third, the city is going to work all out to recruit
private investments for the purpose of building infrastructure for tourism industry in major locations.

Fourth, the city finds it urgent to create a basis for reinvigorating medical tourism, a convergence tourism industry linked to medical services, and so it will start this
year the creation of infrastructure for meditel (‘medical hotel’) services.
Fifth, the city will concentrate its administrative resources to recruit creative industry such as bio and culture industry linked to Creative Economy Innovation Center in step with the government policy.

Changwon City said that it “will concentrate all its administrative resources to aggressively attract investment.”

Moving to List Junam Reservoir as World Heritage

Included in Long-Term Comprehensive Development Plan


Changwon City has established Changwon’s Long-Term Comprehensive Development Plan 2015 in a bid to get Junam Reservoir registered as UNESCO World Heritage.

UNESCO World Heritage. In the effort to list the reservoir with UNESCO, the city is going to exploit its strength as East Asia’s largest habitat for wintering birds to apply for its membership for World Heritage and raise its value.

In the second phase, the city will apply for the reservoir’s registration as UNESCO World Heritage while continuing with persistent persuasion and information sharing.
Meanwhile, the city will push for expansion of coastal cruise tour and operation of water taxi or bus with a view to creating a maritime network that links up the old areas of Masan, Changwon, and Jinhae.

Besides, Changwon City is going to work to increase tourists by minimum 75% and specifically, get 100,000 international tourists each year.

Change is sweeping Changdong located in Masan Happo Borough in Changwon.


The Chang-dong Art Village project that Changwon City has implemented since
May 2012 is now instilling vitality in each of its alleyways. Chang-dong Art Village has been created for the purpose of regenerating and reinvigorating the erstwhile
degenerating downtown of Masan. The city rented those empty stores in the
alleyways in Chang-dong and lent them for free to artists who operate in the area. The project is designed to revive culture and arts as well as the business center.

The previously rugged floors of the alleyways in Chang-dong Art Village have sleek pavement, while the fences of buildings have fresh design that fits the art village. Thus, Chang-dong has been reborn as a space where visitors can reminisce as if riding in  time machine and thus enjoy diverse pleasures through various experiences of culture and arts.

Chang-dong Art Village is split into the three themes of Alleyway with Vestiges
of Masan Art, Alleyway as Ecole de Chang-dong, and Tattoo Art Alleyway.
Alleyway with Vestiges of Masan Art, which restores the old alleyway from
the 1950s through the 1980s through storytelling, brings light on the facilities
from Masan Renaissance from the perspective of art history and reenacts
the contemporary background and the street in recollection.
Alleyway as Ecole de Chang-dong, which is designed to serve as creative
space for the work and research of creative artists and a commercial
space for them, stretches from where Alleyway with Vestiges of Masan Art
ends to the alleyway connecting to Buljong Street.
Moonshin Art Alleyway, which is a space where people can illuminate the
brand equity in Moon Shin, the worldrenowned Changwon-born sculptor,
includes 20 or so culture and art spaces along the alleyway that goes around the
old site of Citizens’ Hall. Chang-dong Art Village is surrounded with a variety of visual and palatal attractions as well as fun places such as Burim Market Creative Craft Village,
Odong-dong Sori-gil, fish market, anglerfish street, and blowfish street.

Junam Wetlands, habitat for migratory birds, where people and nature coexist in perfect harmony



There is a great place to take a break from your hectic daily routine and have the time to look back with a picturesque landscape behind. It is Junam Wetlands in Dong-eup, Uichang-gu. People call this place ‘Paradise of Migratory Birds where People and Nature Coexist in Harmony.’ Junam Wetlands are one of the largest habitats of migratory birds in Korea. They consist of three beautiful reservoirs which are connected to each other:
Dongpan Reservoir (3,990,000m²), Junam Reservoir (4,030,000m²) and
Sannam Reservoir (960,000m²).

Featuring perfect conditions as a habitat of migratory birds, Junam Wetlands are crowded with tens of thousands of winter visitors in November every year.
They spend the cold winter here until March next year. Therefore, people come
here to see the amazing bird formation in winter. This year, in particular, the number of white-naped cranes (Natural Monument No. 203) and whooper swans (Natural Monument No. 201-2) significantly increased.

Junam Wetlands Park wasn’t able to draw much attention from people until the 1970s. Since about 50,000 Baikal teals visited in the 1980s, however, a variety of fascinating migratory birds (approximately 150 different species) including endangered species such as white-naped cranes and Platalea leucorodia have visited this beautiful land every year. Now, this natural park draws many bird experts and tourists.

Junam Wetlands proudly present their charm and beauty throughout the year. In spring, fresh and refreshing willow trees and spring flowers captivate visitors. In summer, gorgeous lotus flowers and aquatic plants covering the surface of the reservoirs and aquatic plants create spectacular scenery. In fall, a colony of silver grass, golden field and beautiful flowers such as cosmos create a romantic atmosphere along the observation trail.

If you are in Junam Wetlands, you need to visit the Ramsar Cultural Center and the Junam Ecological Center as well. The Ramsar Cultural Center was built to commemorate the meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands held in Changwon in 2008. It features Wetlands Culture Hall on the 1st floor and Wetlands Experience Hall on the 2nd floor.
The Junam Ecological Center consists of Junam Exploration Hall and Wetlands Learning Hall. Here, visitors can see and learn how migratory birds, aquatic plants and amphibians live in Junam Wetlands. In addition, there are many other fascinating places to visit.
Junam Wetlands Park is a gift of nature, offering people an opportunity to relax and find peace in their body and mind by having a great time with migratory birds in beautiful nature. As a treasure house of ecosystems, Junam Wetlands would bring infinite love and satisfaction to people all the time.





Changwon’s Jinhae Gunhangje Wins Best Festival Award in 2014 Korea Master Brand Awards

As Changwon’s representative festival, Jinhae Gunghangje (‘Naval Port Festival)’ was selected as the best brand in the category of festivals at the 2nd Korea Master Brand Awards.

Changwon City Hall announced that Jinhae Gunghangje received Minister of Government
Administration and Home Affairs as the best brand in the category of festivals for the 2nd Korea Master Brand Awards, which was held at International Conference Hall of Press Center of Korea Press Foundation (KPF) in Seoul.

Hosted by Seoul Shinmun and sponsored by Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs and NH Nonghyup, the Korea Master Brand Awards significantly contributes to the development of local communities by discovering, fostering, and revitalizing
regional brands through selecting winners from among 4,500 or so nationwide brands in the three categories of festivals, specialties, and desired regions.

An official from Changwon City Hall who attended the award ceremony said, “On behalf of 1.08 million city residents. I am very pleased that Jinhae Naval Port Festival has been selected as an excellent festival brand for the year’s Korea Master Brand Awards,”
and added, “For the 53rd Jinhae Gunghangje coming next year, we will do our best in welcoming domestic and international tourists by introducing differentiated contents.”



Sangnam Night Market ‘Daekkiri’ hits the jackpot!

‘Daekkiri Night Market,’ the first regular night market in Gyeongsangnam-do, has drawn a lot of shoppers. On the weekends alone, thousands of people came by this beautiful market for two weeks in a row since its grand opening. In particular, the grand opening
of the night market was readily spread through the social network service. An official from Changwon Traditional Market said, “More than 3,000 shoppers visit the market on weekends.”


▲ A complete view of Sangnam Night Market ‘Daekkiri’.

Even on a rainy day, Daekkiri Market was crowded with a lot of visitors at night. Even though it was gloomy and lonely outside the market, Daekkiri Market was full of energy and vigor. The two paths were crowded with a lot of shoppers. It appeared that there were a lot of young people.

A variety of unique delicacies such as Soft Ball (jar-shaped sticky sesame bread stuffed with warm mushroom soup) and Tongsaeu Mandu (dumpling steamed with a whole shrimp) are served. Especially, fish-shaped ice cream called ‘Abung’ is so popular that
you may have to wait in a long line to taste this. In fact, Abung was all sold out on weekends so that you need to wait at least a week to get the ice cream. The
homemade Ssal Jjinbbang (rice-powdered steamed red bean bun), hotdogs and hotteoks(sweet pancakesn with brown sugar syrup filling) are also popular.

Two young women in 20s visited Sangnam Market after hearing its grand opening through Facebook and said, “It’s wesome. See, there are a lot of people. Abung! It
is really delicious!”

A merchant who is about to launch his business in this market said, “I have run
computer repair business in this market. I think we hit the jackpot!” He added with an excited look on his face, “I’ve never seen this huge crowd at night in this market before.”

Right now, there are 38 restaurants and 4 accessory shops in Daekkiri. In addition, more than 10 new businesses are slated to be launched soon. The president of Cultural and Tourist Sangnam Market Development Association said, “We sign a contract with the business owner by the year. If a vacancy occurs, you may be able to see new fascinating business.” The Association also plans to install an intelligent customer attraction system at the entrance. If someone passes by the entrance, a recorded solicitation message is played. Daekkiri situated on the 2nd floor of Sangnam Market opens from noon to midnight all the year round.




Changwon city 130 people of multi-cultural family’s trip to Kyeongju Korea culture visit

Changwon city(female caring center) went on Korea cultural trip to Kyeongju millenium park
along with 130 people of multi-cultural family.


The event was planned to aid the understanding of Korea toward multi-cultural family who entered Korea through international marriage and establish identity for children from multi-cultural family, and it was progressed with sense of realism by visiting Kyeongju, the cradle of Shilla culture. Especially, through watching performance related to Shilla history, dyeing handicraft, making golden crown in Millennium park, it was educationally progressed for the children as well as for married female immigrants who lack understanding in Korean culture.

This event was a business in which all the expenses related with the event were aided by
Korea racing association Changwon branch’s appointed donation, and was evaluated as a
meaningful time to grow self-esteem as Korean and develop as global person by providing familiar Korean culture experience including experience towards multi-cultural children.

People concerned with Changwon city clarified “Through financing of local enterprises(Korea
racing association Changwon branch), meaningful opportunity for multi-cultural family and their
children to experience Korean culture could be provided” and “we will consistently endeavor so
that multi-cultural family could settle successfully to Korea living through caring and cooperation of the local society”.