‘Lure of Chrysanthemum Scent’ made by 105,000 Flowers

Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival to be held from October 25th to November 8th

In Masan Fishery Market Eel Street and Chang-dong/Odong-dong Area

Grand Spectacle of 1,520 Flowers in All Kinds of Masterpiece Variety to Win ‘Scent that Travels Heart’

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Last Year’s Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival.

“Fall in love with the scent of Changwon Chrysanthemum” The 17th Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival, the largest domestic event of single kind, will be held from October 25th to November 8th in front of Masan Fishery Market Eel Street in Happo-gu, Masan and Changdong/ Odong-dong areas. This festival, which attracted 1.37 million people last year, was chosen as the promising festival of Gyeongnam Province this year. The opening ceremony will be held at 6:30pm on the 24th, and will present various events such as ‘Chrysanthemum Scent’ conert. At 8pm on November 3rd, the festival will reach its peak as a multimedia fireworks will redden the Masan Bay on the seawaters in front of Masan Fishery Market Eel Street. The night lighting of Machang Bridge will also create a wonderful atmosphere.

The festival will also operate Chrysanthemum Festival Promotion Hall, Chrysanthemum Industry Promotion Hall, and Regional Specialty Item Promotion Hall. Visitors can observe the traces of Chrysanthemum Festival and main programs at once, as well as the old looks of Chrysanthemum Farm and festival pictures. Masan is the place where the domestic commercial chrysanthemum cultivation started; there was only a small number of cultivation farmhouses in the 1960s, but the flower started to be exported to Japan from 1972 and it now takes up more than 10% of the cultivation areas of the entire nation.

Various functional items such as chrysanthemum tea, chrysanthemum alcohol, Chrysanthemum rice, etc. will also be exhibited and sold. Chrysanthemum soap and chrysanthemum candle holder making experience event will be offered as well. 300 potted plants of chrysanthemum and wild flowers also draw attention.

The ‘Chrysanthemum Scent Contest’ will present 9,500 pieces of artwork in 10 fields with 105,000 chrysanthemums. The landmark work of festival will express the ‘Greater Power of Changwon’ by creating an image of mega city Changwon that stretches toward the world and the hand of a citizen that supports it. By creating a chrysanthemum work themed with ‘Let’s Go to Changwon Metropolitan City’, the contest will incorporate the dearest wish of Changwon citizens who wants the city to become ‘Changwon Metropolitan City’.

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Excellent Dating Spot, ‘Jinhae-ru Beach Park’

Popular for Couples’ Driving and Walking Course

Romantic Mood with Street Performances and Night Scenery

Cool autumn breeze and wide-open ocean view. A coastal road to enjoy soft whispers with lovers. A place to face each other with a cup of coffee while taking a little break. You can enjoy all of this when you go to Jinhae-ru Beach Park. Although there are many parks in the center of Changwon, Jinhae-ru Beach Park is the best. The beach park has an outdoor performance hall, trick art zone, and other cultural facilities around Jinhae-ru. It is 1 zone of Jinhae Port Road’among 35km of Jinhae Beach, which is a walking trail created along Jinhae Shoreline. It has a total of 7 zones stretching 30km long, and takes about 7 hours.

‘Jinhae Port Road’ is popular among tourists as it has Jinhae-ru of 1 section and peoplecan walk slowly while smelling the tideland. A road was also built along the shoreline of beautiful Sokcheon Port, so it is popular as a driving course for families and lovers. It is safe as bikeway and pedestrian road are divided, and people who are enjoying fishing here and there also create an interesting scene. As a naval city, there are also children playing in a playground that looks like the Turtle Ship.

A palace located inside the beach park, Jinhae-ru has an area of 477m2 and height of 15.2m and was built as an eight-angled roof of the Sampo style. It has the best view over Jinhae’s own beautiful scenery, and the night scenery is breathtaking as well. Landscape lighting was installed to create the beautiful landscape of Jinhae-ru. The night scenery harmonizing with the sea is a piece of stunning picture. Also, culture and art activities such as busking are often held in outdoor performances, so you can watch amazing performances if you go there on time. Jinhae-ru’s night scenery and awesome performances create a romantic atmosphere to move the hearts of lovers.

Beside Jinhae-ru stands the statue of Warrant Officer Juho Han who sacrificed his life to rescue the missing ones when Cheonan Ship was sinking. Warrant Officer Han died on the job while rescuing the missing people in Baengnyeongdo Island on the West Sea on March 30th, 2010. Then the navy had the unveiling ceremony of the statue to commemorate his 1-year anniversary of sacrifice on March 30th, 2011. The statue is 3.5m tall and created a figure of Warrant Officer Han aiming at the enemy with a rifle while riding a rubber boat, armed with the military spirit. Behind the statute, an epitaph commemorating Warrant Officer Han, troop mark of UDT and SEAL, and the spirits of sacrifice, honor, unity, and UDT are carved on the stone pagoda. The stone walls in the surrounding introduces the heroic duties of the deceased during his life.

There is a Trick Art Zone right beside the statute of Warrant Officer Han. A trick art uses optical illusions to express drawings and plane figures in three-dimensional, and maximizes the senses of onsite and 3D when pictures are taken with the work as background. It is much more fun to take pictures by participating directly and expressing oneself in various ways by having the work as the background, instead of seeing them in eyes. Then you can also see a white sailboat-shaped building while walking toward Jinhae Marine Leports Center, which is the Energy Exhibition Hall for Energy Environment Science Park.

Proclamation of ‘Visit Changwon Year’ for Next Year

Proclamation of ‘Visit Changwon Year’ for Next Year  Photo

Connection with 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships

Aims to Attract 15 million Tourists

To Largely Increase Things to See and Enjoy

The city has recently held the Proclamation Ceremony for ‘2018 Visit Changwon Year’ and decided to attract 15 million tourists 1500. The Proclamation Ceremony was to spread nationwide that Changwon would make a great leap to become a ‘City You Want to Visit’ next year. By connecting with ‘2018 Changwon ISSF World Shooting Championships (August 31 ~ September 14)’ and ‘Visit Changwon Year’, which will be participated by 4,500 athletic teams from 120 countries in the world, the city will host various events throughout the year so that many tourists from Korea and abroad can visit Changwon.

Starting with the official declaration of ‘2018 Visit Changwon Year’, the city will raise awareness of the 3 main festivals of Changwon including ‘Jinhae Gunhang Festival’, ‘K-pop World Festival’, ‘Want to Go to Masan Chrysanthemum Festival’. Also, the city will strengthen promotional marketing for large events that will be held one after another next year such as ‘2018 Changwon Sculpture Biennale’, ‘The World’s Korean Economic Conference’, ‘International Tourism Symposium’, etc. In addition, a ‘City with Beautiful Night’ creating unique landscape lighting will be setup in major tourist sites for foreigners visiting Changwon to enjoy stay-type tourism. The city will also actively carry out projects such as expanding experience sports infrastructure, developing tourist goods with four-season themes, running a crisscross tour course, and developing industrial tourist goods. It will designate promotion hall for ‘Visit Changwon Year’ in each area, install a ‘multipurpose tourist information center’ in the downtown, carry out friendly smile movement for all citizens, and execute policies such as dining, accommodations, transportation, and friendly education.

By hosting the ISSF World Shooting Championships and Visit Changwon Year, the city expects to have about 15 million tourists to Changwon next year, which is a 37% increase from last year’s 10.95 million people, and gain 395 billion KRW of economic ripple effect.

The Proclamation Ceremony included Visit Changwon Year Proclamation, showing of Changwon promotional video, presentation on the vision of Visit Changwon Year, and introduction of ‘Tourist Sites in Changwon’ by actor Jeong Joon-ho, who was the honorary ambassador for Changwon tourism, etc. The city also signed an MOU with the Korea Shooting Federation, Korea MICE Association, and the Tourism Sciences Society of Korea. After the Proclamation Ceremony ended, participants carried out promotional marketing activities by visiting the event place of ‘Media Art-Show’ to raise awareness of ‘Tourism City Changwon’ by using 12 huge LED screens in Gwanghwamun Plaza.

Leading the Future Automobile Industry

Started the construction of Chassis Module Strategic Parts Innovation Center

Will invest 30 billion Korean Won and complete in April next year

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Mayor Ahn Sang-soo said We hope that the innovation center grows to become the foothold of advanced technology development that leads South Korea’s future automobile industry. <Photo>.

Having decided to construct the ‘Automobile Chassis Module Strategic Parts Innovation Center’, the foothold of the development of advanced technology for automobile parts, Changwon has embarked on building the foundation to lead the future automobile industry.

The city has recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of ‘Automobile Chassis Module Strategic Parts Innovation Center’. This event was participated by many people such as Mayor Ahn Sang-soo, local assemblymen, provincial and city council members, residents, etc.

The innovation center is a new core foothold to support the development, performance, reliability, and the complex evaluation of key strategic parts that highly contribute to the integration, functional convergence, weight reduction, and miniaturization of individual parts for automobile parts chassis modulization, which is being magnified as the core technological paradigm of future automobile industry.

It will be built on the total ground area of 2320m2 in the land (inside the intelligent machines, materials, and parts center in Gyeongnam Techno Park, Naeseo-eup, Masan Hwoiwon-gu) provided by the city, and will be completed in April 2018. After the completion of construction, it will carry out a support project to nurture local strong and medium-sized companies as specialized medium-sized companies by securing professional equipment and support personnel. A total of 30 billion Korean Won will be invested into this project.

When the innovation center is built, the competition of about 530 automobile parts companies in the region will be accelerated and the related industries will also have accompanied growth. Also, support programs for the development of overseas certified technology and export strategic parts will be operated to nurture 60 specialized companies by 2010 and increase the exports of related industries by 8%.

Hanok (Korean Traditional House) Embraces Moonlight

House of Changwon runs Night Traveling until 26th

More fun with Milord, Mistress, and Commentator

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Hanok (Korean Traditional House)

Make a precious memory by enjoying the tranquil, peaceful atmosphere of Hanok in the House of Changwon below moonlight!

The Changwon Cultural Foundation runs a night sightseeing program called ‘Night Traveling’ in the House of Changwon at 8pm and 9pm every Friday and Saturday by the upcoming 26th. ‘Night Traveling’ added some histrionic elements for visitors to feel the night scenery of the House of Changwon and the scent of ancestors permeated in it.

At the night with moonlight, the ‘Milord’ of the House of Changwon directly greets the visitors to the house. The commentator disguised in a gentle, well-mannered milord guides visitors to every part of the House of Changwon, delivering the behind stories entangled in each building.

The mistress prepares interesting experience programs and awaits visitors. Visitors can directly experience making and decorating ‘paper lantern’, a traditional portable lamp, according to the mistress’ guide.

The House of Changwon is the only cultural space of an old Hanok, where Twoieun Ducheul Ahn of Soonheung family line resided, taken care of and preserved by the city of Changwon. House of Changwon has recently been used as an education site to experience traditions where 30 middle school students learn tea ceremony.

The Changwon Cultural Foundation limits the number of people entering to 20 per session and runs the house in a reservation system for the safety and convenience of tourism. Visiting reservation can be made on first come, firsts serve basis on the website of Changwon History & Folklore Museum (history.changwon.go.kr), and night seeing commentary and experience program are run 30 minutes for each, 1 hour in total for free.

An employee in the Changwon Cultural Foundation said The House of Changwon ‘Night Traveling’ will be a good time for families, friends, and couples to enjoy the atmosphere of summer night. We hope many citizens make a special memory this summer in the House of Changwon.

Finding Solutions for the Success of Next Year’s ‘Visit Changwon Year’

300 citizens participate in a roundtable discussion

Full of noble, original ideas / Reviewed the current status of tourism industry

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<Photo> Citizens are having a heated discussion for the success of ‘Visit Changwon Year’ next year.

300 citizens gathered their heads together to successfully host ‘2018 Visit Changwon Year’ successfully. Recently, ‘Changwon citizens’ roundtable’ was held with a topic of Finding Solutions for the Success of Next Year’s ‘Visit Changwon Year’ in the Citizen Hall of the city hall.

The roundtable was participated by Mayor Ahn Sang-soo, tourism policy experts, tourism industry workers, cultural commentator, citizen activists, university students and youths, totaling 300 citizens, holding heated discussions on diagnosing the current status of tourism in Changwon.

This discussion was arranged to attract more Korean and overseas tourists to develop the tourism industry further, with the ISSF World Shooting Championships next year as a catalyst. To make ‘Visit Changwon Year’ successful next year, citizens’ active participation and cooperation are necessary, so policy reflecting their opinions will be developed and actively implemented.

The participating citizens poured in all kinds of proposals and noble ideas in various fields such as tourism, culture and art, festivals, etc. Also, as successful solutions for ‘2018 Visit Changwon Year’, suggestions have been made on developing tourism resources and festivals with citizens, creating a sustainable tourist city with art and history, expanding infrastructure investment related to marine ecological tour, and adopting experience-type tourism paradigm.

Other plans chosen for the diagnosis and improvement of tourism policy were creating characteristic parks, improving the entire accommodation environment, securing and connecting public transportation, poor infrastructure that did not meet the levels of tourists, and lack of tourism mind by citizens. Mayor Ahn Sang-soo said “For 2018 Visit Changwon Year to be successful, citizens’ active participation is necessary. We will reflect various opinions from the roundtable on the city’s policy.”

Cruising to a ‘culture and art special city’

1 year after declaration, efforts to popularize culture and art

Audience applause for 1 year anniversary events

Performances by famous overseas orchestra and Ballet Company

<Photo> Various events were held to celebrate 1 year anniversary of declaring ‘Culture and Art Special City Changwon’.

It’s been a year since the ‘Culture and Art Special City’ was promulgated. The city has been building physical and human infrastructure to popularize culture and art. To improve low citizen participation in Changwon Sculpture Biennale that was held in a limited, narrow space last year, it was opened in Yongji Lake Park grass plaza and attracted many people’s participation. Efforts to improve the city into Culture and Art Special City have started in every single event, with more enthusiastic citizen participation.

Various events to celebrate 1 year anniversary are held to continue this atmosphere. The ‘Changwon Yechan Festa’ has been held in every part of the city such as Changwon Seongsan Art Hall and 3·15 Art Center from June 27th to September 3rd. This event will have 11 performances and exhibitions for 2 months, such as ‘Graz Chamber Orchestra’ performance in Korea, ice ballet ‘Sleeping Beauty’, Changwon International Chamber Music Festival, etc. Until the end of August, people can watch musical masterpieces and musical animations through ‘A Midsummer Night’s Cinema’ in Seongsan Art Hall and Jinhae outdoor performance at 8pm every Saturday. Especially, ‘Graz Chamber Orchestra’, Austria’s authentic, prestigious orchestra, had a performance in the large auditorium of Seongsan Art Hall, presenting a midsummer night’s precious memory. The Graz Chamber Orchestra that is presenting various repertoires from Baroque to the 21st century music played Mozart and Strauss’s music during this performance.

At 7:30pm on August 16 in the large theater of the 3·15 Art Center, France’s top chamber orchestra ‘French Chamber Orchestra’ will have a performance for Koreans. The French Chamber Orchestra will play pieces by Mozart, Briton, and Shostakovich during the performance that day, and Professor Ju-eun Lee of Changwon University Music Department will perform with a fancy ensemble.