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.

 

53rd Jinhae Gunhangje Opens on April 1

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Selected as Best Festival in 2014 Korea Master Brand Awards and ‘Gyeongnam’s representative culture and tourism festival’ in 2015, the 53rd Jinhae Gunhangje(‘Naval Port Festival’) will start with the celebration on the eve and the opening ceremony on April 1 and proceed through April 10 with the catch-phrase, “Naval Port City Colored in Cherry Scent”.

 

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.

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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

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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.

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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.