Korea’s Largest Fisheries Distribution Market with 250-Year History

Masan Fish Market formed in 1760 … currently some 1,200 stores thrive

“Come to Masan Fish Market which abounds in various dishes including flounder in spring and gizzard in autumn as well as visual attractions and gives off warming human touch as it holds joys and sorrows of grassroots.

Masan Fish Market is Korea’s largest fisheries distribution market as well as one of the major traditional markets in the country, which takes up a site astraddle Dongseong-dong, Namseong-dong, Odong-dong, and Sinpo-dong in Masan-Happo-gu. Especially, with a 250-year history stretching from the late Joseon period up until now, the market has commanded such a countrywide reputation that it’s practically impossible to bump into a single person who doesn’t know it.

Masan Fish Market spontaneously formed in 1760 when jochang (‘tax grain storage’) was installed in Masan-po (‘port’) in Changwon-bu (‘city’).


Following the installation of Masan-chang, the tax grain storage, Changwon mayor placed officials and tax grain boat crew, and as one village after another formed around the tax grain storage, the market took shape. With the opening of Masan-po in 1899, foreign industrial products arrived and formed the mainstay for the region’s economy.

Considering the statement that “Masan-po had as many as 130 brokers which performed the role of today’s fisheries coop union,”, as recorded in Mangiyoram which summarized financial and military affairs from the late 18th century to the early 19th century, Masan Market apparently flourished from its formation.

With its size expanded through several landfilling operations at Masan Port, Masan Fish Market stands on a site of 140,000㎡ between Haeandae-ro and Happo-ro which stretches from the public parking in front of a globefish restaurant in Dongseong-dong, Masan-Happo-gu to Lotte Department Store Masan in Sinpo-dong 2-ga, and provides for the livelihood of some 1,200 merchants.


By business type, the market has about 400 stores and street stalls that deal in fisheries such as live fish, fresh fish, dried fish, and shellfish, which largest group is followed by farm products, neighborhood living services, eateries, retail, processed food, livestock, and medical clinics.

So, visitors to the market has one-stop access to everything from shopping for farm and fishery products, dining alone or in groups at raw fish eateries, leisure activities, and treatment at hospitals.


Furthermore, Masan Fish Market is firing on all cylinders to attract more tourists with its management focusing on customer satisfaction, which operates through setting up an arcade, staging the ‘customers as our lifeline’ campaign, installing customer support center and public parking, and running merchant college.

Masan Fish Market is surrounded with visual attractions, enjoyments, and food such as Agujjim Alley, Globefish Alley, Chang-dong Art Village, Burim Market, and Masan Port Coastal Cruise, so visitors can enjoy the best available single-day tour.


Legacy from the Gaya Empire Where Iron Age Thrived

As a shooting location for television and film, Set for Maritime Drama abounds in intriguing visual attractions

Autumn is already in full swing. Autumn leaf color has alighted on streetsides, while ripe and ready-for-harvest paddies create golden waves in the field. The autumnal melody is detected in the sound of billowing waves, while the indigo sea that reflects the fair autumn
sky is at its most dazzling moment.해양드라마세트장1
Built in 2010 to shoot Kim SooRo, a drama from MBC, Set for Maritime Drama defies ruthless time and testifies to the legacy of the Gaya Empire that existed two thousand years ago.The set includes 25 structures from the Gaya period such as Kimhaegwan, Gayagwan, Yacheoljang (‘metallurgical plant’), ferry & trade boat, marketplace, and
At the entrance of the set, one sees a long row of posters for about thirty dramas and films that were shot here. That simply shows how its rarity and value are recognized as a maritime set for historical dramas.해양드라마세트장2
As you pass those posters and step into the set, you are confronted with an exotic scene that makes you feel as if you were in the Gaya period, having flown in on a time machine.
All buildings have wood-shingle roofing and wooden structure in compliance with the architectural style from the Gaya period. Furthermore, in reflecting the contemporary life, the set shows an excellent reproduction of a marketplace lined with pub, fabric shop, and blacksmith, the ferry and trade boat that provided a venue for maritime trade, stable, and well (saemijeongi).해양드라마세트장3
What stand out like a sore thumb are Kimhaegwan and Yacheoljang. As the main shooting location for the drama Kim Soo Ro, Kimhaegwan is a threestoried structure, of which the ground floor exhibits props such as table ware, pottery, and furniture and is
connected with the ferry. Yacheoljang, which smelt iron from collected ores, has furnace, bellows, etc. reproduced inside.

On the hill that stood beyond the set, you see a park, named Kingdom of Sea & Wood Scent. The park was built in 2012 with Green Fund provided by Korea Forest Service. A wooden deck is installed along the margins of the park, and benches and tables provide
excellent comfort stops for visitors following the trail.
That’s not all. It also includes a hexagonal belvedere from which people can view the dazzling indigo seawater, the symbolic sculpture representing the city, and a green

Autumn in Changwon Beautifully Tinted with Colorful Chrysanthemums

The 15th Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival presented until Nov. 8 at Pier 1 of Masan Port

In October when beautiful leaf color decorates the autumn in the city, the city is going to hold the 15th Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival and 2015K-POP World Festival.
The 15th Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival will be held at Pier 1 of Masan Port, located in Masan Happo-gu for ten days from Oct. 30 through Nov. 8.Sequence-01_10
The chrysanthemum festival will present for ten days a variety of events including a celebration on the eve, opening ceremony, multimedia fireworks in Happo Bay, chrysanthemum scent grand festival, exhibitions, cultural events, experiential
events, special events, and accessory events. Moreover, the venue for the
festival will present various works with some 100,000 chrysanthemums and the
whole city will boost the festive mood by putting 700,000 flowers on display.
The venue for the chrysanthemum festival will present a more splendid look compared to last year.DSC_8822
First of all, a 7-meter-tall flower gate, which will be erected at the entrance of the festival venue, will catch the eyes of tourists. The flower gate will be rendered as Seagull’s Dream that carris wishes for the upgrade of Changwon to a metropolitan city. Also, a multicircle
masterpiece with 1,510 flowers decorating each stem will compete for a spot on Guinness World Records.IMG_7761
2015K-POP World Festival will be held at Changwon Sports Park on the evening of Oct. 30. Youths of the world who love K-Pop will gather in the city to present a three-hour stage for sharing friendship with K-Pop stars and grooming their dreams.사본 -합성사진
The city is doing its best to prepare the event so that K-Pop will be established as an icon for the world and a cultural tourism brand representing the Korean Wave.

Changwon to Shine to Become a New Attraction in Global K-Wave Tourism

The city and KTO to create in Chang-dong Sangsanggil (‘imagination road’) that has 23,000 person names of the world carved on it

창동거리_상상길_3Try to find a stone slab that has carved on it the names of the members of 4MINUTE, a famous girl group of Korea.
Sangsanggil (‘imagination road’) has been created in Chang-dong, Masan Happo-gu. Sangsanggil has been coauthored by the city and Korea Trourism Organization (KTO) for the purpose of revitalizing global K-Wave tourism.

08Sangsanggil comes from ‘Imagine your Korea’, the KTO slogan for global Korean tourism brand, and it conveys the wish that the first step for all the people in the world in realizing their imagination starts on Sangsanggil in Chang-dong.

The 155m Sangsanggil will includes stone slabs that will have names of not only famous singers, actors and actresses from here and abroad, but also 23,000 Korea-loving foreigners who live in all corners of the world. The stone slabs, which will be in granite dyed in five different colors, will add a touch of class to the road.

09The 23,000 foreigners, whose names will be carved on Sangsanggil, are to be selected through an event, Write Your Name in Korea, which is designed by KTO to encourage the people to visit the country and the city in order to see the stone slabs with their names on them.

With the creation of Sangsanggil in Chang-dong, it is expected that nearby Chang-dong Art Village, Masan Fish Market, and Burim Market will become more vibrant.

Chang-dong Art Village, which recently remodelled its art center and created murals around the area, set up Dari and Yeoni, the slow mailboxes, in front of Urban egeneration Mix Center to present new visual attractions and fun.

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.


▲ 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.


▲ 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.“


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!”


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.


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.