“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With the area’s alleyways newly decorated with beautiful mural paintings, the old and outdated downtown area is now filled with new vitality.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.

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

 

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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.

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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.”