Wish of 1.07 million Citizens

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The new year of 2017 has arrived.

Citizens participated in the New Year celebration events like Watch-Night bell ringing or sunrise and prayed for family’s health and fortune.

Especially, as numerous citizens make a wish in unison, it is an important year when the power of 1.07 citizens should congregate at one place for “Making a pledge of Changwon Metropolitan City at presidential election”, which is the most important issue of the year.

Plans to Build the Longest Zipline in Myeong-dong

Plans to Complete the Facility in September 2017

Development Plans for Eumjido, Udo, and Sokuriseom Islands

 

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Concept art for biplane connecting Eumjido and Sokuriseom islands

One of the things that Changwon boasts is its beautiful maritime scenery that stretches for 324 kilometers, which is a key resource for nurturing its tourism industry.

Among many sights along the cost of Changwon, Myeong-dong in Jinhae-gu has an inexplicably beautiful scenery not describable by simple words. The area features small but charming islands such as Eumjido, Udo, and Sokuriseom floating on the serene waters of maritime parks along the southern coast. The scenery on the beachside road is also breathtaking. Such a beautiful place in Myeong-dong area is to be established as a marine leisure and sports town that represents Changwon.

One of the largest additions transforming the area is the zipline. The extreme sports facility is being planned in order to create unique activities that will attract more tourists to the city.

The city administration plans to connect the islands of Eumjido and Sokuriseom on the maritime parks with the zipline. According to the plan, the zipline will be 1,200 meters long, which is the longest in Korea. The zipline moves at speeds of sixty to eighty kilometers per hour, requiring fifty-five to seventy seconds from one end of the line to the other. The facility will feature four lines, capable of accommodating two passengers at a time, allowing a total of eight people to use the ride.

The city plan is to sign a memorandum of understanding with a private contractor, designate an urban planning facility project operator, approve execution plan, and execute various licensing procedures, with the groundbreaking to take place in February to March 2017 and expected completion date in September of the same year.

Changwon city administration has begun the work to develop Eumjido, Udo, and Sokuriseom islands in a comprehensive manner. The work at Eumjido Island will focus on installing various landscape elements and walking trails, as well as developing marine activity programs, restaurants, and other tour products. The effort will drastically expand the convenience infrastructure on the island, in addition to the number of things to see and do there. Udo and Sokuriseom islands will feature nature-friendly trekking paths by the sea, camping sites, and other infrastructure and contents for marine tourism that enable tourists to engage in year-round activities, convalescence, and healing tourism. The local government is currently forming a task force, and is poised to establish an integrated development strategy and plans in the near future.

Jinhae Stands Tall as a Key Marine Leisure City in Northeast Asia

Myeongdong Marina Signs an Execution Agreement with the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries

Plans to Establish a Marina Capable of Holding 300 Boats by 2020

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Mayor Ahn Sang-soo is taking a photo with the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries after signing Execution Agreement for Myeongdong Marina Port Development Project.

 

Changwon is to be placed at the center of Northeast Asian marine leisure scene through a key project in Jinhae.

The city administration signed an agreement with IPM, the largest marina operation and development company in the Mediterranean region, in order to build a marina facility capable of holding eight hundred boats in Masan Marine New Town. In addition, Changwon also signed “Execution Agreement for Hub Marina Port Development Project” with the same company, which will prompt the parties to establish a marina facility capable of hosting three hundred boats in Myeong-dong, Jinhae-gu.

Mayor Ahn Sang-soo recently visited Seoul Marina, located in Yeouido, Seoul, and announced the beginning of his city’s marina project by signing “Execution Agreement for Changwon Jinhae Myeongdong Marina Port Development” with the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries.

This project is one of the national government-funded hub marina port development projects, which is a part of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries’ “Three-Year Project for National Policymaking and Economic Innovation.” The city of Changwon was first selected as the priority negotiating party last April, engaging in five working-level and main meetings with the Ministry for the past five months. With the signing of the execution agreement, Changwon secured the status as the project operator from the national government.

This execution agreement also contains information about the scope of funding from the national government (within thirty billion Korean won), conditions for project execution, and future operations plans.

Jinhae Myeongdong Marina Port Development Project will be conducted on a wite as large as 110,000 (50,000 ground, 60,000 water), with a budget of eighty-six billion Korean won that will help build three hundred yacht mooring facilities (150 on water, 150 on ground), a 480m-long external seawall, a clubhouse, park, commercial facilities, and industrial research facilities. Changwon city administration plans to establish a base camp for marine leisure tourism in Myeong-dong, Jinhae-gu.

 

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Concept art for Myeongdong Marina Port Development Project

The project has already broken ground. The 480m-long external seawall began construction in 2013, with a planned completion date in February 2017. The marina port proper will begin in the first half of 2018 after the project planning, zoning, and execution plan approval are completed. The marina will be completed in 2020 if all goes according to the plan.

When a marina port that can host three hundred boats is completed in Myeong-dong, Jinhae-gu, the facility will be connected to another marina facility capable of hosting eight hundred boats in Masan Marine New Town, allowing Changwon to take initiative in Korean marina industry, growing the city into the best marine leisure hub city in Northeast Asia.

Mayor Ahn said that the hub marina port development project in Myeong-dong, Jinhae-gu, and Masan Marine New Town marina port development project will push Changwon to become the hub city for marine leisure and sports in the Northeast Asia, and once the city’s marine tourism infrastructure is completed, Changwon will become the number one marine tourism city in Korea.

Soaring to Metropolitan City

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It is winter and December, time to look back on the year and bring it to completion. It is also the season to enjoy the group flight of winter guests to Junamho Lake, the migratory birds. The sight of migratory birds soaring into the sky is indeed a magnificent one. Changwon, like the birds, reached a milestone in its effort to achieve the highest feat in its six centuries of history: Promotion to a metropolitan city. National Assembly members put a bill on the floor to debate the issue of installing Changwon Metropolitan City. If one million citizens of Changwon coordinate like the birds flying in unison, e are sure to realize our dream of “soaring to metropolitan city.”

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General Electric Makes Large-Scale Investment in Changwon

GE Builds the First Large-Scale Manufacturing Factory in Korea

After it acquired HRSG Project Department, which makes key parts for power plant facilities, from Doosan Engineering & Construction, General Electric 담om the United States is moving the department to a site it acquired from Doosan. Three GE officials including the general manager of HRSG at the corporate headquarters recently visited Changwon to meet with Mayor Ahn Sang-soo. During the meeting, the officials presented GE’s investment plan in Changwon, and requested the city for its collaboration in the project.

GE purchased the site (size: 49,931㎡) that Doosan had put on the market because its ship engine business part was not performing well; GE plans to relocate its HRSG Business Department manufacturing key parts for power plant, which it required from Doosan Engineering & Construction. Changwon is the first city in which GE is undertaking a large-scale manufacturing plant investment in Korea.

 

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Major Ahn Sang-soo met with officials from GE for an investment information session.

 

Mayor An expressed his hopes that GE will work with outstanding local companies to coordinate its high technological capabilities and organization to generate more investments, and asked GE to hire talents from Changwon through its future recruitment plans.

In relation, the Governor of American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) Kim Okjin, who is also the CEO of GE Power Systems Korea, proposed to Mayor An for Changwon to Host AMCHAM Innovation Camp 2017 in Changwon.

The camp has been in place since 2013, under the sponsorship of AMCHAM. CEOs and executives from global AMCHAM member companies visit local universities in Korea to provide lectures, group mentoring sessions, and various employment information to the students.

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Lines of Hanbok

Burim Hanbok Festival Captures Tourists’ Fascination with Traditional Culture

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Under the slogan, “Changwon Embroidered  by the Beauty of Hanbok,” the Fifth Burim Hanbok Festival was held in Masan Burim Traditional Market and in Chang-dong for three days, celebrating the culture of traditional Korean garment, called hanbok in Korean. During the three-day festival, actors and citizens participated in Hanbok Flashmob events that colored the Chang-dong area with beautiful colors of traditional Korean dresses and shirts. Activities in the festival included hanbok fashion show, in which any resident could participate, as well as hanbok accessory activities, traditional games, and hanbok makeup sessions, all conducted in a stamp tour style. Silk Road Team performers from Daekyeong University, who gathered much attention from the crowd last year, also participated in the opening ceremony to offer entertainment to the visitors.

 

Bridge on the River Kwai in Changwon

Installation of Reinforced Glass on the Jeodo Bridge Floor Under Way

Construction to be Completed by the End of This Year, to Become a Tourist Attraction for Lovers

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Jeodo Bridge, as known as Changwon’s Bridge on the River Kwai.

 

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Concept art of Jeodo Bridge with reinforced glass on the floor.

 

 

Jeodo Island, Located in Gusan­myeon, Changwon, is home to Jeodo Bridge, otherwise known as Changwon’s Bridge on the River Kwai, frequently visited by lovers. The bridge, selected as the best tourist attraction in the province of Gyeongsangnam-do in 2012, is extremely popular among tourists. In order to further promote its outstanding tourism resources, the city is pushing for changes using new ideas. The city administration is executing a project for Jeodo Bridge, turning it into a “bridge over the ocean,” with a goal to complete the construction by the end of this year. After removing the concrete floor of the bridge at the center, the construction project aims to install eighty meters long and 1.2 meters wide reinforced glass in place. The construction began in August. The city looks to benchmark the transparent glass bridge in Hunan Province in China, or the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, in conducting this project of establishing a world-class skywalk. In addition, Changwon administration is developing more unique tourist sites to attract more visitors to the area. There are two parallel bridges that connect Bandong-ri, Gusan-myeon, Masanhappo-gu and Jeodo Island across the ocean. The older red steel bridge was built in 1987 is called Changwon’s Bridge on the River Kwai because of its similarity to the bridge in the movie. Some say that crossing the bridge while holding hands with a lover will consummate the love. Supporting the story, there are hundreds of locks hanging onto the railing on the bridge that lovers have placed to pledge their affection for each other. Changwon’s Bridge on the River Kwai was under consideration for removal due to safety issues caused by vehicle traffic and aging, but after the city administration decided to preserve it as a tourist site, it became a pedestrian-only bridge. Right next to the red steel bridge is the newer bridge featuring a two-lane road, built in 2004. The shape of the bridge is reminiscent of a seagull, which is the city bird of Changwon. The new bridge also hosts a beautiful night scenery, making it popular as a date course for lovers. Recent lighting replacement project at the newer bridge made it home to a magnificent symphony of lights at night.