A major commercial area in Yongho-dong(용호동), Uichang-gu(의창구), Changwon, has been transformed into a cultural district. The second phase of work to build the Yongho Cultural District ended this month, following the first phase of work in 2009, city officials said. The project cost 2.25 billion won.
Under the second phase of work, electricity transmission lines were buried, 29 combined standing signboards were pulled down and sidewalks were made in such a way as to ensure passengers’ safety and convenience. In addition, small-piece plazas linked to sidewalks were established through arrangement of off-street parking areas, the officials said.
Besides, art works were arranged and sculptural works were installed in the middle of sidewalks. Under the theme of “Musicians in the Street,” the district has a commercial area equipped with vitality. A sculpture, titled “Tree of Communications,” in a small plaza near the Yongji Lake and a nearby waterway show “the composure” of the central district full of vitality, where people like to live.
One of the biggest characteristics of the project to build the Yongho Cultural District is that it was a project jointly carried out by a local government and civilians. It is expected to help improve culture in the urban commercial area and vitalize the local economy, in the long run, the officials said.