No. of visitors grows by 30% thanks to flea market every Saturday at arts town
The Changdong(창동) and Odongdong(오동동) districts in Masanhappo-gu(마산합포구) became ghost towns following the outflow of businesses in the 1970s and the ’80s but life is coming back to them.
The opening of the Changdong Arts Town last May and the launching of a flea market in September is increasing the flow of human traffic in the area.
When the flea market opens on Saturdays, as many as 1,000 visitors head for Chang-dong. There are a wide variety of programs for first-hand experiences and many people come with their children.
These activities take place along the streets where the Changdong Arts Village, the Changwon Handicraft Association and the merchants club are located.
At the handicraft flea market, artists from the Changwon Handicraft Association present natural dyed items, traditional Korean paper, wire works, textiles, ribbons and other forms of handicraft and help visitors with first-hand experiences and product purchases.
There are demonstrations for creating artworks using water mills, seven treasures and glass which are then exhibited for viewing and sale.
As for the merchants club, it engages in the sales of regional specialties, including anchovies, deodeok (a wild root) and seaweed, which are distinctive of South Gyeongsang Province and there are restaurants along the cultural streets of Odong-dong.
The city government is planning to increase the number of recreational facilities to attract more visitors to Chang-dong. There will be floral paths and CCTV will also be installed to boost safety. All such initiatives will be completed by February.