About Changwon city

With its 600 years of tradition, Changwon is a self-governing local government with the highest level of competitiveness in Korea. It is transforming itself into a world masterpiece city by improving the quality of its citizens' daily life through a wide range of welfare, education, culture, and environmental programs.

Hanok (Korean Traditional House) Embraces Moonlight

House of Changwon runs Night Traveling until 26th

More fun with Milord, Mistress, and Commentator

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Hanok (Korean Traditional House)

Make a precious memory by enjoying the tranquil, peaceful atmosphere of Hanok in the House of Changwon below moonlight!

The Changwon Cultural Foundation runs a night sightseeing program called ‘Night Traveling’ in the House of Changwon at 8pm and 9pm every Friday and Saturday by the upcoming 26th. ‘Night Traveling’ added some histrionic elements for visitors to feel the night scenery of the House of Changwon and the scent of ancestors permeated in it.

At the night with moonlight, the ‘Milord’ of the House of Changwon directly greets the visitors to the house. The commentator disguised in a gentle, well-mannered milord guides visitors to every part of the House of Changwon, delivering the behind stories entangled in each building.

The mistress prepares interesting experience programs and awaits visitors. Visitors can directly experience making and decorating ‘paper lantern’, a traditional portable lamp, according to the mistress’ guide.

The House of Changwon is the only cultural space of an old Hanok, where Twoieun Ducheul Ahn of Soonheung family line resided, taken care of and preserved by the city of Changwon. House of Changwon has recently been used as an education site to experience traditions where 30 middle school students learn tea ceremony.

The Changwon Cultural Foundation limits the number of people entering to 20 per session and runs the house in a reservation system for the safety and convenience of tourism. Visiting reservation can be made on first come, firsts serve basis on the website of Changwon History & Folklore Museum (history.changwon.go.kr), and night seeing commentary and experience program are run 30 minutes for each, 1 hour in total for free.

An employee in the Changwon Cultural Foundation said The House of Changwon ‘Night Traveling’ will be a good time for families, friends, and couples to enjoy the atmosphere of summer night. We hope many citizens make a special memory this summer in the House of Changwon.

Finding Solutions for the Success of Next Year’s ‘Visit Changwon Year’

300 citizens participate in a roundtable discussion

Full of noble, original ideas / Reviewed the current status of tourism industry

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<Photo> Citizens are having a heated discussion for the success of ‘Visit Changwon Year’ next year.

300 citizens gathered their heads together to successfully host ‘2018 Visit Changwon Year’ successfully. Recently, ‘Changwon citizens’ roundtable’ was held with a topic of Finding Solutions for the Success of Next Year’s ‘Visit Changwon Year’ in the Citizen Hall of the city hall.

The roundtable was participated by Mayor Ahn Sang-soo, tourism policy experts, tourism industry workers, cultural commentator, citizen activists, university students and youths, totaling 300 citizens, holding heated discussions on diagnosing the current status of tourism in Changwon.

This discussion was arranged to attract more Korean and overseas tourists to develop the tourism industry further, with the ISSF World Shooting Championships next year as a catalyst. To make ‘Visit Changwon Year’ successful next year, citizens’ active participation and cooperation are necessary, so policy reflecting their opinions will be developed and actively implemented.

The participating citizens poured in all kinds of proposals and noble ideas in various fields such as tourism, culture and art, festivals, etc. Also, as successful solutions for ‘2018 Visit Changwon Year’, suggestions have been made on developing tourism resources and festivals with citizens, creating a sustainable tourist city with art and history, expanding infrastructure investment related to marine ecological tour, and adopting experience-type tourism paradigm.

Other plans chosen for the diagnosis and improvement of tourism policy were creating characteristic parks, improving the entire accommodation environment, securing and connecting public transportation, poor infrastructure that did not meet the levels of tourists, and lack of tourism mind by citizens. Mayor Ahn Sang-soo said “For 2018 Visit Changwon Year to be successful, citizens’ active participation is necessary. We will reflect various opinions from the roundtable on the city’s policy.”

Cruising to a ‘culture and art special city’

1 year after declaration, efforts to popularize culture and art

Audience applause for 1 year anniversary events

Performances by famous overseas orchestra and Ballet Company

<Photo> Various events were held to celebrate 1 year anniversary of declaring ‘Culture and Art Special City Changwon’.

It’s been a year since the ‘Culture and Art Special City’ was promulgated. The city has been building physical and human infrastructure to popularize culture and art. To improve low citizen participation in Changwon Sculpture Biennale that was held in a limited, narrow space last year, it was opened in Yongji Lake Park grass plaza and attracted many people’s participation. Efforts to improve the city into Culture and Art Special City have started in every single event, with more enthusiastic citizen participation.

Various events to celebrate 1 year anniversary are held to continue this atmosphere. The ‘Changwon Yechan Festa’ has been held in every part of the city such as Changwon Seongsan Art Hall and 3·15 Art Center from June 27th to September 3rd. This event will have 11 performances and exhibitions for 2 months, such as ‘Graz Chamber Orchestra’ performance in Korea, ice ballet ‘Sleeping Beauty’, Changwon International Chamber Music Festival, etc. Until the end of August, people can watch musical masterpieces and musical animations through ‘A Midsummer Night’s Cinema’ in Seongsan Art Hall and Jinhae outdoor performance at 8pm every Saturday. Especially, ‘Graz Chamber Orchestra’, Austria’s authentic, prestigious orchestra, had a performance in the large auditorium of Seongsan Art Hall, presenting a midsummer night’s precious memory. The Graz Chamber Orchestra that is presenting various repertoires from Baroque to the 21st century music played Mozart and Strauss’s music during this performance.

At 7:30pm on August 16 in the large theater of the 3·15 Art Center, France’s top chamber orchestra ‘French Chamber Orchestra’ will have a performance for Koreans. The French Chamber Orchestra will play pieces by Mozart, Briton, and Shostakovich during the performance that day, and Professor Ju-eun Lee of Changwon University Music Department will perform with a fancy ensemble.

Korea’s largest multicultural festival to be held in September

MAMF Promotion Committee finalized it to be on Sept. 29th ~ Oct. 1st

Yongji Culture Park… Indonesia is the guest of honor

 

“MAMF Festival,’ the largest multicultural event in Korea, will also be held in Changwon this year following last year. 2017 MAMF promotion committee has recently announced the festival plan. The dates will be from September 29th to October 1st and the place will be in Yongji Culture Park area. Being 12th this year, the MAMF Festival choses 1 country as the guest of honor from around 10 participating countries during the event every year and gives a focused introduction of the country’s culture. This year’s guest of honor is Indonesia. The committee is discussing with the Indonesian government regarding the visit of the Indonesian national art group during the festival period.

The MAMF promotion committee is also planning to have a joint performance of a band named ‘Slank,’ one of the most popular singing groups in Indonesia’, and ‘YB’, the rock band that singer Yun Do-hyeon and the former honorary ambassador of MAMF. Starting with the opening ceremony, the festival will have various attractions to see and enjoy throughout the event such as the singing contest of immigrants in Korea, Asia pop music concert, and multicultural parade. In the opening ceremony, the guest of honor’s art group and a multicultural children’s choir will perform on stage.

The Korean Overseas Information Service affiliated under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism will participate in MAMF this year for the first time and will present a Korean culture introducing performance named ‘Hello, Mr. K’ during the opening ceremony. For singing contest of immigrants in Korea, 10 teams that passed the regional preliminary rounds will participate in it. It drew huge popularity as 400 immigrant teams nationwide participated in the preliminary rounds.

Asia music concert will be held to watch the performances of local popular singers invited from Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc. at once. A multicultural parade in which the immigrants of each country march the street in their traditional clothes is also something to enjoy watching. Various additional events will be held, such as a global village travel to experience traditional games and handcrafts, world’ food experience yard to taste the representative foods of each country, and multicultural market will also be held.

MAMF is an acronym for ‘Migrants’ Arirang Multicultural Festival’. Through the coexistence of multi-culture and Koreans’ sentiment preserved in ‘Arirang’, the festival aims for a cultural festival where immigrants and domestic people harmonize together. 153,000 Koreans and foreigners visited the festival in last year’s event.

‘SM Town’ will open in 2020

4 underground floors and 10 ground floors

Exhibitions, performance hall, and complex dining out space

Nurturing talented people in connection with K -POP

The building of Changwon SM Town has finally started. It will be established in 4 underground floors and 10 ground floors in the area of Pallyong-dong, Uichang-gu.

The underground floors will consist of parking lots and retail shops using star marketing, ground floors 1 ~ 3 will have a studio to experience the Korean Wave culture and a facility that sells celebrity-related products, 4 ~ 5th floors will have a hologram performance hall that can accommodate 800 seats, 6 ~ 7th floors will have convenient facilities, and 8 ~ 10th floors will have a hotel.

The hologram performance, the core content of Changwon SM Town, will allow people to enjoy famous K-POP performances like the actual performance with real-life sized holograms of artists and special effects. In the studio of Korean Wave culture experience, people can directly experience music recording, makeup, filming, and other cultures of K-POP stars. The retail shops using star marketing display and sell goods related to famous celebrities, and the convention facilities are used as a complex dining out space and exhibition/ performance hall of SM brand. Adopting a virtual reality technique, the hotel will be themed for people to feel and experience as if they are in the same space as the stars.

Through the talented person nurturing program in connection with the K –POP festival, Changwon SM Town will encourage regional youths to chase their dream of becoming a star and plans to adopt high-level culture experience items through convergence with 4th industry technology such as robots, AI (artificial intelligence), VR (Virtual reality), etc.

Changwon SM Town is an emphasis business carried out to generate new tourism demands based on K-POP. Therefore, if this business becomes successful, it will create a nonstop stay-type tourism line that will enable people to watch performances, experience Korean Wave culture, food and shopping, and accommodations in one place.

It is expected that Changwon will make a great leap to becoming a mecca of Korean Wave that captivates the hearts of people from all over the world by integrating the world’s top class K -POP performance culture and advanced ICT technology, as well as perform roles as a great healing space for citizens. There will also be huge economic effects. When Changwon SM Town opens in 2020, it is expected to generate an economic effect of 560 billion Korean won, create jobs for 34000 people, and attract more than 300,000 tourists a year to Changwon.

Established a ‘Brother Relationship’ with a Provincial Government of Cambodia

 

Friendly city cooperation with Preah Sihanouk Province.

Exchange and cooperation on economy, tourism, and physical education.

The city has entered a ‘brother relationship’ with Preah Sihanouk Provincein Cambodia. Mayor An Sang-soo has recently entered a friendly international cooperation city agreement with Governor Yun min of Sihanoukin Pullman Hotel in Changwon.

Preah Sihanouk Province is one of the 24 provincial governments of Cambodia. It is a metropolitan local government newly drawing attention as a strategic hub of the business and tourism industry of Cambodia. Based on the customs of international society where metropolises and primary local governments enter a friendly cooperation city agreement only with the same level, this agreement between Sihanouk, one of the provincial governments in Cambodia, and Changwon, a primary local government in South Korea, can be said to be unprecedented. This clearly shows the higher status of Changwon at a metropolitan level after the integration of 3 cities.

From now on, the two cities will start from economy and marine tourism fields and expand their exchange andcooperation into various areas such as culture, art, youths, physical education, etc.

Changwon has been deeply interested in having a friendly exchange with a Southeast Asian nation that is recently drawing attention as an emerging market based on its high economic growth rate. Then, the Minister of Culture and Art of Cambodia, the principal guest nation of MAMF last year, proposed having a friendly exchange with Changwon when he visited the city. This agreement was finally achieved when the delegates of Changwon who were invited to Sihanouk in December last year suggested Governor Yun min to visit Changwon, during the delegates’ visit to the provincial government building.

That Sihanouk has many things in common with Changwon also played a huge role in entering the agreement. Known as the best vacation site of Cambodia, Sihanouk is a coastal area with a 175km-long seashore. It has the nation’s only marine port facility, and is designated as one of Cambodia’s top 3 economic development zones. Also, based on rich marine resources, it is rapidly emerging as a strategic tourism and economic centers of Cambodia lately.

Twice as Great as Before,Rose Park

May is the season of rose. There is a flower-specialized rose park in Gaeumjeong-dong, Changwon. Every year, many citizens are making precious memories here. The rose park has almost doubled this year. 21,840 rose trees were planted, and 11 rose tunnels and 43 rose pagodas were built. ‘Finding a Goblin,’ the main program during the spring travel week, was held from 12th to 13th. The rose park had its opening ceremony on the 12th and will be open until October this year.