Proclamation of ‘Visit Changwon Year’ for Next Year

Proclamation of ‘Visit Changwon Year’ for Next Year  Photo

Connection with 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships

Aims to Attract 15 million Tourists

To Largely Increase Things to See and Enjoy

The city has recently held the Proclamation Ceremony for ‘2018 Visit Changwon Year’ and decided to attract 15 million tourists 1500. The Proclamation Ceremony was to spread nationwide that Changwon would make a great leap to become a ‘City You Want to Visit’ next year. By connecting with ‘2018 Changwon ISSF World Shooting Championships (August 31 ~ September 14)’ and ‘Visit Changwon Year’, which will be participated by 4,500 athletic teams from 120 countries in the world, the city will host various events throughout the year so that many tourists from Korea and abroad can visit Changwon.

Starting with the official declaration of ‘2018 Visit Changwon Year’, the city will raise awareness of the 3 main festivals of Changwon including ‘Jinhae Gunhang Festival’, ‘K-pop World Festival’, ‘Want to Go to Masan Chrysanthemum Festival’. Also, the city will strengthen promotional marketing for large events that will be held one after another next year such as ‘2018 Changwon Sculpture Biennale’, ‘The World’s Korean Economic Conference’, ‘International Tourism Symposium’, etc. In addition, a ‘City with Beautiful Night’ creating unique landscape lighting will be setup in major tourist sites for foreigners visiting Changwon to enjoy stay-type tourism. The city will also actively carry out projects such as expanding experience sports infrastructure, developing tourist goods with four-season themes, running a crisscross tour course, and developing industrial tourist goods. It will designate promotion hall for ‘Visit Changwon Year’ in each area, install a ‘multipurpose tourist information center’ in the downtown, carry out friendly smile movement for all citizens, and execute policies such as dining, accommodations, transportation, and friendly education.

By hosting the ISSF World Shooting Championships and Visit Changwon Year, the city expects to have about 15 million tourists to Changwon next year, which is a 37% increase from last year’s 10.95 million people, and gain 395 billion KRW of economic ripple effect.

The Proclamation Ceremony included Visit Changwon Year Proclamation, showing of Changwon promotional video, presentation on the vision of Visit Changwon Year, and introduction of ‘Tourist Sites in Changwon’ by actor Jeong Joon-ho, who was the honorary ambassador for Changwon tourism, etc. The city also signed an MOU with the Korea Shooting Federation, Korea MICE Association, and the Tourism Sciences Society of Korea. After the Proclamation Ceremony ended, participants carried out promotional marketing activities by visiting the event place of ‘Media Art-Show’ to raise awareness of ‘Tourism City Changwon’ by using 12 huge LED screens in Gwanghwamun Plaza.


Leading the Future Automobile Industry

Started the construction of Chassis Module Strategic Parts Innovation Center

Will invest 30 billion Korean Won and complete in April next year


Mayor Ahn Sang-soo said We hope that the innovation center grows to become the foothold of advanced technology development that leads South Korea’s future automobile industry. <Photo>.

Having decided to construct the ‘Automobile Chassis Module Strategic Parts Innovation Center’, the foothold of the development of advanced technology for automobile parts, Changwon has embarked on building the foundation to lead the future automobile industry.

The city has recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of ‘Automobile Chassis Module Strategic Parts Innovation Center’. This event was participated by many people such as Mayor Ahn Sang-soo, local assemblymen, provincial and city council members, residents, etc.

The innovation center is a new core foothold to support the development, performance, reliability, and the complex evaluation of key strategic parts that highly contribute to the integration, functional convergence, weight reduction, and miniaturization of individual parts for automobile parts chassis modulization, which is being magnified as the core technological paradigm of future automobile industry.

It will be built on the total ground area of 2320m2 in the land (inside the intelligent machines, materials, and parts center in Gyeongnam Techno Park, Naeseo-eup, Masan Hwoiwon-gu) provided by the city, and will be completed in April 2018. After the completion of construction, it will carry out a support project to nurture local strong and medium-sized companies as specialized medium-sized companies by securing professional equipment and support personnel. A total of 30 billion Korean Won will be invested into this project.

When the innovation center is built, the competition of about 530 automobile parts companies in the region will be accelerated and the related industries will also have accompanied growth. Also, support programs for the development of overseas certified technology and export strategic parts will be operated to nurture 60 specialized companies by 2010 and increase the exports of related industries by 8%.

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 (, 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.