Changwon is the capital city of Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea. Changwon is the 8th most populated city in South Korea, with an established population of 1,089,039 people in 2010.It encompasses a land area of 743 square kilometres (287 sq mi) on the southeastern coast of South Korea. The population of southeastern Korea, including the city of Busan, is more than 6,478,000. Changwon is known as a heavy industrial city.The city only covers 7% of Gyeongsangnam-do province, also known as Gyeongnam, but holds 33.6% of its population; it also accounted for 38.5% of the total 2.1821 trillion won budget of the Gyeongnam province.
Changwon National Industrial Complex
Changwon is an attractive business city with a high growth potential through its global industry groups and high-tech industry clusters.
• Area: 25,302 km2
• Number of Employee: 82,000
• Volume of Manufacture: 40.1447 trillion KRW
• Amount of Export: 15.217 billion USD
• Production Rate by Industry: Machinery 64%, Transportation Equipment 16%, Steel 10%, Electronics 8%, Others 2%
Changwon National Industrial Complex was created by the heavy chemical industry development policy of the Korean government in 1974. Changwon National Industrial Complex lead the chemical industrial and heavy machinery sectors of the Korean economy and is now a very important heavy industries center in the country.
The development of Changwon into an industrial city during the 1960s and 70s has led to a city structure that is strictly bifurcated by one main avenue called “Changwon Daero”(Changwon big road); to the south are the factories, to the north are Sangnam-dong and all of the residential areas. Changwon Daero also serves as emergency runway for military purposes.
Financial district and Government district
Financial district located southern part of Jungang-dong and Sangnam-dong. (upper side of City hall)
Government district located northern part of Youngho-dong and Shinwol-dong. (lower side of City hall)
The Sangnam neighborhood is the central part of greater Changwon. The main part of this neighborhood, Sangnam Commercial District(상남상업지구), is the main nightlife area, with many bars, hotels, business bars, norae-bangs (singing or karaoke rooms) and restaurants. On every day of the month with a date that ends in 4 or 9 the market “Sangnam-sijang” is open and bustling for business. This is the largest farmer’s market within the city, with vendors selling fresh seafood, vegetables, and other groceries as well as nonperishables such as clothing and pottery. There is also a large-scale residential complex of high-rise apartments.
Jungan-dong, located just west of Sangnam, is the “old town” and extended central area of the city. There is more nightlife here than restaurants, and local English speaking expats often frequent the area for drinks and laughs, often living very nearby. This is the most likely place to meet one of the foreign English teachers, engineers and armed services residence of the area.
Hapsung-dong is the central district of the old city of Masan, now located within the city of Changwon and near the Masan harbor. Hapsung’s streets are much narrower than most of the rest of Changwon, because of the planned aspects of old Changwon sector, and traditional aspects of old Masan sector.
Daebang-dong is known as the ‘inner city’ section of Changwon. Residential and commercial districts are present in the area.
Yongho-dong is the counter-culture area of Changwon.
This district has many murals and artworks through streets. This district was old town. City government and citizen make this district for artist. City government support artist to do there masterpiece. Also there are many small galleries.
Beaches and Parks
Several of Changwon’s parks and nearly all of its beaches form all of urban area. Changwon has Beaches before city became urbanization and industrialization. Changwon have plan making and recovering beaches, which has been used for beaches and waterfront. The recovering plan is at Woo-do(Woo island) that length of 300m, a width of 20 ~ 30m beaches. and further plan is located Sokuri island and Gwangam Beaches.
List of Parks in Changwon.
Gaumjung Sports Park
Daebang Green Park
Jehang Mt Park
Jangbok Mt Park
Jinhae Seashore Park