The latest technology and a rich food culture
ringed by natural beauty
Since the 1970s, Changwon’s industrial zone has been at the leading edge of modern technology, and proud home to world-famous Korean companies like Samsung, Hyundai, and Doosan. This cosmopolitan and ultra-modern city is also surrounded by mountains and sea, existing in balance with nature by way of new green policies like the Nubija bike-share, and traditional festivals rooted in the changing seasons.
Changwon is at its most beautiful in spring. The Festival of the Azaleas, and the cherry blossom festival in nearby Jinhae, celebrate the symphony of colour that sees pretty trees transform the hillsides and city streets. In summer, lie on the grass at Yongji Munhwa Park, one of the city’s many green spaces. In autumn you can watch the maples turn red and gold, and migratory birds roost before hushed crowds at Junam Reservoir.
Changwoners are also steeped in art and music. The latest pop hits play from shopfront speakers wherever you go, and the city hosts the final round of the K-pop World Festival every September, celebrating South Korea’s biggest cultural export. For contrast, get back in touch with local heritage at the House of Changwon traditional ‘Hanok’ village. The era before silicon chips is still preserved in lush mountain valleys and dozens of Buddhist sanctuaries, including the classic green, blue and red of Bulgoksa, and the golden temple of Gilsangsa.
Changwonese culture is also manifest in its lively restaurants, where beloved local recipes like the spicy dried-fish dish agujjim are carefully prepared with the freshest ingredients to taste like home-cooked meals.