Southern Gyeongsang Province, Gyeongnam for short, is located in the southeastern part of the Korean Peninsula surrounded by of approximately 400 islands. The Buddhist culture of the Silla Kingdom reached its zenith in this area, bequeathing to the nation the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks at Haeinsa Temple in Hapcheon and the breathtakingly beautiful Buddhist temple named Tongdosa in Yangsan. Gyeongnam, an advanced industrial region, holds the third largest number (about 1,000) of headquarters of Korean businesses, after Seoul and Busan and is at the core of robust economic activity with Changwon Machine Industry Complex, Geoje Shipbuilding Industry Complex and the Masan Free Trade Zone. Changwon was the nation's first city developed according to the urban design methods and it has a more powerful settlement infrastructure than other cities characterized by its systematic network of roads, broad green spaces in the downtown area, and the clear separation between residential areas and industrial areas.
2 international airports (Gimhae, Sacheon) / 1 hour by Limousine bus from Gimhae
Neighboring with other international airports(Daegu, Ulsan, Pohang)
3 hours from Seoul by train(KTX- Korea Express Train)
Approximately 4 hours by car from Seoul
· Seafood(Swellfish, Oyster, Sea Squirt)
· Dwaeji Gukbap (Pork Soup with Rice)
· Jaecheop Guk(Shellfish soup)
Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park : The first National Marine Park of Korea,
comprised of 69 uninhabited and 30 habited islands.
One of the top three places in the world with dinosaur footprints and fossils.
(Goseong Dinosaur World Expo)
Cittaslow (Slow city) Hadong : Certified as slow-city in 2009. Famous for wild green
tea and persimmons, which were presented to the King of Chusun Dynasty.
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Namhae, also known as “treasure island,” is home to three nationally designated scenic sites and several scenic roads. The island is just far enough away from both Seoul and Busan to allow it to retain much of its rural seaside charm, even as luxury hotels like the Hilton Namhae Golf and Spa Resort make “roughing it in the sticks” a most pleasurable experience indeed.Read More
SOUTH SEA JEWEL
Every year between late March and early April, visitors flock to Jinhae in Changwon, to enjoy the spectacular cherry blossoms that blanket the whole town at the Jinhae Gunhangjae Festival, Korea’s largest cherry blossom festival. The festival was first held on April 13, 1952 as a small ceremony commemorating Admiral Yi Sun-shin, a Korean naval hero who played an important role in defeating the Japanese army during the Imjin War (1592-1598). Today, it has become one of the largest festivals in the country, with approximately 2 million annual visitors. `Read More
Serenade to Spring Cherry Blossom
Gimhae, a city with a deeply rooted past, dynamic present, and open future, has a historic legacy that dates back 2,000 years to when it was capital of the Gaya confederacy. According to the chronicle Garakguk-gi in Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), King Suro founded Garakguk state in the region of Gimhae in 42 CE. Garakguk led the Gaya confederacy and became a leader in sea trade in the Northeast region with its flourishing iron culture. The significant number of relics from that time period that can be found in Gimhae transforms the entire city into a historic museum.Read More
City of 2,000 years, 500-year-old capital of Gaya
The festival dates back to the Jinjuseong Battle (1592) in the Imjin Waeran (Japanese Invasion, 1592-1598) period. During the war, lanterns were used as military signals, a means of communicating with reserve forces, and as a way to keep in touch with family members outside of Jinjuseong Fortress. Even after the war, people continued the tradition of floating lanterns down the river to pay tribute and to make wishes. The tradition later developed into the Jinju Namgang Festival, the lantern festival as we know today.Read More
Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival, a Fantastic World of Lights