Defense Ministry Agrees on Relocation of Military Station on Summit of Mt. Mudeung
The Defense Ministry has agreed for the first time on relocating the air force base currently located on the summit of Mt. Mudeung near Cheonwang-bong area.
At a policy discussion meeting held at the Gwangju city council last Friday, representatives from the Defense Ministry said they would agree to the citizens’ demand over the need to relocate the military base in Gwangju.
They added that the ministry is currently reviewing various measures for relocation and for the sell and use of the old and new military base sites.
This marks the first time the Defense Ministry has recognized the need to address the lingering issue over the relocation of air force base in Mt. Mudeung, which has been off-limits for citizens for over 50 years.
50% of the New Residents in the ‘New Dream Cities’ in Jeollanamdo from Capital regions
Half of the new residents to Jeollanamdo and its ‘New Dream Cities’ are reportedly coming from Seoul and other capital regions.
Located in Jangheung and Gokseong at ‘Rohas Town’ and ‘Gangbit Village’, Jeollanamdo’s New Dream cities have been welcoming a surge of incomers to these retirement villages in rural settings.
The province recently conducted a survey among new residents to the villages on their motivation to move into the Jeollanamdo-located retirement villages and results showed that some 54 percent of the new comers are moving from capital regions.
Among them, some 19 percent are from Gwangju, with the rest moving in from other Jeollanamdo areas.
The largest number of newcomers selected ‘Comfortable Post-retirement Life’ as their greatest motivation to move into the areas, with the rest choosing ‘Seeking a New Life’ and ‘Family Health’.
Some 66 percent of the residents said they are satisfied with their life in the retirement villages but wished to be able to enjoy greater amenities in the medical and educational sectors.
Old Urban Areas to be Revitalized in Gwangju, Mokpo and Suncheon
Old urban areas in Gwangju, Mokpo and Suncheon will undergo major refurbishment projects for the revitalization of abandoned and demolished downtown areas.
The national government recently selected a total of eight target cities and in Jeollanamdo, Gwangju’s Dong-gu district, Mokpo, and Suncheon have been chosen for refurbishment of old urban areas.
Upon the recent passage of the refurbishment project by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport in a plenary session, a total of 232.5 billion won will be invested in the three respective municipal governments.
In Gwangju, Chungjang-dong, Dongmyeong-dong, Sansu-dong and Jisan-dong in Dong-gu district will benefit from a total investment of some 50.6 billion won for the major refurbishment of the older parts of the town to improve urban scenery.
In Mokpo, the Mokwon-dong area located in the old downtown area, as well as Hyang-dong and Jungang-dong in Suncheon, will undergo refurbishment, adding tourist parks and streets themed after regional fisheries, specialty dishes in Mokpo, and ecological parks in Suncheon.
39 Innovative Schools to be Opened in Gwangju Next Year
Gwangju Office of Education finalized and released a list of 39 innovative schools to be in operation next year in Gwangju.
A total of 12 new innovative schools will be opened next year and four schools, such as Dongsan Elementary School and Suwan Middle School, have been re-designated as innovative schools after being recognized for their systematic and renovating educational programs.
Innovative schools in Korea were firstly adopted in 2009 to raise the efficiency of public education in elementary, middle, and high schools and promote student-oriented classes instead of the conventional curriculums focusing highly on exams and grades for college admission.
At the innovative schools, students and teachers play important roles in choosing classes and how lectures are carried out and debating classes and after-school curriculums comprise major educational courses for students.