Honam Express Train to be Opened for Public Next March
Korea Rail Network Authority has recently begun its preparation process for the grand opening of the Honam Express Railroad, set to be opened to the public next March.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Korea Railroad Corporation will jointly cooperate with the Korea Rail Network Authority in preparing for the opening of the much-anticipated bullet train route linking Honam and the rest of the country.
Cost estimation tests on different routes, the telecommunication system, and the overall operation program of the trains were held from February to July this year.
Safety inspections on electrical systems, signals, track switches, and automatic tool control systems will be finished this month. And test runs of the bullet train will be carried out from October.
Gwangju Tap Water Passes ‘Drinkable Water Test’
Tap water supplied to Gwangju recently passed a ‘Drinkable Water Quality Test’ in an evaluation and examination held at the filtration plant and in feed water pipes across the city.
A total of 4 major filtration plants and 25 water supply pipes as well as tap water providers in 130 spots were evaluated earlier this month.
No toxic or harmful substances were found in the filtration plants or tap water providers in the city, further satisfying all examination categories for drinkable water tests.
More detailed information on tap water quality inspection results in different locations in Gwangju can be found on the official webpage of the municipal waterworks headquarters at water.gjcity.net.
Gwangju and San Antonio Exchanges Gifts
The city of San Antonio in Texas, a sister city with Gwangju, will reportedly construct a memorial in Gwangju in return for Gwangju’s gift in 2010, a Korean traditional octagon-shaped pavilion.
San Antonio recently selected an artist that will work on designing and constructing the monument to commemorate the sister-city affiliation between Gwangju and San Antonio.
Selected artist is Cakky Brawley, a professor from Palo Alto College in San Antonio. She visited Gwangju from September 20th to the 26th to finalize the concept of the monument and to select a venue for construction.
Cakky Brawley is a San Antonio-based sculpture artist who has been working on numerous sculptures and monuments built in the city of San Antonio.
The city of Gwangju and Namgwang Construction CEO Kim Dae-ki previously sponsored the construction of Korea’s traditional octagon-shaped pavilion in Denmar Park in San Antonio.
Gwangju to Seek New Name for Newly-built Sports Facilities in the City
The city of Gwangju will seek names suggested by the citizens and residents of the city for the newly-built sports facilities prior to the official kick off of the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade.
The new sports facilities looking for new names include the swimming arena in Nambu University and the multi-purpose gym in Gwangju Women’s University as well as the general gymnasium, the sports ground for the handicapped and the main archery facility.
Citizens of Gwangju and others who reside in the city can take part in the naming of the new sports facilities event and applications can be found on the official webpage of the city of Gwangju at gwangju.go.kr.
The city will post selected names for the sports facilities on October 15th and winners will be given Onnuri gift vouchers that can be used in nationwide traditional markets.