Gwangju to Prepare Integrative ‘China-Friendly’ Policy
The city of Gwangju recently finalized an integrative municipal plan for a ‘China Friendly’ policy that is aimed at promoting greater cultural, economic and political exchange with China.
A total of 6 major projects in 18 categories will be carried out under the leadership of Gwangju Mayor Yoon Jang-hyun over the next four years.
The 6 major projects include the establishment of Hallyu or Korean Wave tour infrastructure using local cultural tourism content, the promotion of Gwangju through the East Asia Cultural Hub City project, the revitalization of cultural and artistic exchange with China, and the building of a China-friendly urban environment for Chinese tourists.
Upon the finalization of the integrative plan, various China-related projects such as the Gwangju and Jeonam Joint China Tourism Belt, the China Culture Center Gwangju branch and China Street in Gwangju will be conducted throughout the leadership of the incumbent mayor, Yoon Jang-hyun.
The city of Gwangju will also facilitate its medical tourism infrastructure, targeting Chinese tourists through medical tour coordinator, interpretation, and a global health care information center along with the construction of a foreigner-only duty free shop.
Honam Express Railway to Stop at Gwangju Station
The Honam Express Railway or Honam KTX that is scheduled to open next March will include Gwangju Station as a stop for trains whose last stop is located at Gwangju Songjeong Station.
Currently, there are two KTX train stations that serve Gwangju and the soon-to-be opened Honam KTX line linking Gwangju and Seoul only included Gwangju Songjeong station in Gwangsan-gu previously, raising concerns for great inconvenience for residents of Dong-gu and Buk-gu.
In response, the city of Gwangju will push ahead the ‘Switchback’ method that allows trains arriving in to Songjeong station to move backward to Gwangju station. Finalization of the plan will be made in November.
In addition, the city of Gwangju will host a task force team meeting to revitalize Gwangju station and promote Honam KTX’s inclusion of Gwangju station.
When Honam KTX is complete, a total of 48 KTX trains will travel through Gwangju Songjeong station daily.
Screen Doors to be Installed in All Stations on Gwangju Subway Route 1
The city of Gwangju has announced plans to secure national funding of 8 billion won to install screen door facilities in Gwangju subway route 1, which are designed to secure greater safety and promote safe use of subway trains.
The Platform Screen Door is a safety installation that automatically opens and closes subway train doors when the trains are departing and arriving.
A total of 9 stations, including Sotae Station, were previously not equipped with screen doors due to cost considerations.
Urban railway officials in Gwangju City Hall reportedly visited the National Assembly and Transport Ministry in Seoul early this year to secure national funding for the installation of screen doors.
Installation of screen doors in all stations on Gwangju subway route 1 will be carried out during the remainder of the year.
Asia Culture Forum to be Held from October 1st for Two days at CNU
The 2014 Asia Culture Forum will be held from October 1st for two days at the convention hall in Jeonam National University.
A total of 24 culture and artistic experts from 12 countries in Europe and Central Asia will take part in the discussions on ‘Cultural Development in Asia and Sustainable Growth of Cultural Contents in the Region’.
The opening ceremony, set to be held on October 1st, will feature an opening video produced by Gwangju-based media artist, Yi Yi-nam and welcoming speeches by Gwangju mayor Yoon Jang-hyeon and the president of Jeonam National University, Ji Byeong-mun.
The Asia Culture Forum takes place annually to revitalize cultural contents through case studies of successful overseas cultural city creation projects as well as to promote greater networks between Gwangju-based cultural associates and their counterparts in overseas countries.