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Changwon[3] is the capital city of South Gyeongsang in South Korea.


Changwon is the first of South Korea's few planned cities. Developed in the 1970s it was designed to be the new capital for Gyeongsangnam-do and an alternative capital for the country should Seoul be invaded. The city is surrounded by mountains which provides protection. A missile defense station sits on top of the southern mountain range. Changwon boasts of the longest straight road in the nation (Changwon Main Road - Changwondae-no) which is over 12Km long. If necessary the road can be used as a landing runway.

The city is home to many high-technology and machine industries, including Doosan, LG, Samsung, GM Daewoo, and their employees in a high-quality urban space. Changwon Main Road divides the town with the industries mostly being on the western side and the urban environment mostly being on the eastern side.

Get in[edit]

Changwon is to the west of Busan, and most travel to Changwon is via this international hub.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is in Busan, the neighboring town to the east. The Airport is called Busan Gimhae International Airport. (IATA Code: PUS)

By train[edit]

The Munghwa, Saemaeul and KTX (Korea Train Express) trains run into Changwon via the Changwon Train Station in the north part of the urban area of town. There are KTX stops at Changwon Train station, Changwonjungang Train station, and Masan Train station. You can travel directly to Changwon from Seoul Station without any transfers or connections.

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

Buses connect Changwon to most of the other cities in Gyeongsangnam-do via the Express bus terminal. Some buses connect with Changwon at the Namsan terminal in the south part of town, including buses for Busan. Express buses connect directly to Seoul several times a day.

To Busan: Buses to Busan mainly arrive in Sasang-gu in Busan at the Seobu bus station. The fare is about 3500 Won. Its a short walk to the Sasang subway station from Seobu.

Get around[edit]

The are two types of city buses, express and normal. The express bus costs a little more but have fewer stops. The normal bus stops at every stop and most routes run into neighboring towns Jinhae and Masan. Current cash price is W1,100 for a normal bus and W1,600 for an express. Taxis are also a very common mode of transportation. Taxis can almost always be flagged down within a couple minutes on any semi-major to major road. All taxis (including black) start at W2,200 during the day but the starting rate goes up to W2,650 after midnight.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Junam Reservoir
  • Shell Mound

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hiking around the many mountains that surround the city and catching one of the wonderful elevated views.
  • Watch and bet on bicycle races
  • Watch basketball
  • Watch soccer
  • Watch baseball
  • Play badminton on one of many public courts
  • Bike Party: a once-monthly themed event where people dress up according to the month's theme, and ride the publicly-available nubija bicycles on a planned route.


  • Changwon College
  • Changwon National University


Most foreign workers hold positions as either Engineers or English Teachers.

Buy[edit][add listing]

In season, Changwon is known for watermelons and persimmons. Check out the traditional markets for fresh fruits and veggies at great prices... if you're cooking for more than 1 person.

For the shoppers out there, Changwon has a Lotte Mart, Lotte Dept Store, and an Emart all centrally located by the Rotary across from City Hall. Daedong Dept Store's not too far from the Rotary as well. There's also a Home Plus and New Core Outlet near the bus terminal, and City 7 beside Changwon's Pullman Hotel.

Eat[edit][add listing]



Benningan's. Located across the street from Canberra Hotel.


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • O'Briens Irish Bar & Restaurant, 005-286-6547, [1].  edit
  • Westin Avenue.  edit
  • Monster Bar (Monster), Chongnam Dong (Around the corner from Cacaoria). A western-orientated bar with a cool interior, good food and drink, and an owner who speaks great English. Intimate. Has games like pop up pirate to play if the conversation lulls! Good meal deals on Friday nights.  edit
  • BK Bar
  • Hollywood Bar
  • London Pub
  • International Pub (pub/restaurant), downtown Jungangdong - down from the Canberra Hotel in the Seogwang officetel.. 6pm til late/early.. Maybe the oldest pub in the south of Korea - great atmosphere and lovely people!  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Changwon hotel
  • Canberra Hotel.  edit
  • Pullman Ambassador Changwon City 7 (Pullman Hotel), 122 Daewon-dong, 641-210 Changwon, Korea, (+82)55/6000700, [2]. Closest hotel to a 5 start hotel in Changwon, Korea. By far the nicest hotel in Changwon. (N 35° 14' 21.65'',E 128° 39' 18.39'') edit
  • The Pub International (The IP), Jung-ang dong (Next to the Changwon Hotel), 055-263-2360. Best "Foreign Bar" in Changwon! The IP was the original hangout for expats from around the world. It's been open since 1991, and was bought by the current owner in 1996. They serve great food from around the world, and are generous when pouring a drink.  edit
  • The International Pub (The IP), Next to the Changwon Hotel, 055-263-2360. The IP has been around for over 20 years. It was the original "Foreigner Bar" in Changwon, and is still one of the most popular places to hang out for people from around the world. They have a wide variety of excellent food from around the world. Bartenders are alays great, and extemely generous when pouring a cocktail. The owner, Soon Young is an amazing woman. Always smililing and working hard. She's a great cook and bartender, and a talented artist. The IP's kitchen is always open, and the bar closes when last person is ready walk or stumble out of the bar.  edit

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