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.
Changwon is to the west of Busan, and most travel to Changwon is via this international hub.
The nearest airport is in Busan, the neighboring town to the east. The Airport is called Busan Gimhae International Airport. (IATA Code: PUS)
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.
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.
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.
Most foreign workers hold positions as either Engineers or English Teachers.
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.
Benningan's. Located across the street from Canberra Hotel.