Changwon

The Masan-Changwon bridge

Changwon (창원시) is the capital city of South Gyeongsang in South Korea, and incorporates the known harbor town of Masan.

Understand

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 12 km long. If necessary the road can be used as a landing runway.

The city is home to many high-technology and machine industries, including 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.

The neighboring cities Jinhae and Masan have since 2010 administratively been parts of Changwon.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) 9.0 9.5 14.5 20.2 25.4 26.4 29.5 28.1 27.0 21.9 16.0 7.7
Nightly lows (°C) -0.1 1.9 5.3 10.2 14.5 18.7 22.2 22.2 18.7 13.2 7.9 -1.1
Precipitation (mm) 5.7 20.0 152.5 102.9 106.5 45.1 149.2 665.9 109.8 101.0 51.5 15.7

Source: 2014 Korea Meteorological Administration

Get in

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

By plane

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

By train

The Munghwa, Saemaeul and KTX (Korea Train Express) trains arrive at 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 bus

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.

Buses from Busan mainly depart from the Seobu bus station in Sasang-gu. It's a short walk from the Sasang subway station to Seobu. The fare is about ₩3500.

Masan's intercity bus terminal serves destinations in the vicinity. There are frequent buses to Busan and Jinju (₩4,000 and one hour), as well as longer routes serving Tongyeong and far southern Geoje.

Get around

There 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 ₩1,100 for a normal bus and ₩1,600 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 ₩2,200 during the day but the starting rate goes up to ₩2,650 after midnight.

See

Do

Learn

Work

Most foreign workers hold positions as either engineers or English teachers.

Buy

Changwon is known for its watermelons and persimmons. If you're cooking for more than one person, check out the traditional markets for fresh fruits and veggies at great prices.

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

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Stay safe

There are no special considerations beyond those described in the South Korea article.

Connect

There are no special connection considerations beyond those described in the South Korea article.

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