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  • Yeongdo, infused with coffee! 
2024 Global Yeongdo Coffee Festival
To be held from May 24th to 26th at Amir Park
 
Yeongdo will be filled with the scent of flowers in May with a festival. The ‘2024 Global Yeongdo Coffee Festival,' filled with the aroma of coffee, will be held at Amir Park, a part of the Dongsamdong Maritime Museum, from May 24 to 26 over three days. 
In recent years, Yeongdo has become home to a number of local roastery cafes and a popular spot for young people due to its unique views of the sea in the center of the city, stylish atmosphere, and perfect coffee flavor. 

This change has led to the creation of a tour called the ‘Yeongdo Cafe Tour’ among young people, and its nickname, Coffee Treasure Island, has become familiar to them. In response, the festival, which was started to create a coffee-centered city in the center of Busan and Korea, is now in its fifth year. Starting this year, it will be held in spring, adding to the fun of Yeongdo's signature spring festival.  
The ‘2024 Global Yeongdo Coffee Festival’ will have 130 domestic and foreign participants, including 60 people from 8 overseas countries. In addition to coffee from local cafes, you can enjoy the pleasure of comparing and tasting coffee from all over the world served at coffee promotion centers in each country. 
Visitors will receive a reusable cup at the festival entrance for free tastings at the promotion centers, which will feature a specialty coffee zone, global coffee zone, and dessert zone, and coffee and desserts will be available for purchase on site. 
This year's festival will feature the Yeongdo Pentagon Cup Tasting Championship (YCC), a contest that was well-loved last year, organized by the Korea Coffee Association. The event will be held in a tournament-style on-site and will feature a variety of specialized seminars from Japanese participants, as well as a variety of seminars from domestic and international coffee experts that you may not normally encounter, such as coffee stories from Ethiopia. 
In addition, this year's Omakase (Coffee + Omakase) program, which allows visitors to experience the signature coffees of famous baristas, will be held in the cupping room at the venue, aimed at visitors in their 20s and 30s who seek new experiences. As part of the Yeongdo Regional Win-Win Program, new contents will be expanded, such as the Yeongdo Cafe tour bus, which will operate hourly to visit famous cafes in the venue.  
In the Healing Village, which has been expanded from previous years with various concepts within the venue, there will be mini-concerts twice a day, and visitors can take a break from their daily routine and enjoy a cup of aromatic coffee with the feeling of a picnic in the warm spring breeze.
The venue also offers a variety of hands-on activities such as a green bean roasting and hand-drip experience, cupping, and a coffee quiz show. For families, there are also various children's activities such as coffee soap making and coffee by-products key ring making.  
Meanwhile, the Yeongdo Mayor emphasized, “In early May, the attention of the domestic and international coffee industry is expected to be focused on Busan with this international event hosted by Busan City. We hope that the 2024 Yeongdo Coffee Festival will continue the momentum and make this year's festival a success, and that Yeongdo will be recognized as the center of the coffee industry and culture.” YEONGDO NEWS May 5, 2024 / No. 186
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  • A Pleasant Welcome of Spring 
Let's greet Yeongdo's beautiful spring!

As the saying goes "Winter is not eternal, and spring does not skip its turn.", a warm spring has come to us. Why don't you greet the spring of Yeongdo with your precious people this spring?
Recommended Course 1. Mount Bongraesan Dulle-gil (Ring Trail) - Mount Bongraesan Summit - Yeongdo Jonaegi Sweet Potato History Museum - Cheonghak Distributing Reservoir Observatory

Recommended Course 2. Dongsam Sea-Water Stream - Taejongdae Ocean Flying Theme Park - Coastal Healing Road - Yeongdo  Marino Auto Camping Ground 
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Mount Bongraesan Dulle-gil (Ring Trail) where you can experience both the forest and sea  
Mount Bongraesan is a very attractive place to soothe the body and mind tired of daily life. There are a total of 16 sections to climb Mount Bongraesan, and the summit is 395m above sea level. When you reach the summit of Mount Bongraesan, you can also see the Yeongdo Halmae (Granny) Rock; the legend says that Halmae (Granny) keeps the residents safe. As you enjoy the various hiking courses of Mount Bongraesan, you can see the magnificent view of Busan at a glance. In particular, the Mount Bongraesan Helicopter Pad Outdoor Garden, located in the middle of the Cherry Blossom Road (Contemplation Road) connecting the Yeongdo Jonaegi Sweet Potato History Museum and the summit deck road, introduces a variety of garden styles such as Korean Gardens, borrowed from Korean traditional wall, where you can just relax and stare at the calm water where the sky and trees blend (a water mirror), a formal garden, etc. 
If you want to feel a little special or like you're on a trip to our city, pay Mount Bongraesan Dulle-gil (Ring Trail) a visit.

Yeongdo Jonaegi Sweet Potato History Museum where you can learn history 
Yeongdo Jonaegi Village is the area where sweet potatoes were first grown in Korea. During the reign of King Yeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty, Joum, an envoy, first cultivated sweet potatoes from Tsushima Island, in Yeongdo, which helped ease the famine of the people. The museum, built to commemorate and inform the historical values and meanings of sweet potatoes, is an ideal place to visit after using the Mount Bongraesan Dulle-gil (Ring Trail). 
The Jonaegi Sweet Potato History Museum, introducing the propagation path and historical chronology of sweet potatoes, and the backgrounds of sweet potatoes with sand-art videos, sweet potato fairy tales, puzzle-playing kiosks, and sketch interactives, is an ideal place for children to experience various activities. Also, visit the cafe located on the second floor and enjoy the special sweet potato menu together. In particular, you can listen to fun and informative commentary from the cultural tourism commentator from Friday to Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., so do make sure to visit.
 
Cheonghak Distributing Reservoir Observatory the charm of the city of darkness
Where can I find the charm of the city? Though you can find the charm of the city in the lively daytime scene, the night scene helps end the pleasant day washing away the tired daily life. It is a place where the Cheonghak Distributing Reservoir space was converted into an observatory and is a popular photo zone, beautiful both day and night. This is an attractive place because you can look at the Busan Port Bridge, with the night scene of Busan in the background and every sort and kind of lighting shining on the bridge. If you visit Cheonghak Distributing Reservoir Observatory at night, you can enjoy the atmosphere of spring night as you can see the panoramic view of Busan Port with the sea flooded with lights. 

Dongsam Sea-Water Stream, a hidden cherry blossom spot that you'll regret if you don't visit
It is March when all winter buds sprout and flowers bloom. Starting with the apricot blossom of spring, cherry blossoms will also burst into blooms this week. The Dongsam Sea-Water Stream is another place to enjoy cherry blossoms, a hidden attraction, that you will regret if you don't visit now. Dongsam Sea-Water Stream is an ecological sea-water river surrounding the Dongsam Innovation District, U-shaped 1.6km section, and has established itself as an eco-friendly healing space in the city center. You can enjoy a leisurely walk and take pictures. 

Taejongdae Ocean Flying Theme Park, a Thrilling Experience Trip
Taejongdae Ocean Flying Theme Park, which opened in December of last year, offers thrilling experiences and cultural content that break away from existing viewing-type tourism. The 653m zip-line experience, which runs from Mount Jungrisan Coastal Healing Road to Gamji Beach to the former Jayu-Land parking lot, is thrilling, both viewing and experiencing firsthand offering a panoramic view of Gamji beach from below your feet to over your head. The time travel, which is based on digital media technology, restoring the natural environment with the motif of Yeongdo which is connected by four bridges and implemented on the LED screen, can be seen in the experiential media art MOEI. The experience at Taejongdae Ocean Flying Theme Park, embracing the sound of fresh waves and splendid natural scenery, will give tourists warm memories of spring.

Coastal Healing Road, the Best Driving Course 
Sunset is the best healing point for people who are tired of their daily lives. Sunset's beautiful appearance and ships anchored in the vast South Sea and anchorage basins approach like an art and the magnificent sight, coloring the sea red and disappearing, can be felt here. 
Coastal Healing Road, a coastal tourist road that opened on November 4 last year and connects a 2.4-kilometer section from Gamji Beach to the entrance to Jungri, emerges as a driving course where you can enjoy the beautiful coast and feel the scenery of Yeongdo. You can take a walk, and also enjoy the golden sunset in the comfort of a sunset gourmet restaurant.

Yeongdo Marino Auto Camping Ground, where city and nature coexist 
Located in the lower part of the Busan Port Bridge, Yeongdo Marino Auto Camping Ground is one of Yeongdo's main attractions. You can fully enjoy Yeongdo's charm at an unusual camping ground (15 caravan lots, 40 auto lots, 12 general lots); it is where the city and nature coexist and where you can heal while looking at the sea; it offers a walking trail that you can walk around the camping ground, along the sea shore; and Busan Port Bridge offers spectacular scenery at night. Users are selected through an online pre-booking system (draw); the application period for residents and the general public is different, so it is necessary to check the relevant website.  It is a perfect place to enjoy romantic and leisurely times with your beloved family members, lovers, and friends on a warm spring day while leaving your busy daily schedule behind for a while. 


YEONGDO NEWS April 4, 2024 / No. 185
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  •  A hopeful futuristic Yeongdo drawn by youth
Spur to create vibrant youth-friendly Yeongdo 


The Yeongdo District has been pushing for various efforts by creating a youth fund (2 billion won) to prevent the outflow of the youth population and build a youth-friendly city where young people want to live. This year, it plans to implement in earnest 32 projects in four areas and lay the foundation for solid youth policy promotion. 

Yeongdo Youth Policy Network
Since 2021, the Yeongdo District has formed and operated the 'Yeongdo Youth Policy Network (hereinafter referred to as YeongYouNet)' which is an organization for communication and administrative participation among young people in the region. The YoungYouNet, in which youth committee members aged 18-39 agonize over youth problems from the perspective of youth and propose solution policies, marks its fourth anniversary this year.
The 4th YeongYouNet, consisting of 49 members, plans to conduct activities such as basic literacy education, sub-division composition, agenda discovery workshops, sub-division activities, exchanges with young people in excellent areas, policy presentations, and sharing sessions. In particular, it, through consultation with policy experts in each field, plans to support to ensure the proposed policies are effectively completed this year. 
In 2024, it plans to support, using the Yeongdo-Gu Youth Fund, ▲Networking for the youth Entrepreneurs in Yeongdo ▲Youth club activities ▲Human Papillomavirus vaccination support project, the projects identified by the 3rd YeongYouNet. 

Administrative Experience Training for College Students
Since 2022, it has been running two administrative experience training programs for college students twice a year (Winter·Summer) to provide short-term jobs for local college students during vacations and to strengthen their job competitiveness through job experiences.
The administrative experience training programs, which will be held for four weeks in organizations in the Yeongdo Gu Hall and Dongsam Innovation District to carry out administrative assistance duties in various fields, provide career·employment consulting education in connection with the Koshin University Career Employment Support Center along with short-term intern training courses.
Applicants must be university (including community college) students who have lived in the district for more than one year as of the date of the public announcement; students on leave, graduate students, cyber college students, and students on course-credit banking systems are excluded.
※ Recruitment schedule
- Recruitment period: Every (Winter) November~December, (Summer) 			June~July
- Working period: Every (Winter) January~February, (Summer)
			July~August
- Working conditions: 5 days a week (9:00~17:00/7 hours a day)
            74,020 won (per day/employment·industrial accident 
		insurance, weekly holiday allowance are separate)

Special support for young people's monthly rent
The special support for young people's monthly rental project, which has been implemented since 2022, now in its second year, will recruit applicants from February 26 to reduce the burden of housing costs for young people who are suffering from economic difficulties due to the prolonged COVID-19.
Those eligible for the support are homeless young people, aged 19 to 34, living separately from their parents; the maximum support amount and period are 200,000 won per month and up to 12 times respectively.
Applications can be made in person at the Community Service Center, of your district, in pseron, or online at Bokjiro (www.bokjiro.go.kr).

Support for Yeongdo Youth Certificate Examination Fees
To ease the economic burden of unemployed youth, we promote a project to support Yeongdo youth certificate-test fees.
Eligible applicants must be unemployed youths, aged 19 to 34, with addresses in the Yeongdo District: the support amount is 100,000 won per person, and applications can be made at the Yeongdo Gu Hall website along with some required documents. 
Last year, examination fees to 160 people, who took the language proficiency test and the national technical qualification test, were handed out and the program received a great response. 
※ Certificate of application: National Technical Certificate, TOEIC, TOEIC Speaking, OPIC, TEPS, G-TELP, FLEX, HSK, JPT, JLPT
YEONGDO NEWS March 3, 2024 / No. 184
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  • If I don't know, I'm the only one who loses 
Changes in 2024
Busan City implements 59 systems & policies in 6 areas
Dongbaekjeon Plus Cashback Expansion, Parent Salaries·First Meeting Tickets Raised 
City bus disposable cups prohibited, etc

In 2024, the year of Gapjinnyeon, there will be many changes in major economic·social systems. The criteria for selecting livelihood·housing benefits for low-income families will be eased and tax credit benefits for credit card usage will be expanded. In addition to the introduction of K-Pass, a public transportation cost refund support system, a Youth Housing Dream Subscription Account will be launched. Busan City will implement 59 new systems and policies in six areas: they are economy·jobs·youth, urban·transportation, health·welfare, women·childbirth·childcare, safety·environment·hygiene, culture·sports·tourism, etc. Let's take a look at the systems that will change in 2024.
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□ The economy·jobs·youth
· Additional cashback boost for Dongbaek Plus
Starting from January 1, the Busan Metropolitan Government will increase the additional cashback applied to Dongbaek Plus merchants from 2% to 3%. Dongbaek Plus franchise customers can enjoy up to 18% discount·cashback benefits by adding existing cashback for Dongbaekjeon·self-discounts for each franchise·additional cashback.
· Expanding the living wage system
It is 11,350 won per hour, up 2.5% from last year. The monthly salary for working 40 hours a week, the legal working hours, is 2,372,150 won, and from this year, the scope of the living wage system will be expanded to workers belonging to public institutions (including subsidiaries) under the city and workers entrusted to the city.
· Expanding support targets as the youth age raised
The youth age will be raised, from January 6, to allow for the changes in the demographic structure, such as low birth rate and aging population, and to expand the scope of youth policy support. It has been adjusted from existing 18 to 34 years old to 18 to 39 years old. Accordingly, young people aged 35 to 39 years can participate in ▲ Youth employment suit rental service ▲ Busan youth joy double bank account ▲ Busan youth work joy card support ▲ Youth rental deposit loan interest support projects. 

□ Urban·Transportation
· Regulations for bringing food into the city bus transportation terms and conditions 
From January 1, food in disposable containers will not be allowed on city buses. Foods that are prohibited from being brought in include food items that can flow outwards and leak due to a light impact (such as hitting a chair or accidentally dropping it on the floor) or food items not packaged. However, chicken·pizza wrapped in paper boxes, food ingredients in plastic bags (bought at markets, etc.), and beverages in sealed tumblers and thermos cups are allowed.

□ Health·Welfare
· Hospital safety companion service implemented
Starting from February, Healthy Life for single-person households with difficulties in using hospitals will be supported. A companion manager provides help from leaving home to arriving home, such as moving to the hospital, admission·payment, receiving treatment, etc. The cost is 15,000 won per hour and 7,500 won per each additional 30 minutes. Expenses for below 50% of median income are supported, and an application can be made at the administrative welfare center of the address.
· Upward support for senior citizens' job allowances (activity expenses)
Starting from January 1, the monthly activity amount of participants in senior day jobs will be raised from a minimum of 20,000 won to a maximum of 40,000 won. Public interest activities such as transportation assistants receive 290,000 won per month and 634,000 won per month for social service types such as childcare teacher assistance.
YEONGDO NEWS February 2, 2024 / No. 183
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  • Yeongdo Indoor Gymnasium’ Opened
Expanding the base of sports for all! It will be a sports facility that everyone can use close to home! 
It has various community spaces such as indoor gymnasium, fitness room, multipurpose room, outdoor trail, and track
Opening ceremony on December 21, official operation after pilot operation in January next year
 
'Yeongdo Indoor Gymnasium' opened on December 21 in Yeongdo District allowing residents to meet various demands for sports for all; there were no indoor sports facilities other than school facilities in Yeongdo District.
The indoor gymnasium was built, at a total project cost of 10.5 billion won, on three floors, above ground, with a total floor area of 2,605㎡; the gymnasium was selected, in October 2018, for the life-friendly type National Sports Center Project sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It's made up of one basketball court, one volleyball court, five badminton courts which can be used as an indoor gymnasium, one fitness room, and one multi-purpose room.
It is a community-based space for local communities that can be used and enjoyed by all generations: it plays various roles and functions in the local community. In addition to the indoor sports facilities, there is a multi-purpose field, trail, jogging track, and parking lot outside the gym.
Also, a culture and arts center, a library, a national sports center, and a welfare center for the disabled are located nearby, so it is expected that there will be a great synergy effect with these facilities. 
Yeongdo Mayor of Gu said: "The Yeongdo Indoor Gymnasium, which opened recently, is a space that can be used comfortably by the children·adolescents, the elderly, and the disabled, and is expected to increase the participation rate of the residents in sports activities and contribute greatly to improving their health." Meanwhile, Yeongdo Indoor Gymnasium will be officially open after a pilot operation in January and supplementing the improvements pointed out in a consumer survey YEONGDO NEWS January 1, 2024 / No. 182
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  • ‘Taejongdae Ocean Flying Theme Park’ Opened
It will be a new milestone for Yeongdo, offering a competitive edge in culture and tourism 

Equipped with experiential culture-spaces complex such as zip wires, media art, and cafes
Official operation in December after the opening ceremony on November 29 and pilot operations

Taejongdae Ocean Flying Theme Park, an experiential tourism facility where you can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Taejongdae and the sound of fresh waves, will open on November 29. Taejongdae Ocean Flying Theme Park, which will be priming water for the revitalization of the stagnant Taejongdae tourism business, is a culture-facility complex equipped with zip wires, media art, and a view cafe, and is already expected to be a new landmark in Yeongdo District.
Yeongdo District purchased the land of Taejongdae Jungrisan Mountain, the vicinity of the former JayuLand parking lot of the Ministry of National Defense, Busan City, and built upper stop (55 Marine Healing Road, 1 basement floor, 4 above-ground floors, 646㎡ total floor area) and lower stop (55 836beon-gil Taejong-Ro, 3 above-ground floors with 1 basement floor, 744㎡ total floor area); the construction took one year and seven months. It is getting ready to welcome tourists: to operate it professionally and manage it efficiently, it selected private operators through open bidding for the operating permit in September.
First of all, at the upper stop, there is a view cafe where you can enjoy the view of the open sea; there are four zip lines spanning 653m from Mount Jungrisan~Gamji Beach~former JayuLand Parking Lot. At the lower stop, you can meet the zip wire arrival hall and media art where you can watch images implemented on LED screens based on digital media technology. 
In particular, Taejongdae Ocean Flying Theme Park, located on the Taejongdae Coastal Tourism Connection Road, tourists can enjoy beautiful natural scenery comfortably. The tourists visiting Taejongdae will be able to encounter thrilling experiences and cultural content together, breaking away from existing sightseeing tours. 
The user fee for zip wire is 30,000 won (single day, one pass); Media is art 10,000 won for adults, 8,000 won for youths, and 5,000 won for children; the residents of Yeongdo District receive a 30% discount.
Yeongdo Mayor of Gu said, "Taejongdae Ocean Flying Theme Park will be a new milestone for the tourism of Yeongdo, represented by Taejongdae." and "As a cultural facility complex with contents linking culture and tourism, I hope you can get out of your tired daily life for a while and fully enjoy differentiated memories and pleasures that you cannot experience in existing tourist facilities." 
Meanwhile, Taejongdae Ocean Flying Theme Park will hold an opening ceremony at its lower stop on November 29 and will officially begin operation in December after supplementing improvements in operating services YEONGDO NEWS December 12, 2023 / No. 181
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  • "Coffee, Awakens Yeongdo"
Global Yeongdo Coffee Festival 2023 Held
November 3-5 at Amir Park
Six Foreign Countries, 40 Participants: 150 Foreign·Domestic Booths
Yongdo's late-autumn atmosphere is heated up to the fullest with the news of another festival. The 'Global Yeongdo Coffee Festival 2023', filled with the scent of coffee, will be held at Amir Park, vicinity of the Marine Museum in Dongsam-dong, for three days from November 3 to 5.

In recent years, Yongdo's local roastery cafes have been rapidly emerging as hot places for young people, with a unique view, the ocean view that can be enjoyed from the city center, a sophisticated atmosphere, and a high-quality coffee taste.   

As this change has created a form of tourism called the "Yeongdo Cafe Tour" among young people, naturally, the name "Coffee Treasure Island" is no longer strange. Furthermore, the festival, which began to create not only the coffee center of Busan but also the coffee city in Korea, marks its fourth anniversary this year. 
 
The "Global Yeongdo Coffee Festival 2023" will be participated by six foreign countries, about 40 people, and run 150 booths, domestic and foreign. You can experience the joy of comparing and tasting world coffee, domestic coffee, and coffee promotion centers of different countries. 

The visitors can taste the coffee, free of charge, using the reusable cups handed out at the entrance of the festival, at the theme village, special village, global village, and sweet village, of the promotion centers: coffee and desserts are also sold on-site. 

The festival will be held in a tournament format, YCC (Yeongdo pentagon Cup tasting Championship), a coffee cupping competition that was very well received last year, under the auspices of the Korea Coffee Association on site. It will also offer various unusual seminars by domestic and foreign coffee experts such as latte art by the Japanese participant, Yoong (Hand Drip) drip, Ethiopia coffee story, etc. 

At the Healing Village, which will be created with the concept of camping within the venue, two mini-concerts will be held a day, where you can enjoy a warm cup of coffee pretending to be at a campsite while enjoying the beautiful autumn breeze of Yeongdo.

Inside the indoor circular dome, there will be a photo zone of an indoor garden concept where you can experience coffee trees of various ages and take pictures; various photo spots will be available at the festival entrance and throughout the venue.

In addition, various hands-on events such as green bean roasting, hand-drip experience, cupping, and coffee quiz shows will be available on-site. For family visitors, children's hands-on experience programs such as making coffee soap and coffee key rings will also be run.

The Color and Drip (Color Healing Cafe), a coffee festival-linked event, will be held at the 'Blueport 2021', a Yeongdo-Gu coffee complex culture space on Coffee theme street. The Color & Drip is a coffee-matching event that matches the propensity of each color through individual personal color and color therapy and is held as a talent-donation event by color experts to help the vulnerable.

Meanwhile, Yongdo Mayor of Gu emphasized: "This year's festival will be the foundation for Yeongdo to become the mecca of Busan's coffee industry, the center of Korea's coffee industry, and the hub of international coffee business and logistics." and "It will also be a place to establish itself as the largest coffee festival in Bu·Ul·and Gyeong and confirm the possibility of growing into a nationwide festival." YEONGDO NEWS November 11, 2023/ No. 180
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  • “Yesterday Meets Today”
 Leads to the 31st Yeongdo Bridge Festival! 
From October 13 to 15, at Amir Park & vicinity of Yeongdo Bridge
Yeongdo-Gu's representative festival, armed with richer programs this year 
Shuttle Bus Operation for Tourist Convenience, 
2 45-seater (Nampo Station ↔ Amir Park)
 
‘The 31st Yeongdo Bridge Festival', the representative festival of the Yeongdo District, will be held from October 13 to 15 at Amir Park (next to the National Maritime Museum in Dongsam-dong) and the vicinity of Yeongdo Bridge under the theme of "Yesterday Meets Today."
In line with the face-to-face event, this festival offers a variety of programs that can be enjoyed by both locals and tourists than last year to showcase the true nature of the Culture and Tourism Festival. In addition, the 31st Yeongdo Bridge Festival, with keywords such as eco-friendly and low carbon and without printed leaflets, planned a tourism festival that practices ESG using eco-friendly biodegradable containers. First of all, during the daytime of October 13, the first day, 「Yeongdo Bridge Festival Painting Contest」 will be held for elementary school students in Busan to draw various fun memories related to Yeongdo Bridge and Yeongdo Bridge Festival; it will be followed by the opening ceremony and a spectacular maritime fireworks show with celebratory performances by guest singers, Hong Kyeong-min and Ko Hyon-ju. 
On the 14th, the second day, the following programs will be run: ▲ 「It's Youngdo Bridge!」, a game of rock-scissors-paper played with legs by residents together with visitors ▲ 「Dogae Performance」timed with lifting (Dogae) of Yeongdo ridge (held on Yeongdo Bridge/Army band ‧ Pungmul (Korean musical instruments) performance ▲ 「Local star in Yeongdo」, the stage for artists in Yeongdo ▲ 「Yeongdo Bridge Training Center」 with Choi Tae-seong, Korea's star lecturer ▲ 「Yeongdo Cinema」 (the movie 'Coco'), where you can enjoy the emotion of family movies along with the cool autumn breeze.
On the 15th, the last day and the highlights of the festival, the following events will be held: ▲ 「Yeongdo Fishing Contest with Dongsam Fishing Village Fraternities」 held at Hari Port in Yeongdo ▲ 「Challenge! Yeongdo Golden Bell」: a quiz contest on Yeongdo and Yeongdo Bridge and the winner will be awarded the prize money ▲ 「The Bridge of Meeting」 a new reinterpretation of the meeting on Yeongdo Bridge at old-time ▲ 「King of Yeongdo Trot Songs」 which selects the national King of trot songs and this will be followed by a closing ceremony and a celebratory performance of the guest singer (Song Ga-in).


YEONGDO NEWS October 10, 2023 / No. 167
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  • "Culture City, Riding The Wind To The Waves"
2023 Culture City Fair & International Conference Held
Will be held from September 7 to 10 at the site of Mulyangjang (Lighters Wharf) in Bongrae-dong 
Participated by 24 Culture Cities local governments and ordinary citizens
The officials from 24 Culture Cities local governments across the country will gather at the site of Mulyangjang (Lighters Wharf) for four days from September 7 (Thur) to 10 (Sun).
<The 2023 Culture City Fair & International Conference (hereinafter referred to as the Fair)> is hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Busan Metropolitan City, and the National Culture Cities Council, and organized by Yeongdo District, Yeongdo Culture City Center, and Regional Culture Promotion Agency; It will be divided into exhibitions and international conferences..
Under the subtitle "Culture City, Riding the Wind to the Wave", the event will be attended by 24 Legal Culture Cities across the country, 600 domestic and foreign officials, and ordinary citizens to share the results of Culture City Projects and derive future strategies related to urban development through culture.
On September 8 (Fri), during the opening ceremony, 40 residents of Yeongdo will give an opening performance prepared through a civic workshop, and  Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Distinguished Service Commendations; Project Luminary, Leenalchi and Bosudong Cooler will give celebratory performances. 
The international conferences are participated by a total of 22 domestic and foreign officials and divided into four sessions: ▲Culture city, creates a real power of culture ▲Culture city, creates a city brand ▲Culture city, fosters creative industries ▲Culture city, responds to local extinction. Noda Kunihiro (Professor of Regional Culture at Tottori University) who designed Japanese Creative City Culture, Ed Washington (Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion Office of Portland State University) regarding Portlands regional innovation cases, and Lee Jung-hee (Dean of Department of Social Welfare of Portland State University) will give presentations.
On September 9 (Sat) and 10 (Sun), a talk show will be held by Na Young-hoon, head of POSCO's corporate citizens office, Kwon Myung-hwan, a psychiatrist from Haedong Hospital, Yoo Hyun-joon, an architect, and Jeon Young-soo, a professor at Hanynag University to talk about the role of culture that is essential for citizens' lives. 
During the four days of the fair, the Culture City Promotion Hall and Yeongdo Culture City Special Hall will be held at the Wonji Lounge in Mulyangjang (Lighters Wharf); a showcase booth and buskings of 100 teams of local-culture personals, and civic hands-on experience programs will be held. In addition, the Yeongdo Culture City fam tour, which meets with Pachinco, and the Yeongdo local brand convenience stores will also be held.
Yeongdo Mayor of Gu said: "The culture-city fair and international conference in Yeongdo will serve as an opportunity to enhance the status of Yeongdo-Gu as a culture city." and "We hope that 24 cities will gather to discuss in-depth the role of culture for urban development so that all cities can become special for their cultures."
Meanwhile, Yeongdo District, the first Legal Culture City designated by the Regional Culture Promotion Act, was selected as the chair city of the National Culture Cities Council in 2023. Anyone, including local governments, local-culture officials, and ordinary citizens, can participate in this event, and particular details can be found on the Yeongdo Culture-City Center and the Regional Culture Promotion Agency website. YEONGDO NEWS September 9, 2023 / No. 178
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  • Ironmen who melt the summer heat are coming to Yeongdo!
Exciting ‘Triathlon’ competition unfolds at Heavenly Views Yeongdo
To be held in Amir Park and along the sea route, August 5 to 6
Between the three-way intersection in front of P.Ark ~ Korea Maritime & Ocean University entrance, about 1.7km section, will be closed off to traffic, between 6:40 a.m. of the 5th(Sat) & 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. of the 6th(Sun)
Citizens Participation Concert (Ailee, Burning Soda, SoonSoonHee, Joosiq, Team H) at 7:00 p.m. at Amir Park special stage on the 5th

From August 5 to 6, the ‘WT Yeongdo World Triathlon World Cup 2023’ competition, challenging the limits of the bodies and minds, will be held against the backdrop of beautiful coastal scenery.
The World Triathlon World Cup is an international competition in which male and female elite athletes, within the 65th place in the world ranking, swim, cycle, and run in succession; it is going to be broadcast live on the Internet in 140 countries around the world.
Triathlon is a combined word of tri, which means three, and athlon, which means competition, and is notorious for being the most demanading sport. It is also called the Ironman triathlon because it is a race that is conducted in succession with no rest in between.
The competition will start with an elite sprint (swimming 750m, cycling 20km, running 5km) competition at 7:00 a.m. on the 5th at Amir Park, the National Maritime Museum, and the neighboring sea route; This will be followed by a club sprint competition (same as the elite course) at 6:00 a.m. on the 6th and the standard distance competition (swimming 1.5km, cycling 40km, running 10km). 
In addition, a citizens participation concert (Ailee, Burning Soda, SoonSoonHee, Joosiq, Team H) will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the 5th at the special stage of Amir Park to commemorate the hosting of the Yongdo World Triathlon World Cup and also wishing to host the Busan World Expo 2030; it is expected to be a festival venue not only for the participating teams but also for everyone. 
Traffic is controlled for the smooth running of the two days of the competitions.
Starting from the three-way intersection in front of P.Ark to the entrance to Korea Maritime & Ocean University entrance, about 1.7Km section, will be closed off to traffic, between 6:40 a.m. and 10:10 a.m. on the 5th and between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the 6th. 
Accordingly, vehicle traffic must detour toward Taejongdae via the Dongsam three-way intersection and the three-way intersection in front of Dongsam Church; police and safety personnel will be deployed at the control points and major intersections to help vehicles flow smoothly and minimize inconvenience to residents.
Yeongdo Mayor of Gu said “Through the competition, we will promote Yeongdo, which has a heavenly blessed natural environment, as a mecca for marine leisure․cultural tourism to the world, and expect it will serve as a good opportunity to leap forward as an international sports city.” and “It will also be a meaningful event that contributes to our efforts to host the Busan World Expo.”
YEONGDO NEWS August 8, 2023 / No. 177
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  • Come to Amir Park. Beat the heat this summer!
『Yeongdo Summer Ocean Festival 2023』
International Maritime Film Festival 2023, only in Yeongdo (7.21∼7.23)
Returning Children's Water Park (7.15∼7.28)
Marine leisure hands-on experience class crisscrossing cool sea (7.22∼7.23)
Food trucks with Trashe Catching Trash Busters (7.21~7.23) 

Yeongdo District will hold the “Yeongdo Summer Ocean Festival 2023” to beat the heat this summer at Amir Park.
First, the “International Maritime Film Festival 2023” will be held for the first time in Yeongdo from July 21 to July 23. You can watch the main entries of the San Francisco International Maritime Film Festival, which are only released at the International Maritime Film Festival, and about 28 maritime films of various genres from 10 countries for free.
In addition, various side events such as hands-on experience events, conversations with directors, and lectures by and talks with experts are prepared during the festival period.
Second, the "children's water park", which was closed for 3 years from 2020 to 2022 due to the spread of Covid-19, will be open for 14 days from July 15 to July 28.
The water park will be open in the morning and afternoon to 200 children of elementary school age or younger; a reservation on the Yeongdo Gu Hall website is required and admission is free. 
Operating hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day, with a 15-minute break after 45 minutes of operation; four swimming pools and one water slide for children, and auxiliary convenience facilities such as shower rooms and changing rooms will be provided. 
Third, the “Marine leisure hands-on experience class” will be held at Archinaru (a Mooring) in Korea Maritime & Ocean University from July 22 to July 23 for residents who lacked opportunities to experience marine leisure in Yeongdo. 
You can enjoy marine leisure hands-on experiences such as yachts and SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards), jet boats, etc. that cut through the cool water to beat the heat for free.
Reservations, starting from 09:00 two weeks before the experience date, can be made through the Korea Marine Content Development Co., Ltd. www.koma-contet.com; to ensure the residents get equal opportunities, we plan to limit the number of experiences per person to one time. 
Last, “Food Trucks”, with Trash Busters to catch garbage, will be operated from July 21 to July 23 to provide food that is indispensable to the festival. To hold an eco-friendly festival, we plan to operate food trucks serving multi-use beverage containers for the first time this year and reduce the use of disposable products.
Yeongdo Mayor of Gu said: “Through the 'Yeongdo Summer Ocean Festival 2023', the first urban marine festival to be held this year, we hope that residents will enjoy a cool summer this year, and we will try harder to discover new contents that can attract tourists from other parts of Korea to boost the local economy and enhance tourism competitiveness.”
YEONGDO NEWS July 7, 2023 / No. 176
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  • We will create a traffic environment that puts children first!
Overall improvements of the Children's Safety Zone in the District
A joint countermeasure meeting with six related organizations was held, and parental requests were actively reflected.
24m vehicle protection fence and two speed humps were installed first
Illegal-parking-CCTV-installation scheduled to be completed at the end of July

On April 28th, an unfortunate accident occurred in a Children's Safety Zone in the District. Above all, Yeongdo District is devising measures to fundamentally solve the problem by accurately identifying the cause of the accident so that such an accident does not happen again.
First of all, on May 3, the 「Joint Countermeasures Meeting with Relevant Agencies Related to School Commute Road Accidents」 was held. The meeting, which was presided over by the Yeongdo Mayor of Gu, was attended by six related organizations including Gu Hall, police, schools, Western Office of Education, Road Traffic Authority, and Yeongdo-Gu Mental Health Welfare Center to devise countermeasures to prevent the recurrence of safety accidents in the Children's Safety Zone. 
At this meeting, we discussed various measures that actively reflected parental demands such as ▲The request for manpower for safe school commuting roads ▲Installation of speed humps ▲Pedestrian crossing stop line and traffic lights locations alignment ▲Safety fence repair ▲Installation of traffic light acoustic detection facility ▲Request to relocate the Fishing-Net factory in the accident-prone area ▲Installation of parking violation CCTV ▲Operation-time restriction of large trucks in school zones ▲One-way road designation on the road leading to Ilshin Marina, etc.
Accordingly, Yeongdo District has devised three measures to create safe commuting routes ▲Maintenance of traffic safety facilities ▲Maintenance of roadside pileups on the road to school ▲Psychological recovery, and counseling support. 

◆Maintenance of traffic safety facilities
First, the tubular road markers installation (100m section) was completed on the past 4th day of this month. After consultations with residents, we plan to install them in the remaining sections. In addition to special crackdowns on illegal parking during school hours, banners will be posted to promote the prohibition and crackdown on illegal parking in the 57 Children's Safety Zones in the district (5 zones near Cheongdong Elementary Schools, 52 zones near 13 Elementary Schools). By doing so, it is our policy to root out  illegal parking & stop, and induce law-abiding driving through awareness raising.
On the 17th, the installation of a 24m-long vehicle protection fence was completed, with a budget of 24 million won, on the pedestrian path in the Children's Safety Zone in front of Cheongdong Elementary School. The fence is capable of withstanding a collision with a 14-ton truck at 80 km/h; it is rated at 5 out of 1~9 rating system; safety strength is prescribed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport through actual crash tests. Yeongdo District plans to sequentially repair safety fences in Children's Safety Zones near 14 elementary schools, starting with the fence section of Cheongdong Elementary School. Then, on the 19th, the installation of two speed humps was completed. In the section between Jabi Kindergarten and Cheonghak Heights Villa. We plan to complete the installation of protective fences for vehicles by the end of June, and the CCTVs for illegal parking enforcement will also be installed and completed by the end of July.
By the end of September, we plan to complete the installation of raised pedestrian crosswalks, runway-type pedestrian crosswalks, audio signals, and speed displays.   

◆Maintenance of roadside pileups on the road to school 
Since May 3, we are making efforts on enhancing the safety measures for roadside pileups on the road to school and establishing a prompt cooperation system. We are making efforts to ensure safety on commuting routes: first, the roadside pileups maintenance and sidewalk maintenance (12 cases) works are being carried out and intensive policing teams are being implemented to control the roadside pileups on the road to school. 
In addition, based on the additional demand surveyed, according to the results of the Western Office of Education's demand for additional personnel on school commute routes in the district, it is additionally placed in Cheongdong Elementary School first; we are also discussing gradually expanding deployment. 

◆Psychological recovery and counseling support
It also focuses on wound healing for psychological recovery support.
The Western Office of Education is providing customized support according to the degree of trauma based on the psychological test conducted on the students of Cheongdong Elementary School on the past May 2. The Yeongdo-Gu Mental Health Welfare Center decided to support a psychological counseling program for teachers‧parents together with the Wee Center of the Western Office of Education.

Meanwhile, The ‘Children’s Safety Zone’ is the main school roads within a 300m radius from the main entrances of elementary schools and kindergartens, and parking·stopping of vehicles is absolutely prohibited.
Fine for illegal parking in the Children's Safety Zone is subject to a fine of 120,000 won for passenger cars and 130,000 won for vans,  from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, which is three times that of the general area.
YEONGDO NEWS June 6, 2023 / No. 175
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