Visions of Gyeongju
Visions of Gyeongju
To become a Global City of History, Culture and Tourism where traditional culture and advanced technologies are in harmony
- Gyeongju’s vision for the 21st century is to build a global city of history, culture and tourism in which traditional culture and advanced technologies exist in harmony.
- The key ideas in establishing this vision are “the function of a historical and cultural city as a treasury of Silla culture,” “the function of a city of science and technology” that can be promoted by implementing three major national projects, and “the function of international exchanges” that will help the city promote its traditional culture.
- The idea of being a global city of history, culture and tourism refers to an advanced city that utilizes its historical and cultural assets and values in developing its value-added tourism industry. It is a city whose value and reputation can be passed down to generations to come.
The scheduled projects that will bring a significant change in regional development include the establishment of Gyeongju Station on the Gyeongbu High Speed Railway, a low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste disposal facility and proton accelerator center, the transfer of the headquarters of the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., and the development of Gyeongju as a city of history and culture. Along with these projects, the city will actively attract industry related to cutting-edge scientific technology and create a high-tech industrial belt.
By promoting both traditional and digital culture at the same time, Gyeongju plans to reaffirm the identity of Silla culture and strengthen international exchanges with other countries.
Advancing to become a society in which residents enjoy happy lives, the dignity of humankind is respected and sustainable development is achieved are at the root of Gyeongju’s vision.
Gyeongju aims to place more emphasis on people, culture, tourism, environmental friendliness, and technology. The city is also putting efforts into becoming an advanced welfare city that encourages the participation of citizens in its administration.
Building an eco-friendly city where humankind and nature can coexist is one of Gyeongju’s plans, as well. It aims to become an eco-friendly city of culture and tourism that emphasizes the concept of “well-being.”
Gyeongju’s Future Image for the 2020s
The following are images of the future that Gyeongju will pursue in order to actively respond to the rapid changes of the 21st century and to become an internationally known city of history, culture, and tourism.
1. A global city of culture and tourism that harmoniously maintains and develops both its traditional and modern culture
- Gyeongju will operate the Gyeongju World Culture Expo more effectively and substantially, and apply digital technology to the display of Silla culture to add modern aspects to it. In order to establish the identification of Silla culture, the city will restore the Hwangryongsa nine-story wooden tower, Wolseong (Silla palace) and other representative cultural heritages and establish a Silla forest.
- Gyeongju plans to build a high-tech culture industry cluster by attracting and fostering the animation industry related to the cultural content industry.
- The city will expand business related to rural residential sites and weekend farms for those who want to enjoy a rural lifestyle on weekends, and to growing chemical-free agricultural products.
2. A high-tech city where cutting-edge industries and industries related to the proton accelerator center are being promoted
- With the establishment of a radioactive waste site, Gyeongju aims to build a renewable energy technopolis in the Oedong area and attract related industries in the vicinity of the proton accelerator center. By creating a belt with the Pohang Light Source, Gyeongju aims to generate an energy-industry synergy.
- By establishing complexes for machinery, mechatronics, and steel-related parts in the nearby Angang area, Gyeongju aims to double its synergy with POSCO and related industries.
3. An eco-friendly and sustainable energy city
- Gyeongju will promote the project of revitalizing the Hyungsangang (river) to be a wonderful place for citizens to enjoy by expanding the greenery area and creating a natural eco-park. This will help enhance the city’s plan to become an eco-friendly city as well.
- The city plans to create a green energy cluster by building renewable energy complexes related to hydrogen and fuel cells and a nuclear power techno park in the Oedong and Yangnam-myeon areas.
- By attracting and building an energy museum, related institutes and companies near the radioactive waste disposal facilities, Gyeongju will create an East Sea Energy Cluster that links Gyeongju, Pohang, Youngdeok and Uljin.
- Gyeongju continues the project of making the city safe from torrential rain, typhoons and dangerous facilities. The city is also promoting a restoration project for an ecological environment near Bukcheon and the Hyungsangang (river).
4. An open city of international exchange
- Gyeongju enhances its economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation with major foreign cities in an attempt to seek mutual development.
- In order to promote exchanges with major foreign cities, Gyeongju is establishing an international exchange center, actively attracting international conferences and building international convention centers.
- By organizing an international exchange association with people from academia, industries, government organizations and private businesses, the city is developing its international exchange businesses and strengthening private-level international exchanges such as cooperation on technology and the attraction of international fairs.
5. An advanced welfare city
- Gyeongju is establishing a comprehensive welfare service system that can easily adapt to change in order to enhance residents’ life quality and bring to the fore a variety of values.
- The city is also establishing a new town in Geoncheon to attract general hospitals.
1. Laying the groundwork to build a city of history, culture and tourism where traditional culture and high-tech digital culture are promoted in harmony.
- The city is building its identity as a city of culture and tourism by converging its traditional culture with digital culture.
- To that end, Gyeongju is establishing high-tech cultural and tourism grounds by expanding differentiated cultural and tourism infrastructure depending on the different characteristics of each tourist spot.
- Gyeongju is boosting its function as a leisure and entertainment city by effectively establishing a maritime tourism complex in Gampo, establishing a city of history and culture in urban areas and preserving its natural environment.
2. Creating a high-tech industrial cluster of cutting-edge energy technologies and accelerator-related industries
- By attracting and fostering accelerator-related business near the proton accelerator center, Gyeongju is promoting the high-tech medical industry as well as the IT and high-tech-related new materials industries.
- BBy building a local industrial complex in Oedong, the city plans to attract and foster hydrogen- and fuel cell-related high-tech car industries that are linked to the car industry in Ulsan.
- Gyeongju aims to become a mecca of the renewable energy industry, which is gaining attention as a new growth engine. At the same time, the city focuses on becoming an eco-friendly city of technology that is in harmony with the city’s history and culture.
- Given its connection with Pohang, the Cheonbuk Industrial Complex is being promoted as a complex specializing in mechanics, mechatronics, and steel-related parts.
3. Pursuing regional integration and balanced development
- Gyeongju aims to effectively link the area around the stations of the Geoncheon Railway with its metro area. The city also promotes the balanced development of both urban and rural areas.
- By upgrading its traffic network in areas related to the three major national projects, Gyeongju pursues regional integration and the balanced development of related regions.
4. Building an advanced welfare city
- Gyeongju is working on an advanced welfare service system that can improve citizens’ quality of life and bring to life their various values.
- Gyeongju is laying the institutional groundwork to encourage the participation of women in society and establishing a productive welfare system for the socially marginalized.
- The city is establishing various types of social welfare facilities for different types of marginalized people. To prepare for the increase in the number of senior citizens, it is building more hospitals for the elderly and “silver” towns.
5. Establishing an eco-friendly system that enables sustainable development
- Gyeongju is harmonizing development and environmental preservation by focusing on recycling and addressing air pollution.
- The city preserves its environment by effectively treating waste water and garbage and stepping up its monitoring of pollution sources.
- Gyeongju focuses on creating a clean and pleasant residential environment by expanding distribution waterworks and sewage facilities and enhancing the distribution rate of sewers.
- The city fosters the creation of residential areas where people can enjoy quality lives by providing both a rural atmosphere with clean air, water, and beautiful scenery and the convenience of the city at the same time.
6. Expanding facilities for international exchanges with foreign cities of history
- Gyeongju is strengthening international exchanges with global cities of history and culture such as Kyoto and Nara Prefecture in Japan, Seoan in China, Quedlinburg in Germany, Saint Petersburg in Russia, Verona and Florence in Italy, and Salzburg in Austria.
- In order to boost the function of its international exchanges, Gyeongju is establishing an international exchange center and operating an international exchange association.