The purpose of the visit to Changwon City:

  • Meet with Changwon Mayor Ahn and 1st Deputy Mayor Jung

  • Visit small businesses to develop relationships & understanding

  • Visit a manufacturing facility

  • Visit Masan Free Trade Zone

  • Tourism - Cherry Blossom Festival / Solar Tower / Changwon International Shooting Range / Museums / National 3:15 Cemetery

 28 – 29 March 2018

  • The delegation departed Jacksonville
    28 March 2018 and was welcomed by representatives from Changwon City on
    29 March 2018. The delegation was escorted to the hotel that evening and
    the staff briefed the delegation regarding the scheduled activities and events. Changwon entertained six of their Sister Cities during the Cherry Blossom Festival including Jacksonville.

 30 March 2018

  • The delegation visited Gukim Co. LTD,
    a manufacturer of Chrysanthemum tea and products.  We discussed potential exporting of tea to Jacksonville and other U.S. markets.  

  • The delegation visited SUDO Ari Travel
    Co. LTD and discussed increased tourism between Jacksonville and Changwon.  They advised the delegation that they
    can make arrangements for tourist and exchange students.

  • Mr. Jeon, Kyeshik, President of Chrysanthemum Tea Corp, hosted
    the delegation for lunch.

  • The delegation visited Marine Drama
    Set where traditional Korean movies are filmed.

  • The delegation from Jacksonville met
    for an introductory dinner with delegates from:

Penang, Malaysia; Yakutsk, Russia; Nantong, China; Kure, Japan; and Darhan-Uul, Mongolia.

  • The delegation met with a senior member of Blue Wave Dance Company. We discussed the potential of the group performing during the 35th anniversary of Changwon as a Sister City in November 2018.

 31 March 2018

  • The delegation visited the center of the cherry blossom festival known as the festival bridge with delegates from other Sister Cities.  We enjoyed walking through the endless canopies of cherry blossoms.  The beauty of the event was breathtaking.  The delegations enjoyed lunch together.

  • Delegations attended the welcoming dinner reception with Mayor Ahn who gave opening remarks.  1st Deputy Mayor Jung, Joog Chang also provided remarks and presided over the event.  Pictures were taken with the Deputy Mayor.

  • The delegations attended the opening ceremony of the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival.  The students from Yakutia performed a wonderful dance routine during the opening ceremony.  This is the largest festival in the country lasting 10 days.  Approximately 360,000 cherry trees have been planted throughout the area. The delegations also attended the Night Market to see the Cherry Blossom festival area in lights at night.

  • The delegations visited Changwon City Solar Tower, the largest solar power generating facility in Korea. The tower is approximately 400 feet high. The all glass walls of the observatory enable visitors to have panoramic view of the entire area.

 1 April 2018

  • The delegations visited the Masan Fish Market which is Korea’s largest fisheries distribution market and one of the major traditional markets in the country,
    National 3:15 Cemetery which is dedicated to lives lost during a protest in Masan on March 15, 1960, and Lotte Department Store.

  • The delegations enjoyed a sushi dinner the Deputy Mayor and his son followed
    by relaxing in self-guided moving boats on Yongji Lake.  Yongji is a beautiful artificial lake with a 30 minute water
    show with lights and music.

 2 April 2017

  • The delegation visited the Changwon International Shooting Range. The ISSF World Cup was held at this location.
    The ISSF World Cup in Changwon was held from the 20th of April to 30th of April. A total of 1,302 people including athletes and officials from 70 countries around the world visited Changwon. A total of 876 athletes competed in 15 senior and junior Olympic events.

  • The delegations enjoyed a traditional
    full course lunch.

  • The delegations toured the Masan Free Trade Zone Area.  It was established in 1970 as the first-ever foreign exclusive industrial complex in Korea.  Its aim is to enhance foreign investments, exports, jobs and technological advances.  The delegation viewed pictures on display of delegations from Jacksonville from 2003 and 2004 which included Councilman
    Don Davis and George Banks.

  • The delegations toured the Goodday
    Soju manufacturing facility.  The facility is state-of-the-art. Soju is a clear distilled beverage of Korean origin.  We also
    visited The Goodday Museum of World Liquor.

 3 April 2017

  • The delegations visited the burial site of President Roh, Moo-hyun. He served as President of South Korea, 2003–2008.
    He died 23 May 2009.

  •  The delegation enjoyed lunch at a restaurant in Bonga Village near the memorial site.

  • The delegation visited the Masan traditional market for shopping.

  • Director of International Relations hosted the delegation for dinner.  He visited Jacksonville during JSCA 50th anniversary celebration and expressed his gratitude for making his trip enjoyable.

 4 -5 April 2017

  • The delegation left Changwon and stayed in Masan until departing for Jacksonville on April 5th.

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