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About Seo-gu
About Seo-gu

Boasting of mild and calm climate throughout the year and the kind residents living in it, Seo-gu has long been a hub of administration, legislation, medical care, and fisheries in Busan, with its own rich and prosperous culture.

With a convenient traffic network stretching in all directions, three universities, and a number of general hospitals and prestigious schools, Seo-gu has a pleasant residential environment.

Now, Seo-gu is transforming itself into an even more beautiful and dynamic tourist zone as the International Seafood Processing Complex in Busan located nearby the Mojipo and Cultural Flower Village have been successfully established as a part of the Songdo Coastal Improvement Project. Seo-gu is a happy town featuring beautiful view of the blue ocean where everyone wishes to reside.

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The first human presence in the Seo-gu area can be traced back to the Neolithic Age. Apparently, Seo-gu has long been a good place to live for human beings. Along with the opening of Busan Port, a modernized urban town was formed in the area, leading the modernization of Busan as a port city. Looking back the history of the Korean Peninsula, Seo-gu has played a pivotal role; during the Korean War, Seo-gu was the seat of the Provisional Government Office, and the Gyeongsangnam-do Provincial Government and the Court Complex had also been located in Seo-gu for a long time.

Seo-gu has made continued development after being promoted to a Gu under the Gu (administrative district unit) system that was implemented in 1957. Keeping with the autonomous local government system that was introduced in 1988 throughout the country, Seo-gu became an autonomous Gu and has set a good example for listening to the voices of its residents ever since. After 40 years of service, the Seo-gu Office moved from Daesin-dong to Chungmu-dong in January 2003 and is continuously doing its utmost to make life in Seo-gu better, while pursuing the “Happy and Livable Seo-gu District.”

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Seo-gu is one of the quintessential tourism spots in Busan, thanks to its breathtaking scenery of mountains stretching far and high like a wall and the blue ocean that endlessly reaches out to the horizon.
Once called the ‘Napoli of Asia’, Songdo Beach is the first official beach in Korea that opened in 1913 and was famous for its immense popularity from the 1960s to 1980s. As the Songdo Coastal Improvement Project has successfully been completed in which several measures were taken in order to prevent typhoon damage and the resulting loss of sand, Songdo Beach has now been reborn into a year-round vacation spot that offers beautiful coastlines.

The submerged seawall has become the hideout for a school of fish, and the wider sandy beach and waterfront spaces are crowded with people both young and old who want to experience the fascinating views of the beach with their loved ones.
The magnificent and fantastic night views under the lights of the Whale Lighthouse, the first-ever lighthouse built on the surface of the sea, is making people revisit Songdo Beach over and over.

A view from Amnam Park, an ecological park embracing the mysterious coastal scenery, is like a piece of art illustrating the looming ocean through the black pine trees, and boats and ships cutting through the ocean in a leisurely manner.
With Dudo, Yonggul Cave, Koggul Cave, and many other strange-looking rocks and stones unfolding before one’s eyes, Amnam Park is surely the best city park that you can find in this part of the world.

The beautiful Cheonmasan Sculpture Park is located on Cheonmasan Mountain, looking down at Namhang Port.
Visitors can enjoy peaceful walks here at Cheonmasan Sculpture Park where the Cheonma rock, carrying a legend about a horse coming from the sky, as well as 45 beautiful sculptures, are sitting in harmony among a sea of clouds.

Every morning, Daesin Park is crowded with people who are setting out to do some early morning hiking and exercise. The clean air generated by the evergreen forest, which is a rare gift in any city, and a scent of literature coming out from the poetic stone tablets pleasantly refreshes your body and mind.

In the Gudeok Culture Park, the Garden of Tree and the Rock and Eco Experience Center, decorated with all sorts of rocks and trees, await visitors; these are places where you can hear and feel the breath of Mother Nature herself.
Within Gudeok Culture Park, you can enjoy the gift of nature right in the center of a city.
Seo-gu Office minipark, established upon the relocation of Seo-gu Office in Chungmu-dong, is a beloved resting area for citizens. With a variety of trees and flowering plants, Seo-gu Office minipark provides visitors with a place of rest and relaxation.

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Culture and art blooming amid beautiful nature acts as the foundation for the bright future of Seo-gu. In the Korean Education History Center located in Gudeok Culture Park on Gudeoksan Mountain, visitors can witness the 100-year history of Korean education all at once. Along with the textbooks and teaching aids from the past to the present, Seodang (a traditional schoolhouse), an open-air school, as well as an old classroom with a coal stove installed are catching the eyes of visitors. The Korean Folk Culture Center, situated in harmony with the lovely forest and a small waterfall, is a place where visitors can see how our ancestors were living, with a model traditional thatched cottage and various farming tools on display.

Along with the Korean Education History Center and the Korean Folk Culture Center, the Folk Museum representing the culture of Seo-gu as a venue for lifelong education, is also quenching the cultural thirst of residents. Gudeok Youth Training Center, located in the sunny forest of Daesin Park is a bedrock for teenagers seeking to enjoy some leisure time and cultivate the wisdom of life through community activities. Not only for teenagers but also for all residents of Seo-gu, it offers an opportunity for mind-body training and cultural experiences.

Gudeokgol Culture Market, where people display and sell Korean traditional craftwork every Saturday;
Memorial Art Theme Park for commemorating Busan-born artists;
Lake Park where a small fountainhead was transformed into a charming pond full of aquatic plants and fish;
Seo-gu Culture Center, a friendly cultural place where Seo-gu residents can take diverse cultural programs; and Gudeok Folk Art Museum, where exciting Gudeokmanggaesori (a local traditional song) and Busan Nongak (a form of traditional Korean music in Busan) can be heard resonating;

All of those are great places for cultural experiences in Seo-gu where precious Korean traditions and high art go hand-in-hand.

In Seo-gu, there is also a place where culture meets history.
The Provisional Capital Memorial Hall, which was used as the provisional government complex and the presidential residence during the Korean War, is one of the most distinctive modern buildings remaining in Seo-gu. It is a architecturally and historically valuable cultural asset that embodies the painful modern and contemporary history of the Korean Peninsula.
In particular, the provisional government complex recently underwent a renovation and now exhibits around 300 pieces of local cultural assets, including two pieces of national treasures and ten treasures from the Gaya era.

Above all else, culture and art bloom best in district festivals. In the summer, the Busan Sea Festival and the spirited Hyeonin Singing Festival are held with great fanfare; massive crowds decked out in bright colors flock to Songdo Beach to enjoy those festivals on a midsummer night. In October, when autumn is in full swing, Gudeokgol Culture and Art Festival and Forest Concert, where the residents of Seo-gu are all able to come together for some fun, are held in Gudeokgol Arboretum, which exudes the distinctive atmosphere of Gudeokgol forest. The Sondgo Haesang Daljip Festival, a unique straw heap burning festival held on the sea on Jeongwol Daeboreum in January, is a highlight of the tourism experiences in Seo-gu as well.

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The collaborative efforts of Seo-gu Office and the residents pursuant to establishing a cultural residential district will continue going forward. The fish market starts the day in Seo-gu. The biggest fishery trading center in Korea where up to 3,400 tons of marine products are collected each day, Busan Cooperative Fish Market is located at the center of the bustling Namhang Port.

The Advanced Seafood Processing Complex will be a driving force for Busan to lay the foundation to become a leading maritime city. Equipped with 21st century’s advanced technology and systems, the complex will modernize the logistical processes for marine products and greatly

contribute to improving the national economy and competitiveness, as the largest international marine product distribution center in Northeast Asia.

Gudeok Stadium, once the only public stadium in Busan, is still a hub for enhancing the residents’ physical strength, leading local sport culture through the Busan National Sport Center. Life becomes even more joyous by the pleasant healthcare and welfare service that Seo-gu Office provides to its residents. Serving as an outpost of comprehensive healthcare/welfare as well as welfare services for general residents, the door of Seo-gu Integrated Healthcare and Welfare Center always remains open; it’s a ‘One-Stop’ administrative center for healthcare, medical, and welfare services for the residents of Seo-gu.