News – Gyeonggi Global Global Inspiration, Global Gyeonggi Province 2020-03-30T09:16:14Z https://english.gg.go.kr/feed/atom/ WordPress https://english.gg.go.kr/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cropped-gg_logo-32x32.jpg chaewoo3 <![CDATA[Online Content Service “Curious about Gyeonggi-do?” Launched]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=16871 2020-02-28T07:39:00Z 2020-02-10T07:36:23Z ○ The educational content service “Curious about Gyeonggi-do?” is now available online in relation to an elementary school textbook “Life in Gyeonggi-do”.
○ Linked to the digital database of “Gyeonggi-do Memory”, the service will support 4th-grade elementary school students with their social studies.


Gyeonggi Province announced on January 30 that it has developed educational content under the title of “Curious about Gyeonggi-do?” to help children to better understand the Gyeonggi region, and that the content is now available online.
The content has been designed in consideration of the structure of “Life in Gyeonggi-do”, a localized textbook for elementary school students, so as to be available for use in social studies education in elementary schools. The content was made available online on January 29 in connection with the digital database of “Gyeonggi-do Memory”.
The content assists students in learning the history and culture of Gyeonggi Province and life in the region, developing their practical understanding. “Gyeonggi-do Memory” will provide 1,300 items from its digital database records.
The “Curious about Gyeonggi-do?” content can be coordinated with the chapters of “Life in Gyeonggi-do” so as to be easily used with the textbook. It can also incorporates the 31 counties and cities of the province, as well as themes and reference institutions.
It can be accessed via various mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs. The content service is available under the Online Exhibition category of the Gyeonggi-do Memory website (Memory.library.kr)
“The “Curious about Gyeonggi-do?” content was created in connection with the regional database records to help children to learn with the textbook on their own in a fun and interesting way. We will work with the provincial office of education to make the content more useful in the future,” a Gyeonggi Province official said.

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Global Automotive Parts Producer Bosch Initiates Cooperation with Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=16856 2020-03-06T11:39:19Z 2020-02-07T02:04:08Z ○ Bosch Group Vice Chairman overseeing IoT/autonomous driving visited Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center on February 7
○ Test rode “Zero Shuttle” and discussed means by which to cooperate with the center
– Showed interest in Gyeonggi’s autonomous driving infrastructure and partnerships with the center’s resident startups


On February 7, a delegation from Robert Bosch GmbH, a global auto parts producer, visited the Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center located in the second Pangyo Techno Valley to explore ways in which to cooperate with the local startups in autonomous driving.The delegates, including Vice Chairman Michael Bolle of Bosch Group and President Frank Schaefers of Bosch Korea, met with Gyeonggi Province Economicy Planning Officer Director General Kim Gyu-sik to exchange opinions on Gyeonggi’s autonomous driving infrastructure and support for businesses in the sector.Under the slogan of “Invented for Life”, Bosch has spurred the development of cutting-edge intelligence technologies in accordance with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous driving, robotics, safety, blockchain, smart cities, and healthcare.
As market demand is expected to increase for future vehicles such as self-driving cars, Bosch has assigned over 3,000 developers the driver assistance system field and is seeking partner companies in regions around the world including Korea.
On the same day, the Bosch delegation test rode the Zero Shuttle, a level-4 self-driving vehicle developed by Gyeonggi Province, and then observed the demonstration tests of startups and big data collection activities supported by the center.
The delegation then listened to presentations on research and project activities by representatives of startups currently based in the Gyeonggi Autonomous Driving Center and had in-depth discussions on the ways in which Bosch and the startups can work together.
The delegates showed particular interest in the resident startups of the autonomous driving center including Morai (autonomous driving simulation software), AIMMO (deep-learning-based driving situation awareness models), Bitsensing (autonomous driving sensors), SOS Lab (autonomous driving LiDAR sensors), Seoul Robotics (LiDAR software solutions), and Waytis (V2X communication terminals and applications).

“I was very impressed by Gyeonggi Province’s leading role in the establishment of the autonomous driving center and development of an open platform for idea sharing with ​​startups along with the provision of active support for them. I hope that Bosch will have a good opportunity to work with this excellent cluster,” Bosch Group Vice Chairman Michael Bolle said.
“Bosch, which focuses on life-friendly new technologies, and Gyeonggi Province, the center of technology-based startups in Korea, can cooperate in many areas. I hope that the companies of the two countries can find good opportunities to prepare for the future mobility industry through cooperation with the Autonomous Driving Center,” Gyeonggi Province Economic Planning Director General Kim Gyu-sik emphasized.

Gyeonggi Province promoting the global network expansion of local startups and SMEs by supporting linkages and cooperation between foreign and foreign-invested companies in Korea and businesses in the province.

 

 

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Nurturing Specialized Gyeonggi Industries through Industry-Academia Cooperation: Gyeonggi Province to Support 8 University Startup Incubation Centers This Year]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=16854 2020-02-28T06:35:40Z 2020-02-07T01:40:39Z ○ Gyeonggi propels “2020 Regional Specialized Industry-Linked University Business Startup Support Project”
– Participants to be selected from among 37 university startup incubation centers designated by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups
– 8 universities to be chosen in total; 2 each from central, southern, western, and northern Gyeonggi regions
○ Support to be provided to resident companies in connection with specialized regional industries
– Capacity-enhancement programs (up to KRW 9.5 million) and commercialization support (up to KRW 50 million) to be offered


Gyeonggi Province will work with university startup incubation centers within the province this year to foster specialized regional industries, create jobs, and revitalize local economies.
Gyeonggi Province announced on February 10 that, by February 21, it will recruit university startup incubation centers within the province that wish to participate in the 2020 Regional Specialized Industry-Linked University Business Startup Support Project with a focus on the aforementioned goals.

Gyeonggi Province announced on February 10 that, by February 21, it will recruit university startup incubation centers within the province that wish to participate in the 2020 Regional Specialized Industry-Linked University Business Startup Support Project with a focus on the aforementioned goals.

Gyeonggi Province currently focuses on fostering specialized industries in each of its four regions: central Gyeonggi (IoT, AR/VE, autonomous driving, ICT, etc.); southern Gyeonggi (optics, content, biotechnology, electrical and electronic engineering, etc.); western Gyeonggi (green growth, chemicals, materials, machinery, automotive, etc.); and northern Gyeonggi (textiles, furniture, medical equipment, etc.).

There are 37 eligible university startup incubation centers designated by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups this year: 14 in central Gyeonggi (Suwon, Seongnam, Hwaseong, and Anyang); 11 in southern Gyeonggi (Yongin, Anseong, Pyeongtaek, Icheon, Yeoju, and Osan); 6 in western Gyeonggi (Ansan, Siheung, Bucheon, and Gimpo); and 6 in northern Gyeonggi (Uijeongbu, Pocheon, Namyangju, and Goyang).

From among these, Gyeonggi Province plans to select a total of eight startup incubation centers to participate in the project, two from each of the four regions, and support these centers as well as their resident companies.
Startup incubation centers selected for the project can participate in capacity-strengthening programs including those for networking, demonstration events, and investment attraction for the successful launch of resident companies in connection with specialized regional industries through support of up to KRW 9.5 million per center.

Each resident company will receive up to KRW 50 million in commercialization funds for item and prototype development, test analyses, intellectual property right applications, and marketing activities.

University startup incubation centers and resident companies wishing to participate in the project can apply via the Gyeonggi Startup Platform (www.gsp.or.kr) by February 21.
For more information, contact the Gyeonggi-do Business and Science Accelerator Business Incubation Team (+82-31-259-6092, 6187) or the Gyeonggi Province Business Incubation Team (+82-31-8030-4273).

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[“Factory Forest Project” Yields Good Results Last Year: Expected to Greatly Improve Air Quality in Gyeonggi Province]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=16852 2020-02-28T06:30:14Z 2020-02-07T01:36:19Z ○ The number of trees planted last year was 30,431, exceeding the official goal by 124%.
○ Fine dust was reduced by approximately 1 ton last year alone, and a decrease of 2 tons is expected by next year.
○ Gyeonggi Province plans to induce an additional 12,000 air pollutant emission business sites to plant trees this year.
○ The “One Tree Per Company” campaign is slated for promotion next year.


Gyeonggi Province announced on February 10 that the “Factory Forest Project” for the planting of trees at major business sites within the province to help reduce particulate matter achieved excellent results last year.
The Factory Forest Project aims to reduce particulate matter through the planting of pine, cedar, nut pine, and fir trees with high air purification effects on idle land around business sites in order to improve air quality and expand public leisure areas.

Last year, companies based in the province signed the “Agreement on the Creation of the Factory Forest Project” with Gyeonggi Province to undertake the tree planting project. The total number of trees planted through the project around their 96 industrial facilities last year amounted to 30,431, surpassing the official target of 13,602 trees by 124%.
In March last year, Gyeonggi Province and 121 companies in the province including Samsung Electronics, Kia Motors, and SK Hynix concluded the “Agreement on the Creation of the Factory Forest Project” for the success of the project.

This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to induce an additional 12,000 companies that discharge air pollutants to plant trees, and next year will promote the “One Tree Per Company” campaign for all business sites within the region.
In addition, the tree parks created at some business sites will be opened to local residents as leisure areas.

“Thanks to the active participation of the companies that signed the “Agreement on the Creation of the Factory Forest Project”, the project exceeded the target for last year. We will continue to encourage more business sites to participate in the creation of factory forests,” a Gyeonggi Province official said.

Gyeonggi Province has 19,045 business sites that discharge air pollutants, and is home to about 30% of all air pollutant-emitting businesses in the country. The particulate matter (PM10) emitted annually from these sites amounts to 1,417 tons.

The leaves of pine, cedar, nut pine, and fir trees planted around the business sites absorb particulate matter while their branches and stems preventing it from falling to the ground. Overall, they contribute to an average reduction of 25.6% of PM10 and 40.9% of PM2.5.

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Institute of Research and Policy Development for Migrant Human Rights Employs Lawyer for Reinforcement of Foreign Resident Rights]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=16859 2020-02-28T06:41:31Z 2020-02-06T02:13:18Z ○ The Gyeonggi Institute of Research and Policy Development for Migrant Human Rights has employed a lawyer to enhance legal services for foreigners.
○ The newly employed lawyer will perform tasks including legal counseling and representation to directly protect foreign resident rights.
– Support pertains to wages, employment, and the human rights of the economically vulnerable
○ The lawyer will create a work manual, provide education, manage the Diversity and Communication Coordination Committee, and offer advice for policy development and research.


The Gyeonggi Institute of Research and Policy Development for Migrants’ Human Rights has employed a professional lawyer to enhance legal services for foreign resident human rights in Gyeonggi Province.
Gyeonggi Province took this measure as it recognized the need for professional personnel dedicated to services for foreign residents since 32.7% of foreign residents in Korea live in the province, exceeding 670,000 as of 2018.
Attorney Song Won (4th Bar Examination), the lawyer employed by the center, is a Yonsei Law School graduate with legal expertise and foreign language skills. He has been dedicated to the protection of minority human rights, providing legal counseling, and advice, as well as representation for the homeless.
In cooperation with the center, he will perform tasks to directly protect the rights of foreign residents who are economically vulnerable, including legal counseling and representation regarding their wages, employment, and human rights.
In addition, he will create a manual on counseling regarding the human rights of foreign nationals and provide education on the subject in order to build a community in which diversity is respected.
Song will also manage and operate the Diversity and Communication Coordination Committee, which consists of 15 experts, and work to settle cultural conflicts and promote social harmony between Korean and foreign residents.
He will provide advice on policy development and research regarding the enactment of anti-discrimination and human rights protection ordinances as well as the amendment of relevant laws including immigration law based on his legal expertise.
Song expressed his aspiration, saying, “I have been critical of the xenophobia prevalent in Korean society, which is what prompted me to apply for this job. I will dedicate myself as a lawyer to making our society respectful of diversity.”
Hong Dong-gi, Director of the Gyeonggi Province Foreign Resident Policy Division, said, “Gyeonggi Province’s legal services for the protection of foreign resident human rights will be enhanced in terms of expertise and effectiveness. Gyeonggi Province will take the lead in preventing human rights violations and protecting the rights of foreign residents in various ways such as by hiring legal experts, promoting policies, and providing education related to immigrants.”

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[SMEs in Gyeonggi Province Succeed in Localization of Parts and Move on to Global Market]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=16858 2020-02-28T06:38:59Z 2020-02-06T02:08:39Z ○ Gyeonggi Province has helped local SMEs enter global markets with its “Parts Localization Support Project in Connection with Global Firms”
– Support for technological development of local SMEs in materials, parts, and equipment as well as for connecting with purchasing managers of global equipment companies
– Dongwon Parts, the most successful participating company, has seen sales triple since participating in the project.
○ SMEs recruited to participate in the 2020 project
– Promoted on Gyeonggi Technopark website from February 5 (Wednesday) to March 4 (Tuesday)
– Selected companies to be provided with up to KRW 100 million for production of localized parts prototypes and commercialization of innovative Russian technologies


Gyeonggi Province’s “Parts Localization Support Project in Connection with Global Firms” is drawing attention as it helps SMEs in the region to produce parts and equipment with domestic technologies (thereby reducing reliance on imports) and advance into global markets.
According to an announcement made by Gyeonggi Province on February 6, it is undertaking the Parts Localization Support Project in Connection with Global Firms to support the technological development of local SMEs in materials, parts, and equipment and to connect them with purchasing managers of global equipment companies that have operated in Korea since 2016.
The goal of this project is not only to supply localized parts to domestic companies, but also to introduce such parts to markets abroad through the overseas networks of global equipment companies.
The project has supported a total of 94 companies so far, and a growing number of SMEs in Gyeonggi Province are making inroads into overseas markets. Among them, one of the most successful is Dongwon Parts, located in Siheung City of Gyeonggi Province. The company produces parts for chemical vapor deposition (CVD), one step in the semiconductor manufacturing process. In 2016, Dongwon Parts succeeded in domestically producing parts that had been primarily imported through Gyeonggi Province’s parts localization support project.
Gyeonggi Province linked Dongwon Parts with the purchasing manager of Lam Research, a global semiconductor equipment company in the United States, and Lam Research decided to purchase products from Dongwon Parts due to their quality and price competitiveness. Dongwon Parts sales increased to KRW 35.6 billion, roughly a three-fold increase, after entering the partnership with Lam Research. The company is also expanding rapidly, having hired 121 new employees. Particularly its annual exports, which were only KRW 40 million in 2016, increased 84 times to approximately KRW 3.4 billion in 2019, achieving remarkable growth since receiving the opportunity to expand into overseas markets.
The “Parts Localization Support Project in Connection with Global Firms” has also promoted the commercialization of innovative Russian technologies since last year. This past October, the Gyeonggi-Russia Technology Cooperation Center was opened to match the innovative technologies of Russia, a Fourth Industrial Revolution power, and the commercialization technology of SMEs in the province, functioning as a technology matching platform.
The Gyeonggi-Russia Technology Cooperation Center serves as a practical support organization to help both Russian companies that have advanced source technologies but no capital or commercialization technologies and Gyeonggi Province’s SMEs that suffer a lack of source technologies to grow in cooperation.
Gyeonggi Province is recruiting companies to participate in the Parts Localization Support Project in Connection with Global Firms from February 5 to March 4. The selected companies can receive up to KRW 100 million each for the production of localized parts prototypes and the commercialization of innovative Russian technologies.
SMEs in the semiconductor, display, automotive, and quaternary industries with headquarters or factories in Gyeonggi Province are eligible to participate, and purchase confirmations and recommendation letters from global companies proving trade relations can be beneficial in the evaluation process.
Companies wishing to participate in the project can refer to the Gyeonggi Technopark website (http://gtp.or.kr) and the EGBIZ website (www.egbiz.or.kr), complete the required forms, and submit them to the Gyeonggi Technopark (+82-31-500-3022) via mail, online application or in person.
“Even though Korean companies perform well in global markets, if they depend highly on foreign materials, parts, and equipment, large portions of profits will go to foreign parts producers, not to them. This will also make it difficult for them to respond flexibly in crises. Gyeonggi Province will continue to build a foundation for entry by local companies into overseas markets and the attraction of investment through its parts localization support project while promoting the localization of advanced technologies,” a Gyeonggi Province official said.

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province Recruits Private Business for Multicultural Family and Korean-Russian Creator Support Project]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=16860 2020-02-28T07:33:24Z 2020-01-31T04:45:16Z ○ Open recruitment runs until February 10; application forms and documents to be filled out and submitted to Gyeonggi Provincial Government in person
○ Total of 90 multicultural family and Korean-Russian creators to be selected and provided with support for video content creation


Gyeonggi Province will recruit a private business by February 10 to implement the “2020 Multicultural Digital Content Creation Support Project”.
This project is geared to support the creative activities of multicultural family or Korean-Russian creators living in Gyeonggi Province. This year, it will support the creative activities of 90 multicultural family and Korean-Russian creators with a budget of KRW 200 million.
All private businesses (corporations or organizations) with expertise and networks pertaining to video content and support for one-person media creator activities based in Gyeonggi Province and who have been active in the video industry or similar fields for the past three years can apply for the project.
The tasks to be outsourced to the designated business include selecting and training multicultural family and Korean-Russian creators, mentoring, monthly evaluation of videos introducing Gyeonggi Province’s public policies and tourist attractions, and building archives of the videos. The outsourcing contract ends on December 31, 2020.
Any corporation or organization wishing to apply for the project can download the application form from the announcement category of the Gyeonggi Province website (gg.go.kr), complete it and submit it in person along with other required documents to the Gyeonggi Province Contents Policy Team (+82-31-8008-4648). For more information, refer to the recruitment notice on the web site.

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Biotechnology Developed by Gyeonggi Province Transferred to Local Companies for Commercialization]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=16861 2020-02-28T07:35:52Z 2020-01-30T04:47:31Z ○ Gyeonggi-do Business and Science Accelerator (GBSA) signed the “Agreement on Biotechnology Transfer and Cooperation in Research” on January 30 with local bio companies including Notox Therapy.
– A total of 6 technologies, including acne and Crohn disease treatments, will be transferred to the companies.
○ Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung: “Gyeonggi Province will provide all possible support for the development of the bio industry, a new future growth engine.”


Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi-do Business and Science Accelerator (GBSA) are spurring efforts to enhance the technological capacities of local bio companies and develop future foods.
On January 30, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung, GBSA CEO Kim Gi-jun, and representatives of eight local bio companies (Notox Therapy, Daeun Medical, Alpha Bio, SI Bio, Oncobix, Kofarm, TEN, Fugen Bio) signed the “Agreement on Biotechnology Transfer and Cooperation in Research” at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex.
The agreement signing ceremony was held to enable the transfer of technologies developed by Gyeonggi Province and GBSA to bio companies based in the region while also promoting research cooperation in the development of new pharmaceuticals and functional products.
The six technologies to be transferred include: snake venom neutralization technology; skin disease prevention/treatment substances; magnolia berry extract index ingredient analysis technology; skin brightening agents derived from Job’s tears bran; substances with acne soothing effects derived from green tea; and inflammatory intestinal disease preventive and therapeutic substances.
Under the agreement, these bio companies will conduct joint research planning and development as well as consulting for the advancement and commercialization of the technologies, while exchanging technologies, knowledge, and information and sharing facilities and equipment with Gyeonggi Province and GBSA through forums, seminars, and workshops.
“R&D and technological development are very important for the advancement of the bio industry, which is closely related to future foods, but they require a great deal of time and money, which makes it difficult for individual organizations such as GBSA and private businesses to perform the entire process independently. Under this agreement, Gyeonggi Province will actively incorporate the opinions of local companies and provide utmost support at a local government level for the development of the bio industry in Gyeonggi Province and the improvement of provincial resident lives,” Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung said.
“Simply transferring new technologies is not just about the development of biotechnologies. More important is the commercialization process. GBSA will strive to promote industry-academia cooperation for the development of biotechnologies and business models in Gyeonggi Province and cooperate with local companies,” GBSA CEO Kim Gi-jun pledged.
Kim Nam-gi, CEO of Alpha Bio, one of Gyeonggi Province’s biotechnology companies, expressed his thanks: “While the Gyeonggi Bio Center has supported us in the R&D and basic science areas, this agreement is expected to support us in the development of health functional substances. With Gyeonggi Province’s support for local companies, we will further our efforts to develop excellent products through this cooperation.”
Meanwhile, Gyeonggi Province and GBSA have jointly promoted the bio industry development support project, established a biomaterial development system, discovered new materials, and supported the research activities of bio companies. They have also developed new therapeutic substances for overcoming drug resistance to lung cancer therapy and for preventing and treating dementia through joint research projects with universities and firms.

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Gyeonggi Province and Chongqing City Agree to Open “New Door for Economic Exchange and Cooperation”]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=16829 2019-12-13T08:32:54Z 2019-12-10T09:58:20Z ○ Meeting at Foreign Affairs Office at 3 pm on November 27 (UTC +8); approximately 30 participants from Gyeonggi Province and Chongqing City
– Reaffirmed commitment to economic exchange and cooperation; will promote cooperation starting with big data information and data sharing
– Lee Jae-myung: “Let’s meet again in Gyeonggi Province under greater terms” / Tang Liangzhi: “My first stop in Korea will be Gyeonggi Province”
○ Gyeonggi Province establishes bridgehead for exchange and cooperation with central and western regions of China beyond northeast; anticipates development in big data field

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung and Chongqing City Mayor Tang Liangzhi agreed to open a “new door for exchange and cooperation”.

Governor Lee and Mayor Tang instructed their respective working groups to embark on active exchange and cooperation starting with information and data sharing for future industries such as big data. Of particular note, Mayor Tang had his staff organized a team to organize a visit to Gyeonggi Province by a delegation from Chongqing City in the near future.

In a meeting held at 3 pm on November 27 at the Foreign Affairs Office of the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government, Governor Lee said, “Chongqing City and Gyeonggi Province have many things in common. Geographically, we are located in the center of our respective countries, and we also play central roles in national development of industries.” He added, “I hope that Chongqing City and Gyeonggi Province will open a new door of exchange and cooperation in the future.”

“In addition to SK Hynix, which is also located in Chongqing, Pangyo Techno Valley, the hub of Korea’s Fourth Industrial cooperation, is located in Gyeonggi Province,” continued Governor Lee. He expressed his intention to invite Mayor Tang to Gyeonggi Province, saying, “I hope that a delegation of Chongqing City will visit Gyeonggi Province on more developed terms. We will prepare for and await your visit.”

Mayor Tang responded, “I am planning a visit to Korea, and when I do come to Korea, my first stop will be Gyeonggi Province.” He added, “I will be sure to pay a visit to Pangyo Techno Valley and SK Hynix to find the ways for us to cooperate with one another.”

Of particular note, Governor Lee introduced Future Growth Policy Bureau Director General Lim Mun-yeong, who accompanied him on this visit to Chongqing City. “Gyeonggi Province is also very much interested in big data-related fields. A related official has accompanied me on this trip.” He instructed his team at the site to strengthen cooperation with Chongqing City, starting with big data information and data sharing.

Introducing Big Data Development Bureau Director Luo Qingchen to Director General Lim immediately afterwards, Mayor Tang instructed Director Luo to not only cooperate closely with Director General Lim, but also to organize a task force as quickly as possible for his visit to Gyeonggi Province.

The meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere, with Mayor Tang explaining the economic conditions, environments, and characteristics of Chongqing City, and Governor Lee responding to Mayor Tang’s proposal to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the future.

Adding that he was well aware of Gyeonggi Province’s policies for “basic income” and “balanced development of northern provincial regions”, Mayor Tang evoked laughter from the attendees by telling Governor Lee that he was also a “big name” in China.

Having initiated cooperation with Chongqing City, Gyeonggi Province is expected to secure a bridgehead in expanding the scope of exchange and cooperation not only with northeastern Chinese regions, but also central and western regions of China.

Starting with Tianjin Metropolitan City in 2008, Gyeonggi Province has been promoting active exchange by establishing friendly relationships for economic cooperation with Jiangsu Province in 2011, Jilin Province in 2014, and Heilongjiang Province in 2016. However, this is the first time that it has engaged in a detailed discussion of cooperation with a city from central or western China.

Chongqing City is a hub for central and western China, and the Chinese government is fostering it as a strategic center for the country’s future industry development including the big data industry. As such, Gyeonggi Province’s cooperation with Chongqing City is expected to provide a major turning point in the development of the big data industry, which the provincial government is promoting actively.

Following the meeting, which lasted approximately one hour, Governor Lee and Mayor Tang exchanged gifts as they promised to cooperate with one another based on mutual trust and friendship.

Governor Lee prepared a white porcelain “Moon Jar” created by a master potter in Icheon City as a gift for Mayor Tang, and Mayor Tang presented Governor Lee with a copy of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms written in Chinese and English along with a fan handcrafted by a master artisan designated as an intangible cultural asset in China.

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gg_mgr <![CDATA[Enjoy Snowy Landscapes and Study History – Five Fortresses in Northern Gyeonggi Province Recommended for Winter Trips]]> http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=16828 2019-12-13T08:29:38Z 2019-12-10T09:53:51Z ○ Five fortresses in northern Gyeonggi Province recommended for winter trips to enjoy snowy landscapes and study history
– Horogoruseong Fortress of Yeoncheon, Wollongsanseong Fortress of Paju, Banwolsanseong Fortress of Pocheon, Daemosanseong Fortress of Yangju, and Bukhansanseong Fortress of Goyang

Winter has come, the season during which snowflakes turn the whole world white. This is a meaningful season to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the New Year. Many people plan winter trips so as to make New Year’s resolutions with a fresh state of mind.

Of particular note, the northern part of Gyeonggi Province features a number of celebrated mountains and historical sites. In winter, travelers rush to the area to enjoy the beautiful snowy landscapes. Here are five fortresses in northern Gyeonggi Province recommended as winter trip destinations for enjoying both the magnificence of nature and the rich history of the area.

1. The spirit of Goguryeo flows loftily along the Imjingang River – Horogoruseong Fortress in Yeoncheon-gun (Historic Site No. 467)

Along with Dangposeong and Eundaeriseong, Horogoruseong Fortress is one of three fortresses from the period of Goguryeo that is representative of Yeoncheon-gun. This ancient triangular fortification is located by the Imjingang River in Wondang-ri, Jangnam-myeon. Horogoruseong Fortress is presumed to have been built during the Goguryeo era around the 4th century while the kingdom expanded southward against Baekje and Silla to hold sway over the Imjingang River. In fact, a range of artifacts from that period, including convex tiles, ink stones, and gilt bronze Buddhist statues, have been excavated here.

The river flowing under the fortress wall is not very deep, so one can manage to cross it on foot during the dry season. For that reason, up until the division of the Korean Peninsula, it was one of the primary land transportation routes connecting between Pyeongyang and Seoul. Moreover, the fortress is famous as a spot from which to appreciate the magnificent sight of columnar jointing, stone formations created over hundreds of thousands of years. With precipices measuring as high as 20 meters standing on either side of the fortress, it would certainly have been a stronghold blessed with natural barriers for defense. This is also a great photo spot against the backdrop of the wide open river scene.

There is a tourist center nearby where visitors can learn about the history of Horogoruseong Fortress. A tour of the fortresses of Goguryeo along the Imjingang River from Chiljungseong Fortress in Paju in the east to Eundaeriseong Fortress in the west is also recommended.

2. The “Grand Canyon” of northern Gyeonggi Province – Wollongsanseong Fortress in Paju City (Gyeonggi-do Monument No. 196)

Built along the ridge of Wollongsan Mountain in Paju City, Wollongsanseong Fortress provides broader views across the Imjingang River, Hangang River, and Paju Plain, and even as far as Ganghwado Island, Bukhansan Mountain, and Gwanaksan Mountain on a clear day. It has thus been regarded as a natural stronghold since ancient times.

Wollongsanseong Fortress, which encircles the top of Wollongsan Mountain like a headband, is characteristically built using natural rock faces standing as tall as over 20 meters above ground. The circumference of the outer wall of the fortress alone measures 1,300 meters. Unfortunately, most of the wall and structures of the fortress gates have been lost. Considering the grid-patterned earthenware, an artifact from the period of Baekje, found here during an excavation in 2003, this fortress is presumed to have been built during the period of Hanseong Baekje in early stages of the Three Kingdoms. It appears that Baekje defended itself from Goguryeo using Wollongsanseong Fortress, pushing southward, and dominated the trade network with China via the Hangang River and Imjingang River.

Among hikers, Wollongsanseong Fortress is known as the “Korean Grand Canyon”. The magnificence of the dark ocher-colored cliffs and rocks is comparable to that of the Grand Canyon in the US. In addition to the exotic features of the mountain, the beautiful scenery adds to the enjoyment of hiking. Visitors are recommended to stop by the nearby Yongsangsa Temple, a Buddhist temple where King Hyeonjong of Goryeo is said to have stayed during a war against the Liao Dynasty, and Yongjuseowon Confucian Academy, which was established in commemoration of Baek In-geol, a government employee praised for his morality and integrity.

3. The last dream of Gung Ye – Banwolsanseong Fortress in Pocheon City (Historic Site No. 403)

Located in Gunnae-myeon of Pocheon City, Banwolsanseong Fortress was built around the top of Cheongseongsan Mountain. This is a fortress from the era of the Three Kingdoms and is the largest in scale among fortresses located in Pocheon City. It was named Banwol (half-moon) for its shape. Among the other celebrated spots in Pocheon City, such as Myeongseongsan Mountain and Yeou Pass, Banwolsanseong Fortress is famous for the legend of Gung Ye, the king of Taebong Kingdom in the Later Three Kingdom period. According to a folktale, this is the site where Gung Ye, while chased by Wang Geon, attempted a last counterattack, but failed.

Contrary to the legend that it was built by Gung Ye, the time of construction of this fortress is presumed to have been during the period of the Three Kingdoms, as a large number of artifacts from Baekje, Goguryeo, and Silla were excavated here. In fact, one of the excavated artifacts was a roof tile fragment with the inscription of “Maholsuhaegonggudan”. “Mahol” is the old name of Pocheon used in Goguryeo.

Built on the guardian mountain of Pocheon City, the fortress overlooks the city’s downtown area. Banwolsanseong Fortress is now visited by a large number of people, as visitors can drive all the way up to the entrance to the fortress and the area has become famous as a sunrise-viewing spot. The nearby attractions include: “Aegidangji”, a shrine for a patron saint; “Pocheon Hyanggyo”, a local Confucian school; “Cheongseong History Park”, a great picnic spot; and “Pocheon Banweol Art Hall”, the center of art and culture in Pocheon City.

4. In search of Silla’s spirit to unify the Three Kingdoms – Daemosanseong Fortress in Yangju City (Historic Site 526)

Located at the junction of the Imjingang River and the Hangang River, Daemosanseong Fortress was built around the top of Daemosan Mountain. It is also called “Yangjusanseong”. Estimated to have been built during the era of the Three Kingdoms between the late 6th century and early 7th century, some presume it to be the same fortress as Maesoseong (or Maechoseong) where Silla, after its unification of the Three Kingdoms, defeated the Tang Dynasty in a bloody battle.

With its original form being relatively well preserved, this fortress is deemed to be of important academic value as it embodies the fortification techniques and structures used in ancient times. It is noteworthy that the remaining gate of this fortress is in the form of a suspended gate, which is a style seen mainly in the fortresses of the Silla Dynasty. A suspended gate is accessed via a ladder through a large hole in the fortress. This affirms that Daemosanseong Fortress was an important strategic location at the time.

Daemosanseong Fortress is situated along a mountain ridge stretching from Bukgoksan, the guardian mountain of Yangju City, to Hongboksan, which is also a popular hiking course. The top of Daemosan Mountain provides a glorious view over not only the magnificent features of Bulgoksan Mountain, but also the urban area of Baekseok-eup. A tour of fortresses around Yangju basin, such as Bokgoksan Bastion and Doraksan Bastion, offers an interesting way to enjoy the area.

5. The capital defense command of King Sukjong, who dreamed of national restoration – Bukhansanseong Fortress in Goyang City (Historic Site No. 162)

Bukhansanseong Fortress, which extends approximately 13 kilometers from Goyang City of Gyeonggi Province to the Seoul area, is a mountain fortress that includes 28 peaks of varying sizes in Bukhansan National Park including Baegundae, Mangyeongdae, and Nojeokbong.

From the era of the Three Kingdoms to the Joseon Dynasty, Bukhansan Mountain had been a strategic location for defense of the Hangang River basin. King Gaero of Baekje built earthen fortifications in this area, and King Jinheung of Silla, who established the foundation for the unification of the Three Kingdoms, erected Sunsubi, a monument commemorating his border inspection. There is also a record that General Choi Yeong of the Goryeo Dynasty defended the area against a Japanese invasion by stationing his army at Jungheungsanseong. Bukhansanseong Fortress as it remains today was rebuilt by King Sukjong of the Joseon Dynasty through the mobilization of approximately 40,000 young men and Buddhist monks. This is an outcome of the king’s resolution to never again suffer the disgrace endured during the Manchu invasion. The site of Seoamsa Temple, where the Buddhist monk army stayed to defend the fortress, still remains.

Bukhansan Mountain is especially well known for its majestic features and is thus celebrated as one of the five main mountains on the Korean Peninsula along with Baekdusan, Jirisan, Geumgangsan and Myohyangsan Mountain since the days when it was called Samgaksan. Nicknamed the “roofless museum”, this mountain retains a large number of Buddhist temples and cultural properties including Jungseongmun Gate, Sanyeongru Pavilion, the post of Hullyeondogam, Jungheungsa Temple, and Taegosa Temple. Visitors are urged to feel the “breath” of history while walking around the Temporary Palace Site at Bukhansanseong Fortress. The Museum of Bukhan-dong History, depicting the lives of residents in the village near the fortress wall, is another must-see spot.

“The fortress is a historical shrine filled with patriotic spirit and the ‘breath’ of our ancestors,” said Gyeonggi Province’s Spokesperson for Peace Kim Hyo-eun. “I recommend a winter trip to the fortress to make New Year’s resolutions while overlooking the beautiful snowy landscape and experiencing the history and the wisdom of our ancestors.”

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