Changwon Turns Hillside Village into Giant Work of Art

A poor hillside village in Changwon's Masanhappo district, South Gyeongsang Province recently got a facelift in the form of beautiful mural paintings.

Changwon municipal government said on Dec. 5 that it has turned the walls of 30 houses in the hillside area into huge works of art to lure visitors to the new "mural village."

A mural featuring Marilyn Monroe has been painted on the wall of a house in a hillside village in Changwons Masanhappo district, South Gyeongsang Province. A mural featuring Marilyn Monroe has been painted on the wall of a house in a hillside village in Changwon's Masanhappo district, South Gyeongsang Province.

The village in Seongho neighborhood commands beautiful coastal views.

The walls of the houses lining a 452-meter alley in the village have been decorated with colorful paintings of the sea, ports, seagulls, fishing boats, flowers and trees to remind people of the city's former glory and timeless appeal.

The village is now attracting photographers from both home and abroad to capture its rustic beauty.

Dignitaries celebrate the completion of a mural project in a poor hillside village in Changwons Masanhappo district, South Gyeongsang Province on Dec. 5. Dignitaries celebrate the completion of a mural project in a poor hillside village in Changwon's Masanhappo district, South Gyeongsang Province on Dec. 5.

A guardrail was installed along the side of the alley so visitors can enjoy the paintings more safely and comfortably. A derelict well has also been restored.

The village's recent transformation is largely due to the work of volunteers from local high schools and colleges. Some 35 artists, including a mural painter with over 20 years' experience, also contributed.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 20, 2013 11:57 KST