The city of Changwon on Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of its merger with neighboring Masan. Around 2,000 guests including newly-elected Mayor Ahn Sang-soo as well as city officials, businesspeople and residents attended the event.
The ceremony started with the inauguration of Ahn as new mayor and was kept low-key in the wake of the April 16 ferry disaster.
A child born on July 1, 2010, when the two cities merged, was one of the guests. Guests were encouraged to greet each other and shake hands with their neighbors to symbolize the unity of the two towns.
Once a thriving industrial city at the heart of the country's textile industry, the city of Masan experienced a sorry post-industrial decline before it merged with Changwon.
Ahn promised guests to uphold the "will and determination" of the residents of Changwon to revive the region's economy and thanked them for their support.
A concert was also held with IU, Girls Day and other popular singers taking the stage. Various other events and street performances are held throughout this week. For more information, call 055-225-3661.