I've been extremely busy and extremely frazzled lately, and haven't had much time to write any big posts. So another bite-sized one for today, this one of interest to only two or three of my readers. Yesterday the Suncheon Express Bus Terminal closed and merged into the larger Intercity Bus Terminal, ending 34 years of division. The Suncheon Internet News has the story here, in Korean, of the plan that was announced back in January. I always wondered why the Express Bus Terminal existed, small as it was. The article says the building will be razed and the site will be incorporated into some kind of cultural public place, which I assume will use up the surrounding lots which have been vacant and blocked off for, like, ever.
In other Suncheon news, the government website brings us this:
Suncheon City has aimed to become the Eco-capital in Korea determined to create the "Green Forest" at the railroad sides in new downtown area. We expects the project.
The City will create the Green Forest at the idle land of the railroad sides that is between Yeonhyang-dong of Suncheon City to Sangsam-ri of Haeryeong-myeon of Jeolla Line, and the well-being natural trail will be provided for citizens.
According to the City, the well-being trail, small sports facilities, and resting places will be prepared at the 850 meters of Green Forest, and 60 thousand trees such as pine trees and camellia trees that are green in four seasons, ginkgo trees, cherry trees, zelkova trees, and royal azaleas will be planted harmoniously.
Also the scrapped railroad ground of 2.2Km between Geumdang greenbelt and Eastern Suncheon Interchange(IC), and of 2.3Km between Geumdang greenbelt and Sindae Supporting Complex that will be stayed in downtown by the railroad improvement of Jeolla Line will be the connection green tract of land. The well-being road and bicycle road will be prepared in the ground.
The city expects that if the Green Forest in the new downtown the using citizens of 5,000 persons will be double. Also the City will expense 230 million won to construct and remodel the physical training facilities, resting places, and toilets in Gangnam Children Park which the size is 2,100㎡ and located in the end of new downtown Green Forest.
Okay, to be honest, little of that Engrish mess made sense to me, but I like parks and I like the idea of developing some of the abandoned tracts of Suncheon's downtown, so these ideas sound nice. Read the rest by going here and clicking on number 72. There are two operational train stations in Suncheon, Suncheon Station and Guryegu Station across the river from Gurye county, but believe it or not there are another eight now-defunct stations within the city limits.