overseas Koreans living in the U.S. who wish to spend the rest of their lives in their homeland.
The page is in kind of awkward English, but here's an excerpt:
The American Town faces a calm and beautiful ocean with a backdrop of serene mountains gently enveloping the site, providing a natural and peaceful residential living experience. The entire site will be enhanced with a variety of lifestyle amenities such as golf courses, tennis courts, cycling trails and arboretums including first class residential facilities such as neatly planned and landscaped sidewalks with ample street lighting and intelligent traffic management all surrounded by natural forestry and beautiful landscapes as basic elements.
Shopping and medical facilities will be conveniently planned and the unique historical, architectural and cultural identity of the region will all be masterfully incorporated into the over all design to create a wondrous, world-class living environment .
Conversational English lessons will be provided for regional residents through the services of an Integrated Community Center .
The creation of the American Town complex is currently underway, with basic infrastructure and building foundations being prepared in perfect order.
Lifestyle infrastructures that are difficult to find in existing country housing, such as reliable water works, natural gas, and high-speed communication networks are being prepared to perfection. The development is planned to become a city-styled country residence.
I know what they meant, but I still chuckled when I saw they're building a "welfare office" in American Town. According to the "execution status" page, since December, 2007
Completed registration of 68 overseas Koreans who wish to reside in the American Town
Interestingly there is also an American Town planned for Namhae county, Gyeongsangnam-do, and road signs in that pretty little area already point the way. I couldn't find much online about it, but there is a lot more information available on the German Village there. Take a look at this New York Times article, for starters. An excerpt:
German Village, South Korea, only three years old, is an improbable creation, the product of this nation's shifting needs. In the 1960's and 70's, South Korea, poor and overpopulated, sent thousands of its citizens to work as nurses or miners in West Germany. Today, they and their German spouses are being welcomed back, especially in rural areas whose populations have been decimated by urban migration and declining birthrates.
The authorities here, in Namhae County, took the invitation a step further by carving this village from a mountain facing the sea. They offered cheap land and construction subsidies to any Korean nurse or miner who had lived in Germany for at least 20 years, requiring that they build houses in one of five German architectural models. The village will eventually accommodate up to 75 houses.
So far, the village has drawn a small community of Koreans and some Germans, who may not have ever imagined whiling away their retirement days in a corner of South Korea that is visited by few Koreans, though it is famous for its garlic.
More pictures and information available here via Naver. When I visited with my friends last year they told me it was the filming location for some drama or other. I only found out later that people actually live there, and had I known that at the time I wouldn't have been so . . . gawky, at people's homes.
Deutsches Dorf, Oktober 2007.
Hier und hier sind zwei Artikeln auf einem deutsches Blog über dem Deutschen Dorf auf Namhae, und hier ist weitere Information über Namhae und das "Dogil Maul," der ein Star Wars Charakter ist.