Changwon

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Changwon showing a river or creek and a small town or village

Korea’s first planned city is known for its spacious parks, beautiful blossom festival and excellent shopping and entertainment facilities.

Come to modern Changwon and visit excellent museums and galleries, shop in shiny malls and bustling markets or escape to the nearby mountains for some superb trekking. The city also boasts the largest migratory bird reserve in Korea and a number of fine city beaches.

Changwon was designed and built in the 1970s. The city combines the modern luxuries and large green spaces that the modern Korean demands. Home to the country’s longest straight road, at 9.5 miles (15.3 kilometres), Changwon is also a centre for many of Korea’s largest hi-tech industries.

The city is split into five main districts, each with its own distinct character. Head to central Sangnam dong for the best shopping and restaurants. The “old town,” Jungang dong, has some of the liveliest nightspots. An excellent network of buses will take you between the sights, but the best way to get around is via the Nubija bikes, a public bike rental system that exists throughout the city.

The town planners allowed for several parks and green spaces, and you won’t walk far in Changwon without finding a pleasant place to take a seat. Two of the best are Yongji Park, which hosts laser shows in summer, and Dalcheon Park, a great camping spot for families. Further afield you’ll find the Junam Reserve, the most important migratory bird site in Korea. Hikers will enjoy trekking some of the nearby peaks. Mt. Bulmo is the highest.

Changwon’s coastal location makes for a mild climate year-round. Many say the best time to visit is April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Head to the Jinhae district to join locals in what is said to be one of the best cherry blossom festivals in the country.

To get to Changwon you will almost certainly pass through Busan which has an international airport and major bus and train terminals. Regular buses from Seoul and other major centres also run to Changwon, making this clean, green city an easy place to visit and spend some time.

Where to stay in Changwon

Masan Amor Hotel
Masan Amor Hotel
2.5 out of 5
3, Susan 1-gil, Masanhappo-gu, Changwon
The price is ¥5,329 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Masan, this hotel is 2 mi (3.1 km) from Masan Stadium and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Dotseomhaesang Park. Changwon Exhibition Convention Center and Changwon ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
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"프론트데스크 안내원이 매우 친절하셨고 일층에 7 Eleven 이 있어서 편리했습니다. 강아지와 같이 지내는데 아주좋았어요. 침구도 깨끗하고 침대도 편안했습니다. 동네에 맛집도 있고, 이마트도 있고 교통도 좋은 곳이었어요. 다시 여행할 기회가 있다면 다른곳 찾아볼 필요없이 또 이곳에서 묵고싶어요."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Masan Amor Hotel
Best Louis Hamilton Hotel Changwon
Best Louis Hamilton Hotel Changwon
3 out of 5
31-9 Sangnam-dong, Seongsan-gu, Changwon
The price is ¥9,508 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Sangnam-dong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yongji Park, Seongsan Art Hall, and Seongsan Shell Mound. Changwon Civil Stadium and Gyeongnam Art ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (204 reviews)
"The staff was very kind and accommodating. The room was as pictured and the bed was very comfy. The hotel is located downtown and a close walk to restaurants. If your looking for a place to stay in Changwon, I would recommend."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Best Louis Hamilton Hotel Changwon
Sky View Hotel
Sky View Hotel
3.5 out of 5
317, Haean-daero, Masanhappo-gu, Masan, Kumasan, Masan-si, Changwon, South Gyeongsang
The price is ¥8,305 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Masan, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Masan Fish Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Masan Stadium and Dotseomhaesang Park. Changwon Exhibition Convention ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (201 reviews)
"Overall hotel is clean and convenient, rooms are large modern and clean. If staying in the rooms at back of building on the weekend you might be bothered by music from club below as you can hear it in room."

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Sky View Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Busan Orum Residence Hotel
Busan Orum Residence Hotel
3 out of 5
16-8, Jungang-daero 180beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
The price is ¥3,936 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
Located in Choryang, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nampodong Street, Gukje Market, and Busan Tower. Jagalchi Fish Market and Lotte Department Store ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (174 reviews)
Great to explore Busan
"This property was perfect for my friend and I to relax, explore Busan and enjoy our weekend. It was extremely close to Busan station, which made it easy to jump on the KTX. The breakfast was well worth the 5000 won that we paid."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2021

Busan Orum Residence Hotel
Windyhill Resort
Windyhill Resort
3.5 out of 5
132, Haegeumgang-ro, Nambu-myeon, Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do
The price is ¥12,112 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Offering direct access to the beach, this Geoje aparthotel is in a national park and within a 5-minute walk of Haegeumgang Theme Museum and Sinseondae Observatory. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (106 reviews)
"Excellent location and the view was wonderful. Staff were friendly and helpful. A lot of crumbs under the bed. Other than that, clean."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Windyhill Resort
Homefourest Resort
Homefourest Resort
3.5 out of 5
24-17, Guksan-ro, Geoje
The price is ¥7,499 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
This family-friendly Geoje condo building is located in Okpo-dong, within 3 mi (5 km) of Geoje Museum, Okpo Great Victory Commemorative Park, and Deokpo Beach. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (67 reviews)
"Very family friendly. The rooms were very spacious."

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Homefourest Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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