Title Blueprint finalized for Taehwagang Garden EXPO
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Date 2018-01-23 AM 10:57:08 Hit 433
Contents Blueprint finalized for Taehwagang Garden EXPO
Organizing Committee held 3rd meeting on January 9th at Seoul Station
Theme of EXPO, "history, culture, and ecosystem" of the Taehwagang River
63 gardens to be built, Organizing Committee and Secretariat to be operated

On January 9, the third meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Taehwagang Garden EXPO was held at the conference room in Seoul Station.
As more than half of the committee members reside in Seoul and the capital region, the meeting was held in Seoul. Accordingly, members living in other regions and interested residents of Ulsan Metropolitan City made the trip to Seoul to attend the meeting.
During the last two meetings, a preliminary blueprint for the EXPO was finalized, which included the time, theme, slogan, and garden designs.
The EXPO will be held for nine days from April 13 (Fri.) to 21 (Sat.) and the theme will be "history, culture, and ecology of the Taehwagang River." The slogan is "Gardens! Colored with the Taehwagang River."
As for the gardens, a total of 63 will be built: three by foreign designers, 20 by domestic designers (ten show gardens and ten message gardens), 20 by local residents, and 20 by students.
So far, the preparation process has been successful.
Ulsan held a garden design contest from December 18 of last year to January 31 of this year to select garden designers to exhibit at the EXPO. It is currently working on the execution design to establish the foundation for gardens and event venues.
As for the three foreign designers to be invited, two have already been contacted. One is Ishihara Kazuyuki, a Japanese designer who won gold medal for six years in a row at the Chelsea Flower Show in the U.K., and the other is Catherine Mosbach, a French designer who designed the garden of the Louvre Museum.
At the third meeting, event hall composition, unit events, measures for parking problems and P.R. plans will be extensively discussed.
The event venues for special industrial exhibition and flower exhibition will be arranged harmoniously with a focus placed on creating gardens that befit the purpose of the EXPO. The number of venues will be limited to 63 for gardens and a total of ten for the special industrial exhibition and flower exhibition combined.
The Organizing Committee plans to stage the special industrial exhibition and flower exhibition in an open air setting at the flowering plant complex along the Taehwagang River rather than in a closed space, so that the venues themselves can function as a garden that harmonizes with others existing nearby.
A space for enjoying a cup of tea on a green garden and an area to display and sell Ulsan's tourism products will also be available.
Special events and programs involving the invited foreign designers, local residents, and special performances are also being planned.
The programs with foreign designers include a garden tour, a round table workshop, and a talk show. Participatory programs for local residents will include making family pots, creating gardens of imagination, a stamp tour, and Children's Garden School. Lastly, for special performances, Ulsan Rock Festival and a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of MBC will be staged.
The committee will also discuss the issue of insufficient parking spaces.
To solve the parking problem, 350 parking spaces will be added on the waterfront multi-purpose square in Nam-gu along with 50 spaces (for large buses) in Osan Square. In addition, the existing parking areas available (Riverside in Jung-gu, Dongkang Medical Center, schools, and the Taehwagang River Donggulpia) will be utilized as much as possible.
The EXPO will be publicized across the country.
P.R. materials will be published this month and, from February, the contents will be distributed nationwide through broadcasting and newspapers as well as on express trains, electronic signboards, and online channels.
Ulsan Secretariat of the Taehwagang Garden EXPO Organizing Committee will start operation in mid February. The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, the Director of Garden Development and administrative staff will be stationed full time. A signboard hanging ceremony will also be held.
Organized for the purpose of developing gardens of a national standard in the Taehwagang River area and spreading the garden culture, the Taehwagang Garden EXPO will serve as a stepping stone for the Taehwagang River to be designated as a national garden.
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