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New ICLEI member Yongin City plans to restore five urban water ways.

March 03, 2009

Yongin City in Korea recently joined ICLEI. 

ongin is a city in the south of Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, approximately 40 km south of Seoul. It has developed very abruptly since the late 1990s. Home to Everland, South Korea's most popular amusement park, it is a large city by area, though the city centre itself is rather compact. Yongin is also a very disparate city: the more recently developed areas to the north-west in Suji-gu, which borders Seongnam's Bundang Gu and the city of Suwon, are more affluent, whereas the more southern areas and the city centre itself are notably less so.

The city has a plan to restore 5 streams to be environmentally sound. The five streams are: Kyoungancheon, Cheonmicheon, Jinwicheon, Tancheon, Ohsancheon (The suffix, “cheon” in korean means “stream”). The city also plants to build Kiheung Lake Park. The park will host a gymnasium, promenade and artificial waterfall including swampy land where about 23,000 of trees and reeds shall be planted. In addition, following the promenade walk, 3,000 of shrubs were planted such as a privet.