Incheon launches a
Citizen’s Advisory Group, plans to open up the old Mayor’s residence to the
public, and host a variety of other events for the anniversary
May 4, Incheon launched the Citizen’s Advisory Group to help organize the
“Incheon Independence 40th Anniversary Event,” and host its first group
is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its independence from Gyeonggi-do -
Incheon became a direct-controlled municipality on July 1, 1981. To celebrate
its 40th anniversary as an independent city with its citizens, take a look back
at the city’s history, and present a vision for the city’s future, Incheon will
host a variety of events leading up to and after July 1.
The “Incheon 40 Years of Independence Citizen’s Advisory Group”
features ten experts, including experts on local Incheon affairs, experts in
urban and administrative affairs, event planners, and members of the general
public. Together, these experts will offer advice to Incheon on how to organize
the upcoming 40th anniversary event.
▲ On May 4, Incheon launched the Citizen’s Advisory Group to
help organize the “Incheon Independence 40th Anniversary Event,” and host its
first group meeting.
Mayor Park Nam-choon said, “It has been 40 years since Incheon was promoted to
a directly controlled municipality. To celebrate Incheon’s independence with
its people, we are going to work with the people, right from the beginning.” He
added, “Over the past 40 years, Incheon has grown into a mega-city, and
size-wise it is the largest municipal city in Korea. It boasts a population of
3 million residents, and it has matured into a global economic hub with an
international airport, ports, and a free economic zone.”
for the Group’s Chairperson, Hwang Gyu-cheol, the Chairperson of the Incheon
Sarang Movement Citizen’s Council, was elected by the Group members, and
Incheon National University’s Professor Seo Jong-gook was elected as
Hwang Gyu-cheol said, “I understand the responsibility I have been given as the
leader of this Citizen’s Advisory Group for the 40th anniversary event. I will
do my best to consider the opinions and ideas from our advisors and the public
to help make the event a truly meaningful one for everyone.”
the Group elected its Chairperson, Park Yae-yeon, a policy planning officer at
the Incheon Metropolitan City Government presented the City’s master plan
(draft) for the event. The 40th anniversary event will feature four core
▲ Signboard unveiling ceremony to celebrate the promotion of
Incheon as a directly controlled municipality in 1981
First, as part of the “commemorative events” module, Incheon will host a
ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Incheon earning its independence,
and an event to commemorate the opening of the Mayor’s residence up for public
access. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Incheon’s independence with its
citizens, Incheon is hoping to organize an event at the City Hall and the
Mayor’s residence to return the old Mayor’s residence, which had been used
since 1966, to Incheon’s citizens.
as part of the “media and academic events” module, Incheon is planning a press
conference led by the Mayor of Incheon, and a debating session to mark the 40th
anniversary of Incheon’s independence. The “Academic Debate” session (Session
1),” where debaters will look back at Incheon’s development as a city and
present the future vision for Incheon, will focus on what Incheon has been able
to achieve so far and what challenges lie ahead for the city. Then, in the
“Talk Concert” session (Session 2), experts from different fields will discuss
the regeneration of Incheon moving forward.
third module is the “immersive events” module. This module will feature a
debating session featuring the Mayor and regular citizens, and a short Open
Port Culture Night event. Meanwhile, the fourth “exhibition and viewing events”
module will include a tour around the old Mayor’s residence, an outdoor film
screening session along with a Q&A with film directors.
its inaugural meeting, the Advisory Group suggested the need for events that
allow different generations to share their experiences together, and events
that can make citizens feel a sense of pride for the city of Incheon. Also, the
Group advised “untact” events considering the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
Moving forward, Incheon will tinker with the overall timeline of the 40th
anniversary event in liaison with the Citizen’s Advisory Group.
Jung-hyeop, Director of Policy Planning, said, “Since this event will get under
way with the threat of COVID-19 always looming around us, we will make every
effort to put the health and safety of our citizens first, and keep the
proceedings simple yet meaningful.”
▲ The 40th anniversary event celebrating Incheon’s independence
will feature a variety events, including a ceremony to celebrate the 40th
anniversary of Incheon’s independence and the opening of the old Mayor’s
residence to the public.