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DMC creates master plan for the Geumhogang Renaissance
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Change Daegu: Opening up the Geumhogang Renaissance with a “global inland waterfront city”


Daegu Metropolitan City (DMC) completed a master plan on the “Geumhogang Renaissance,” which aims to convert the Geumhogang River, a small urban stream, into a citizen-friendly resource.


Through three initiatives (Open Geumhogang, Active Geumhogang, Sustainable Geumhogang) and 30 implementation plans, the master plan aims to use the river to provide citizens with welfare/cultural benefits, revitalize Daegu’s economy, and make Daegu a global waterfront city that is resistant to the effects of climate change.


Creation of clean, high-quality stream for Deungchon Recreation Area



Creation of welfare spaces for citizenry: Open Geumhogang River

By connecting the Human Path, Wind Path, and Water Path to create a 100 ri (approx. 40 km) trail along Geumhogang River, the stream will be made more accessible to citizens as an “urban balcony” that serves as a venue for leisure and culture.


Implementation plan

- Linking of “100 ri ”: Human Path (walking trail, tree-lined trail, bike path, riverfront path), Wind Path (Sincheon Stream, Geumhogang River), Water Path (K2 Air Base Water Path connecting area, movable weir)

- Spatial improvement: Urban Balcony (multi-purpose plaza, citizens’ park, wildflower garden)


Active Geumhogang: Revitalization of local economy

Creating spaces for watersports and leisure activities and making Geumhogang River a popular festival ground are expected to revitalize Daegu’s economy.


Implementation plan

- Leisure/sports: Year-round swimming area, watersports, sand beach, electric boats, park-style golfing range, campground

- Festival365: Waterfront busking stage, international beach volleyball contest, “anti-heat” and Chimac (chicken and beer) festivals



A city that is resistant to climate change: Sustainable Geumhogang

To make Geumhogang resistant to the effects of climate change, a biotop will be installed (with Dumulmeori converted into an ecological hub) to reduce the head island effect. A metaverse will also be created to make Geumhogang relevant and useful for future generations.


Implementation plan

- Eco-friendly/carbon neutrality: creation of Dumulmeori Ecological Hub, biotop restoration, tree planting, secure adequate water quantity & water quality improvement

- Metaverse: AR, smart street lamps, install “delivery zones” and history photo spots, public bikes


To achieve the three initiatives, DMC will first carry out projects that are strategic and relatively easy to implement to speed up the Geumhogang Renaissance. It will also work on finding state-funded projects to ease the budget burden and, by carrying out related projects in a timely manner, embellish the effects of the Renaissance.


There are three projects that laid the foundations for Renaissance project: Stream development for Deungchon Recreation Area, revitalization of The ARC Cultural Center, and creation of a national ecological trail along Geumhogang.


- Stream development for Deungchon Recreation Area is based on a budget of KRW 45 billion (state and municipal: KRW 22.5 bil. each) and scheduled for completion in 2026. It aims to convert Deungchon Recreation Area into a space for ecological exploration, culture, and tourism by creating an “ecological waterway,” restoring the biotop, installing a permanent swimming facility, and creating a sandy beach.


- Revitalization of The ARC Cultural Center is based on a budget of KRW 30 billion (state and municipal: KRW 15 bil. each) and scheduled for completion in 2025. By installing a landmark walkway that links the ACC with the nearby Hwawon Recreation Area and Dalseong Wetland, it is hoped that the newly-formed “network” of cultural assets brings attention to the area at the intersection of Geumhogang and Nakdonggang rivers as a tourist attraction.


- The creation of a national ecological trail at Geumhogang is based on a budget of KRW 6 billion (state and municipal: KRW 3 bil. each) and scheduled for completion in 2024. Linking the Ansim, Geumgang, and Palhyeon Wetlands, all of which are near Geumhogang, will make it easier for citizens to access ecological, historical and cultural resources without damage to the stream’s natural environment. The walking trail will be designed so visitors can safely enjoy Geumhogang River’s natural beauty.


The budgets for each of the three aforementioned projects include a (total) central government contribution of KRW 2.8 billion (which is scheduled to be given in 2023). The contribution is expected to expedite the three projects’ smooth implementation and as well as the final touches on the Geumhogang Renaissance.


Furthermore, DMC created an internal task force to ensure the smooth progression of the Renaissance project. Efforts will be made to bring the project into the concrete implementation stage in a timely manner. A committee of outside experts (made up of four sub-committees) will help keep all processes transparent and efficient.


The Geumhogang Renaissance will also be supplemented by several other citizen-centric projects (e.g. Clean Water Highway, Geumhogang Water Quality Improvement Project, construction of road along Geumhogang River, K2 Air Base lot development) through cooperation between the task force and relevant DMC divisions.

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