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Ironduke
12 Aug 04,, 00:27
S Korea chooses new capital site

South Korea has chosen a site in central South Chungchong province to house its new capital city.
"The Yeongi-Kongju area has been selected as the site for a new capital," Prime Minister Lee Hai-chan said in a live national broadcast.

Construction of the new capital, which has not yet been named, is due to begin in 2007 and be completed by 2030.

The $45bn move is designed to reduce Seoul's overcrowding and economic dominance over the rest of South Korea.

Government and administrative functions will be moved to the new city, and possibly parliament and the supreme court, although any sizable relocation is not expected to happen until 2012.

The location of the new capital was chosen ahead of three other candidates, Eumseong/Jincheon in North Chungchong province, and Chonan and Kongju/Nonsan, both in South Chungchong province.

"The new capital site was found to be the best among the candidate locations in terms of potential contribution to the nation's balanced regional development, ease of access and living environment," Mr Lee was quoted as saying in the Korea Times.

Mr Lee said land purchases would begin next year on the 7,100 hectare (17,540 acre) site.

Political issue

President Roh Moo-hyun has made moving the capital one of the core objectives of his term in office, and it fulfils a campaign pledge he made before elections in 2002.

He insists the move is key to the decentralisation of the country, and more balanced regional development.

But opposition parties have called for a referendum, saying Mr Roh's plans go further than originally announced.

The Grand National Party said in a statement that the plan should be reconsidered, and was against the will of the public.

The relocation still faces legal obstacles, and civic groups have launched a constitutional appeal.

But Mr Lee said that suspending the move would go against democratic principles, since it had the backing of parliament.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3554296.stm

Confed999
12 Aug 04,, 00:34
Wow! That's amazing... I didn't even know they were considering it! :eek:

Bill
12 Aug 04,, 01:44
How much farther is the new site from the DMZ?

This smells of a strategic move as much as an economic one. Seoul presented extremely difficult challenges in defending it.

Rudolphuss
12 Aug 04,, 02:24
It's more of a parochial thing. East Asians, especially Chinese and Koreans, are extremely parochial. Historically they have more affinity to their provinces instead of their country. More often then not many of these provinces have different languages and cultures, not to mention many of the liberal politicians come from the Southern provinces, which were heavily repressed because they opposed authoritarianism.

The current president, Roh, is a southerner, so naturally he wants to bring the loot home. Was this proposal initiated under President Kim Dae Jong? Kim Dae Jong is from the pronvince of Kwangju, which is the southernmost province in South Korea. Kwangju had always been a hotbed of the liberal (human rights and democracy) movements and it was always denied economic development as a punishment. So I guess this is just a way to address the wrongs committed in the past.

Ironduke
12 Aug 04,, 05:29
How much farther is the new site from the DMZ?

This smells of a strategic move as much as an economic one. Seoul presented extremely difficult challenges in defending it.
Central South Korea.

List
12 Aug 04,, 06:46
2030? His opponents have a good amount of time to try to shut him down.

Rudolphuss
14 Aug 04,, 01:57
Waste of money if you ask me.

Here's a good analysis:
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/FF22Dg05.html

President Roh's stated motive is to achieve economic parity between all the different provinces, hence relocating the capital from the north to the south will hopefully stimulate the economy in the south. But the thing is that South Korea is pretty equal compared to other industrialized countries, and the best way to boost the economy is to expand the Seoul-Inchon megalopolis, not to spend as much as $100 billion (which it doesn't have) moving.

phalanx
15 Aug 04,, 01:13
How much farther is the new site from the DMZ?

This smells of a strategic move as much as an economic one. Seoul presented extremely difficult challenges in defending it.


!!! agreed