City Hall News

Translated by Jang Jae-hee and Yu Ri

60 percent of Foreign Residents in Gwangju are not Receiving Heath Care Benefits

It has recently been discovered that more than half of the foreign residents in Gwangju are not receiving health coverage. According to the City of Gwangju, only 9,900 foreign residents in the city, or 40.6% of the total number of 26,500, are receiving health care benefits from the National Health Insurance Service. Nationwide, 784,369 foreign nationals residing in Korea, or 45.6% of 1.7 million people, are receiving national health care benefits.

Foreign residents are eligible for national health care with full coverage guaranteed, but the registration rate is still low. Medical volunteer organizations are trying to help out with this issue. However, with the rapidly increasing number of foreign residents in Gwangju, the employees helping are understaffed and struggling financially.

Extended Closure of Gwangju Drive-In Theater
Gwangju Drive-In Theater closed their homepage and discontinued the business after the urgent and sudden closing of the theater on September 26. The theater, which is located in the parking area of Gwangju Family Land, was thriving. It served as a parking lot during the daytime and transformed into a theater in the evening. Its sudden closure has brought disappointment to regular customers. The previous service provider expressed discontent over the closure of the city’s cultural facility.

According to the management office of Gwangju U-chi Park, officers have announced a call for new enterprises to commence operations. Considering its withdrawal of equipment and replacement of the new management, the theater will require more than three to four months for its reopening.

Gwangju’s Mudeung Mountain Nominated for UNESCO Global Geopark
The National Geological Park Committee has selected Mount Mudeung Geological
Park for consideration as a UNESCO Global Geological Park.

Gwangju Metropolitan City will submit a certification application form in Mudeung Mountain’s honor by November 2016 and local inspection will be held next year.

The committee has evaluated the physiographic and geological values of the park and the residents’ efforts to improve the operations of the park. Furthermore, it has recognized the values of Seoseokdae and Ipseokdae peaks and the dinosaur footprints fossil site at Seoyu-ri, Hwasun as features of the global geopark.

Two preliminary inspections were made by Jose P. Calvo (Secretary General), MarkKomac (Vice President of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
Executive Committee), and Patrick McKeever, from the IGCP UNESCO, the International
Geoscience Program of UNESCO. The outcome of the nomination will be announced in April 2018 at the Executive Board of UNESCO.

Noh Wongi, Director of Park and Greenbelt Division of the City, said, “The nomination for Mount Mudeung as UNESCO World Geopark is an opportunity for the city and the Jeonnam region to advance further as a world-class international city.”


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