Haeundae’s newest cultural plaza on Gunam-ro is not impressing local citizens so far since its opening earlier this year.
Costing 3.8 billion won, the road between Haeundae Beach and the old Haeundae Station was transformed into a two lane road to make way for a 30-meter-wide pedestrian-orientated cultural plaza on the 490-meter road.
However, the problem that residents are complaining about is there are almost no aesthetics to the street.
There are almost no places for shade, turning the walkway into a ‘cement sauna’ during the hot summer days. Few people are seen walking on the plaza during the day, opting to use the old existing sidewalks which offers a slightly cooler option to walk.
The Busan Ilbo this week interviewed some locals who were less than impressed with the offerings of the new plaza.
Only four pergolas and street lamps are currently on the street, along with scattered pots with plants according to one of the interviewees, with almost no places to sit from the scorching day sun.
No greenery, a lack of places to sit and relax and no fountains to cool down are also some of the major complaints of the new plaza on Korean internet forums.
Once the sun goes down, however, more people are seen using the new walkway. The district also plans to add busking zones in the evenings to provide nightly entertainment.