SHIMONOSEKI, Japan – A 'Busan Gate' now stands at the entrance to the Green Mall in Shimonoseki, Japan. The City of Busan and Shimonoseki unveiled a 'Busan Gate' that embodies the Hanok (Korean traditional housing), in celebration of 35 years of sister city ties on August 20. The artwork, that cost the city of Shimonoseki about 26 million yen (370 million won) is a 5m high, 7.6m wide steel frame structure. The Green Mall shopping district near JR Shimonoseki Station is a place with many shops related to Korea, such as Korean restaurants serving Bulgoki, shops selling Korean ingredients and other items.
The Mayor of Busan, Heo Nam-sik, and the Mayor of Shimonoseki, Nakao Tomoaki, attended the unveiling ceremony in the presence of about 100 people. Both cities seized on this opportunity of the unveiling of the Gate to agree on engaging in more active exchanges.