Three cities in Kyeongsangnam Do are integrating, to become a super-city. Masan, Changwon and Jinhae are three cities which already share a public bus system. Their city councils have already approved the plan and are waiting for approval from the Provincial Council of South Gyeongsang Province (Yes, 'Province' is in the title twice -I'm copying from the Herald). Since the Provincial Council is based in Changwon, I guess disapproving of the plan would make things uncomfortable.
From the Herald:
The Provincial Council of South Gyeongsang Province is scheduled to put a bill on the merger of the three cities to a floor vote next Monday.
If put into practice, the plan will give birth to one of the largest cities across the nation, which will have a total population of 1.08 million.The Times includes the same material but also points out some opposition:
However, the new city comes at a cost because it is being pushed by the government with little consensus among residents of the three cities. As a matter of fact, Changwon's council vote was conducted in an up-and-down manner, after a residents' referendum plan was ditched. The two other cities also didn't conduct a referendum, citing administrative inconvenience.
I don't know what to think about the merger. The three cities are close together and are basically merged in fact if not officially. Jinhae -and I was only ever a tourist there- seems to have a different feel than the other two cities. Masan and Changwon can both be considered beautiful, but are definitely industrial towns, while Jinhae is more of an oversized fishing village. Just as everyone should visit Kyeongju while in Korea, everyone should visit Jinhae in mid-Spring to see the cherry blossoms.
Her blog is more slice-of-life than political news, but Live From Masan may have more details. She may have to change the name of her blog soon.
Oh, I think the name of the new city should be Gaya.