By Editor-in-Chief Jimmy Kim
The Jungnang-gu District of the Seoul Metropolitan City held a ceremony to present a letter of appointment to the members of the 2nd Residents' Association at the Jungnang-gu Community Center in the presence of Mayor Liu Gyoung-gee of the District together with Seoul Metropolitan Council Member Lee Young-sil, Jungnang-gu District Councillors Na Eun-ha and Jo Sung-yeon. Their term of office is two years and they can be re-appointed for another term depending on their choice.
In a congratulatory speech at the meeting, Mayor Liu said, "The Residents' Association is a representative organization of the residents, and it is a place where the practical participation of residents is expanded and grassroots resident autonomy is realized.” Then he praised the hard work of the members of the 1st Residents' Association and their dedication to the development of the local community despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19.
Mayor Liu also said that he looked forward to brisk activities of the 2nd term members emphasizing, "I hope that the Residents' Association will become an important stepping stone for direct democracy and become a driving force that greatly contributes to the development of the local community.“
In addition, Seoul City Council member Lee Yeong-sil, Jungnang-gu Councillors Na Eun-ha and Jo Sung-yeon also cited the exemplary activities and achievements of the 1st Residents' Association, and expressed expectations for good accomplishments by the 2nd Residents' Association.
A member of the National Assembly Seo Young-kyo supported the development of Jungnang-gu along with expectations for the activities of the Residents' Association through a video message due to the parliamentary schedule.
Jungnang-gu won the Korea Festival Contents Grand Prix for two consecutive years following last year and the Grand Prix for the Crime prevention and selected as the Best public institution in 2021. Jungnang-gu has been developing remarkably since the appointment of Mayor Liu.
Geographically, the region now known as Jungnang-gu consists of a triangular area between Bonghwasan Mountain, Yongmasan Mountain, and Mangusan Mountain at its center. And historically, Jungnang-gu is known for its length and remarkable traditions, with relics from the late Paleolithic era and Bronze Age excavated from this area showing human inhabitation that can be traced back to as far as 30,000 BC.
As recently as the 1960s, in the area between Sangbong’s beacon mounds to Myeonmok-dong, traces of earthen walls dating back to the late Paleolithic era and early Iron Age could be found, suggesting that Jungnang-gu was a walled state. In the Three Kingdoms Period when Baekje played a part in securing a beachhead at the basin of Han River, and then from the Unified Silla Period into the early Joseon Dynasty Period in 983, a total of 12 Moks were installed, making the Yangju Mok.