City Government:Working for the Citizen of Busan(Photo: Busan City Hall)

Role & History

About Busan City Hall's Role

There are many public officials working in various sections of Busan City.
Public officials were selected by exam based upon their ability to execute Civic Administration and Affairs At present, approximately 1,500 public officials are working in Busan City Hall.
The mayor is our elected representative.
Every 4 years, there is an election held and citizens choose the best representative who will work the hardest for Busan City among all the potential candidates.
The mayor is the representative of Busan Metropolitan City outside and generalizes the embodiement of all the city's all affairs inside.

Busan City's History

Busan City's History
July 1407 Opening of Busan-Po(=Busan Port) for the first time.
Feb. 1876 Opening the Busan Port as an International Port.
Aug. 1896 Renamed Dongnae-Bu.
Oct. 1910 Renamed Busan-Bu.
Oct. 1914 Execution of the Busan-Bu System.(Area: 84.15km²)
Apr. 1936 The 1st Administrative District Expansion.
(Seomyeon Dongnae-gu, Amnam-ri Saha-myeon were incorporated into Busan)
Oct. 1942 The 2nd Administrative District Expansion.
(Dongnae-eup Dongnae-gun, Saha-myeon were incorporated into Busan)(Area: 112.23km²)
Aug. 1949 Changed the name from Busan-Bu to Busan City.
Jan. 1957 Execution of the Gu (Administrative District Unit) System.
6 Gu(Jung-gu, Seo-gu, Dong-gu, Yeongdo-gu, Busanjin-gu, Dongnae-gu)
Jan. 1963 Changed to the Government Jighalsi (City under the Direct Control of the Government), 6 Gu 7 Branch Office
The 3rd Administrative District Expansion.
(Gupo-eup Dongnae-gun, Sasang-myeon, Buk-myeon, Gijang-eup Songjeong-ri were incorporated into Busan)
(Area: 360.25km²)
Oct. 1975 Reorganization of Administrative District. (Nam-gu are created)
7 Gu, 3 Branch Offices under the Direct Control of the City
Feb. 1978 The 4th Administrative District Expansion.
(Dajeo-eup Gimhae-gun, Myeongji-myeon and some parts of
Garack-myeon were incorporated into Busan)
Reorganization of Administrative Districts. (Buk-Gu are created)
8 Gu, 2 Branch Offices under the Direct Control of the City
Apr. 1980 Reorganization of Administrative Districts. (Haeundae-gu are created)
9 Gu, 1 Branch Office under the Direct Control of the City
Dec. 1983 Reorganization of Administrative Districts. (Saha-gu are created)
10Gu, 1 Branch Office under the Direct Control of the City
Jan. 1988 Reorganization of Administrative Districts. (Geumjeong-gu are created)
11Gu, 1 Branch Office under the Direct Control of the City
May. 1988 Execution of a Self-Governing Administrative System.
Jan. 1989 Reorganization of Administrative District (Gangseo-gu are created) 12 Autonomous Districts
The 5th Administrative District
(Noksan-myeon Gimhae-gun, Garak-myeon, Chenga-myeon and Changweon-gun were incorporated into Busan).
July 1991 The 1st City Council Opening of Busan Direct Control. (51 persons)
Jan. 1995 Changed the name to Metropolitan City from Gikhalsi.
(City was now under the Direct Control of the Government)
12 Autonomous Districts (Area: 748.92km²)
March 1995 Reorganization Administrative District. (15Gu 1Gun)
(Yeonje-gu, Suyeong-gu, Sasang-gu, Gijang-gun are created.)
The 6th Administrative District Expansion.
(Part of Yangsan-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do (province) and Jinhae City were incorporated into Busan)
Jan. 1998 Open the City Hall in Yeonsan-dong.
Jan. 2000 Some parts of Noksan-dong in Gangseo-gu(1.03km²) were incorporated into Gimhae.
Some parts of Gimhae(1.03km²) were incorporated into Noksan-dong in Gangseo-gu.
Dec. 2005 Expanded City Areas
Area: 763.46km²
Dec. 2007 Expanded City Areas (reclaimed Yongho Bay)
Area: 765.64km²
Dec. 2009 reclaimed some parts of coastal areas
Area: 766.166km²
Dec. 2013 reclaimed some parts of coastal areas
Area: 769.86km²

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