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Gyeongam-dong Railway Town

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During the Japanese Colonial Era, Japanese filled the tidelands to make the land ready for a mill factory. The railway in front of this town was built to transfer materials to the paper factory at Jochon-dong in 1944, when the Pacific War was on.
The total length of the railway from the factory to Gunsan station was 2.5km, and the railway of about 1.1km passes through the railway town. After independence, Gyeongam-dong, converted to national land, was barren land; thus, poor people gathered here to make a town. When a train came into town, three railway workers at the front of the train blew the whistle so people get out of the way of the train.
At houses of poor families near the railway of Gyeongam-dong, electricity and water were introduced after the Saemaeul Movement in the 1970s. With small walls and roofs, only a few years ago, one or two trains passed this railway.
In June 2008, since the train stopped passing this railway for the first time in 65 years, the railway is no longer in use, but the 400m-long railway town still attracts visitors with old memories. There are about 50 houses in this town, and people still live in about 30 houses.

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