The Mayors of four regional cities, Chungju, Chongju, Chonju, and Chinju announced their intention to merge and form a new mega-city, to be named New ChungChongChonChinJu City Tuesday morningat a meeting held, ironically, in Jeju. According to a spokesman representing the four mayors, the cities felt it was necessary to combine in order to compete with Seoul as well as the nearby planned Sejong City. Originally the mayors proposed that the new city be named New ChungjuChongjuChonjuChinju city, but some felt that name was too Ju-ish.
The new city, pictured above, will stretch from Chungcheonbukdo all the way to the southern coast near Chinju. The combined population of 1.8 million will catapult New ChungChongChonChinJu City into the top tier of Korean cities. In addition to the large population, the city will be by far the largest municipal entity in the country.
The spokesman mentioned other intangible benefits for the new city. “In the past, many foreigners were confused by the similarity between the four cities’ names. Heck, even many Koreans would get confused. Now everybody will know exactly which city we’re talking about when we say New ChungChongChonChinJu City.”
Certain details of the merger remain to be finalized, but the four cities have agreed on a new city slogan. They decided to combine the four existing slogans and hired a local Hagwon instructor to come up with the best combined slogan. Rebecca Lewis, a 28 year-old from Brisbane, struggled to make a decent-sounding combination. Finally she managed to dub the new city, New ChungChongChonChinJu City-The Happy, Vigourous, Vibrant Charm and Asianart City Worth Living In.