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Saha-gu, Republic of Korea

  • City population: 
    334,722
  • City/Urban area: 
    41.75
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Between USD 15,000 and USD 25,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 27,221

A city creating the future through lifelong learning

Saha, located in the south-western part of Busan city, is popular with tourists from Korea and abroad thanks to its oceanic, cultural and ecological landmarks, which include a wintering site for migratory birds; an international rock music festival; the world's tallest musical fountain; fantastic sunsets; silver grass fields at Mount Seughak; and the Gamcheon Culture Village, known as the ‘Machu Picchu of Busan’.

Vision and Motivation

Under the motto, ‘Saha! A lifelong learning city creating the future through learning’, Saha is striving to become a Learning City in which people come together through learning and sharing. As part of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, Saha will share best practices with other member cities, allowing it to take another step forward in developing its lifelong learning system.

Challenges and Goals

Many adults are in need of lifelong learning opportunities, including North Korean refugees, multicultural families and socially marginalized groups. Coupled with an increase in the number of workers and the city’s ageing population, this creates a strong demand for customized learning programmes. Saha’s goal is to create a Learning City that enhances competitiveness.

Plan and Implementation

Since being designated a lifelong learning city by the government in 2013, Saha has established the basis for developing as a Learning City. It has founded 6 Happiness Learning Centres and opened a new municipal Lifelong Learning Centre in 2012 to provide broader access to lifelong learning.
It offers various courses for career-break women and retirees-to-be to help them enhance their professional skills. In addition, the city supports resident-led study circles, environmental education programmes, community empowerment initiatives, programmes for multi-cultural families and North Korean refugees, evening classes for workers, and weekend programmes for families. Through these, the city aims to promote growth at both the community and individual levels.

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