Two rivers, Nakdong 낙동강 and Geumho 금호강, meet around Hwawon resort. The smaller one, Geumho flows into Nakdong, the longest river in the southern peninsular. Shincheon 신천, the urban stream in Daegu is a branch of Geumho river.
Geumho river separates western Daegu from Dasa 다사 district. A bridge connects the two at Gangchang 강창 meaning a riverside storage; gang 강 is river, chang 창 storage. In Joseon Dynasty(1392~1910), sea and rivers were the main routes to transport the tax collected locally to the government in Seoul. Gangchang was a riverside storage where the tax amount was stored temporarily. Tax transporting ship used to come to pick up the stored tax earlier every year. The tax was usually paid with grains of rice.
There had been small boats around Gangchang to transport locals to the opposite side of river since the ancient times. The boats had been the only way for the locals to cross the river before a new bridge named Gangchang was built in 1971. The very top photos show a ferry boat crossing the river and the above ones locals joined the opening ceremony of Gangchang bridge to celebrate. The first bridge is not here any longer and has been expanded and renovated twice since 1971. The below one is south view of the present bridge opened in 2009, which has ten lanes.This area used to be a typical countryside as other villages around the city. It had peaceful scenery along the stretch of riverside with sands and tall trees, and traditional houses were scattered here and there along dusty road. As urbanization occurred, however, the landscape is not just as it was in the past. Only the nearby mountains look the same as past.