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Facing elections, Moon struggles to revive South Korean economy

Industrial wastelands defy stimulus to expose economic malaise

For years, South Korea's economy has stagnated. Whether postindustrial cities like Gunsan can prosper -- or even just survive -- will shape President Moon Jae-in’s legacy. (Photo by Jean Chung)

GUNSAN, South Korea -- In downtown Gunsan, amid the dusty machine shops, vacant storefronts and empty restaurants that make up much of the city's core, sits a gleaming, three-story operation. A sign at its entrance promises those who enter "one-stop support" on their way to a "happy new beginning."

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