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|• Revised Romanization||Gyeonggi-do|
|Subdivisions||28 cities; 3 counties|
|• Governor||Kim Moon-soo|
|• Total||10,171 km2 (3,927 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,170.6/km2 (3,032/sq mi)|
Gyeonggi-do (Korean pronunciation: [kjʌŋ.ɡi.do]) is the most populous province in South Korea. Its name, Gyeonggi means "the area surrounding capital". Thus Gyeonggi-do can be translated as "province surrounding Seoul". The provincial capital is located at Suwon. Seoul—South Korea's largest city and national capital—is located in the heart of the province, but has been separately administered as a provincial-level special city since 1946. Incheon—South Korea's third largest city—is located on the coast of the province, but has been similarly administered as a provincial-level metropolitan city since 1981. The three administrations between them cover 11,730 km2, with a combined population of 25.6 million—amounting to over half of the entire population of South Korea.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Population
- 4 Economy
- 5 Administrative area
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Education
- 8 Culture
- 9 Sports
- 10 Tourism
- 11 Sisterhood Relations
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Gyeonggi Province has been a politically important area ever since 18 B.C., when Korea was divided into three nations during the Period of the Three Kingdoms. Ever since King Onjo, the founder of Baekje (one of the three kingdoms), founded the government in Wirye Castle of Hanam, the Han River valley was absorbed into Goguryeo in the mid-fifth century, and became Silla's territory in the year 553 (the 14th year of King Jinheung). Afterward, the current location of Gyeonggi Province, one of the nine states of Unified Silla (nation unifying the three kingdoms), was called Hansanju.
The Gyeonggi region started to rise as the central region of Goryeo Dynasty as the King Taejo of Goryeo (dynasty following Unified Silla) set up the capital in Gaesong. Since 1018 (the 9th year of Goryeo’s King Hyeonjong), this area has been officially called "Gyeonggi."
During the Joseon Dynasty, which was founded after the Goryeo Dynasty, King Taejo of Joseon set the capital in Hanyang, while restructuring Gyeonggi's area to include Gwangju, Suwon, Yeoju, and Anseong, along with the southeast region. Since the period of King Taejong and Sejong the Great, the Gyeonggi region has become very similar to the current administrative area of Gyeonggi Province.
In 1895 the 23-Bu system, which reorganized administrative areas at that time, was effected, and the Gyeonggi region was divided into Hanseong (Hanseong-bu; 한성부; 漢城府), Incheon (Incheon-bu; 인천부; 仁川府), Chungju (Chungju-bu; 충주부; 忠州府), Gongju (Gongju-bu; 공주부; 公州府), and Gaesong (Gaesong-bu; 개성부; 開城府).
During the Japanese colonial period Hanseong-bu was incorporated into Gyeonggi Province. On October 1, 1910, it was renamed Gyeongseong-bu and a provincial government was placed in Gyeongseong-bu according to the reorganization of administrative districts.
After liberation and the foundation of two Korean governments, Gyeonggi Province and its capital, Seoul, were separated with partial regions of Gyeonggi Province being incorporated into Seoul thereafter. Additionally, Gaesong became North Korean territory, the only city to change control after the countries were divided at the 38th parallel, which is now part of North Korea's North Hwanghae province.
In 1967 the seat of the Gyeonggi provincial government was transferred from Seoul to Suwon. After Incheon separated from Gyeonggi Province in 1981, Gyeonggi regions such as Ongjin and Ganghwa were incorporated into Incheon in 1995.
Gyeonggi Province is the western central region of the Korean Peninsula, which is vertically situated in Northeast Asia, and is located between east longitude of 126 and 127, and north latitude of 36 and 38. Its dimension is 10% of Korea’s territory, 10,171 square kilometres (3,927 sq mi).1 It is in contact with 86 kilometres (53 mi) of cease-fire line to the north, 413 kilometres (257 mi) of coastline to the west, Gangwon Province to the east, North Chungcheong Province and South Chungcheong Province to the south, and has Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, situated in its center. The location of its provincial government is Suwon, but some of its government buildings are situated in Uijeongbu for the administrative conveniences of the northern region.
The climate of Gyeonggi Province is the continental climate, which has a severe differentiation of temperature between summer and winter, and has distinctions of four seasons. Spring is warm, summer is hot and humid, autumn is cool, and winter is cold and snowy. The annual average temperature is between 11–13 °C (52–55 °F), where the temperature in the mountainous areas to the northeast is lower and the coastal areas to the southwest is higher. For January’s average temperature, the Gyeonggi Bay is −4 °C (25 °F), the Namhangang (River) Basin is −4 – −6 °C (25–21 °F), and the Bukhangang (River) and Imjingang Basins are −6 – −8 °C (21–18 °F). It becomes colder and higher in temperature differentiation from coastal to inland areas. Summer has a lower local differentiation compared to winter, and since the inland areas are hotter than the Gyeonggi Bay area, the hottest area is Pyeongtaek, making the average temperature of August 26.5 °C (79.7 °F).
The annual average precipitation is around 1,100 millimetres (43 in), with a lot of rainfall. It is rainy in summer and dry during winter. The northeastern inland areas of Bukhangang and the upper stream of Imjingang has a precipitation of 1,300–1,400 millimetres (51–55 in), whereas the coastal area has only 900 millimetres (35 in) of precipitation.
The topography of Gyeonggi Province is divided into southern and northern areas by the Han River, which flows from east to west. The area north to the Han River is mainly mountainous, while the southern area is mainly plain.
The configuration of Gyeonggi Province is represented by Dong-go-seo-jeo (high in the east and low in the west), where the Gwangju Mountain Range and the Charyeong Mountain Range spreads from the east and drops in elevation in the west. The fields of Gimpo, Gyeonggi, and Pyeongtaek extend to the west.
Gyeonggi Province boasts beautiful nature stocked with rivers, lakes, mountains, and seas. Its representative rivers are the Hangang, Imjingang, and Anseongcheon (Stream), which flow into the Yellow Sea, with Gyeonggi Plain, Yeonbaek Plain and Anseong Plain forming a fertile field area around the rivers. The Gwangju Mountain Range and the Charyeong Mountain Range stretch toward China in Gyeonggi Province. Most of the mountains that rise above 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), such as Myeongjisan (1,267 metres (4,157 ft)), Gukmangbong (1,168 metres (3,832 ft)) and Yongmunsan (1,157 metres (3,796 ft)), are included in the Gwangju Mountain Range. It has a developed granite area which, due to the granite’s exfoliation effect, makes it full of strangely shaped cliffs and deep valleys. The Charyeong Mountain Range forms the boundary between Gyeonggi Province and North Chungcheong Province, but is a relatively low-altitude hilly area.
For National Parks within Gyeonggi Province, there is Bukhansan National Park located in Uijeongbu. For Provincial Parks, there are the Chukryeongsan Natural Recreation Area, Namhan-sanseong Provincial Park, Gapyeong Yeoninsan Provincial Park, and Mulhyanggi Arboretum. Besides the listed, the scenery of well-known mountains including Soyosan of Dongducheon City, Yongmunsan of Yangpyeong-gun, and Gwanaksan of Anyang•Gwacheon Cities, along with Hangang and Imjingang are the famous tourism sites of Gyeonggi Province.
Gyeonggi Province has shown a rapid increase in population due to the modernization and urbanization of the Republic of Korea. Its population has increased from 2,748,765 in 1960 to 3,296,950 in 1970, 4,933,862 in 1980, 6,619,629 in 1992, 8,982,298 in 2000 and 12,071,884 in 2010. In 2010 there were 4,527,282 households, with an average of 3 people per family. There were 6,112,339 males and 5,959,545 females. The population density was 1119 people/km2, almost double the national average of 486 people/km2.
Excluding the two metropolitan cities (Seoul and Incheon), the most heavily populated area as of 2010 is Suwon (1,104,681) followed by Seongnam (996,524), Goyang (962,297), Yongin (891,708), Bucheon (890,875) and Ansan (753,862). The lowest populated area in 2010 was Yeoncheon (45,973) followed by Gapyeong (59,916) and Gwacheon (72,595).
As the backbone of Seoul in the means of manufacturing complex, Gyeonggi Province is evenly developed in various industries such as heavy industry (electronics, machine, heavy and chemical industry, steel), light industry (textile), and farm, livestock and fisheries industry. Due to the influence of recent high wages, the weight of various manufacturing industries has decreased in Korea’s economy. Gyeonggi Province is also making efforts in many ways to improve and modernize the conventional industry structure. Gyeonggi Province is unsparingly investing in the promotion of service industries related to soft competitive power such as state-of-the-art IT industry, designing, conventions and tourism, along with its great leap as a commercial hub in Northeast Asia using the Pyeongtaek Harbor. Besides this, it is famous for its special local products such as Icheon rice and Icheon/Gwangju ceramics. Also, the manufacturing base of global IT industries that represent Korea, such as Suwon Samsung Semi-conductor, Paju LG LCD Complex, and Icheon Hynix are located in Gyeonggi Province. Yeolmae Food also has its headquarters here.
Gyeonggi Province consists of 28 cities (special: 7, normal: 21) and three counties.2 This is because many counties were elevated to city status owing to the influence of Seoul’s new town development plan. Special cities are especially concentrated in the southern area of Gyeonggi Province.
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Gyeonggi Province's proximity to Seoul, Korea's capital, and Incheon, its second busiest port, has contributed to its extremely well-developed transportation infrastructure. It is close to both Incheon International Airport, South Korea's main international gateway and busiest airport, and Gimpo International Airport, its second busiest airport. Utilization of water transportation from the harbor at Pyeongtaek is also high.
The road pavement rate throughout the province averages 86.5 percent. The area has access to many of South Korea's expressways, including
- No. 1 Gyeongbu Expressway, Seoul–Busan
- No. 15 Seohaean Expressway, Seoul–Mokpo
- No. 35 Jungbu Expressway, Seoul–Tongyeong
- No. 37 Second Jungbu Expressway, Seoul–Yongin
- No. 45 Jungbu Naeryuk Expressway, Yeoju–Gimcheon
- No. 50 Yeongdong Expressway, Incheon–Gangneung
- No. 60 Seoul–Chuncheon Expressway, Seoul–Chuncheon
- No. 100 Seoul Ring Expressway
- No. 110 Second Gyeongin Expressway, Incheon–Anyang
- No. 120 Gyeongin Expressway, Seoul–Incheon
- No. 130 Incheon International Airport Expressway, Incheon International Airport–Seoul
Gyeonggi is served by Korail commuter, standard and high-speed (KTX) services. It is home to Korea's first railroad, the Gyeongin Line, and includes portions of the Gyeongbu Line, Gyeongui Line, Jungang Line, and Honam Line. Gyeonggi has stations on the Suin, Bundang, Gyeongchun, and Sinbundang commuter rail services and the Gyeongbu and Honam High Speed Railways.
The area has numerous connections to the Seoul Metropolitan Subway system. Seoul Subway Line 1 (formerly Korea National Railroad of Seoul) extends to Cheonan past Gyeonggi Province to the southwest, and to Dongducheon to the north. Line 3 connects to Goyang to the north, while Line 4 is connected to Gwacheon and Ansan to the southwest, and Line 7 is connected to Uijeongbu to the north and Gwangmyeong to the south. Line 8 is extended to Seongnam to the south.
A portion of the AREX line between the Gimpo and Incheon airports passes through Gyeonggi, but there are no stops within the province.
Gyeonggi is actively investing in education to foster a talented population suitable for the globalized economy. It is currently promoting the opening of local campuses of reputable universities as well as establishing special purpose high schools for high-quality education. It has also founded and operates at Paju the largest domestic "English village" for education in the English language, as well as villages in Ansan and Yangpyeong.
- Kangnam University, Kyonggi University, Kyungwon University, Kyung Hee University, Dankook University, Daejin University, Luther University, Myongji University (science departments campus), Seoul Theological University, Seoul Jangsin University and Theological Seminary, Sungkyul University, Suwon Catholic University, Suwon Science College, Shingyeong University, Asia United Theological University, Ajou University, Anyang University, Yongin University, Chung-Ang University (Anseong Campus), Calvin University, Pyongtaek University, College of Medicine Pochon CHA University, Korea Polytechnic University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea Aerospace University, Hanbuk University, Hansei University, Hanshin University, Hanyang University, Hyupsung University
- Ansan College
Gyeonggi Province has long been a capital area, leaving many historic relics and ruins. For royal tombs (called reung), there are Donggureung of Guri, and Gwangreung, Hongreung and Yureung of Namyangju. For castles (called seong), there are Suwon Hwaseong, which is designated as the World Cultural Heritage, Namwonsanseong, Haengjusanseong, and Ganghwasanseong. For Buddhist temples, there are many aged temples within Gyeonggi Province where one can experience ‘temple stay’, besides Ganghwa Pusoksa Muryangsujeon, the oldest wooden building in Korea. You can view folk culture in the Korean Folk Village in Yongin, and the scene of Korea’s division at Panmunjeom in Paju.
Gyeonggi Province is investing a lot of money at a provincial level so that people do not have to go to Seoul to enjoy a high-class cultural life. There are various performances at Gyeonggi Arts Center in Suwon as well as at Gyeonggi Korean Traditional Music Center in Yongin. Gyeonggi Provincial Museum in Yongin, Nam June Paik Art Center in Yongin, Gyeonggi Museum of Art in Ansan, and the Ceramics Museum in Gwangju are some of the facilities that are currently run by the province. There are also sightseeing opportunities at Jangheung Art Park, Publication Art Complex at Heyri, Paju, and the Icheon Ceramics Exposition.
The 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup matches were held in Suwon World Cup Stadium. As for the professional soccer teams with Gyeonggi Province as their home ground, there are the Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. Also, there is the professional basketball team of Guri Kdb Life Winnus, sponsored by Kdb Life Insurance.
Sailing is a high profile sport in Gyeonggi. Gyeonggi-do's location on the bank of the river Han makes it an ideal venue for the sport which is host to the prestigious Korea Match Cup event which is a part of the World Match Racing Tour. The event draws the world's best sailing teams to Gyeonggi in a gladiatorial battle of nerve and skill on the water. The identical supplied (KM-36) boats are raced two at a time in an on the water dogfight which tests the sailors and skippers to the limits of their physical abilities. Points accrued count towards the World Match Race Tour and a place in the final event, with the overall winner taking the title ISAF World Match Racing Tour Champion. Match racing is an ideal sport for spectators in Gyeonggi. Racing in such close proximity to the river bank provides excellent heart of the action views for the audience. Highlights of the event can be seen on KBS World television and via the official World Match Racing Tour website.
- Challengers League (7)
- WKBL (4)
- Yongin Samsung Life Blueminx
- Ansan Shinhan Bank S-Birds
- Guri KDB Life Winnus
- Bucheon KEB-Hana
- V-League Women (3)
- Anyang LG Cheetahs (1996–2003, Anyang → Seoul)
- Bucheon SK (1996–2005, Bucheon → Jeju)
- Bucheon FMC Best (2010, Dissolved)
- Ansan H FC
- Goyang KB Kookmin Bank
- Namyangju United
- Everland theme park located in Yongin-si
- Korean Folk Village in Yongin-si
- Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Dramia located at Cheoin-gu in Yongin-si; is the filming location of historical dramas such as Moon Embracing the Sun, Jumong, Queen Seondeok and Dong Yi. Viewing tours are available, which includes traditional folk games, historical court dress and archery.4
- Hallyuworld theme park, which is based on the ‘Korean Fever’, is under construction in Goyang
- Seoul Grand Park in Gwacheon, which has the Korea’s National Museum of Contemporary Art and a zoo * ski and golf resorts
- Icheon Hot Spring
|Area||Festival Name||Period||Main Contents||Sponsor/Supervision|
|Suwon||Hwaseong Cultural Festival||October||Great King Jeong Jo parade, Hwaryeongjeon Heondarae, re-presentation of the 60th birthday banquet of Hyekyeongung Hong, re-presentation of Kwageo (state examination during the Joseon Dynasty)
National housewife scenery festival, traditional flag game, culture and art festival, international food festival, drawing of Mars
|Suwon City, Hwaseong Cultural Festival Committee|
|KBS Drama Festival||August ~ October||KBS Magic, Studio Tour, digital image machinery, public broadcasting, reconstructions of historical dramas, national amateur image contest||Suwon City, KBS|
|Seongnam||Seongnam Global Folk Art Festival||May||Global folk dancing, music and clothing festival with 400 performers from 12 different countries participating||Seongnam/Gyeongpyeong International Co., Ltd.|
|Seongnam Cultural Art Festival||May~June, September~October||International / dance / music / play / movie festivals, art / picture exhibitions, citizen composition contest, citizen singing contest||Seongnam City, Seongnam Art Assembly and Members|
|Moran 5-Day Folk Festival||April||Various traditional folk art performance, reminiscent folk song stage, art performance of modern taste||Moran 5-Day Folk Festival Committee|
|Seongnam Art Village Lotus Festival||July||Lotus and nature workbook exhibition, lotus food and local food corner||Lotus Festival Committee|
|Anyang||Anyang Cultural Art Festival||Mid-May||Various culture and art event such as art, music, dancing and plays||Anyang Cultural Center and Art Assembly Anyang Branch|
|Anyang Citizen Festival||October||Local festival full of things to see / play / buy / eat||Anyang City/Anyang Citizen Festival Committee|
|Goyang||Goyang Haengju Cultural Festival||April||Seungjeon Street Parade, folk contest, Haengju Daecheop memorial services and rites||Goyang City/Goyang Cultural Center|
|Bucheon||Boksagol Art Festival||May||Student and citizen composition contest, street festival, image and picture subscription, art festival, citizen singing contest, dance contest, family musicals for children, play contest, music contest, citizen movie contest, citizen photography contest||Korea Art Assembly Bucheon Branch|
|Ansan||Danwon Art Festival (Kim Hong-do Festival)||September||Art Contest: art subscription contest, art appreciation classroom, street art contest
Ansan Kim Hong-do Festival: Danwon PR Hall, antique necessity products exhibition, yard play, art experience, traditional eateries
|Ansan City/Danwon Art Festival Committee|
|Byeolmangseong Art Festival||September||Byeolmangseong Festival, Byeolchomu performance, fireworks, teenager play festival, national music festival, other art events||Ansan City/Ansan Art Assembly|
|Seongho Cultural Festival||May||Seongho admiration services, National Cultural Festival performances, Gyeonggi folk song choir performance, Seongho ideology academic contest, other events||Ansan City/Ansan Cultural Center|
|Uijeongbu||Tongil Art Festival||June||Exhibition, traditional dance performance, Hanmaeum Citizen Singing Contest, composition contest, modern arts invitation||Art Assembly Uijeongbu Branch|
|Hoeryong Cultural Festival||October||Reproduction of royal parade, exhibition, dragon dance, yard drama||Uijeongbu Cultural Center|
|Uijeongbu International Music Performance Festival||May||Overseas group invitation/performance, college student showcase event, exhibition||Uijeongbu Arts Center|
|Namyangju||Dasan Cultural Festival||September~October||Awarding of Dasanmokmin Award, literature contest, traditional folk performance experience event||Namyangju City/Namyangju Cultural Center|
|Namyangju Outdoor Performance Festival||August||Invitation/performance of famous domestic/foreign performers, teenager get-together yard, experience event||Namyangju City|
|Gwangmyeong||Gureum Mt. Art Festival||October||National Music Festival, art exhibition, painting exhibition, picture exhibition, composition contest, student music contest, play performance, National Music Contest||Art Assembly Gwangmyeong Branch/Respective Associations|
|Ori Cultural Festival||May||Lecture on the life and ideology of Lee Won-ik, yard games, picture drawing, musicals, shortened marathon, masque dance performance||Gwangmyeong Cultural Center|
|Siheung||Mulwang Art Festival||May||National music yard festival, literature and art event, citizen singing contest||Art Assembly Siheung Branch/Siheung City Hall|
|Yeonseong Cultural Festival||October||Juvenile drama, composition contest, open concert, totem trimming and services||Siheung Cultural Center/Siheung City Hall|
|Gunpo||Gunpo Citizen’s Grand Festival||April||Masquerade parade, street exhibition, village concert, silver festival, photography contest||Gunpo Cultural Information Department|
|Cheoljjuk Dongsan Festival||April||Various exhibitions and concerts|
|Guri||Guri Han River Rape Flower Festival||May||Fly away butterflies, concerts, citizen singer contests, art, writing contest, photography contest, teenager rock concert||Guri/Korea Art Assembly Guri Branch|
|Guri Cosmos Festival||September||Eve celebration, Chinese arts circus, open-air movie appreciation, smiling picture photography, various experience events||Guri/Korea Art Assembly Guri Branch|
|Hanam||Hanam Iseong Cultural Festival||September||Public broadcast attraction, provincial troupe performance, citizen performance, citizen participation yard||Hanam City Hall/Hanam Cultural Center|
|Uiwang||Uiwang Baekwun Art Festival||October||Walking on old street in Uiwang, I am an Artist Events: composition contest, sketch contest, fairy tale recital, puppet show, scenery games, making traditional toys, guitar performance||Uiwang Baekwun Art Festival Committee|
|Anseong||Anseong Namsadang Bawudeogi Festival||September||Art and science contest, taffy seller play, masque performance, tightrope walking performance, Baudeoki PR Hall, wayfaring male entertainer play of 6 yards, street play, general play, yard play, folk market and cattle market remake||Anseong|
|Anseong Juksan International Art Festival||June||Dance, music, creative performance, Avantgarde Exhibition with globally famous artists, make-your-own-product with artists, film contest||Smile Stone Co., Ltd.|
|Juksan Children Festival||May||For-children performance twice a day, experience||Festival Troupe Mucheon|
|Yangju||Yangju Traditional Culture and Art Festival||May||Intangible cultural assets and traditional folk art performance||Yangju Festival Committee|
|Yangju Cultural Festival||October||Traditional folk art performance and participation event, unit event|
|Osan||Doksanseong Culture and Art Festival||September||Art events such as culture event performance, citizen participation yard||Osan City/Osan Cultural Center|
|Yeoju||Sejong Cultural Grand Feast||October||Resident concert, Hangeul writing contest, empress travel, various exhibitions, national picture subscription||Yeoju City, Yeoju Cultural Center
Art Assembly Yeoju Branch
|Yeoju Ceramics Exposition||May||Ceramics sales event, igniting of traditional oven, exhibition/performance event and experience event||Yeoju, Yeoju Ceramics Exposition|
|Yeoju Artifact Exhibition||October||Farm products exhibition, outstanding product sales, international sweet potato cooking contest, farming experience event (sweet potato tour)||Yeoju Artifact Exhibition Committee
Yeoju Agricultural Technology Center
|October||Yeongsan memorial services, hyewon exorcism||Yeoju City, Yeoju Cultural Center|
|Paju||Yulgok Cultural Festival||September||Chuhyang ritual at Jawun Auditorium, art and science symposium, reconstruction of Confucian parade, Yulgok and Chinese poem writing contest, native writer invitation, calligraphy contest||Paju City/Paju Cultural Center|
|Paju Children Book Hanmadang||October||Publications exhibition and sales, book culture hanmadang, seminar games hanmadang, experience & study||Paju City, Paju Publication Complex|
|Heyri Festival||October||Art and plastic product exhibition at Heyri Village, construction tourism, performance, percussion, dance, play, classic jazz, workshop classrooms||Paju City, Paju Construction Committee, Heyri Festival Committee|
|Paju Art Festival||May||Music performance, national music performance, literature seminar, literary writing contest, art association member exhibition||Paju City/Paju Art Assembly|
|Dongducheon||Dongducheon Rock Festival||August||Multi-day concert event featuring local, national, and international rock music performances.||Dongducheon, Soyosan Tourist Resort|
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