Donghae City

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Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Donghae-si
 • McCune-Reischauer Tonghae-si
Korail Mukhohang Line Mukhohang Station.jpg
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Coordinates: 37°23′N 129°13′E / 37.383°N 129.217°E / 37.383; 129.217
Country  South Korea
Region Gwandong
Administrative divisions 10 dong
 • Total 180.01 km2 (69.50 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 103,115
 • Density 572/km2 (1,480/sq mi)
 • Dialect Gangwon

Donghae is a city in Gangwon Province, South Korea. There are two major ports: Donghae Harbor and Mukho Harbor. The city is located on the Yeongdong Line railroad and the Donghae Expressway. Numerous caverns are found in the city, as in neighboring Samcheok. Hanzhong University is located here.


Donghae City is located in the central region of the east coast of Korea in Gangwon-do. Jeongseon county to the west and Gangneung city to the north. It contains the northern terminus of the Donghae Expressway, and the No.37 national way passes through the city.

The city is mostly mountainous and has natural resources such as Mureung Valley and beautiful beaches. Here, the high Taebaek Mountains lie along the eastern coast, preventing rivers from meeting the coast.[1] However, in the rainy season, spontaneous water flow is possible.


  • Tree : Gingko Tree
  • Flower : Red Prumusumume
  • Bird : Seagull

Sister cities[edit]

Donghae City has the following sister cities:[2][3]

City Region Country Year
Gimje Symbol of Jeonbuk.svg Jeollabuk-do  South Korea April 27, 1999
Dobong-gu Sudogwon  South Korea October 7, 1999
Tsuruga  Fukui  Japan April 13, 1981
Nakhodka  Primorsky Krai  Russia November 10, 1991
Tumen China Jilin  China April 28, 1995
Federal Way  Washington  United States April 1, 2000
Saint John  New Brunswick  Canada May 30, 2008

Free Industry zone[edit]

Donghae area and its neighborhood are a free industry zone. From this, Gangwon province and Donghae city has overtaken team for investment.[4]

Cruise Ferry[edit]

A cruise ferry line connecting Russia, South Korea and Japan opened in the summer of 2008. DBS Ferry currently transits between Donghae, Sakaiminato, Tottori and Vladivostok.[5][6]


  • Mukho harbor
  • Mureung Valley
  • Cheongok caves
  • Mangsang Beach
  • Yakcheon village
  • Samhwa temple

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Official page of Donghae city - location
  2. ^ City of Federal Way - Sister City Association
  3. ^ ▒ Donghae - City of beautiful ocean
  4. ^ [강원도청] 강원도 '동해자유무역지역' 개발 본격화 Yeonhap news 2008.01.23
  5. ^ Fundamental opening of Donghae port as passing port of cruise ferry. (동해항 크루즈훼리 운항 탄력) 2008-01-18 Dalian News
  6. ^ DBS Cruise Ferry Main Page. ([1]) 2014-01-17 DBS Cruise Ferry

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°31′29″N 129°06′51″E / 37.524771°N 129.114282°E / 37.524771; 129.114282