Gimje

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Gimje
김제시
Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Gimje-si
 • McCune-Reischauer Kimje-si
Korea-Gimje-Cityscape-01.jpg
Official logo of Gimje
Emblem of Gimje
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Coordinates: 35°48′06″N 126°53′20″E / 35.80167°N 126.88889°E / 35.80167; 126.88889
Country  South Korea
Region Honam
Administrative divisions 1 eup, 14 myeon, 4 dong
Area
 • Total 545.19 km2 (210.50 sq mi)
Population (December 2011)
 • Total 93,111
 • Density 170.79/km2 (442.3/sq mi)
 • Dialect Jeolla

Gimje (Gimje-si) is a city in North Jeolla Province, South Korea.

Symbol[edit]

  • City Bird : Dove
  • City Tree : Zelkova tree
  • City Flower : Zinnia

History[edit]

The Gimje area is located on the "great plains" of Korea and has been cultivated since ancient times. Nations of early date ascended in the year 200. The Baekje Kingdom invaded and incorporated several small mahan states in the 13th year of King Onjo’s reign. The Baekje Kingdom changed its name to Byeogol, but when is not clear.

In the Joseon Dynasty, Gimje first appeared in the year 1466 when Sejo of Joseon ruled. He promoted Gimje to an independent county. In 1628, Gwanghaegun of Joseon combined the nearby district of Mangyeong District into Gimje County. [1]

The Baekje Kingdom was ruined by the Tang and Silla Kingdoms and the Unified Silla Kingdom changed the city's name to Gimje city.

The Goryeo dynasty promoted Gimje city to Gimje District in the 21st year of King Injong’s reign.

City government has always highly regarded and promoted the cultivation of rice and other crop species. From the Baekje Kingdom through the 21st century, Gimje has been one of the best areas for growing rice.

Horizon Festival[edit]

Gimje is known as the region where the sky meets the ground, hence the festival of horizon or 'jipyeongseon.' Every year, Gimje Horizon Festival hosts a wide range of programs including Samullori (traditional percussion quartet) contest, rural landscape drawing contest, celebratory performances, street parade, Ssireum (wrestling), and traditional weddings.[2] Gimje is the only region where Koreans can see the horizon from a landlocked area. The festival was appointed an Excellent Festival for 4 years between 2004 and 2008. It also provides city residents a chance to experience traditional farming methods.[3]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Gimje is twinned with:

People from Gimje[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of Gimje county was originally from city english page. http://www.gimje.go.kr/foreign/english/sub1/sub1.jsp
  2. ^ http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=293155
  3. ^ 김제 '지평선축제' 4년 연속 최우수축제 , The best festival in 4 years Yeonhap News 2007-12-23 http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=101&oid=001&aid=0001869744

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°48′06″N 126°53′20″E / 35.8016666767°N 126.888888899°E / 35.8016666767; 126.888888899