Goseong County, South Gyeongsang

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Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Goseong-gun
 • McCune-Reischauer Kosŏng-gun
Official logo of Goseong
Emblem of Goseong
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Country  South Korea
Region Yeongnam
Administrative divisions 1 eup, 13 myeon
 • Total 516.9 km2 (199.6 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 60,374
 • Density 116.8/km2 (303/sq mi)
 • Dialect Gyeongsang

Goseong County (Goseong-gun) is a county in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.

This county is not to be confused with the county of the same name in Gangwon-do.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Goseong-gun is divided into 1 eup and 13 myeon.


Goseong-gun is located at the southern end of central Gyeongnam. It was the capital of Sogaya, an ancient kingdom of advanced culture.[1] It is endowed with natural tourism resources of beautiful mountains, ocean, and fields.

It is adjacent to Geoje, Sacheon, Tongyeong, Masan, and Jinju. It is also linked to the Daejeon-Tongyeong Expressway, National Roads No. 14 and No. 33. [2]


Its location is quite southern, which makes the climate mild and warm all year around. That is, Goseong is classified as an oceanic climate. The southeast wind blows during the summer and the northwest wind, which is the seasonal wind, blows during the winter.


Goseong was the center of the Gaya kingdom during ancient years. Goseong county held an annual "Sogaya festival" reemerging marching of ancient people with legends.

Additionally, events also deal with General Yi Sun-sin who beat Japanese invaders at Danghangpo which is near port of Goseong.[3]


Goseong was designated as a cluster for shipbuilding, including development with its neighbor, Geoje area.

In July 2007, the Ministry of Finance and Economy confirmed the establishment of the complex after securing the land. The construction is scheduled to begin in April 2008. [4]

Fossil sites[edit]

Goseong has revealed that many dinosaurs lived. The county will host World Dinosaur Expo in 2009. Goseong county participate in the International dinosaur festival of Zigong, Sichuan Province of China which is a sister city.

The whole area was on the way of propelling registration of UNESCO natural heritages with other southern coast-lying regions. Fossil sites on the southern coast of Korea are the largest scale in Asia.[5]

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 가야 지배자들의 무덤을 찾아서 Dayliannews http://www.dailian.co.kr/news/n_view.html?id=54195 2007.01.16
  2. ^ from County website
  3. ^ Opening festival of Goseong 고성 소가야문화제 개막 http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LPOD&mid=etc&oid=001&aid=0001433505 연합뉴스|기사입력 2006-10-11
  4. ^ Goseong starting shipbuilding cluster from next April 고성 조선산업특구 조성 4월 착공 http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2008/01/15/2008011501232.html(kor)
  5. ^ 남해안 공룡화석지 국제심포지엄 개최 Newsis 2007-02-22 http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=003&aid=0000322959

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Coordinates: 34°58′32″N 128°19′12″E / 34.975439°N 128.319912°E / 34.975439; 128.319912