Gwangjin District

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Gwangjin District
광진구
District
광진구 · 廣津區
Konkuk University
Konkuk University
Location of Gwangjin-gu in Seoul
Location of Gwangjin-gu in Seoul
Country South Korea
Region Sudogwon
Special City Seoul
Administrative dong 15
Area
 • Total 23.92 km2 (9.24 sq mi)
Population (2010[1])
 • Total 368,021
 • Density 15,000/km2 (40,000/sq mi)
Time zone Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Gwangjin-gu official website

Gwangjin District (Gwangjin-gu) is one of the 25 wards (gu) of Seoul, South Korea. It is located on the north bank of the Han River, to the eastern end of Seoul It was created from neighboring Seongdong District in 1995.

Gwangjin District is home to Konkuk University and Sejong University.

Characteristics[edit]

Gwangjin District is characterized by a remarkable variety in its composition. It is home to the Konkuk University campus, the vicinity of which is one of Seoul's top nightlife destinations, as well as Children's Grand Park, an equally popular attraction for children and families. The south bank overlooking the Han River is a densely packed residential district, where high-rise apartment buildings dominate the skyline, yet the heart and northern end of the district are centers for light industry and manufacturing. The district is also a hub for transportation and mail in and out of Seoul, as the East-Seoul Bus Terminal and the East-Seoul Postal Service Depot link Seoul with most other major cities in Korea. Most of the remaining area is residential, but consist not of apartment buildings characteristic of the city, but of three or four-story row houses separated by small roads and alleyways.

The Konkuk University area is a popular nightlife district featuring dozens of restaurants, bars, DVD rooms, and pool houses catering to a mostly younger crowd, much like the areas of Sinchon and Hongdae. The area is also a burgeoning shopping district with several boutiques cropping up within the newly designated Rodeo Street and the opening of the Star City mall, which features an E-Mart, a Lotte Cinema, a Burger King, a Krispy Kreme, a large video game arcade and numerous other restaurants and specialty shops.

Adjacent to the Sejong University campus is Children's Grand Park. The park features many fountains and walking trails, a zoo, and an amusement park.

In the centre of Gwangjin District, There is Gangbyeon underground station. At the left of this station, There is East-Seoul Bus Terminal. In this Terminal, lots of buses running to many cities and counties - including Busan, Gwangju, Daegu, Daejeon, and more - depart. To the right of this station, there is a huge building selling all kinds of useful electronics called Techno Mart. Many kinds of computers, printers, mobile phones, cameras, MP3 players, and even refrigerators are sold in this building which is like Akihabara in Tokyo.

Located in the northeastern section of the District is the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill, managed by the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts[2] and W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel, with one of only three casinos in Seoul.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Railroad[edit]

(Seongdong-gu) ← Konkuk UniversityGuuiGangbyeon → (Songpa-gu)
(Dongdaemun-gu) ← GunjaAchasanGwangnaru → (Gangdong-gu)
(Jungnang-gu) ← JunggokGunjaChildren's Grand ParkKonkuk UniversityTtukseom Resort → (Gangnam-gu)

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Coordinates: 37°32′16″N 127°04′56″E / 37.5379°N 127.0821°E / 37.5379; 127.0821