Gwangmyeong

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Gwangmyeong
광명시
Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Gwangmyeong-si
 • McCune-Reischauer Kwangmyŏng-si
GwangmyeongCityHall.jpg
Official logo of Gwangmyeong
Emblem of Gwangmyeong
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Country  South Korea
Region Sudogwon
Administrative divisions 18 dong
Area
 • Total 38.5 km2 (14.9 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 341,671
 • Density 8,874.6/km2 (22,985/sq mi)
 • Dialect Seoul

Gwangmyeong (Korean: 광명시) is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It borders Seoul to the north and northeast, Anyang to the east and south, and Siheung to the southwest.

The KTX Gwangmyeong Station is home to the world's largest IKEA store at 59,000 square meters (640,000 square feet),[1] along with a large Costco store and a Lotte Premium Outlet.

Symbols[edit]

History[edit]

The world's largest IKEA store, situated near the KTX Gwangmyeong Station, South Korea. It was opened in December 2014.

Gwangmyeong City area was part of the old (or original) Siheung County as with Yeongdeungpo, Guro, and Geumcheon areas. It belonged to West (서면) and South townships (남면) of original Siheung County. In 1914, the two townships were merged into West township of "expanded" Siheung County.

In 1963, the northern part of Gwangmyeong (at that time, the northern part of West Township in Siheung County) area was merged into an expanded Seoul (i.e. districts for urban planning in Seoul. 서울시 도시계획구역) as with Gwacheon (at that time Gwacheon was a township in Siheung County) and Sindo township of Goyang County (now parts of Goyang City which borders Seoul). The neighbourhood of Gwangmyeong (Gwangmyeong-dong) and Cheolsan (Cheolsan-dong) were developed as a residence zone next to Seoul and it was provisionally planned to be administratively merged with Seoul Metropolitan City. In 1974, Gwangmyeong-ri and Cheolsan-ri became a part of the county branch of Gwangmyeong (광명출장소) and in 1979 southern part of Gwangmyeong area became Soha town (소하읍). In 1981, the annexation to Seoul foundered, but the county branch of Gwangmyeong and Soha town merged and formed a new city of Gwangmyeong.[2]

In the 1980s, many apartment complexes were built in Cheolsan-dong and Haan-dong. The population increased up to 300,000. In 1995, the Seoul-Gwangmyeong boundary was readjusted, in which a tiny part of Cheolsan-dong was merged into the newly created Geumcheon-gu, Seoul. In 2004, Gwangmyeong Station was open, and in 2010, apartment complexes in Soha-dong were built.

Districts[edit]

There are 18 administrative districts ("dongs" in Korean) in Gwangmyeong. Specifically, these are: Gwangmyeong Dong (from 1-7; Gwangmyeong 6-dong is also known as Okgil dong), Cheolsan Dong (4 dongs), Ha-an Dong (4 dongs), Soha Dong (2 dongs; Soha 2-dong is also known as Iljik dong), and Hak-on dong (Gahak-dong and No-onsa dong). In 1995, a tiny section of Gwangmyeong was ceded to Seoul's newly created Geumcheon-gu.

Disputes on municipal annexation to Seoul[edit]

Due to its history of being part of the urban planning districts of Seoul until 1983, the living sphere of Gwangmyeong is similar to Seoul's Yeongdeungpo (서울 영등포 생활권) rather than 'Western Gyeonggi's living sphere'(경기 서부 생활권) such as Bucheon and Anyang. The sewage system is linked to Seoul, though the nearest sewage treatment plant is located on the boundary between Gwangmyeong and Anyang, and the city heavily relies on Seoul's telephone and transport systems (local dial code. The phone area code for Gwangmyeong is Seoul's 02 and many Seoul buses and taxis are in business in that city); advertisements of firms in Yeongdeungpo area can be easily seen in the city. Proponents of the incorporation in Seoul argue that by annexing the city into capital Seoul, in which Gwangmyeong City of Gyeonggi Province becomes Gwangmyeong District of Seoul, the discord between a life zone and administrative districts can be resolved. Congressman Baek Jae-hyeon presented a bill for "municipal annexation to Seoul" on the floor in September 2009,[3][4] though his attempt turned out in vain. Opponents insist that the annexation would tarnish municipal autonomy in Gwangmyeong and it would also worsen balanced development of non-capital areas on the national level. The central government once proposed that Gwangmyeong be merged with Bucheon other than being annexed to Seoul.

Education[edit]

There are 9 high schools, 10 middle schools, 21 elementary schools. Prior to 2013, middle school students who wished to go to high school had to take the entrance exam. Gwangmyeong-buk High School and Jinseong High School are traditionally well known for higher standards of students' academic ability. Even until the mid-2000s, student drains were a serious problem in this city; many students moved out to Seoul or any other area especially when they were about to enter higher schools. There are neither universities nor technical colleges in this city.

Residential area[edit]

Since Gwangmyeong is a commuter town bordering Seoul, it's mostly a residential area. The northwestern part of Gwangmyeong, Gwangmyeong-dong, is mostly composed of low-storeyed detached houses, while the eastern part, Cheolsan-dong and Haan-dong, consists of high-storeyed apartment complexes. Throughout the late 2000s, old public low-storeyed apartment complexes (저층 주공아파트) in Cheolsan-dong were rebuilt into private high-storeyed apartment complexes (고층 민간아파트). In 2010, some parts of Soha-dong was developed to newly built public apartment complexes.

Shopping[edit]

A large Korean-style traditional market, Gwangmyeong Market, is located in Gwangmyeong crossroads with Gwangmyeongsageori Station. Modern shopping malls are in Cheolsan Station, Haan crossroads and Soha-dong (E-mart and Costco). Gwangmyeong residents can also use shopping malls (Lotte Mart and Tesco-owned Homeplus) in nearby Guro-gu and Geumcheon-gu. Clothes outlets are located in nearby Gasan-dong in Seoul.

Medical service[edit]

A local general hospital, Gwangmyeong Seongae Hospital is in Cheolsan-dong and it is recently affiliated with Medial School of Kwandong University. A university hospital, Korea University Medical Center at Guro is located in nearby Guro-dong, Seoul. A public medical centre is in southernmost Haan-dong.

Many private clinics are located along with business areas in the city.

Transportation[edit]

Railroad[edit]

(Geumcheon-gu, Seoul) ← Gwangmyeong
(Seoul) ← Gwangmyeong → (Southern Gyeonggi Province)
(Geumcheon-gu, Seoul) ← CheolsanGwangmyeongsageori → (Guro-gu, Seoul)

Buses[edit]

  • Hwayeong Bus Corporation : a local bus firm in Gwangmyeong
  • many Seoul buses are in business in Gwangmyeong, as their garages are located in that city.

Taxis[edit]

As of 1999 (provisional)/2004 (permanent), Gwangmyeong's taxi business district was consolidated to Guro and Geumcheon, Seoul. The taxi fare is the same as that of Seoul taxis.

Attractions[edit]

The tombs of Yi Sun Shin (not to be confused with the more famous admiral of the same name)[6] and Lee Won Ik[7] are in the city, just north of Gwangmyeong Station. Lee Won Ik's cultural relics are also on display here. The city is also home to the Gwangmyeong Velodrome, the largest domed structure in South Korea.

Industry[edit]

The city, though small, hosts many firms. In total, there are 630 companies employing 11,636 people.

The city was officially planned to promote small businesses. Such workers can take merits of getting fee of rent, land and even costs for investment.[8]

Kia Motors Sohari Plant[edit]

In 1973, The Kia Motors located its Sohari Plant in Soha-dong, Gwangmyeong City, becoming the country's first integrated automobile assembly plant.[9]

As Kia's car factory nearest to Seoul, it has convenient access to labor and other resources and can conveniently provide completed goods to the Seoul metropolitan area.[10]

Notable people[edit]

Historical figures
Idols
Comedian

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ikea.com/kr/ko/about_ikea/newsitem/2014-12-18
  2. ^ http://gwangmyeong.grandculture.net/Contents/Index?contents_id=GC031C010105
  3. ^ A news article.(in Korean) http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=100&oid=001&aid=0002855678
  4. ^ The original text of the proposed bill.(in Korean) http://www.ok100.or.kr/view.php?id=sub31&no=12
  5. ^ ktx.gm.go.kr
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2] He was Yeonguijeong in the era of Gwanghaegun
  8. ^ 광명시, 해외전시회 참여 중소기업 임차료 등 지원Newsis 2008.01.16
  9. ^ "Kia Motors Overview". Edmunds.com. 
  10. ^ City official page

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