Jung District, Seoul

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Jung District
중구
District
중구 · 中區
Sungnyemun
Sungnyemun
Location of Jung-gu in Seoul
Location of Jung-gu in Seoul
Country South Korea
Region Sudogwon
Special City Seoul
Administrative dong 15
Government
 • Mayor Choi Chang-sik
Area
 • Total 9.96 km2 (3.85 sq mi)
Population (2013[1])
 • Total 131,452
 • Density 13,000/km2 (34,000/sq mi)
Time zone Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
Bird Eurasian Magpie
Flower Rose
Tree Japanese red pine
Website Jung-gu official website

Jung District (Jung-gu), literally meaning Central District, is one of the 25 gu which make up the city of Seoul, South Korea. It is located on the north side of the Han River, and as its name implies, is the historical center of the city.

Overview[edit]

Located in the heart of Seoul, Jung District is an area with a variety of old and new. It is a center of modernity, where facilities such as high rise office buildings, department stores and shopping malls are clustered together,[2] and also a center of tradition, where valuable historic sites such as Deoksugung and Namdaemun can be found. Located here is the Gwangtonggwan, the oldest continuously-operating bank building in Korea.[3] It was registered as one of city's protected monuments on March 5, 2001.[4]

In addition, together with cultural sites as Myeongdong Cathedral and the Bank of Korea Museum, there are famous landmarks of Seoul such as N Seoul Tower on Namsan mountain in Jung District. And Myeongdong is one of the most famous shopping areas in South Korea, and is one of favorite tourist destinations.

Downtown

Administrative divisions[edit]

Neighborhood Hangul Hanja Map
Cheonggu-dong 청구동 靑丘洞 Jungu-with-names.png
Dasan-dong 다산동 茶山洞
Donghwa-dong 동화동 東化洞
Euljiro-dong 을지로동 乙支路洞
Gwanghui-dong 광희동 光熙洞
Hoehyeon-dong 회현동 會賢洞
Hwanghak-dong 황학동 黃鶴洞
Jangchung-dong 장충동 奬忠洞
Jungnim-dong 중림동 中林洞
Myeong-dong 명동 明洞
Pil-dong 필동 筆洞
Sindang-dong 신당동 新堂洞
Sindang 5-dong 신당제5동
Sogong-dong 소공동 小公洞
Yaksu-dong 약수동 藥水洞

Economy[edit]

Jung District is one of the most significant business cores of Seoul. Notable companies based in Jung District include Hanhwa, Shinsegae, Hanjin, Doosan Corporation, SK Telecom, LG U+, Daewoo International, Daehan Logistics, Ssangyong Cement, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Lotte Shopping and many more. Also, many banking and other financial companies have headquarters in Jung District, such as KB Financial Group, Woori Financial Group, Shinhan Financial Group, Hana Financial Group, Korea Life Insurance, Samsung Life Insurance, Industrial Bank of Korea, Korean Exchange Bank, Samsung Card. Major newspapers such as The Chosun Ilbo and JoongAng Ilbo, The Dong-a Ilbo are also based in Jung District.

The headquarters of South Korean food company CJ Cheil Jedang is in the CJ Cheiljedang Building in Ssangnim-dong, near the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station.[5]

Foreign operations[edit]

Air France operates a ticketing office on the 11th floor of the Korean Air Building in Jung District.[6] Air China has an office on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Hansuang Building in Seosomun-dong in Jung District.[7] All Nippon Airways operates the Seoul Office in Room 1501 on the 15th floor of the Center Building in Sogong-dong, Jung District.[8] Hainan Airlines operates its South Korea office in Suite 1501 of the Samyoung Building in Sogong-dong.[9] MIAT Mongolian Airlines has its Seoul Branch Office in the Soonhwa Building in Sunhwa-dong.[10]

Former operations[edit]

In the 1980s Korean Air had its headquarters in Jung District.[11]

Symbol[edit]

  • Color : Green
  • Tree : Pine tree
  • Flower : Rose
  • Bird : Korean Magpie

Historic figures[edit]

Jung District is the center of Seoul. Because this, historically it was a fitting place for many scholars who stayed in Seoul to discuss and pursue crucial academic or political subjects during the Joseon Dynasty.

  • Han Myeong Hoe: scholar and tactician in the early Joseon Dynasty
  • Park Ji won: famous scholar during the mid-Joseon Dynasty.
  • Namgung Uk: activist for the Korean independence movement

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) has its headquarters in the Premier Place Building in Jung District.[12]

The Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST) formerly had its headquarters in the S1 Building in Sunhwa-dong, Jung District.[13][14] The offices of the KMST are now in Sejong City.

Landmarks[edit]

National Theater of Korea
Seoul City Plaza in Winter
Hi Seoul Festival

Sister cities[edit]

[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.junggu.seoul.kr/web/w03/w03040300.php?mode=view&seq=1378109753
  2. ^ 김, 백영 (August 2007). "제국의 스펙터클 효과와 식민지 대중의 도시경헙". 사회와 역사 75: 77–113. 
  3. ^ Lee, Jun-Ho (2005-08-14). "最古 은행건물 우리銀 종로점 (The Oldest Bank Building the Woori Bank Jongno Branch)". Kyunghyang Sinmun. 
  4. ^ "광통관 (廣通館) (Gwangtonggwan)". Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea. 2002. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  5. ^ "Company location". CJ Cheil Jedang. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "11th floor, Korean Air Building." Air France. Retrieved on January 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "International Offices." Air China. Retrieved on January 18, 2009.
  8. ^ "ANA city offices Asia." All Nippon Airways. Retrieved on August 13, 2011. "Seoul Office Room 1501, 15F Center Bldg. 91-1, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul"
  9. ^ "Contact Us." Hainan Airlines. Retrieved on January 18, 2009.
  10. ^ "Contact Us." MIAT Mongolian Airlines. Retrieved on June 27, 2010. "SEOUL BRANCH OFFICE 9th Floor, Soonhwa Building 5-2 Sunhwa-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-130, Korea"
  11. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. May 16, 1981. 1444.
  12. ^ "Directions." (Archive) Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. Retrieved on January 1, 2013. "Premier Place Building, Cheonggyecheonno 8 ,Jung-gu, Seoul 100-777, KOREA "
  13. ^ "footer_copy.gif." Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal. Retrieved on January 17, 2012. "168 S1building, Sunhwa-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea 110-793"
  14. ^ "Location." (Archive of Related Page) Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal. Retrieved on January 17, 2012. "168 S1building, Sunhwa-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-773, Republic of Korea"
  15. ^ Tey-Marie Astudillo; Frances Cha (3 January 2012). "Seoul's most expensive hotel suites". CNN Go. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°33′22″N 126°58′12″E / 37.556°N 126.970°E / 37.556; 126.970