|Special autonomous city|
|Sejong Special Autonomous City|
|• Revised Romanization||Sejong Teukbyeol-jachisi|
|• McCune-Reischauer||Sechong T’ŭkpyŏl-chach’isi|
|South Korea with Sejong highlighted|
|• Mayor||Yu Han-sik|
|• Total||465.23 km2 (179.63 sq mi)|
Sejong (Hangul: 세종, hanja: 世宗), officially Sejong Special Autonomous City and formerly known as Yeongi (연기, 燕岐) County is a planned city in South Korea. In early 2007, the South Korean government created a special administrative district from parts of Chungcheongnam-do and Chungcheongbuk-do provinces, near Daejeon, to relocate nine ministries and four national agencies from Seoul. The new capital opened on 2 July 2012, with 36 government agencies slated to move there by 2015.
The city was originally called Yeongi County (연기, 燕岐).
In 2004, the plan for creation of the city arose after the failure of former President Roh Moo-hyun to relocate the national capital from Seoul to the Chungcheong region, Yeongi–Gongju area and Gongju–Nonsan area as candidates. The plan envisages a city with a population of around 500,000 
Plans for the city have resulted in numerous disputes in the National Assembly. A faction led by President Lee Myung-bak's political rival Rep. Park Geun-hye within the Grand National Party, all opposition parties and a majority of people in the Chungcheong region are against scrapping the original plan to relocate government ministries to Sejong in South Chungcheong Province. The city was originally meant to be the capital, but a high court ruled it to be illegal.
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Population and demographics
Many of the foreign-born teachers that work in Jochiwon-eup live in Chimsan-ri, and the estimated native English foreigner population is around 50. As of 2011, Sejong has a large foreign community of native English speakers considering its small size and population. This is because there are two major universities there. The city aims to have a population of 200,000 at the end of 2012, 300,000 by 2020 and 500,000 by 2030.
Universities with graduate schools
Sejong is centrally located on Gyeongbu Line operated by Korail. It's a 90 minute journey on the Mugunghwa-ho to Seoul and trains run approximately every 30 minutes. Also just outside of Jochiwon-eup limits in Osong, Cheongwon has a new KTX station Osong Station which is a KTX bullet train that frequently travels 300 km/h.
- Sejong City Official Website (English)
- Multifunctional Administrative City Construction Agency (MACCA)
- "2013년 6월말 세종특별자치시 인구현황(외국인 포함)" (in Korean). Sejong City. June 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "South Korea opens 'mini capital' in Sejong City". BBC. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- BBC NEWS: S Korea chooses new capital site
- Kang Hyun-kyung, ""Sejong City Project Will Have Far-Reaching Ramifications"," The Korea Times, Sept. 26-27, 2009, p. 2.
- "Sejong City to Become Biz Hub, Not Gov't District".
- Rahn, Kim. "Mini-capital Sejong City opens". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 2012.
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