Suji-gu

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Suji-gu
수지구
Non-autonomous District
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Suji-gu
 • McCune-Reischauer Suji-gu
Map of Gyeonggi highlighting Suji-gu.
Map of Gyeonggi highlighting Suji-gu.
Country South Korea
Region Sudogwon (Gijeon)
Province Gyeonggi
City Yongin
Area
 • Total 42.1 km2 (16.3 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 299,587
 • Dialect Seoul
Website Suji-gu Office

Suji-gu, or Suji, is one of the three city districts in Yongin City, South Korea which is approximately 29 km south of Seoul.[1] Suji became a city district on October 31, 2005, about six years after Yongin officially became a city. When Yongin City was established in 1999, both urban and rural areas were covered to become a part of the city; thus to this day, Yongin's urbanization is varied throughout different regions of the city. Suji is one of the most urbanized areas of Yongin, as it borders Seongnam City's Bundang District and Suwon City, two more well developed areas. Home to the newly built Shinsegae Department Store and Dankook University in one of its towns, Jukjeon, Suji is rapidly developing as Yongin City becomes more and more urbanized. In recent years, the district has attracted upper-class Koreans, with the completion of the Samsung East Palace in 2010.

History[edit]

Yong-In City first started as Yongin-hyeon, which was promoted in Yongin-gun under the 23 province system on May 26, 1895, and then the 13 providence system on August 4, 1896.[1] As South Korea was occupied by the Japanese during the following years, new areas, including Yangji-gun, and a portion of Juksan-gun, were incorporated in Yongin-gun on April 1, 1914. This remained unchanged until 1973, when Jukjeon-ri and Guseong-myeon were incorporated under the President Decree No. 6542. On December 24, 2001, Suji-eup was promoted to Suji Agency under the Yongin-gun Ordinance No. 368. Several changes occurred throughout the following years until October 31, 2005, when three gu (ward) offices, Cheoin-gu, Giheung-gu, and Suji-gu, were established and Suji Agency was promoted to Suji-gu Office.[1]

Education[edit]

Suji-gu has 23 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, and 7 high schools.[1]

Suji-gu is also the site of the newly constructed Dankook University in Jukjeon-dong.

Administration[edit]

Suji-Gu is divided into 9 dong (동, "neighborhoods"):

Culture and Tourism[edit]

Suji-gu is home to Seobongsaji Hyeono Guksa Tapbi, which is a monument dedicated to the Buddhist monk, Hyeono Guksa, of the Goryeo Dynasty. It was constructed in 1185 and is located in Sinbong-dong.[2] According to the inscription, Hyun-o-guk-sa became a disciple of Buddha at age 15 and the Most Reverend Priest in 1147. This monument represents Hyun-o-guk-sa and the continuum of great priests.

Also located in Suji-gu are Stone Buddhist Statue of Mipyeongni, the biggest Buddhist statue in Yong-in City, Cheoinsung Fortress Site, where troops of the government fought against the Mongolians during the Koyro era, and Baeknyeonsa, the oldest Buddhist temple in Yong-in.[2]

Everland is a resort with a famous amusement park and hotel in the outskirts of Suji-gu, in Yongin City, which attracts visitors throughout the year. Situated next to Everland is the waterpark Caribbean Bay.

Transportation[edit]

Suji-gu is served well with public transportation, which includes intercity buses and one subway station. The Bundang Line connects Suji-gu to Bundang and the rest of Seoul at Jukjeon-dong, which is home to the newly constructed Jukjeon Station.

Buses[edit]

Transit buses to Seoul[edit]

Transit (commuter) buses are called Wide Area Lines in Seoul and with red color. Some buses operated by companies in Gyeonggi Province are in different colors (as in the picture below). Those buses are filled to capacity during rush hour.

Buses to Seoul are numbered in the 9000s and 9400s in Jukjeon-dong, M4101 and 5500, 1550s in the Pungdeokcheon-dong. these buses serve most districts in Seoul.

Inter-city Buses[edit]

Suji-gu has many inter-city buses that are denoted with green color and are usually smaller than the red Transit buses. There is also a bus service called the Airport Limousine with direct service to both Incheon International Airport and Gimpo Airport.

Subways[edit]

Main articles: Bundang Line and Shinbundang Line

Bundang Line is a commuter subway line of the Korean National Railroad. It was first constructed for the commuters of Bundang which the name 'Bundang Line' came from. It serves southeastern Seoul and Seongnam. Jukjeon Station is the only subway station in Suji-gu, and is the second to last stop on the Bundang Line.

When the Phase 2 Extension of Shinbundang Line is completed in 2016, the subway line will connect Gangnam to Seoul Subway Line 1 at Suwon City via Pangyo, Jeongja Station (Bundang), Suji, and Gwanggyo.

Expressways[edit]

Suji-gu is close to Seoul Ring Expressway and Gyeongbu Expressway. Seosuji IC and Gwanggyo-Sanghyeon IC of the recently completed Yongin-Seoul Expressway also serve Suji.

Taxis[edit]

In Suji-gu, taxis are not very common in the residential area but are more common in busy areas, such as Jukjeon Station and shopping malls. Local taxis are typically white with blue light that says "Yong-in Si". There are two types of taxis: an "ordinary" (ilban;일반) taxi and a "model" (mobum;모범) taxi, which is painted black and is bigger (in size) and much more expensive than the former ones.

Shopping[edit]

Major shopping areas include Shinsegae Department Store in Jukjeon-dong, E-mart, Suji Fashion Town, and Lotte Mart. Shinsegae Department Store also has CJ CGV, a big movie theater. Other nearby shopping areas include Samsung Plaza in Seohyeon-dong, Bundang, and Lotte Department Store in Sunae-dong, Bundang.

Development[edit]

Through the development of the designated Jukjeon Residential Land Development Zone, the Shinbong-Dongcheong Residential Land Development Zone, the Seongbok Residential Land Development Zone, the urbanization process of Suji-gu accelerated under Development Plan No. 1 and No. 2. As stated previously, Jukjeon-dong itself is urbanizing very rapidly as Shinsegae Department Store was newly constructed, along with Jukjeon Station, a park, and the newly situated main campus of Dangook University from Seoul to Suji-gu.

Major City Projects[edit]

Erection of the Culture and Welfare Center[edit]

The Culture and Welfare Center provides welfare facilities for the elderly, cultural resources, and a sports center. The center is located in the Jukjeon Residential Land Development Zone.[3]

  • Period: 2006 - 2007
  • Location: 1807 Jukjeon-dong (inside the Jukjeon Residential Land Development Zone)
  • Area: Site Area: 16,496m2 / Construction Area: 37,455m2
  • Total Cost: Approximately 63.6 billion won (estimated)
  • Cost of Site Purchase: 14.7 billion won
  • Construction Cost: 50 billion won

Erection of the Welfare Hall for Elderly Citizens[edit]

The Welfare Hall increased the number of health improvement programs for elderly citizens, as well as cultural programs and free or low costing entertainment. The center is designed to be the basis of recreational activities for the elderly. It is located in the Jukjeon Residential Land Development Zone.[3]

  • Period: 2005 - 2007
  • Location: 1807 Jukjeon-dong (inside the Jukjeon Residential Land Development Zone)
  • Total Area: 16,491m2 (4,997 pyeong)
  • Site Used: 4,950m2 (1,500 pyeong)
  • Total Building Area: 5,940m2 (1,800 pyeong), (Four stories above ground and two below)
  • Gate Ball Park: 660m2 (200 pyeong)
  • Major Facilities: Exclusive Day Care Facilities for Dementia Patients, Counseling Center for Elderly Citizens, Cafeteria, Physical Therapy Room, Rehabilitation Room

New Construction of the Shin-bong District Daycare Center[edit]

Shin-bong District Daycare Center provides various nursing services at a low and affordable price in Shin-bong, an area in great need of childcare facilities.[3]

  • Period: 2003 - 2006
  • Location: 886 Sinbong-dong
  • Total Cost: 2,168 million won
  • Area and Facilities
  • Site: 674m2 (264 pyeong)
  • Total Area: 999.79m2 (302 pyeong), (Three stories above ground and one below)
  • Major Facilities: Nursing Facilities, Kitchen, Office, Archives, Auditorium, Play Yard

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Suji-Gu Office". Yong-in City. Retrieved 2009-10-29. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Tourist Information". Yong-in City. Retrieved 2009-10-29. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Introduction to Major Projects". Yong-in City. Retrieved 2009-10-29. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°19′20″N 127°05′51″E / 37.322117°N 127.097437°E / 37.322117; 127.097437