Yangyang County

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Yangyang
양양군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Yangyang-gun
 • McCune-Reischauer Yangyang-gun
Official logo of Yangyang
Emblem of Yangyang
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Country  South Korea
Region Gwandong
Administrative divisions 1 eup, 5 myeon
Area
 • Total 628.68 km2 (242.73 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 • Total 30,141
 • Density 50/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Dialect Gangwon

Yangyang County (Yangyang-gun) is a county in Gangwon Province, South Korea. The county is located in the northeast of the country in Gangwon-do. Its population is about 31,000 (2004).

The Yangyang area is well known for its pine mushrooms (song-i), its fish—particularly salmon—and its sunrises.

Overview[edit]

In 2002, Yangyang opened its own airport, serving Busan and two cities in China. The airport also served Gangneung to the south and Sokcho to the north. It was intended for the many tourists attracted the Seorak-san national park. But, as of 2009, the airport closed due to a lack of passengers.[1]

The county is proud to unite the five major religious influences in South Korea: Confucianism, Buddhism, Shamanism, Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. There are sites for all these movements in Yangyang. The Seonghwangsa is a shamanistic altar which was traditionally used for sacrificial rites. Yangyang Hyanggyo is a Confucian school, built in 1340. Today the school mainly serves as a shrine, but some classes are still held at the site. In 1921 the Yangyang Cathedral was built. During the Korean War it was burnt to the ground, but rebuilt after.

The county is also proud of its five-day market. It is the largest traditional market in the area and renowned for the quality of its produce. The market is held on days ending in 4 and 9.

Tourism[edit]

  • Naksansa(洛山寺)
  • Uisangdae(义湘台)
  • Junjisaji pagoda(陈田寺址三层石塔)
  • Naksan Beach
  • Osan Beach
  • Dongho Beach
  • Hajodae Beach
  • Ingu Beach
  • Jigyeong Beache

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sudworth, John (2009-05-18). "World | Asia-Pacific | South Korea's abandoned airports". London: BBC News. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°04′N 128°37′E / 38.067°N 128.617°E / 38.067; 128.617