Yeongdeungpo District

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Yeongdeungpo District
영등포구
District
영등포구 · 永登浦區
Yeouido Skyline
Yeouido Skyline
Location of Yeongdeungpo-gu in Seoul
Location of Yeongdeungpo-gu in Seoul
Country South Korea
Region Sudogwon
Special City Seoul
Administrative dong 22
Area
 • Total 24.56 km2 (9.48 sq mi)
Population (2010[1])
 • Total 396,243
 • Density 16,000/km2 (42,000/sq mi)
Time zone Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Yeongdeungpo-gu official website

Yeongdeungpo District (Yeongdeungpo-gu) is an administrative district in southwest Seoul, South Korea. Although the origin of the name is uncertain, the first two syllables are thought to be from "yeongdeung" (靈登) or "divine ascent", a shamanic rite.[2] The third syllable is "po", representing water (浦), referring to the district's position on the Han River. The 2006 population was 408,819. The current magistrate is Kim Hyung-Su.

There are 22 administrative "dong" and 34 legal "dong". Yeouido Dong is the largest in area and takes about 34% of the land. The total area is 24.56 km² (2004), making up 4% of Seoul's land. The annual budget is approximately 2 billion won.

Yeongdeungpo District has been heavily developed as an office, commercial, and residential district. Yeouido Dong is home to DLI 63 Building, the highest office building in South Korea and currently the 3rd tallest building in the country. The National Assembly Building is located in Yeouido-dong. Other organisations, such as the Financial Union of Korea are also based in Yeongdeungpo. There are also mass-media corporations in the area, including; Kookmin Newspaper Corporation; Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and Korean Broadcasting System.

History[edit]

January 1, 1963, Some areas of Bucheon County were combined to Yeongdeungpo District as below.

Old district New district
Ojeong myeon Ogok-ri and Osoe-ri Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul Ogok-ri, Osoe-ri, Hang-ri, Onsu-ri, Gung-ri, Cheonwang-ri, Oryu-ri, Gaebong-ri and Gocheok-ri
Sosa-eup Hang-ri, Onsu-ri, Gung-ri, Cheonwang-ri, Oryu-ri, Gaebong-ri and Gocheok-ri

Administrative divisions[edit]

Wonhyo Bridge in Yeouido

Yeongdeungpo District is divided into the following "dong"s.

Economy[edit]

LG Corp. international headquarters
63 Building at dawn

Among the 291 head offices of financial institutions located in Seoul, 93 are based in Yeouido, Yeongdeungpo. Notably, 42 out of 68 asset management companies and 8 out of 11 futures companies have their head offices in Yeouido.[3] These include Mirae Asset Group, Korea Life Insurance, KDB, Korea Investment Holdings and many more. Korea Exchange was originally located in Yeouido, but it moved to Busan in 2009. Korea Financial Investment Association is still based in Yeouido.

Other notable companies based in Yeongdeungpo include Lotte Confectionery, Hanjin Shipping,[4] LG Corp.,[5] and Keoyang Shipping are headquartered in Yeouido-dong in Yeongdeungpo District.

Attractions[edit]

  • IFC Office Towers - opened in 2011[8]
  • IFC Mall Seoul - opened in August 2012[9]
  • Conrad Seoul - opened on 12 November 2012[10][11]

The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) New Wing Open Hall is located in Yeouido-dong. It is the broadcast and recording centre of many KBS programmes with a studio audience, namely the live weekly music show Music Bank.[12]

The Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel, managed by the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts is located here. When it opened in September 2011, it was the first five-star hotel in that district.[13]

Transportation[edit]

Railroad[edit]

(Dongjak-gu) ← DaebangSingilYeongdeungpo → (Guro-gu)
(Guro-gu) ← MullaeYeongdeungpo-gu OfficeDangsan → (Mapo-gu)
(Yangcheon-gu) ← YangpyeongYeongdeungpo-gu OfficeYeongdeungpo MarketSingilYeouidoYeouinaru → (Mapo-gu)
(Dongjak-gu) ← BoramaeSinpungDaerim → (Guro-gu)
  • Seoul Metro Line 9 Corporation
(Yangcheon-gu) ← SeonyudoDangsanNational AssemblyYeouidoSaetgang → (Dongjak-gu)

Sister cities[edit]

[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Korean Statistical Information Service (Korean) > Population and Household > Census Result (2010) > Population by Administrative district, Sex and Age / Alien by Administrative district and Sex, Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  2. ^ "동 명칭 및 주요 옛지명 유래". Yeongdeungpo-gu government Korean-language tourism website. Retrieved 2006-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Yeouido International Finance Center". Seoul Metropolitan Government Ilbo. Retrieved 28 Sep 2012. 
  4. ^ "Company Info." Hanjin. Retrieved on November 19, 2008
  5. ^ "Overview." LG Corp. Retrieved on January 6, 2010. "Address: LG Twin Towers, 20 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul 150-721, KOREA"
  6. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (15 September 2009). "Giant Seoul mall to open tomorrow". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (17 September 2009). "Location still the recipe for success". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Kim, Violet (30 December 2011). "12 reasons to visit Korea in 2012". CNN Travel. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Cha, Frances (30 August 2012). "IFC Mall opens in Seoul". CNN Go. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Conrad Hotel to Open in Seoul This Winter". Chosun Ilbo. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Cha, Frances (13 November 2012). "Conrad Seoul opens in Korea: For business travelers sick of competing for hotel rooms with tourists". CNN Travel. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "How to apply for K-Pop Music Shows". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Kim, Mi-ju (19 September 2011). "New Sheraton opens, first 5-star lodgings in Yeongdeungpo". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 37°31′35″N 126°53′47″E / 37.52639°N 126.89639°E / 37.52639; 126.89639