|• Revised Romanization||Yongin-si|
Location in South Korea
|Administrative divisions||3 gu, 22 dong, 1 eup, 6 myeon|
|• Total||591.36 km2 (228.33 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 November)|
|• Density||1,537.9/km2 (3,983/sq mi)|
Yongin is a major city in the Seoul Capital Area, located in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. With a population of nearly 1 million, the city has developed abruptly since the 21st century, recording the highest population growth of any city in the country. Yongin is home to Everland and Caribbean Bay, South Korea's most popular amusement and water parks. The city is also home to the Korean Folk Village, the largest of its kind.
Yongin is a city almost as large as Seoul by area, consisting of the highly urbanized districts of Suji-gu and Giheung-gu and the semi-urbanized district of Cheoin-gu. Yongin's urbanized districts are located close to the capital and many commute to and from downtown Seoul in approximately 30–40 minutes by cars using the Gyeongbu Expressway or Yongin-Seoul Expressway, and the Bundang Line subway, the DX Line subway or metropolitan buses. The Sinbundang Line with a maximum speed of 110 km/h will extend to Suji-gu in late 2015, which will allow Yongin residents to travel to Gangnam Station in 20-30 minutes. The Bundang Line extended south to Giheung Station on December 2011, connecting to EverLine that extends all the way to Everland. On December 2013, the Bundang Line will connect to Suwon Station on Seoul Subway Line 1.
Yongin has many university campuses, namely Yong-In University, noted for its sports courses, Myongji University's Yongin Campus, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies' Yongin Campus, the Police University, Kangnam University (named for its former campus in Gangnam-gu in Seoul), Yong-in Songdam College, and Dankook University. The Gyeonggi Suwon International School, an IB World School with a boarding program for foreign students, is situated on the border of Yongin and Suwon.
The city is divided into three gu (districts):
Yongin is served by trains on the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. The Bundang Line has been extended into Yongin, calling at Jukjeon, Bojeong, Guseong, Singal and Giheung stations; and it is being extended towards Suwon Station, in Suwon. Another new line is being built. Named the EverLine Rapid Transit System, it is scheduled to open in 2012 and will link to the Bundang Line at Giheung Station. From 2016 onwards, the inner Suji area will also be served by four new Sin Bundang Line stations, which will allow Suji residents travel to Gangnam Station in less than 30 minutes.
Yongin has an intercity bus terminal in the city centre, though the densely settled northern areas are served better by the terminal in Yatap-dong, Seongnam.
Although there is evidence of human settlement here as far back as the fifth century, Yongin was granted city status only in March 1996.
- Everland theme park
- Korean Folk Village
- Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Dramia located at Cheoin-gu, is the filming location of historical dramas such as Moon Embracing the Sun, Jumong, Queen Seondeok and Dong Yi. Viewing tours are available, which includes traditional folk games, historical court dress and archery.
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