|용산구 · 龍山區|
Location of Yongsan-gu in Seoul
|• Total||21.87 km2 (8.44 sq mi)|
|• Density||10,000/km2 (27,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Website||Yongsan-gu official website|
Yongsan District (Yongsan-gu) is a district of Seoul, South Korea. Its name means "Dragon Hill", derived from the hanja characters for dragon (龍 yong) and hill/mountain (山 san). It sits to the north of the Han River under the shadow of Seoul Tower. Geographically, it is located right in the center of Seoul. It is home to roughly 250,000 people, and is divided into 20 dong, or neighborhoods. Notable locations in Yongsan District include Yongsan Station, the sprawling Yongsan Electronics Market, Haebangchon and the Itaewon commercial district. Itaewon is widely known as one of the most ethnically diverse regions in Korea. Many foreigners gravitate towards its shopping centers and nightlife.
Yongsan District is also the site of Yongsan Garrison, a large United States military base in the heart of Seoul. Because of the scarcity of land in central Seoul, as well as the consolidation of U.S. Forces throughout the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. and South Korean governments have agreed to relocate the facility out of Seoul to Pyeongtaek by 2017. After its relocation, the 243 ha of its land is planned to be developed into a large park.
Sookmyung Women's University is located in the western portion of this district. Nearby, the legendary bar "Doors" has been a hub of Sookmyung social life for years. There is also a growing community of Muslims and others from the Middle East due to the location of Seoul's only mosque, Seoul Central Mosque in Itaewon. This immigration trend has caused a number of halal restaurants and shops to open in the area.
KOSPI 200 companies based in Yongsan include Amore Pacific, Orion Confectionery, Cheil Worldwide and Hyundai Development Company. Yongsan International Business District, a project propelled by Seoul Metropolitan Government to enhance its international competitiveness, is one of the world’s largest composite complexes whose total floor area is 5.6 times that of Roppongi Hills in Japan and more than two times that of Canary Wharf in the United Kingdom.  It's expected to be opened by 2016. Yongsan District is famous of K-pop label companies including H2 Media Entertainment and TS Entertainment.
- Bogwang-dong (보광동 普光洞)
- Cheongpa-dong (청파동 靑坡洞)
- Seogye-dong (서계동 西界洞)
- Hangangno-dong (한강로동 漢江路洞)
- Hannam-dong (한남동 漢南洞)
- Huam-dong (후암동 厚岩洞)
- Hyochang-dong (효창동 孝昌洞)
- Ichon 1-dong (이촌 1동 二村洞)
- Ichon 2-dong (이촌 2동 二村洞)
- Itaewon 1-dong (이태원 1동 梨泰院洞)
- Itaewon 2-dong (이태원 2동 梨泰院洞)
- Namyeong-dong (남영동 南營洞)
- Seobinggo-dong (서빙고동 西氷庫洞)
- Wonhyoro 1-dong (원효로 1동 元曉路洞)
- Wonhyoro 2-dong (원효로 2동 元曉路洞)
- Yongmun-dong (용문동 龍門洞)
- Dowon-dong (도원동 桃園洞)
- Yongsan 2 ga-dong (용산 2가동 龍山洞)
Government and infrastructure
- National Museum of Korea
- War Memorial of Korea
- Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
- The Kim Koo Museum
- United States Forces Korea
- Seoul Central Mosque
- Grand Hyatt Seoul on historic Mount Namsan
- Red light district - Yongsan Station
- 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.
- "Yongsan International Business District". Seoul Metropolitan Government Ilbo. Retrieved 28 Sep 2012.
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- Tey-Marie Astudillo; Frances Cha (3 January 2012). "Seoul's most expensive hotel suites". CNN Go. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
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