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Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul아산시
 • Hanja牙山市
 • Revised RomanizationAsan-si
 • McCune-ReischauerAsan-si
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Flag of Asan
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Coordinates: 36°47′N 126°59′E / 36.783°N 126.983°E / 36.783; 126.983Coordinates: 36°47′N 126°59′E / 36.783°N 126.983°E / 36.783; 126.983
Country South Korea
Administrative divisions2 eup, 9 myeon, 6 dong
 • Municipal City542.25 km2 (209.36 sq mi)
 • Urban
42.29 km2 (16.33 sq mi)
 (31 December 2013)
 • Municipal City308,007
 • Density529.41/km2 (1,371.2/sq mi)
 • Dialect

Asan (Korean pronunciation: [a.san]) is a city in South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. It borders the Seoul Capital Area to the north. Asan has a population of approximately 300,000.

Asan is known for its many hot springs and is a city of spas.

Asan has grown into the neighboring village, Onyang-dong, which is also known for its hot springs.


The city of Asan shares a station for the KTX high speed trains with the directly adjacent city of Cheonan, which is thusly named Cheonan-Asan Station. It takes about 30 minutes to travel from Asan to Seoul by the KTX train. It can be reached within 2 hours from Incheon International Airport by car. Seoul Metropolitan Subway extended one of its lines to service Asan on 15 December 2008. Two major highways, the Seoul-Busan and West Coast expressways, also pass through Asan city.

Industry and commerce[edit]

Companies like Hyundai Motor, Samsung LCD, and Samsung Electronic have factories in Asan. A total of 14 industrial complexes are currently occupied by auto parts, electronic parts and other factories.

The Port of Pyeongtaek, closest to the east China coast among Korean ports, is nearby.

Place worth visiting[edit]

Blue Crystal Village: The Mediterranean village is located in Tangjeong-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do. This place, which was first a vineyard, was created as a new village with the construction of an industrial complex. The white walls and blue roofs of Santorini, Greece, are intact, and create exotic landscapes based on the architectural style of European architecture.[1]


Asan is the home of five universities.

Domestic secondary schools:

International schools:

  • Onyang Chinese Elementary School (溫陽華僑小學校/온양화교소학교)[2]


Asan is home of Asan Woori Bank Wibee, a women's basketball team. In 2016, the club was relocated from Chuncheon to Asan.[3] The K League 2 football club Asan Mugunghwa FC is based in the city since 2017.

Modern history[edit]

  • In 1983, an alteration of townships (ri) and towns (myeon) was made.
  • In 1986, Onyang eup (town) of Asan was separated and the independent city of Onyang was created.[4]
  • In 1995, the City of Onyang and Asan County were combined into the City of Asan.

Notable people[edit]

Famous people associated with Asan include the late Yun Posun, former President of South Korea.

Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who defeated the Japanese navy in the 16th century, lived for some time in Asan.[citation needed] There is a miniature replica of a turtle ship made famous by Admiral Yi on the outskirts of town. The local football stadium is named after him.

Mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho was born in Asan.[5]

North Korean defector Park Yeon-mi lived in Asan after fleeing North Korea and Chinese human traffickers through Mongolia.[6]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "지중해마을". 아산시 문화관광 (in Korean). Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  2. ^ "溫陽華僑小學校." International School Information, Government of South Korea. Retrieved on 30 March 2016. "58 Samdong-ro 28beon-gil, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, 336–802, Korea"
  3. ^ lee, jinhak (30 March 2016). "wooribank basketball team move homeground to Asan".
  4. ^ Provisional changes including Guri city and 11 cities and counties and permission of modification naming Naju.(1985.12.28.) from Constitution of the Republic of Korea
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 August 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Park, Yeonmi (2015). In order to live : a North Korean girl's journey to freedom. Maryanne Vollers. New York. ISBN 978-1-59420-679-5. OCLC 921419691.
  7. ^ "Sister City Programme". Sustainable Petaling Jaya 2030. Archived from the original on 21 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Lansing, Michigan". Sister Cities International. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.

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