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For the South Korean film industry, see Cinema of Korea.
Hangul 충무로
Hanja 忠武路
Revised Romanization Chungmuro
McCune–Reischauer Ch'ungmuro

Chungmuro refers to an avenue 1.75 km in length and 10-20 m in width and the area nearby, located in Jung-gu, central Seoul of South Korea. Since the 1960s, Chungmuro has been known as the street of culture, artists, and the film industry. Dansungsa, the first movie theater of Korea is also situated in the area.[1] Since its establishment in 1907, the theater has been near Jongno 3-ga Station.[2] Chungmuro was named after Chungmugong, the posthumous title of Korean Admiral Yi Sun-shin, which means "martial subject of loyalty." The last syllable "ro" refers to road in Korean.[3]


During Japanese rule in Korea, Chungmuro was known as "Honmachi".

Nowadays many film studios moved from Chungmuro to the Gangnam district, Chungmuro still symbolizes the South Korean film industry and continues to be used as a metonym for it.[4]

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  1. ^ 충무로 忠武路 (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Chungmuro Celebrates Soul of Korean Cinema". Korea Times. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Chungmuro films dominating Asian cinema scene". The Korean Overseas Culture and Information Service (KOIS). September 25, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  4. ^ Soyoung Kim (2005-08-01). "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance review" (513). Hyongshin Kim (trans.). Cine 21 / UCLA Asia Institute. 

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