Gangjin County

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Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Gangjin-gun
 • McCune-Reischauer Kangjin-gun
Official logo of Gangjin
Emblem of Gangjin
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Country  South Korea
Region Honam
Administrative divisions 1 eup, 10 myeon
 • Total 495.98 km2 (191.50 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 49,254
 • Density 99.3/km2 (257/sq mi)
 • Dialect Jeolla

Gangjin County (Gangjin-gun) is a county in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. Gangjin county proper was established in 1895. The county office is located in Gangjin-eup.

The Gangjin Kiln Sites are a noted area for the production of traditional Goryeo celadon, and annually a big festival and symposium on celadon porcelain at the Goryeo Celadon Museum with participants from all over the world takes place in Gangjin city.

Additionally, it is the birthplace of Korean poet Yeongrang Kim Yun-sik, famous for his work in the 1930s and 1940s in the Jeolla dialect.

The county bird is the magpie. The county flower is the camellia, and the county tree is the ginkgo. There are also two mascots, Gang and Jin, who represent fire and water, respectively, and who appear throughout the county on signs and sidewalks.

A small portion of Wolchulsan National Park is located in Gangjin County.

There is a monument to 17th-century Dutch explorer Hendrick Hamel, the first westerner to experience and write about Korea's Joseon Dynasty era. Hamel and his men were shipwrecked on Jeju island, and they remained captives in Korea for 13 years.

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Coordinates: 34°38′26″N 126°46′12″E / 34.6405555656°N 126.77000001°E / 34.6405555656; 126.77000001