Gimpo Foreign Language High School

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Gimpo Foreign Language High School
Hangul 김포외국어고등학교
Hanja 金浦外國語高等學校
Revised Romanization Gimpo Oegugeo Godeung Hakkyo
McCune–Reischauer Kimpo Oeguk'ŏ Kodŭng Hakkyo

Gimpo Foreign Language High School is a boarding high school in Gimpo, South Korea specialising in the teaching of foreign languages. Construction of the school building began in December 2004; the school opened its doors to students in March 2006, having spent 21 billion on construction.[1][2] The director Jeon Byeong-du, a construction equipment magnate, used his own fortune to build the school, joking that he would rather give something back to society than leave his money to his children and start an inheritance dispute. Students can choose to study English, Chinese, or Japanese. The school admitted 290 students in its first year, divided into eight classes (four for English and two each for Chinese and Japanese).[3]

Just one year after its establishment, the school became the object of controversy when it was revealed that test questions for its entrance examination, along with those of Myeongji Foreign Language High School and Anyang Foreign Language High School, had been leaked to students of a Seoul cram school; provincial education officials cancelled the admissions of the 54 students in question and held an extra examination to fill the seats which opened up as a result.[4]


  1. ^ Gang, Yun-seok (2004-12-21). "김포외고, 28일 기공식 (Gimpy Foreign High to hold ground-breaking ceremony on the 28th)". City 21 News (in Korean). Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  2. ^ Gang, In-sik (2007-11-15). "38년 공구상 … 210억 털어 김포외고 세운 전병두 이사장 (Director Jeon Byeong-du, who spent 21 billion dollars to build Gimpo Foreign High)". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  3. ^ Park, Sung-ha (2006-04-14). "School offers fast track for languages". JoongAng Ilbo. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  4. ^ Kang, Shin-who (2007-11-13). "3 Elite Schools Ordered to Hold Extra Examination". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 

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Coordinates: 37°42′08″N 126°34′03″E / 37.70222°N 126.56750°E / 37.70222; 126.56750