Hadong County

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Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised RomanizationHadong-gun
 • McCune-ReischauerHadong-kun
Official logo of Hadong
Emblem of Hadong
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Country South Korea
Administrative divisions1 eup, 12 myeon
 • Total675.53 km2 (260.82 sq mi)
 • Total58,010
 • Density85.9/km2 (222/sq mi)
 • Dialect

Hadong County (Hadong-gun) is  county in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. It is on the far west side of the Province, and borders South Jeolla Province. The County office is located at Hadeong-eup.


The county of Hadong was called 'Dasachon' (county of much sand) when it was a part of the Jin state; later becoming a part of 'Nangnoguk', one of 12 statelets of the Byeonhan confederacy. According to the History of the Three Kingdoms, it was called Handasa-gun and was changed into 'Hadong-gun' in 757 during the reign of King Gyeongdeok. In the Goryeo Dynasty, it was known as Hadong-hyeon. In 1414, during the reign of the Joseon Dynasty King Taejong, it became 'Hanamhyeon' with 'Namhaehyeon'. It was raised to the status of 'Hadongdohobu' in 1740, in the 30th year of King Sukjong's reign.[1] During the Korean War the region was the site of a North Korean attack on US Army forces, the Hadong Ambush.

  • 1702: Ackyang-hyeon added to Hadong-gun
  • April 1, 1914: Seo-myeon and Geumyang-myeon, Gonyang-gun added.
  • January 1, 1915: Part of Seomjin-ri, Daap-myeon, Gwangyang-gun, Jeolla South Province added to Hadong-gun.
  • 1916: Naehoengbo-myeon renamed to Choengcheon-myeon.
  • 1918: Dong-myeon renamed to Jingyo-myeon.
  • 1933: Deokyang-myeon renamed to Hadong-myeon.
  • October 1, 1938: Hadong-myeon elevated to Hadong-eup.

Green tea[edit]

Nestled between the Seomjin river and Jiri mountain, Hadong is known for its stunning scenery. It also boasts a reputation for its peaceful, friendly, and rural atmosphere. Hadong is famous for its green tea, and holds a yearly green tea festival during May and June. Hadong's popularity as a tourist destination continues to rise each year,[citation needed] and the local government plays a role in attracting visitors. This included sponsoring a tourism advertisement that aired on CNN in 2007.[2]


While much of Korea has experienced an explosion of industrial development, Hadong remains a destination for those who wish to escape the bustle of city living.[original research?] However, a lack of activity in the industrial sector has left the government with little incentive to expanding the sometimes inadequate existing road infrastructure.[original research?] A petition for the allocation of funds for new road construction was signed by a number of Hadong residents.[3]

South Korean president Lee Myeong bak has recently[when?] announced plans for the construction of a Gyeongsangnam-do leisure resort palace in Hadong.[4]

Hadong Wild Tea Culture[edit]

Hadong is the place where the pure Seomjin River is flowing with the elegant natural scenery of Mt. Jiri National Park and Hanryeo sea area.[5]

It has taken place within county area with the green tea scent of thousand years alive is a culture tour festival.

Notable People[edit]


    • High schools
    • Middle schools
  • Agyang Middle School

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Hadong is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Official website http://www.hadong.go.kr/e/main/frame.asp?test=/e/01/01_02.asp?m=m1 Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ http://www.hadong.go.kr/e/main/frame.asp?test=/e/01/01_02.asp?m=m1[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ 하동군 국도 19호선 4차선 확.포장 시급 Newsis 2008-01-22
  4. ^ [이명박 정부 개발 핫 이슈] "동아시아 7대 경제권 도약 꿈꾼다" 2008-01-22 Retrieved 2008-01-26
  5. ^ English page for Hadong tour

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°04′N 127°45′E / 35.067°N 127.750°E / 35.067; 127.750