South Chungcheong Province
|• Revised Romanization||Chungcheongnam‑do|
|Subdivisions||8 cities; 7 counties|
|• Governor||Ahn Hee-jung (Democratic)|
|• Total||8,204 km2 (3,168 sq mi)|
|Population (October, 2014)|
|• Density||235/km2 (610/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Weeping willows|
|• Bird||Mandarin duck|
South Chungcheong Province, officially Chungcheongnam-do (Korean pronunciation: [tɕʰuŋ.tɕʰʌŋ.nam.do]; abbreviated Chungnam), is a province in the west of South Korea. The province was formed in 1896 from the south-western half of the former Chungcheong Province and remained a province of Korea until the country's division in 1945, thereafter becoming part of South Korea. In 2012, the provincial capital moved from Daejeon to Hongseong.
Chungcheongnam-do is South Korea's richest province, with a 2012 GDP per capita of $56,133, a level of living standard higher than that of Norway and higher than the United States. It is by far South Korea's fastest growing region, with an average GDP growth of 9.7% in 2001-2007 that accelerated to 12.4% in 2010. Such rapid growth transformed it from a mostly agricultural to a highly industrialized economy in the 21st century.
Along with Gangwon, Chungnam is the only province outside the Seoul Capital Area to be served by the Seoul Metropolitan Subway, with Seoul Subway Line 1 passing Cheonan and Asan. Multimillion-dollar projects are being developed, such as New Asan City centered on the newly built Cheonan-Asan Station that connects Chungnam's largest city, Cheonan, to Seoul Station in less than 30 minutes via the KTX bullet train.
The province is part of the Hoseo region, and is bounded to the west by the Yellow Sea, to the north by Gyeonggi-do province, to the south by Jeollabuk-do province, and to the east by Chungcheongbuk-do province. Its area is 8,204 km2 as of 2012.
One third of the province's area is under cultivation. Aside from agriculture, marine products are of importance. There are 220 square kilometres (85 sq mi) of exposed beach which is used to produce salt by solar evaporation. There is coal mining, but gold and silver mines are also found in Chungcheongnam-do, as is Monazite (a rare thorium bearing mineral) and zircon.
At 845 metres, Mount Gyeryong is the most notable elevation. It is located in a national park which is noted for its unique rock features. Apart from the stone formations there are a number of old temples. These include Gwanchok-sa, a temple which is home to the largest stone Buddha in Korea. In 1978 the Taean Marine National Park was opened. It includes some of the country's best bathing beaches.
In early 2007, the Republic of Korea government decided to create a special administrative district out of part of the present Chungcheongnam-do Province, near what is now Daejeon. The new district was named Sejong Special Self-Governing City, and was to replace Seoul as the future capital of the Republic of Korea. However, in 2009, it was determined that replacing Seoul as new national capital[clarification needed] would violate the South Korean Constitution by Constitution Court. Now Sejong City may only serve as a National Administrative Capital and Secondary capital alongside Seoul, representing about 36 government ministers and agencies, including the Prime Minister's office, as of 2015.
|— Specific City —|
|1||Cheonan||천안시||天安市||584,240||2 ilban-gu — 4 eup, 8 myeon, 18 haengjeong-dong|
|— City —|
|2||Asan||아산시||牙山市||283,121||2 eup, 9 myeon, 6 haengjeong-dong|
|3||Seosan||서산시||瑞山市||163,800||1 eup, 9 myeon, 5 haengjeong-dong|
|4||Dangjin||당진시||唐津市||156,026||2 eup, 9 myeon, 3 haengjeong-dong|
|5||Gongju||공주시||公州市||116,838||1 eup, 9 myeon, 6 haengjeong-dong|
|6||Nonsan||논산시||論山市||126,086||2 eup, 11 myeon, 2 haengjeong-dong|
|7||Boryeong||보령시||保寧市||105,355||1 eup, 10 myeon, 5 haengjeong-dong|
|8||Gyeryong||계룡시||雞龍市||40,997||3 myeon, 1 haengjeong-dong|
|— County —|
|9||Hongseong County||홍성군||洪城郡||89,174||2 eup, 9 myeon|
|10||Yesan County||예산군||禮山郡||85,626||2 eup, 10 myeon|
|11||Buyeo County||부여군||扶餘郡||72,959||1 eup, 15 myeon|
|12||Seocheon County||서천군||舒川郡||58,740||2 eup, 11 myeon|
|13||Taean County||태안군||泰安郡||62,519||2 eup, 6 myeon|
|14||Geumsan County||금산군||錦山郡||55,433||1 eup, 9 myeon|
|15||Cheongyang County||청양군||靑陽郡||32,105||1 eup, 9 myeon|
According to the census of 2005, of the people of Chungcheongnam-do 20.5% follow Buddhism and 28.7% follow Christianity (19.6% Protestantism and 9.1% Catholicism). 50.8% of the population is mostly not religious or follow Muism and other indigenous religions.
- Kongju National University
- Gongju National University of Education
- Korea National University of Cultural Heritage
- Dankook university in Cheonan
- Baekseok University
- Soonchunhyang University in Asan
- GEONYANG University in Nonsan
- Korea University of Technology and Education in Cheonan
Twin towns – sister cities
Chungcheongnam-do is twinned with:
- See List of South Korean regions by GDP.
- 일반현황 (in Korean). Chungcheongnam-do. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- Official Site of Korea Tourism
- "Population-Households". Chungcheongnam-do. March 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- 2005 Census - Religion Results
- Sister/Twin Cities of Balıkesir
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