|• Revised Romanization||Taean-gun|
Location in South Korea
|Administrative divisions||2 eup, 8 myeon|
|• Total||504.82 km2 (194.91 sq mi)|
|• Density||126.6/km2 (328/sq mi)|
Taean County is most famous for Taean Haean National Park, known for its clear seas, unpolluted soils, coastal flora, tidal flats, coasts, and white sand. It includes thirty different beaches; one of these, Mallipo Beach, is considered one of the three most beautiful in Korea and is over three kilometers long. This beach is also the site of the 2007 Korea oil spill.
The Korean government designated Taean Haean National Park in 1978. It consists of 326.57 km² of land. There are about 130 islands in the park, and 250 species of flora thrive there.
Chollipo Arboretum in Sowon-myeon, founded in 1979 by naturalized US-expatriate Min Byung Gal (Carl Ferris Miller), is a 64ha (158 acre) private botanical garden housing more than 7000 different species of plants collected from more than 60 countries.
The Korean boy band Big Bang based their song, "붉은노을 ("Sunset Glow"), in honor of the park. The title track from their 2nd full-length Korean album, Sunset Glow, a remake of Lee Moon Sae's Red Sunset. Their Music Video for Sunset Glow is spreading the message to visit Tae-an beaches again after the 2007 Korea oil spill where it had previously struck the once populated tourist attraction a year ago, leaving it deserted and neglected.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Taean is twinned with:
- Seocho-gu, South Korea
- Gangseo-gu, South Korea
- Donghae City, South Korea
- Suwon, South Korea
- Goseong, South Korea
- Jecheon, South Korea
- Tai'an, China
- "Home." Korea Express Air. Retrieved on November 4, 2012. "(주)코리아익스프레스에어 충청남도 태안군 남면 신온리 105번지 대표자:노승영"