Uiryeong County

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Uiryeong
의령군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Uiryeong-gun
 • McCune-Reischauer Ŭiryŏng kun
Official logo of Uiryeong
Emblem of Uiryeong
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Country  South Korea
Region Yeongnam
Administrative divisions 1 eup, 12 myeon
Area
 • Total 482.95 km2 (186.47 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 32,371
 • Density 67.0/km2 (174/sq mi)
 • Dialect Gyeongsang

Uiryeong County (Korean: 의령군Uiryeong-gun Hanja:宜寧郡) is a county in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.[1] It is known to be one of the least populated counties in South Korea.

In 1938, citizen of Uiryeong, Lee Byung-chull, founded Samsung in nearby Daegu.

On the evening of April 26, 1982, policeman Woo Bum-kon went on shooting rampage through several villages in the county; killing 56 people and wounding 35 others. It was the worst recorded spree killing in known history until the 2011 Norway attacks.

Transportation[edit]

Uiryeong has a convenient location as it sits between Jinju to the west and Haman/Masan/Changwon to the East. A bus runs regularly from the bus terminal in Uiryeong-Eup to all major cities in South Korea. A bus journey to Masan or Jinju takes approximately 35 minutes and 45 minutes respectively from Uiryeong bus terminal, while the journey to Busan takes 1 hour. It is also possible to take a bus directly to Seoul from Uiryeong.

The biggest problem in terms of transportation is that the intercity buses stop running to Uiryeong from the nearby cities fairly early in the evening. The last bus from Busan is 6:40 PM, from Jinju, it's 7:30 PM and from Masan, it's 9:00 PM.

Sister cities[edit]

Uiryeong is twinned with:

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Coordinates: 35°19′09″N 128°15′40″E / 35.3191666767°N 128.261111121°E / 35.3191666767; 128.261111121