Yongsan District

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Yongsan

용산구
용산구 · 龍山區
Haebangchon hill neighborhood in Yongsan
Haebangchon hill neighborhood in Yongsan
Location of Yongsan-gu in Seoul
Location of Yongsan-gu in Seoul
CountrySouth Korea
RegionSudogwon
Special CitySeoul
Administrative dong19
Area
 • Total21.87 km2 (8.44 sq mi)
Population
 (2010[1])
 • Total227,400
 • Density10,000/km2 (27,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Korea Standard Time)
Postal code
04300 ~ 04499
Area code(s)+82-2-7xx
WebsiteYongsan-gu official website

Yongsan District (Korean: 용산구, romanizedYongsan-gu, "Dragon Hill") is one of the 25 districts of Seoul, South Korea.

Yongsan has a population of 313,814 (2010) and has a geographic area of 17.6 km2 (8.4 sq mi), and is divided into 19 dong (administrative neighborhoods). Yongsan is located in central Seoul on the northern bank of the Han River, bordering the city districts of Jung to the north, Mapo to the west, Yeongdeungpo and Dongjak to the southwest, Seocho and Gangnam District to the southeast, and Seongdong to the east.

Yongsan is part of the Seongjeosimni (Outer old Seoul) area immediately south of Seoul's historic center in Jung on the southern side of Namsan. Yongsan is home to notable locations such as the National Museum of Korea, the War Memorial of Korea, Itaewon district, the Yongsan Electronics Market, and Haebangchon, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seoul.

Seong Jang-Hyeon (성장현) of the Democratic Party has been the mayor of Yongsan since July 2010.

Description[edit]

Yongsan District is a district of Seoul, South Korea. Its name means "Dragon Hill", derived from the hanja characters for dragon ( yong) and hill/mountain ( san). It sits to the north of the Han River under the shadow of Seoul Tower in the center of Seoul. It is home to roughly 250,000 people and is divided into 20 dong, or neighborhoods. Notable locations in Yongsan District include Yongsan Station, the sprawling Yongsan Electronics Market, Haebangchon and the Itaewon commercial district. Itaewon is widely known as one of the most ethnically diverse regions in Korea. Many foreigners gravitate to its shopping centers and nightlife.

It is the site of Yongsan Garrison, a large United States military base in the heart of Seoul. Because of the scarcity of land in central Seoul, and to consolidate U.S. Forces throughout the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. and South Korean governments have agreed to relocate the facility out of Seoul to Pyeongtaek by 2017[citation needed] with a plan to develop the 243 ha of its land into a large park. Sookmyung Women's University is in the western portion of this district. Nearby, the legendary bar "Doors" has been a hub of Sookmyung social life for years.[citation needed] There is a growing community of Muslims and others from the Middle East due to the location of Seoul's only mosque, Seoul Central Mosque in Itaewon, which has caused a number of halal restaurants and shops to open in the area.

N Seoul Tower has been re-opened. The tower is at the top of Namsan (lit. "South Mountain") and was built as a television transmitter.

Yongsan is served by Seoul Subway Line 1, Line 4, Line 6, and the Jungang Line.

Economy[edit]

KOSPI 200 companies based in Yongsan include Amore Pacific, Orion Confectionery, Cheil Worldwide and Hyundai Development Company.

Yongsan District is famous for K-pop label companies including H2 Media Entertainment and TS Entertainment.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Bogwang street and Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon
Administrative divisions

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Korean Ministry of National Defense has its headquarters in Yongsan-dong.[2]

Education[edit]

International schools:

The French School of Seoul was in Hannam-dong. In 1985 it moved to Seorae Village in Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu.[4]

Attractions[edit]

Main building of the War Memorial of Korea

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Korean Statistical Information Service (Korean) > Population and Household > Census Result (2010) > Population by Administrative district, Sex and Age / Alien by Administrative district and Sex Archived August 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  2. ^ "Location." (Archive) Ministry of National Defense. Retrieved on January 1, 2014. "Yongsan-dong 3 Ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 140-701"
  3. ^ "Kontakt." German School Seoul International. Retrieved on May 22, 2014. "Adresse Deutsche Schule Seoul International 123-6 Doksodang-Ro, Yongsan-Gu 140-210 Seoul"
  4. ^ "Korea's Little France, Seorae Village" (Archive). Arirang (Korea International Broadcasting Foundation). June 23, 2009. Retrieved on May 22, 2014.

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Coordinates: 37°32′18″N 126°57′56″E / 37.53833°N 126.96556°E / 37.53833; 126.96556