Gyeonggi

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Gyeonggi(경기도 Gyeonggi-do, 京畿道) is a province in the north west of South Korea that surrounds the capital city of Seoul.

Cities[edit]

  • Seoul - Administratively independent of but surrounded by Gyeonggi, here century old palaces and fortresses meet skyscrapers and LED-screens in one of the most populous cities in the world.
  • Incheon - Also independent of but surrounded by Gyeonggi, this is South Korea's forth largest city, although some may consider it an extension of Seoul.
  • Suwon - the provincial capital, famous for the Hwaseong Fortress.
  • Ansan
  • Bundang - an affluent suburb of Seoul.
  • Deokso - the town which holds the famous Boeing 747-121, which crashed on Pan Am Flight 845.
  • Gwangju - Not to be confused with the larger city in the South Jeolla province, Gyeonggi Gwangju is home to the historic Namhansan village and Gonjiam ski resort.
  • Incheon - the historic center of Korean ceramics and home to several hot springs resorts.
  • Paju - nearest to DMZ, focal point of interest for visitors.
  • Uijeongbu - a mostly military city, famous among TV buffs as the home of the fictional 4077th MASH.

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Understand[edit]

The most populous province in South Korea, "Gyeonggi" means "near the capital", an apt description of this province wrapped around Seoul. However, it is not without its natural attractions. Ironically the DMZ (the northern border), which is the most heavily armed area in the world, has become an ecological paradise. Gyeonggi province, which is split in two by the majestic Hangang river, has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It contains a significant number of ancient relics, and due to its proximity to Seoul it’s also home to several important historical sites dating from the Joseon era.

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Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Seoul's Incheon International Airport is South Korea’s largest airport and is served by over 70 airlines.

By train[edit]

The Seoul subway system links to some of Gyeonggi’s towns, such as Incheon and Suwon, as well as areas like Goyang, Bundang, and Namyangju. The Gyeongchun mainland line runs from Seoul to eastern destinations such as Cheongpyeong and Gapyeong and is known as one of the country’s most scenic rail routes. The Jungang line runs southeast from Seoul and stops at Yangpyeong station. Should the border re-open then the Donghae Bukbu line will once again connect Gyeonggi with North Korea.

By bus[edit]

Red commuter buses run from the center of Seoul out to the suburbs. Other destinations can be reached by a large number of express buses that mainly run from Dong Seoul and Nambu bus terminals. These buses will get you to your destination in relative comfort, although bus stations are generally not as English-friendly as the subway stations. A trip from Seoul's Express Bus Terminal (in Seocho-gu south of the Han River; take line 2 to get here) to Incheon will be ₩4,000-5,000, and takes about an hour.

From Incheon International Airport, airport limousines run to many destinations in Gyeonggi; prices range from ₩7,000-15,000.

Get around[edit]

Local buses provide service to most large apartment areas, shopping areas, and tourist sites, although finding the right bus can be difficult without knowing some Korean.

Taxis are cheap (as in all of Korea) and usually fair. Be aware that outside of Seoul you're likely to get a driver who doesn't speak any English. Also, having an address in Korean won't necessarily get you to your destination; sometimes you might need to know a landmark such as a subway stop, government office, large hotel or department store, etc. close to your destination to help the driver find it.

See[edit]

History fans should be sure to check out Suwon’s UNESCO designated Hwaseong fortress and the nearby Korean Folk Village for a taste of Joseon dynasty life. The wetlands of Sihwaho Lake offer a peaceful retreat from the region’s urban sprawl, as do the vast mud flats on the west coast. For those looking for something more modern, the excellent Nam June Paik Art Center in Yongin introduces the founder of video art. The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty in the provinces of Gyeonggi and Gangwon (and a few elsewhere in South Korea) are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The newest addition to the World Heritage list is Namhansanseong, the South Han Mountain Fortress and the eponymous park surrounding it, located just south of Seoul's city limits.

Do[edit]

For hundreds of years Incheon has been one of Korea's centers of pottery making, and travelers here can take part in a ceramic making program or simply browse the many shops.

For thrill-seekers Everland Theme Park in Yongin has the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster and during wintertime there are several ski resorts open in Gyeonggi.

Unwind at some of the region’s hot spring resorts, where the water is highly regarded for its medicinal properties. Incheon's Termeden Spa and Hotel Miranda are popular. Pocheon is also known for its hot springs.

Head to one of Gyeonggi's national parks to experience nature and get some exercise hiking sometimes steep trails. Soyosan National Park, at the end of subway line 1 and about 15 miles from North Korea, is a popular destination for locals and is beautiful in the fall. Dobongsan, just south of Uijeongbu on line 1, is also popular. Both can be crowded on weekends.

For nature lovers, the Garden of Morning Calm (수목원), a large botanical garden in Gapyeong, is a nice day-trip from Seoul.

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