Uiwang

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Uiwang

의왕시
Korean transcription(s)
   Hangul
   Hanja
  Revised RomanizationUiwang-si
  McCune-ReischauerŬiwang-si
Upstream along the mid-width Anyangcheon in Uiwang - 2009-04-18.JPG
Uiwang logo.png
Emblem of Uiwang
Gyeonggi-Uiwang.svg
Location in South Korea
CountryFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Region Sudogwon
Administrative divisions 6 dong
Area
  Total53.46 km2 (20.64 sq mi)
Population
 (Dec. 2014)
  Total158,482
  Density2,964.5/km2 (7,678/sq mi)
  Dialect
Seoul

Uiwang (Korean pronunciation:  [ɰi.waŋ] ) is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It is one of many satellite cities that ring Seoul, making up the Seoul National Capital Area. Its largest immediate urban neighbor is Anyang. The low peaks of the Gwangju Mountains shape the local landscape.

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Rail transportation is important in Uiwang, which is home to the Korean Railroad Museum and Korea National Railroad College. Seoul Subway Line 1 passes through the city, as does the Gyeongbu Line. In addition, a terminal of Hanjin container shipping is located here.

Geography

Uiwang lies just south of Seoul. It is bounded to the east by Baegunsan (백운산), Barasan (바라산), the lower slopes of Cheonggyesan (청계산), and Maebongsan (매봉산); to the south by the city of Suwon, to the west by Ansan, Gunpo, and Anyang; and to the north by Gwacheon.

There are two noteworthy reservoirs in the city: Baegun Lake (백운호수) at the foot of Baegunsan, and Wangsong Lake (왕송호수), by the border with Suwon. Baegun Lake has a number of foreign restaurants, while Wangsong Lake, accessible from Uiwang Station, has a recreational draisine, the Korean Railroad Museum, and Uiwang's Nature Education Park. The source of the Anyangcheon - a tributary of the Han River - is in Uiwang, as is the source of the Haguicheon, itself a tributary of the Anyangcheon. Most of Uiwang is thus drained northwards. However, the Hwanggujicheon's source is also in Uiwang, and this flows south, eventually emptying into the Yellow Sea at Asan Bay.

History

In recent times, Uiwang has developed considerably thanks to the expansion of Anyang. Several districts are also directly connected with Gunpo and Suwon.

Administrative districts

There are six administrative districts:

Dong (district)Population [1]
Gocheon-dong13,386
Naseonil(1)-dong23,136
Naseonil(2)-dong27,212
Ojeon-dong44,076
Cheonggye-dong14,401
Bugok-dong26,846

Transport

Rail

The Gyeongbu Line passes through Uiwang, with Seoul Subway Line 1 stopping at Uiwang Station. Cargo trains also deliver to Obong Station.

Road

The Seoul Ring Expressway, Yeongdong Expressway, National Road 1, and the Gwacheon-Bongdam Highway (309) pass through Uiwang.

Education

Higher Education

Uiwang is home to the Uiwang Campus of the Korea National University of Transportation, and Kaywon University of Art and Design.

Further Education

There are five high schools in the city: Gyeonggi Foreign Language High School, Uiwang High School, Baegun High School, Useong High School, and Morak High School.

Secondary Education

Uiwang houses seven middle schools: Baegun Middle School, Gocheon Middle School, Uiwang Middle School, Uiwang Bugok Middle School, Galmoe Middle School, Morak Middle School, and Deokjang Middle School.

Primary Education

There are twelve elementary schools in Uiwang: Uiwang Elementary School, Gocheon Elementary School, Galmoe Elementary School, Uiwang Bugok Elementary School, Wanggok Elementary School, Uiwang Deokseong Elementary School, Deokjang Elementary School, Ojeon Elementary School, Baegun Elementary School, Naeson Elementary School, Morak Elementary School, and Naedong Elementary School.

Government

City Hall, the central library, seniors' social center, health center, and youth centers are all located in Gocheon-dong.

Korea Correctional Service operates the Seoul Detention Center in Uiwang.

Industry

There are many large corporations, such as Haitai confectionaries, Cheil Industries, Hyundai Rotem, and various trade and logistics companies in Uiwang.

Twin towns – sister cities

Uiwang is twinned with:

See also

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References

  1. Uiwang City home page - 자주찾는통계. Uiwang.go.kr. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2011-05-04.

Coordinates: 37°20′41″N126°58′06″E / 37.344829°N 126.968325°E / 37.344829; 126.968325