Asan (Korean pronunciation: [a.san]) is a city in South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. It borders the Seoul Metropolitan Area to the north. Asan has a population of approximately 300,000.


Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul아산시
 • Hanja牙山市
 • Revised RomanizationAsan-si
 • McCune-ReischauerAsan-si
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Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Coordinates: 36°47′N 126°59′E / 36.783°N 126.983°E / 36.783; 126.983Coordinates: 36°47′N 126°59′E / 36.783°N 126.983°E / 36.783; 126.983
Country South Korea
Administrative divisions2 eup, 9 myeon, 6 dong
 • Municipal City542.25 km2 (209.36 sq mi)
 • Urban
42.29 km2 (16.33 sq mi)
 (31 December 2013)
 • Municipal City308,007
 • Density529.41/km2 (1,371.2/sq mi)
 • Dialect

Asan is known for its many hot springs and is a city of spas.

Asan has grown into the neighboring village, Onyang-dong, which is also known for its hot springs.


The city of Asan shares a station for the KTX high speed trains with the directly adjacent city of Cheonan, which is thusly named Cheonan-Asan Station. It takes about 30 minutes to travel from Asan to Seoul by the KTX train. It can be reached within 2 hours from Incheon International Airport by car. Seoul Metropolitan Subway extended one of its lines to service Asan on 15 December 2008. Two major highways, the Seoul-Busan and West Coast expressways, also pass through Asan city.

Industry and commerceEdit

Companies like Hyundai Motor, Samsung LCD, and Samsung Electronic have factories in Asan. A total of 14 industrial complexes are currently occupied by auto parts, electronic parts and other factories.

The Port of Pyeongtaek, closest to the east China coast among Korean ports, is nearby.


Asan is the home of five universities.

Domestic secondary schools:

International schools:

  • Onyang Chinese Elementary School (溫陽華僑小學校/온양화교소학교)[1]


Asan is home of Asan Woori Bank Wibee, a women's basketball team. In 2016, the club was relocated from Chuncheon to Asan.[2] Football club Asan Mugunghwa FC is based in the city since 2017.

Modern historyEdit

  • In 1983, an alteration of townships (ri) and towns (myeon) was made.
  • In 1986, Onyang eup (town) of Asan was separated and the independent city of Onyang was created.[3]
  • In 1995, the City of Onyang and Asan County were combined into the City of Asan.

Notable peopleEdit

Famous people associated with Asan include the late Yun Po Sun, former President of South Korea.

Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who defeated the Japanese navy in the 16th century, lived for some time in Asan.[citation needed] There is a miniature replica of a turtle ship made famous by Admiral Yi on the outskirts of town. The local football stadium is named after him.

Mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho was born in Asan.[4]

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "溫陽華僑小學校." International School Information, Government of South Korea. Retrieved on 30 March 2016. "58 Samdong-ro 28beon-gil, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, 336–802, Korea"
  2. ^ lee, jinhak (30 March 2016). "wooribank basketball team move homeground to Asan".
  3. ^ Provisional changes including Guri city and 11 cities and counties and permission of modification naming Naju.(1985.12.28.) from Constitution of the Republic of Korea
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Sister City Programme". Sustainable Petaling Jaya 2030. Archived from the original on 21 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Lansing, Michigan". Sister Cities International. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.

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