Cheonho-dong

Cheonho-dong is a dong, neighbourhood of Gangdong-gu in Seoul, South Korea.[1][2]

Cheonho-dong
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised RomanizationCheonho-dong
 • McCune–ReischauerCh'ŏnho-tong
Cheonho 1(il)-dong Community Service Center (Gangdong-gu)
Cheonho 1(il)-dong Community Service Center (Gangdong-gu)
CountrySouth Korea
Area
 • Total3.07 km2 (1.19 sq mi)
Population
 (2001)[1]
 • Total106,782
 • Density34,782/km2 (90,080/sq mi)

HistoryEdit

Cheonho means "Thousand of Houses", because its geographical location was believed to be an ideal place to live based on the Feng shui theory. In addition, there is a historical site of Pungnaptoseong, which is a flat earthen wall built at the edge of the Han River in the Baekje Era. Cheonho-dong is the only place where a huge department store such as Hyundai Department Store is located in the area of Gangdong-gu. Cheonho station is a transfer point between Seoul Subway Line 5 and Line 8. Cheonho-dong is a 60-minute Limousine bus ride away from Incheon International Airport.

Red-light districtEdit

Although prostitution is illegal in Korea, there is a long-established[3] red-light district in Cheonho, known as "Texas Village".[4] Since the introduction of the law banning prostitution in 2004 the number of brothels has declined,[5] however in late 2018 there were still dozens of brothels in the area.[6]

Area InformationEdit

Current Zip Code of Cheonho-dong is 134-020. 134 is for Gangdong-gu and 020 is for Cheonho-dong.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "천호동 (Cheonho-dong 千戶洞)" (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-04-18.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The origin of Cheonho-dong" (in Korean). Gangdong-gu official site. Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  3. ^ "Less brothels, more prostitution". Korea JoongAng Daily. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ "[Editorial] Prostitutes Have Human Rights Too". english.donga.com. 7 January 2002. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ Da-sol, Kim (15 March 2017). "Korea's infamous red-light zone to fade into history". www.koreaherald.com. The Korea Herald. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Fire in dilapidated Seoul brothel kills 2". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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