Gangjin County

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Gangjin County (Gangjin-gun) is a county in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. Gangjin county proper was established in 1895. The county office is located in Gangjin-eup.

Gangjin

강진군
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised RomanizationGangjin-gun
 • McCune-ReischauerKangjin-gun
Official logo of Gangjin
Emblem of Gangjin
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Country South Korea
RegionHonam
Administrative divisions1 eup, 10 myeon
Area
 • Total495.98 km2 (191.50 sq mi)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total49,254
 • Density99.3/km2 (257/sq mi)
 • Dialect
Jeolla

The Gangjin Kiln Sites are a noted area for the production of traditional Goryeo celadon, and annually a big festival and symposium on celadon porcelain at the Goryeo Celadon Museum with participants from all over the world takes place in Gangjin city.

Additionally, it is the birthplace of Korean poet Yeongrang Kim Yun-sik, famous for his work in the 1930s and 1940s in the Jeolla dialect.

The county bird is the magpie. The county flower is the camellia, and the county tree is the ginkgo. There are also two mascots, Gang and Jin, who represent fire and water, respectively, and who appear throughout the county on signs and sidewalks.

A small portion of Wolchulsan National Park is located in Gangjin County.

There is a monument to 17th-century Dutch explorer Hendrick Hamel, the first westerner to experience and write about Korea's Joseon Dynasty era. Hamel and his men were shipwrecked on Jeju island, and they remained captives in Korea for 13 years.

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Coordinates: 34°38′26″N 126°46′12″E / 34.6405555656°N 126.77000001°E / 34.6405555656; 126.77000001