Gwangjin District (Gwangjin-gu) is one of the 25 wards (gu) of Seoul, South Korea. It is located on the north bank of the Han River, to the eastern end of Seoul. It was created from neighboring Seongdong District in 1995.
|광진구 · 廣津區|
Location of Gwangjin-gu in Seoul
|• mayor||Kim Seon Gap[Democratic]|
|• Total||23.92 km2 (9.24 sq mi)|
|• Density||15,000/km2 (40,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Korea Standard Time)|
|Website||Gwangjin-gu official website|
Gwangjin District is characterized by a remarkable variety in its composition. It is home to the Konkuk University campus, the vicinity of which is one of Seoul's top nightlife destinations, as well as Children's Grand Park, an equally popular attraction for children and families. The south bank overlooking the Han River is a densely packed residential district, where high-rise apartment buildings dominate the skyline, yet the heart and northern end of the district are centers for light industry and manufacturing. The district is also a hub for transportation and mail in and out of Seoul, as the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal and the East-Seoul Postal Service Depot link Seoul with most other major cities in Korea. Most of the remaining area is residential, but consist not of apartment buildings characteristic of the city, but of three or four-story row houses separated by small roads and alleyways.
The Konkuk University area is a popular nightlife district featuring dozens of restaurants, bars, DVD rooms, and pool houses catering to a mostly younger crowd, much like the areas of Sinchon and Hongdae. The area is also a burgeoning shopping district with several boutiques cropping up within the newly designated Rodeo Street and the opening of the Star City mall, which features an E-Mart, a Lotte Cinema, a Burger King, a Krispy Kreme, a large video game arcade and numerous other restaurants and specialty shops.
In the centre of Gwangjin District, There is Gangbyeon underground station. At the left of this station, There is Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. In this terminal, many buses serve many destinations including Busan, Gwangju, Daegu, and Daejeon. To the right of this station, there is a huge building selling electronics called Techno Mart. A variety of computers, printers, mobile phones, cameras, MP3 players, and even refrigerators are sold in this building which is like Akihabara in Tokyo.
Located in the northeastern section of the District is the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill, managed by the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts and W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel, with one of only three casinos in Seoul.
- Seoul Subway Line 2 Circle Line
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- Primary schools
- Sejong University Elementary School(Sejong Elementary School)
- Middle schools
- High schools
- International schools
- Korean Statistical Information Service (Korean) > Population and Household > Census Result (2010) > Population by Administrative district, Sex and Age / Alien by Administrative district and Sex, Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- Kim, Mi-ju (19 September 2011). "New Sheraton opens, first 5-star lodgings in Yeongdeungpo". Joongang Daily. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
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