Gyeryong (Korean pronunciation: [kje̞.ɾjoŋ], Korean: 계룡시) is a city in southeastern South Chungcheong province, South Korea. The current mayor is Choi Hong-Mook. The city was created in 2003, by a split from Nonsan city, following prolonged local agitation.
|• Revised Romanization||Gyeryong-si|
Location in South Korea
|Administrative divisions||3 myeon, 1 dong|
|• Total||60.7 km2 (23.4 sq mi)|
|• Density||704/km2 (1,820/sq mi)|
Approximately half (47%) of the city's inhabitants are either serving in the South Korean armed forces, or are family of service members. The city hosts several major Korean and international military conferences. It was around 1993 that this area, which was a typical rural area, turned into the best military location in Korea. A large-scale military facility was opened with the relocation of Gyeryongdae from 1989 to 1993, and military families from all over the country were introduced. In 1989, the Army and Air Force headquarters first moved to Gyeryongdae. Four years later, the navy headquarters was completed in 1993.
Gyeryong Mountain (Korean: 계룡산), adjacent to the city, is considered the mountain with the most qi (spiritual energy) in Korea. It is also the heart of Gyeryongsan National Park. As of December 2020, the total population of the city was 42,822.
According to data, Gyeryong city and surrounding area were called "Yeonsan-Gun" in 1896. After Japanese colonization, it was incorporated to Nonsan. Later Gyeryong was chosen as the site for military. In 1989, Military and army headquarters, Gyeryongdae, moved to Gyeryong City. In 1991, it was designated as special area by president. The congress voted and decided via a special legislative bill that Gyeryong city be established on June 30, 2003. Six months later, the city officially came out.
The area currently called Gyeryong city was known to be Shindoan among the older residents. Gyeryong is also known to be a satellite city of Daejeon due to its geographical closeness.
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