Mapo District (Korean: 마포구, romanizedMapo-gu) is one of the 25 districts of Seoul, South Korea.

마포구 · 麻浦區
Flag of Mapo
Location of Mapo-gu in Seoul
Location of Mapo-gu in Seoul
Coordinates: 37°33′50″N 126°54′30″E / 37.5638°N 126.9084°E / 37.5638; 126.9084
CountrySouth Korea
Special CitySeoul
Administrative dong24 (16 actual precincts)
 • BodyMapo-gu Council
 • MayorPark Gang-su (People Power)
 • MNAs
 • Total23.87 km2 (9.22 sq mi)
 • Total381,330
 • Density16,000/km2 (41,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Korea Standard Time)
Postal code
03900 ~ 04299
Area code(s)+82-2 300,700,3150
WebsiteMapo-gu official website

Mapo has a population of 381,330 (2015) and has a geographic area of 23.87 km2 (9.22 sq mi), and is divided into 24 dong (administrative neighborhoods). Mapo is located in western Seoul on the northern bank of the Han River, bordering the Gyeonggi Province city of Goyang to the northwest, and the Seoul city districts of Gangseo to the west, Yeongdeungpo to the south, Yongsan to the southeast, Jung to the east, and Seodaemun and Eunpyeong to the north.

Mapo is home to several universities and government buildings, and is well known for the Hongdae club district around Hongik University. Mapo is connected to the Seoul Metropolitan Subway's Line 2, Line 5, and Line 6, as well as the Airport Railroad, and the Korail Gyeongui-Jungang Line, which all pass through this district. The Seoul World Cup Stadium, a famous landmark in Seoul, is located in Sangam in northwest Mapo.

Mapo District Office edit

Location edit

Mapo District Office is located in Seongsan-2 precinct, near World Cup Stadium (5 minutes on foot). Seoul Metropolitan Subway Line 6 passes near the office, and it has a station name "Mapo-gu Office" 150 metres (490 ft) east of the office.

Organization edit

The district office has 5 Bureaus, 1 Community Health Center, 36 Divisions, 1 Room, 1 Task Force Team, 16 Community Service Centers. Mapo District Office employs about 1,300 personnels. The entire office is headed by Administrator. Current Administrator is Hong-seop Park (2017).

Administrative divisions edit

Administrative divisions

Mapo District was formed in 1944 from portions of Seodaemun and Yongsan Districts. The dong (동) structure was revised in 1985 and 2008. Roughly 53% of Mapo District's area is taken up by residences, many of which are high-rise apartment buildings. Much of the remaining area (43%) is greenspace, including the World Cup Park and additional parkland along the Han River.[2]

In the 2008 revamping of the precinct (dong) administration, some smaller precincts were merged to form larger precincts, effectively reducing the number of precinct administrative offices. As a result, the number of precinct offices decreased to 16 from 24. However, addresses remained the same.

These are the revamped administrative precincts:

Origin of the name edit

The name "Mapo" comes from the name of an old ferry across the Han River, and can roughly be translated as "hemp ferry."

Education edit

Four college or university institutions, including Sogang University and Hongik University, are located within Mapo District. The area around Hongik University, also known as Hongdae, is well known as one of the cultural centers of Seoul, and was named one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world in 2016.[3] There are eight high schools, including Seoul Girls' High School, along with 12 middle schools and 20 elementary schools serving the community. There are three special schools for disabled or industrial educations. Due to the presence of university students in the district, Mapo District offers a large variety of shopping and dining options.

International schools:

Sister cities edit

References edit

  1. ^ Korean Statistical Information Service > Population and Household > Census Result (2015) > Population by Administrative district, Sex and Age / Alien by Administrative district and Sex, Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  2. ^ 구정여건 (in Korean). Retrieved 2006-06-21.
  3. ^ The 15 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World in 2016, retrieved November 17, 2016
  4. ^ Home page Archived 2015-03-19 at the Wayback Machine. Japanese School in Seoul. Retrieved on January 15, 2015. See address here "ソウル特別市麻浦区上岩洞1582"

External links edit

  Media related to Mapo-gu, Seoul at Wikimedia Commons