Yongin (Korean pronunciation: [joŋ.in]) is a major city in the Seoul Capital Area, located in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. With a population close to 1 million, the city has developed rapidly since the 21st century, recording the highest population growth of any city in the country. Yongin is home to Everland and Caribbean Bay, South Korea's most popular amusement and water parks. The city is also home to the Korean Folk Village, the largest of its kind.
|• Revised Romanization||Yongin-si|
Location in South Korea
|Administrative divisions||3 gu, 22 dong, 1 eup, 6 myeon|
|• Total||591.36 km2 (228.33 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,537.9/km2 (3,983/sq mi)|
Yongin is a city almost as large as Seoul by area, consisting of the highly urbanized districts of Suji-gu and Giheung-gu and the semi-urbanized district of Cheoin-gu. Yongin's urbanized districts are located close to the capital and many commute to and from downtown Seoul in approximately 30–40 minutes by car using the Gyeongbu Expressway or Yongin-Seoul Expressway, the Bundang Line subway, the Shinbundang Line subway or metropolitan buses. The Shinbundang Line with a maximum speed of 110 km/h (68 mph) extended to Suji-gu in January 2016, which allows Suji residents to travel to Gangnam Station in 20–30 minutes. The Bundang Line extended south to Giheung Station in December 2011, connecting to EverLine that extends all the way to Everland. In December 2013, the Bundang Line extended to Suwon Station of Seoul Subway Line 1.
Yongin has many university campuses, namely Yong-In University, noted for its sports courses, Myongji University's Yongin Campus, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies' Yongin Campus, the Police University, Kangnam University (named for its former campus in Gangnam-gu in Seoul), Yong-in Songdam College, Dankook University and Calvin University. The Gyeonggi Suwon International School, an IB World School with a boarding program for foreign students, is situated on the border of Yongin and Suwon.
The city is divided into three gu (districts):
Yongin is served by trains on the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. The Bundang Line has been extended into Yongin, calling at Jukjeon, Bojeong, Guseong, Singal, Giheung and Sanggal stations; and it has been extended towards Suwon Station, in Suwon. Since May 2013 a new line named the EverLine Rapid Transit System is in operation and linked to the Bundang Line at Giheung Station where it is possible to transfer between lines without going outside. From 2016 onwards, the inner Suji area will also be served by four new Shinbundang Line stations, which will allow Suji residents travel to Gangnam Station in less than 30 minutes.
Yongin has an intercity bus terminal in the city centre, though the densely settled northern areas are served better by the terminal in Yatap-dong, Seongnam.
Although there is evidence of human settlement here as far back as the fifth century, Yongin was granted city status only in March 1996.
The most representative food of Yongin is the Sundae of Baekam-myeon, Chouin-gu. Baekamsundae has a special feature of filling meat without blood.
- Everland theme park
- Korean Folk Village
- Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Dramia located at Cheoin-gu, is the filming location of historical dramas such as Moon Embracing the Sun, Jumong, Queen Seondeok and Dong Yi. Viewing tours are available, which includes traditional folk games, historical court dress and archery.
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