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Yongsan District

Autonomous District
용산구 · 龍山區
A hill in Yongsan
A hill in Yongsan
Location of Yongsan-gu in Seoul
Location of Yongsan-gu in Seoul
Country South Korea
Region Sudogwon
Special City Seoul
Administrative dong 19
 • Total 21.87 km2 (8.44 sq mi)
Population (2010[1])
 • Total 227,400
 • Density 10,000/km2 (27,000/sq mi)
Time zone Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Yongsan-gu official website

Yongsan District (Yongsan-gu) is a district of Seoul, South Korea. Its name means "Dragon Hill", derived from the hanja characters for dragon (龍 yong) and hill/mountain (山 san). It sits to the north of the Han River under the shadow of Seoul Tower. It is in the center of Seoul. It is home to roughly 250,000 people and is divided into 20 dong, or neighborhoods. Notable locations in Yongsan District include Yongsan Station, the sprawling Yongsan Electronics Market, Haebangchon and the Itaewon commercial district. Itaewon is widely known as one of the most ethnically diverse regions in Korea. Many foreigners gravitate to its shopping centers and nightlife.

Yongsan District is the site of Yongsan Garrison, a large United States military base in the heart of Seoul. Because of the scarcity of land in central Seoul, as well as the consolidation of U.S. Forces throughout the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. and South Korean governments have agreed to relocate the facility out of Seoul to Pyeongtaek by 2017. After its relocation, the 243 ha of its land is planned to be developed into a large park.

Sookmyung Women's University is in the western portion of this district. Nearby, the legendary bar "Doors" has been a hub of Sookmyung social life for years. There is a growing community of Muslims and others from the Middle East due to the location of Seoul's only mosque: Seoul Central Mosque in Itaewon. This immigration trend has caused a number of halal restaurants and shops to open in the area.

N Seoul Tower has been re-opened. The tower is at the top of Namsan (lit. "South Mountain"). It was built as a television transmitter.

Yongsan is served by Seoul Subway Line 1, Line 4, Line 6, and the Jungang Line.


  • Economy 1
  • Administrative divisions 2
  • Government and infrastructure 3
  • Education 4
  • Attractions 5
  • Sister cities 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


KOSPI 200 companies based in Yongsan include Amore Pacific, Orion Confectionery, Cheil Worldwide and Hyundai Development Company.

Yongsan International Business District, a project propelled by Seoul Metropolitan Government to enhance its international competitiveness, is one of the world’s largest composite complexes whose floor area is 5.6 times that of Roppongi Hills in Japan and more than two times that of Canary Wharf in the United Kingdom.[2] It is expected to be opened by 2016.

Yongsan District is famous for K-pop label companies including H2 Media Entertainment and TS Entertainment.

Administrative divisions

Bogwang street and Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon
Administrative divisions

Government and infrastructure

The Ministry of National Defense has its headquarters in Yongsan-dong.[3]


International schools:

The French School of Seoul was in Hannam-dong. In 1985 it moved to Seorae Village in Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu.[5]


Main building of the War Memorial of Korea

Sister cities

See also


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Location." (Archive) Ministry of National Defense. Retrieved on January 1, 2014. "Yongsan-dong 3 Ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 140-701"
  4. ^ "Kontakt." German School Seoul International. Retrieved on May 22, 2014. "Adresse Deutsche Schule Seoul International 123-6 Doksodang-Ro, Yongsan-Gu 140-210 Seoul"
  5. ^ "Korea's Little France, Seorae Village" (Archive). Arirang (Korea International Broadcasting Foundation). June 23, 2009. Retrieved on May 22, 2014.
  6. ^

External links

  • Yongsan-gu website
  • Yongsan : Official Seoul City Tourism

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