Gangwon Province, South Korea

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Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • McCune‑ReischauerKangwŏndo
 • Revised RomanizationGangwon-do
Flag of Gangwon
Location of Gangwon
Coordinates: 37°30′N 128°15′E / 37.500°N 128.250°E / 37.500; 128.250Coordinates: 37°30′N 128°15′E / 37.500°N 128.250°E / 37.500; 128.250
CountrySouth Korea
(Yeongseo: western Gangwon; Yeongdong: eastern Gangwon)
Subdivisions7 cities; 11 counties
 • GovernorKim Jin-tae (People Power)
 • Total16,875 km2 (6,515 sq mi)
 (October, 2022[2])
 • Total1,537,339[1]
 • Density90/km2 (200/sq mi)
Metropolitan Symbols
 • FlowerRoyal azalea
 • TreeKorean pine
 • BirdRed-crowned crane
ISO 3166 codeKR-42
(Yeongseo: western Gangwon dialect; Yeongdong: eastern Gangwon dialect)
WebsiteOfficial website (English)
Odaesan National Park in the province of Gangwon South Korea

Gangwon-do is a province of South Korea. The capital is Chuncheon. Before Korea was divided in 1945, Gangwon and its North Korean half Kangwŏn were a single province. Gangwon-do is in the northeastern corner of South Korea.[3] On the north it borders North Korea.[3] It has a long coast along the Sea of Japan to the east.[4] On the west it borders Gyeonggi-do.[4] This is the province with the largest population in South Korea.[5] In contrast most of Gangwon-do is made up of mountains and forests.[4] The mountains get a good deal of snow in the winter. They are home to a number of popular ski resorts.

Gangwon-do has two islands, Ulleungdo and Dokdo.[4] Japan and South Korea have had a long dispute over which country owns Dokdo (which Japan calls Takeshima).[6] About 37 South Korean police guard the island and the waters around them.[6]

The 2018 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place in Gangwon province.[3] Pyeongchang, Gangneung, and Jeongseon will host the events.[3]

Transport[change | change source]

Gangwon Province is an important place for former transport links with North Korea. Today train services operate on the Gangwon and Cheongnyeonicheon Lines. Gangwon's marine transport center is Wonsan. There are modern facilities in Wonsan Harbor, which accounts for 4% of Gangwon's freight traffic.

Sports[change | change source]

Gangwon FC is based in Gangwon-do. Gangwon's coach is Choi Yun-Gyeom and they have four home stadiums: Gangneung Sport Stadium, Chuncheon Songam Stadium, Wonju Sports Stadium, and Sokcho Sports Stadium.

References[change | change source]

  1. 자연환경 (in Korean). 강원도청. 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  2. Gangwon Province (2016-04-27). 자연환경. Gangwon Province (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Introduction of Gangwon-do". Korea Tourism Organization. Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Gangwon-do". Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  5. "Congratulatory Letter for the new Governor of Gyeonggi Province, Korea" (PDF). Trade & Investment Queensland, Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 March 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Dokdo – Takeshima Island". Retrieved 16 August 2015.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Gangwon Province, South Korea at Wikimedia Commons