Gyeonggi Province

Gyeonggi-do South Korea

The most populous province in the country

Gyeonggi-do has a massive urban population that’s approaching the 14 million people mark. When Seoul and neighboring city Incheon are included, cities which are inside of Gyeonggi but operate independently with metropolitan city status, the region has a whopping 25.5 million residents, one of the largest mega-metropolitan areas in the world.  Its name, Gyeonggi, literally means ‘the area surrounding the capital’ which essentially translates to ‘province surrounding Seoul’. 

The provincial symbols include the White Dove which symbolizes world peace and unity within Korea and the Gingko tree which symbolizes longevity with prosperity.

Major Cities in Gyeonggi Province

Suwon

Population: 1,180,000

The largest satellite city of Seoul and the capital of Gyeonggi Province. Very modern area.

Suwon Wiki

Seongnam

Population: 975,000

Korea’s first ‘planned’ city. Seongnam is a very modern city with a large foreign community.

Seongnam Wiki

Goyang

Population: 1,042,000

A major city on the outskirts of Seoul. Home to Bukhan Mountain Fortress and 3 major universities.

Goyang Wiki

Yongin

Population: 969,000

A relatively new city with close to 1 million people. Home to Everland, Korea’s large amusement park.

Yongin Wiki

Bucheon

Population: 853,000

Self proclaimed cultural center for Metropolitan Seoul. Famous for the Bucheon International Film Festival.

Bucheon Wiki

Ansan

Population: 705,000

A large satellite city on the western coast of Gyeonggi. Connected to Seoul via Metro Subway Line 4. 

Ansan Wiki

Anyang

Population: 603,000

Just south of central Seoul, Anyang has a very metropolitan feel. Lots of mountains nearby.

Anyang Wiki

Namyangju

Population: 121,000

Historically important area. Home to a number of important historical and cultural assets.

Namyangju Wiki

Hwaseong

Population: 566,000

The farming heartland of Gyeonggi. Surprisingly urban in the downtown area.

Hwaseong Wiki

Uijeongbu

Population: 115,000

Just north of Seoul, UIijeongbu is home to a number of American and Korean military bases.

Uijeongbu Wiki

Siheung

Population: 394,000

A peaceful mid-sized city on the west coast of Gyeonggi. Home to a number of historical areas.

Siheung Wiki

Pyeongtaek

Population: 454,000

Coastal city on the southern corner of the province. Home to Camp Humphreys, the largest US base.

Pyeongtaek Wiki

Gwangmyeong

Population: 347,000

Very close to central Seoul. Home to the worlds largest IKEA department store.

Gwangmyeong Wiki

Paju

Population: 417,000

Home to a number of joint Korean-US military bases. Sits on the border with North Korea.

Paju Wiki

Gimpo

Population: 345,000

The only city that borders Seoul, Incheon, the Yellow Sea and North Korea. 

Gimpo Wiki

Gwangju

Population: 305,000

Not to be confused with Gwangju city in Jeollanam, Gwangju is a suburb of southeast Seoul.

Gwangju Wiki

Gunpo

Population: 289,000

A quaint satellite city of Seoul. Has subway and high speed train stops, an ideal place to travel from.

Gunpo Wiki

Icheon

Population: 205,000

A small city in southern Gyeonggi-do. Famous for ceramic manufacturing and peach farms.

Icheon Wiki

Yangju

Population: 204,000

Just north of Seoul proper, Yangju is a small satellite city with three subway stops.

Yangju Wiki

Guri

Population: 187,000

Famous for its ancient tombs and home to the Baekje-era Mountain Fortress. Very close to Seoul.

Guri Wiki

Osan

A small city with a unique mix of agricultural, industrial and military enterprises.

Osan Wiki

Anseong

Population: 182,000

Home of the annual Namsadang Neuri Festival, Anseong is famous for their Asian pears and grapes.

Anseong Wiki

Uiwang

Population: 158,000

A smaller city wedged between Suwon to the south and Seoul to the north.

Uiwang Wiki

Hanam

Population: 156,000

Directly east of central Seoul, Hanam is a modern little city with great transportation routes.

Hanam Wiki

Pocheon

Population: 156,000

Pocheon is a small inland city in the northeastern region of Gyeonggi Province.

Pocheon Wiki

Dongducheon

Population: 98,000

The location of Dongducheon makes it strategically important for the defense of the capital, Seoul.

Dongducheon Wiki

Gwacheon

Population: 70,000

Located on southern border of Seoul, Gwacheon is a key administrative center.

Gwacheon Wiki

Yeoju

Population: 111,000

Gyeonggi’s smallest city. Home to the World Ceramic Exposition and famous for their yellow melons.

Yeoju Wiki

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