Seongnam (성남시, 城南市, castle.south.city) is a city in Gyeonggi-do. The population as of 2004 was 986,170, including:
Seongnam is a city located south-east of Seoul, and is South Korea's seventh largest city by population. Seongnam is perhaps better known for the borough of Bundang, the more affluent section of the city, where the majority of local taxes are collected. There is some debate about whether Bundang should become an independant municipal body. At the same time, given Seongnam's large population, there is also a debate as to whether it should become its own metropolitan city (광역시), similar to Incheon.
- Number of households: 329,107 (2002.12)
- Administrative divisions: 3 gu, 44 dong
- Location of city hall: 3309 Taepyeong 2-dong, Seongnam-shi (성남시 태평2동 3309)
- City flower: 철쭉
- City tree: Ginkgo tree (은행나무)
- City bird: Magpie (까치)
To the east is the city of Gwangju, to the west are the cities of Gwacheon and Uiwang, to the south is Yongin, and to the north is Gangnam-gu and Songpa-gu in Seoul, and also the city of Hanam.
The weather is the same as that in Seoul: the average yearly temperature is 12.4℃, the average in January is -5℃ and in August 24℃. The average precipitation over the year is about 1,300 mm, with three quarters of this falling during the summer.
Seongnam is divided into 3 "gu" (구, "ward"):
The total budget of the city is W790,623 million, with a financial independence rate of 89%.
In the city, there are:
- 55 primary schools,
- 33 middle schools (28 public, 5 private),
- 28 high schools (14 public, 14 private),
- 1 university,
- 5 junior colleges, and
- 1 special school.
The total number of students is 25,926.
|Government workers: || 2,199
|Medical centers: || 952
|Teachers: || 7,245
|Students per teacher: || 23
|Amount of Cars: || 270,289
- Births per day: 45.1
- Deaths per day: 10.9
- Marriages: 22.7
- Divorces: 7.6
- Fires: 1.2
- Traffic accidents: 11.7
- Number of people moving in: 459
- Crimes reported: 82
- By usage:
- Residential: 13.9%
- Commercial: 3.1%
- Industrial: 1.6%
- Green area: 81.8%
- By type:
- Forest 50.47%
- Plain land 12.49%
- Fields 6.44%
- Paddy fields 6.44%
- Other 23.73%
Korean Language Courses
- Kyungwon University (경원대) has Korean language classes for 950,000 won (including textbooks and registration fee) for two and a half months, with class hours from 9:00 am - 12:50 pm, five days a week. See their site for details.
Restaurants and Bars
The hub of activity when it comes to shopping, entertainment, and nightlife, is centered in Bundang-gu of Seongnam.
As the average Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants are in abundance throughout Korea and are easy for foreigners to find, the following restaurants reflect a sampling of restaurants considered to be either popular or are western-friendly choices and other ethnic foods.
Sports and Recreation
The city is home to K-League soccer side Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.
Major parks include Central Park (중앙 공원) and Yuldong Park (율동 공원), both of which are located in Bundang-gu. The city also provides easy access to Namhansanseong (남한산성) from Sujeong-gu.
Seongnam is served by line 8 (Pink Line) as well as the Bundang line on the Seoul Subway .