Gwangmyeong (광명시, 光明市, light.bright.city) is a city in Gyeonggi-do. The population as of 2004 was 333,053, including:
- 331,419 Koreans and
- 1,634 non-Koreans.
Gwangmyeong is located right next to Seoul and is an important transportation hub, and one of the KTX stations is located there (Gwangmyeong Station). Line 7 of the Seoul Subway passes through the city as well.38.50㎢
- Number of households: 116,021 (2002)
- Administrative divisions: 18 dong
- Location of city hall: 222-1 Cheolsan 3-dong, Gwangmyeong-shi (광명시 철산3동 222-1)
- City flower: Rose (장미)
- City tree: Ginkgo (은행나무)
- City bird: Magpie (까치)
To the north of the city is Seoul, to the northwest is the city of Bucheon, and Anyang is to the south and west.
In the city there are a large number of mountains ranging in between 100 and 200 metres, such as Dodeoksan (도덕산, 道德山:183m). Anyangcheon (안양천, 安養川) is a stream in the city.
The climate is the same as Seoul; the yearly average is 12.7℃, the average in January is -1.1℃, and the average in August is 25.9℃ with a yearly average of 1,556mm of precipitation.
- Gwangmyeong Station Circle - a development project around the station comprising about 1.5 million m2 with housing and commercial districts that is scheduled to be completed in December 2008.
Restaurants and Bars
Gwangmyeong is located on the west end of Seoul Subway Line 7, which is a 30 minute ride from the popular shopping and nightlife area of Gangnam. Also, Hongdae is a 20 minute ride away, which would involve a transfer onto Seoul Subway Line 2 at Daerim Station. If you want to stay local, the area around Cheolsan Station in Gwangmyeong has a good selection of restaurants and bars.
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.
Ori Culture Festival
Called the 오리문화제 in Korean, this is a festival held every May in the city to celebrate Lee Wonik, an important minister from the Chosun Dynasty.