Samcheok (삼척시) is a city in the southeastern part of Gangwon-do. The population as of 2004 was 74,577, including:
- 74,301 Koreans and
- 276 non-Koreans.
- Area: 1,185.86㎢
- Population density: 64/㎢(2003.8)
- Number of households: 27,623 (2003.8)
- Administrative divisions: 2읍 6면 4동
- Location of city hall: 592 Gyo-dong, Samcheok-shi (삼척시 교동 592)
- City flower: 철쭉
- City tree: 느티나무
- City bird: Seagull (갈매기)
To the north of Samcheok is the city of Donghae, to the west is the county of Jeongseon and the city of Taebaek, to the south is the county of Uljin in Gyeongsangbuk-do, and to the east is the East Sea (Sea of Japan). The city is 46.7 km from east to west, and 59.5 km from north to south.
Notable mountains near the city include Cheongoksan (청옥산, 1,404m), Dutasan (두타산, 1,353m), Jungbongsan (중봉산, 1,284m) and Baekbyeongsan (백병산, 1,259m). to the west of the city is a plateau with an average altitude of over 1,000 metres.
The city is next to the sea with the mountains to the west, blocking the strong winds in the winter and thus giving it an average temperature 3.1 degrees higher than the area on the sea to the west that bears the full brunt of the winter wind. The city has a large amount of precipitation in autumn which is different from most other areas. The average temperature in January is 0℃, the average in August is 24.1℃, and the average yearly temperature is 12.2℃ with around 1,217.4mm of precipitation per year.
(in addition to the dongs of the urban area)
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.