Shiheung (시흥시, 始興市, start.rise.city) is a city in Gyeonggi-do. The population as of 2004 was 390,933, including:
- 378,613 Koreans and
- 12,320 non-Koreans.
- Number of househlds: 122,082 (2002)
- Administrative divisions: 11 dong
- Location of city hall: 300 Janghyeon-dong, Shiheung-shi (시흥시 장현동 300)
- City flower: 목련
- City tree: Ginkgo (은행나무)
- City bird: Magpie (까치)
To the north of Shiheung is the city of Bucheon, to the east are the cities of Gwangmyeong and Anyang, and to the west is Incheon and the Yellow Sea. Shiheung is located right next to Seoul, at a distance close enough that it is hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. The subway lines 1 and 4 are the main lines through the city.
Some of the mountains in the area include Masan (마산, 246m), Soraesan (소래산, 299m), and Seongjusan (성주산, 208m).
Being located along the sea, the climate in Shiheung is the same as that in Incheon: the yearly average temperature is 12.1℃, the average in January is -4℃, and the average in August is 25.7℃. In spite of a slight moderating influence from the sea in the west, it is colder than cities on the east coast, and there are no mountains to block the winter wind that comes in from the northwest. The average yearly precipitation is 1,067.2mm.
Shiheung became a city in 1989, when its population was at 93,000. Since then it has grown in size by over three times.
Companies with headquarters in Shiheung
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.